Metallica Deny Asking Military To Stop Using Their Music

The military have stopped using Metallica tracks as a form of torture, but the band deny asking them to stop.

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Contrary to reports, Metallica say they didn't ask the military to stop using their music as an interrogation technique.

Use of heavy, aggressive music as an interrogation technique is widely documented, and the Navy Seal who shot Osama Bin Laden recently claimed that Metallica had asked to stop using their music, which they have denied in a post on their website.

"There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to 'soften people up before interrogation,'" reads the post. "We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct."

That doesn't mean they condone this form of torture. In 2009, Lars Ulrich said: "It all seems so bizarre and so strange that Metallica's music, which generally sort of facilitates bringing people together, is used in these bizarre circumstances. It's certainly not something that we in any way advocate or condone."

Another band whose music has been used near the front line is Demon Hunter, who reportedly offered their albums to be used in this way. "They sent us CDs and patches," said the aforementioned Navy Seal. "I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden."

What do you think of metal being used in this way? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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    Well, looks like Lulu will still be used to make people cry after all.
    Dude, just shut up! Lulu jokes were funny for 5 minutes.
    If you think that joke isn't funny anymore, then maybe you should wait for a The Smiths article! Hahaha, got it, huh? I'll just leave...
    Aw man, they forgot to mention that Demon Hunter is a christian band.
    and christians cant have an opinion on the subject? being a christian doesnt mean rolling over and giving up. you have to fight for what you believe in. they arent willing to fight, but thats why the support for those who ARE willing is so important.
    Christians are often so proud of their "ultimate religion of peace", and now Demon Hunter sends their music for the purpose of torturing people before interrogation. That's, like, Christian spirit, yeah, right. Practice what you preach.
    You miss the point. If an individual claims that he is Christian but makes a crime, that doesn't affect Christianity. You can't say Christianity is bad because that person did something bad. Also because someone claims that he is Christian that doesn't make him one.
    If some one wishes to be recognised as a Christian, then they are one. Its called free association. Its not about following the strict tenets of that religion as you suggest. By that standard, the majority of moderate Christians who skip out the less liberal aspects of scripture cant possibly call themselves Christian. Besides, Christianity as a whole does a pretty good job of making itself look bad anyway.
    Demon Hunter actually didn't offer their music to be used for enhanced interrogation anymore than Metallica requested their music not be used for it. An excerpt from one of their recent Facebook postings: "As for the talk about enhanced interrogation techniques that has sprung up in the media in the last 24 hours surrounding this story, we feel that it is an unnecessary distraction. It's been widely reported for years that heavy metal music has sometimes been used in these situations. We have no specific knowledge of our music being used for this, nor have we ever volunteered it to be used as such, nor are we commenting on it beyond that. The debate about enhanced interrogation techniques is for politicians, military intelligence, pundits and others of the like to have." As the article said, DH "reportedly" offered their albums to be used this way. The rest of the details regarding the situation can be read on their Facebook, posted February 12.
    Okay, so why is everyone being a coward about this. Both need to own up to either being for or against something that has serious implications for their music. . . also, if this was punk, there would be no "ifs" about it.
    @JelloCrust Why do they have to pick sides? They write music. They probably don't spend too much time thinking about politics during the writing process. I, for one, have never written a song trying to think about how to use it for political agenda. Plus, that's not really what metal is about. Most punk bands are about anti-authority so, yeah, they would most likely have a political stance because that's what a lot of their lyrics are about.
    Mind if I strap you into a chair and blast metal at a painful volume level? Don't try and be bad ass and say you'd love it. You'd crack sooner than Indiana Jones' whip.
    im not a gung-ho christian, but i served 9 years in the military and i believe that no matter what your religion, you should support those who will go out and do what 99% of the rest of the population is afraid to do. i listen to metal just like the rest of you guys.
