Metal Band Sends 'Invoice' to US Government for Using Their Music as Torture Device

"We make unsettling music we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn't sit right with us," says band frontman Celvin Kay.

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Skinny Puppy mainman Cevin Key has revealed that the group toyed with invoicing the US government for musical services after discovering that their records were being used for torture in Guantanamo Bay.

As Key notes in an interview with Phoenix New Times, the revelation was what inspired the title for their latest album:

"We had a cool concept on the record because we heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people. We heard that our music was used in at least four occasions. We thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U. S. Government for musical services, thus the concept of the record title, Weapon."

Key also revealed that the band was unhappy with their music being used as a torture device:

"We never supported those types of scenarios. It's kind of typical that we thought this would end up happening, in a weird way. Because, we make unsettling music we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn't sit right with us."

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    KillRoy Ver 3.0
    Skinny Puppy is a far cry from metal.
    Industrial Metal, at the farthest stretch of the term, but more of an Industrial or Electro-Industrial band than metal.
    Yeah, I would definitely say they're more of an Industrial band with some Metal elements, as opposed to an Industrial Metal band.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought that. My first thought was, "Wait a minute... Skinny Puppy metal? What am I missing?"
    yeah....don't get the headline....nowhere in the article is metal even mentioned. funny article though.
    Misleading headline yet again... And why is invoice presented as 'invoice'? Drives me nuts when ppl use 'these' for no damn reason
    How about not being such a pu$$y and just appreciate the fact that someone is being forced to listen to your god forsaken music.
    What an incredibly imbecile comment. It's just in the same league as James Hetfield, who said that he is somewhat "proud" that Metallica was used for torturing people. How anyone can be so stupid is beyond me. This is what Trent Reznor stated concerning NIN being used for the same reason: "It’s difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you’ve put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture. If there are any legal options that can be realistically taken they will be aggressively pursued, with any potential monetary gains donated to human rights charities." Speaking out against torture does not mean you're a "pu$$y", it means that you care about human rights. But using your brain clearly isn't one of your favourite things to do, right?
    I'm glad that there are people out there that care about the human rights of terrorists, because I sure as hell don't. You forfeit those rights when you try to kill innocent people.
    KillRoy Ver 3.0
    I don't think is so much as caring about human rights of the prisoners there, it's more the simple fact in what Reznor said in that it's almost like your music is being deemed so worthless and terrible that the only thing it is good for is the torture of people.
    Playing any kind of music at excruciatingly loud levels of volume is sure to torture anyone who isn't deaf, hell, NIN at normal levels tortures my parents.
    I understand the Reznor comment and can empathize with how he feels his music is valued when used like that. My commen was referring to the last paragraph that stated: "Speaking out against torture does not mean you're a "pu$$y", it means that you care about human rights."
    Fighting fire with fire is not a good idea in most cases - and torturing is inacceptable in any case.
    you think torture is going to curb terrorists, or make them more determined? these people are already hardwired to hate us and cause harm at all costs, life or death. torturing their comrades is only going to add fuel to the fire, especially considering they are brainwashed into believing everything they do is right and just.
    Just as the west Propaganda machine tries to do the same to us albeit in a different way due to a number of factors.
    Stupid comment. Most people who are tortured are not actually terrorists. They are just "suspected" of being terrorists, and are tortured regardless of their innocence. They are then held indefinitely even if they have been cleared. I do not know why you would support the torture of innocent people. Sure, you might torture a few terrorists, but is it worth all the innocent suffering? If one supports the notion of "anything to win" how does that separate them from the villains they supposedly despise? Also, confession rates from torture are notoriously low. Most people lie when under that kind of pain and give false confessions just to stop the torture. Torture is about as reliable as lie detector tests in save lives. So, it's only real purpose is as punishment for a crime. But are we going back to the system of legal torture as punishment? I thought we universally agreed to stop doing that. But it's okay if it's a brown terrorist who lives across the world. If it was a white guy next door you probably would not be so supportive.
    I wasn't aware anything in his post was defending at all "rights of terrorists".
    For torture? They're that bad? Yo murica, try some country. That'll get them.
    Scott O
    Skinny Puppy? Metalica? 9" Nails? All torture to me. If it bugs the crap out out of those terrorists in Guantanimo, then crank it up. As long as I don't need to hear it.
    Well it should only be fair if Citizens have to pay for the license to play the music so should the government. Don't like the group, but love the principle. Wonder if lars is going to jump on this lawsuit like he did Napster.