Iraqi Heavy Metal Band, Acrassicauda make it to the U.S; get to meet METALLICA
A link to the excellent metal blog over at Metal Injection. This story is pretty awesome even if you don't listen to metal. The band Acrassicauda is an Iraqi metal band that gained fame within the last year or so. They were filmed in a documentary called Heavy Metal in Baghdad. I haven't seen the film in its entirety but I have seen substantial footage in separate clips. These dudes truly exude the human spirit at its finest. In a country where religious persecution and government corruption threaten even a normal existence, these guys formed a metal band that threatened their very lives! No joke. They had to dodge bombings and shootings to get to practice to play and create the music they loved. Pretty cool story. The fact that they are now in the states living the dream with one of metal's founding fathers is awesome. I also think it puts our country in perspective as well. People always complain about how bad our country is, and how Bush should be tried for war crimes, and every other thing we fault our country for. But these guys could have been killed (if my memory serves me correctly I think one of the original members was) just for playing this kind of music in a Muslim country. Check out their story.....very uplifting, and very cool in the sense that nothing could be more metal than risking death in the name of metal.