    I'm a pacifist so I don't support the military and I most certainly don't support torture of any kind.
    im sorry to hear that. im pro military, so i dont support pacifism as an excuse to never grow any balls and fight for what you believe in.
    Bombarding buildings filled with civilians in latin America, Asia and Africa during the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and all of the 2000's sure shows how much balls american soldiers have. Great job.
    there were a few building bombed on American soil in 2001. i guess we should just see their point and let them do what they want. good idea.
    Guess what, Latin America is also AMERICAN SOIL, and their inhabitants are also AMERICANS, yet for DECADES we've been the target of various kinds of economic, military and political abuse from the North American Army and Intelligence. Do a little research.
    I agree with you. I mean just take a look at Jesus he blasted his way through Rome on top of a T-Rex that blew fire. He fought for what he believed in.
    Yeah you're right. Being a christian means adopting a philosophy of ignorance and intolerance while embracing and being okay with that faith's LONG history of bigotry, ethnic cleansing and violence. Of all the faiths, ANY one in western society is a hypocrisy.
    Sam Rulez D00d
    Wow, I seriously can't believe how ignorant you people are.
    Im with you! it's mind boggling at best..... i'm rarely at a loss for words but this is just utter stupidity! on another note didn't this use to be a guitar related website?????
    "When evil assaults thy cheek, turn and offer the other."
    doesn't mean what you seem to think. it's an alternate response to violence. instead of fleeing or using violence to fight violence, "turning the other cheek" is a sign of defiance and standing up to it.
    Yes because Jesus, the prince of peace who said love thy enemy, has an often quoted passage, "And Jesus saw a thief on the side of the road being stoned by the town. Jesus came up and said 'let he without sin cast the first stone' and then immediatly pelted it at the theif. Jesus then said 'how do you like that b^%$&!'"
    You people don't understand the volume this music is played at. The music is chosen for its speed and agression. It induces physical pain.
    "...I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden." Does this statement bother anyone else? Seems a tad bit unprofessional for a U.S. Navy Seal to say. I thought these guys were supposed to be humble and polished.
    I was thinking the same thing. If he wants to risk his career and possible prison time for talking about military operations that are probably classified beyond belief that's fine but he just sounds like such an ***** saying it like that.
    I think the majority of junior officers think like this, you know the basic cannon fodder types. Then again that's why they never get promoted.
    Navy SEALs are cocky because they have good reason to be. They go through the most rigorous training and are the toughest, most skilled warriors in the world. He gunned bin Laden down and he's proud of it, as he should be.
    Even though I agree with you(even gave you a "+"). It is my understanding that, that way of thinking is the only reasonable one, when you're in a warzone. At least if you want to stay just a little bit sane, that is.
    They should just play Kirk's solos on repeat.
    His live solos from any of justice's songs would do
    Hell, even studio ones from Death Magnetic are enough for that.
    The Day That Never Comes actually came out as a really nice solo. Other than that, yeah, agreed.
    I'd say it's gotten much older (and ignorantly pointless) to hate on Kirk's playing, just because he mostly uses pentatonic scales and a lot of wah and happens to not play as good as did 25 years ago, than to make jokes about Lulu.
    Kirk hater,I want to see you compose a solo like Ride the lightning or Fade to black,low life loser.
    Mister A.J.
    Writing a metal guitar solo isn't exactly the epitome of musical genius. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of his solos because of their simplicity, but the act of writing guitar solos is basically the bottom of the barrel in the world of music.
    Honestly, if I were getting tortured or held captive, I think hearing Metallica would actually be comforting for me. Unless its Lulu, St Anger or Load.
    Load is not that bad actually. People hate it because it came after The Black Album. I agree on the St. Anger (although I like Shoot Me Again) and Lulu part.
    If you're a traditional Arab, it might not be. It might be Shaikan's (the Islamic version of the devil) music.
    Ironically, Death Magnetic apparently took "the advice of producer Rick Rubin... the band returned to E tuning and guitar solos, and adapted Middle Eastern influences" That said, I'm sure Mr. Rubin's production alone would be considered torture
    Just give them some norwegian black metal with the dudes wailing and stuff. That's more torturous than heavy grooves.
