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post Feb 5 2009, 06:41 PM
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ACRASSICAUDA had been through hell as a rock band in wartime Baghdad. Its practice space was bombed. Its members were branded Satan worshipers and received death threats for making Western-style music. Then they suffered through two purgatorial years as refugees in Syria and Turkey, killing time and dreaming of rocking out in the land of the free. And on Sunday night, two days after the last of the band's four members was resettled in the United States, they enjoyed what any metal fan would have to call heaven: bearhugs and "Wow, dude" heart-to-hearts backstage with Metallica at the Prudential Center in Newark. It probably wasn't necessary for James Hetfield, METALLICA's lead singer, to surprise them after the show by handing over one of his guitars, a black ESP, and signing it "Welcome to America"; their minds were already blown. The United States government has granted them refugee status, which allows them to apply for green cards in a year, and the International Rescue Committee has placed them in a modest one-bedroom apartment in Elizabeth, N.J., where there are as yet no Metallica or Slayer posters on the walls but a bundle of guitars are piled in one corner. "This is more than we ever could have expected or dreamed of," said Firas Al-Lateef, 27, the bassist, who arrived four months ago. (courtesy of

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post Feb 5 2009, 06:51 PM
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When I read this post I knew that this band sounded familiar.
There's a documentary following their trouble in the middle east.
It's called "Heavy Metal in Baghdad".
If you are a Netflix user, it's available on watch it now.

Here's the link to the documentary's website..

And a youtube clip too:

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post Feb 5 2009, 06:52 PM
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Very cool story.


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post Feb 5 2009, 07:04 PM
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Wow, that's a great story.

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post Feb 5 2009, 07:51 PM
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WOW, that's a story man!
Poor fellows

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post Feb 5 2009, 08:06 PM
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Uhm, I guess they can now claim to have stayed very true to heavy metal!

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post Feb 5 2009, 10:01 PM
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Great story, thanks for sharing! smile.gif

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