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Civil liberties update: Bandcamp giving to ACLU, Acrassicauda thought we were being punked

Posted by on January 31, 2017

If you’re reading this in the United States and you’re not a Native America, congratulations, you’re an immigrant. And whether you’re for or against President Donald Trump’s suddenly-enacted executive order suspending immigrants, even those with green cards from entering the country, it’s certain that it was enacted without all that much thought. Ten years ago, Heavy Metal […]

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Iranian band Confess jailed for making music

Posted by on February 10, 2016

It’s no shock that being a metal musician is hard. It’s also not hard to imagine that being a metal musician from the Middle East is unbelievably difficult. In most of the western world, (mainly the US and Europe), metal gets a few dirty looks and some ignorant comments about loving Satan. We still play […]

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Acrassicauda “rise” and conquer with new song

Posted by on January 2, 2015

Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda moved to the US in 2008, put out an EP, and then last year launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the recording of a full-length album. The campaign goal  was met, and the band surpassed their goal of $33,000. With that funding ($37,383 in total) they entered the studio in September of 2014, and began […]

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Video: Members of Testament, Megadeth, Municipal Waste jam at Vice 20th anniversary party

Posted by on December 10, 2014

This past Friday (5), magazine-turned media behemoth Vice turned 20 in style, renting out the spacious Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a star-studded anniversary concert. Hosted by Andrew WK, the entire concert was several hours, and featured a house band led by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner. Lil Wayne, Scarlett Johansson, Chromeo, Stephen […]

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All star metal, punk lineups to play at Vice 20th Anniversary party

Posted by on December 5, 2014

20 years ago, Vice Magazine launched in Montreal as Voice of Montreal. Two years later, they changed their name to Vice, then moved to New York City. Since then, to say it’s grown would be an understatement. Much more than just a magazine, it’s now an award-winning HBO documentary series, a television channel and a record label, along […]

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Acrassicauda successfully crowdfunds debut album

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda are no strangers to overcoming adversity. They rose to fame in 2007 as the first Iraqi metal band, where dressing in metal shirts and playing shows was seen as an act of defiance. Now they’ve persevered again, this time successfully crowdfunding enough money to record their debut full-length album. Billboard reports that the […]

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Acrassicauda launches Kickstarter campaign for new album

Posted by on May 31, 2014

Acrassicauda, the Iraqi metal quartet featured in the 2007 VICE documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, is back with new music and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their first full-length album. Their EP, Only the Dead See the End of War, produced by Alex Skolnick of Testament, featured four tracks that described the horrors of living in a war-torn society. They are back with […]

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Photos: Anvil At Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, 5-30-13

Posted by on June 4, 2013

Last week, Anvil released album number 15, Hope In Hell, via The End Records. And last Thursday (May 30), the Canadian metal legends made their way to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn for a headlining show, which also saw sets from Iraq’s Acrassicauda and NJ’s Lords Of Mercy. Weren’t able to make it out for […]

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Members Of Testament, Acrassicauda To Help “Unblock The Rock” In Jersey City Tonight

Posted by on June 1, 2012

Remember 2008’s awesome documentary, Heavy Metal in Baghdad? The documentary followed the travails of Acrassicauda, a metal band in Iraq desperate to be free to perform. Not unlike that film, director Tracy Noelle Luz made a film about metal bands in an oppressed country closer to home, Cuba. They Will Be Heard is a film about […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 5: Animals Metal Bands Are Named After

Posted by on August 22, 2011

Metal Insider’s Top 5 is a column where we count down the top five of…well basically anything. Other than Satan and colors (generally black or white), a lot of metal bands look to the animal kingdom when they’re trying to pick out a name. There are plenty of Ratts, Primates and Wolves and animals as leaders out […]

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