    If they wanted to torture the prisoners they should have Lil Wayne play guitar in person. The war on terror would be over in half an hour.
    I wish I could have played "Disposable Heroes" to people in my High School . . . so many unnecessary deaths
    Being in the military personally, I have a huge feeling the "Navy Seal" who apparently said that, was not the Navy Seal he claimed to be lol
    I agree with you on that one. For what I've been told about special forces (from a rifleman in the Army over 20 years) was that they are very humble and wouldn't brag about it like this bloke.
    Like I said last time, James is on record saying he's "proud" they use Metallica in interrogations. Google it.
    I dig that DH let them use it they show people that they support the troops and dont care even tho they are a spirit filled band they can support war its totally fine in my book
    They're not supporting the troops they're supporting torture and it's disgusting. I'm not sure how "spirit filled" that is but it's certainly a sick and nauseating way to gain publicity.
    Sam Rulez D00d
    Also, they sent CDs to the troops to listen to. Not for torture. That was the military's decision. So whether you agree with torture or not, DH had nothing to do with it.
    The term "terrorist" is extremely subjective. We're talking about people who haven't had any kind of trial, never mind a fair trial. Also, DH have said that they're okay with their music being used in interrogations. There's more to the story than what's in this article. Check it out.
    Demon Hunter is still terrible either way. They might not be torturing terrorists, but they're certainly torturing my ears.
    Sam Rulez D00d
    There is nothing wrong with torturing a terrorist to save innocent lives.
    Terrorist: A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims. Terrorism: The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. So torturing terrorists is terrorism. Therefore, you have no real qualms about torturing US soldiers. Good to know.
    I don't get why Lars thinks it's "bizarre", Metallica is violent and aggressive music, not sure how anyone could not realize that.
    " strange that Metallica's music, which generally sort of facilitates bringing people together, is used in these bizarre circumstances" SEEK AND DESTROY!
    They're using Metallica against evil, what's so wrong about that?!
    Evil, in our limited understanding of it, all depends on the side you're on.
    If they really wanted to torture them with bad christian music they should have played underoath or devil wears prada those bands suck! Demon Hunter not so much. Especially thier first four albums. Honestly I think the whole demon hunter thing may have some fabrications or misunderstanding to it. After all Metallica is saying that its not quite true what the navy seal dude said. Benefit of the doubt y'all.
    Year Zero
    I can understand St.Anger being torture but the rest of the discography is like heaven.
    I think a lot of people commenting on this article are forgetting something. Demon Hunter is ****ing atrocious.
    Ok so what does Demon Hunters religious views have to do with the military using their music for interrogation purposes? It's keeping our country safe per-say and these guys are like Metallica and Five Finger Death Punch when it comes to the military. They will do anything they can to help and that's what they're doing. Being a Christian has nothing to do with this. It's something they wanted to do out of their interests. You all are pretty much insinuating that if you're a Christian that we're not supposed to support our country or help in the face of war.
    Come on guy's, all these 'Insert band' jokes are insipid. Why use music at all? the tried and tested method of cock and ball torture will break any man in time.
    I don't understand.. Shouldn't they be using something that's not melodic and much heavier and more brutal to listen to? Something like Meshuggah for instance, or something really fast like Nile. Oceano is also that kind of music that almost hurts to listen to at really high volume.
    I would use drone doom and harsh noise. That's the stuff nightmares are made of.
    While I think torture is innefficient for acquiring information, I have no problem with torturing individuals just to torture. It will either scare people that their friends are being tortured, or make them make irrational decisions to try and rescue their pals. I had no problem when our troops urinated on dead taliban members, and I don't have a problem with this.
    This navy seal guy seems to be full of shit... is Osama really dead?? hhmmmmm
    Really, forget all the bands mentioned there. The real "band" that should be used to torture anyone would be BrokeNCYDE. Even playing that crap at a small volume will have the terrorists ripping their ears off and admitting everything.
    Carl LOG
    They obviously never heard of Thy Art Is Murder, Infant Annihilator, Carnifex or Suicide Silence...?
    I dont know why they play Metallica to soften up the terrorists, if they really want to scare them they should play some Noise Rock like Lightning Bolt.