Metallica made a personal request to the US Army to stop using their music as part of the prisoner interrogation process in Iraq, it has been revealed.
The revelation came from the US Navy SEAL credited with killing the late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in an interview with Esquire magazine. Along with several other well-known American bands, the Navy SEAL revealed that Metallica’s music was played at loud volume to weaken prisoners’ resolve and compel them to cooperate in the military leaders’ search for Bin Laden.
“When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them,” he said.
“Metallica got wind of this and they said, ‘Hey, please don’t use our music because we don’t want to promote violence.’
“I thought, ‘Dude, you have an album called Kill ‘Em All!'”
After Metallica pulled the pin, interrogators opted to use tunes by Christian metal group Demon Hunter, who were apparently more enthusiastic about being used for the Army’s procedures.
“Demon Hunter got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do’.” the Navy SEAL said.
“They sent us CDs and patches (for uniforms). I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden.”
Here’s one of Demon Hunter‘s tracks – Collapsing – to give you an idea of what they sound like…