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.
    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^%$&!'"
    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.
    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.
    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.