Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Heavy Metal In Baghdad


A side of Iraq you've never seen before. The band Acrassicauda risked death everyday to play the music they love.

"In 2003, just after the US toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, Vice magazine published an article on the only heavy metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda. The Baghdad-based band was formed in the last few years of Saddam’s rule and aside from the typical problems every band has, they also had to deal with the stigma of playing dark western music in an Islamic state under Baath party rule, while coming out of a decade of war, sanctions, and poverty. We found their story inspiring. When we interviewed the band they were excited to be living in a newly freed Iraq, and their future seemed limitless. They even talked of recording an album. Things took a turn for the worse, however. After a few months respite, the situation in free Iraq deteriorated quickly and by the end of the year, after a few key insurgent attacks - the bombing at the UN building, the massive strike at the grand Shi’a mosque in Najaf - Iraq started to unravel. We stayed in touch with the band through this time and in the fall of 2006, with the insurgency reaching a fevered pitch, VICE Co-Founder Suroosh Alvi and VBS Producer Eddy Moretti decided to visit them."

Click here to go to VBS.tv and watch (episodes to all 3 parts are on right side)

Acrassicauda's website
Acrassicauda's myspace

VBS.tv also has a great video on Gorgoroth featuring the comic stylings of Gaahl. Click here and click on the "True Norwegian Black Metal" episodes on the side. The ending of the last part is especially great.

5 comments:

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rory ahearn said...
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rory ahearn said...

In the final installment, the band has reunited in Damascus, Syria and play a reunion concert. We went to the show, hung out with them, and then recorded a demo with the band. Yes, a heavy metal demo in Syria! Something very rare. Through the band, we explore the Iraqi refugee crisis. The current crisis is the worst to happen in the Middle East since the creation of Israel. So far 2.4 million Iraqis have fled Iraq and 2 more million are displaced within Iraq. This is perhaps the worst refugee crisis in the world right now.

Part 1 - http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=909837113&bccl=NDEzMjk4MjUzX19ORVdT
Part 2 - http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=909952920&bccl=NDEzMjk4MjUzX19ORVdT

rory ahearn said...

In the final installment, the band has reunited in Damascus, Syria and play a reunion concert. We went to the show, hung out with them, and then recorded a demo with the band. Yes, a heavy metal demo in Syria! Something very rare. Through the band, we explore the Iraqi refugee crisis. The current crisis is the worst to happen in the Middle East since the creation of Israel. So far 2.4 million Iraqis have fled Iraq and 2 more million are displaced within Iraq. This is perhaps the worst refugee crisis in the world right now.

Part 1 - http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=909837113&bccl=NDEzMjk4MjUzX19ORVdT
Part 2 - http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=909952920&bccl=NDEzMjk4MjUzX19ORVdT

soundweave said...

Thanks for the update