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Sunday Slaylist: Metal from the Middle East

April 15th, 2012

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The Middle East is a perpetual presence in world affairs – at the time of writing, the ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces rests on a knife edge, Egypt’s first truly free presidential elections in decades is already mired in controversy, and the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran continue to prove inconclusive. It’s against this background of uprising and upheaval that Jon Kerr offers up this week’s Spotify Slaylist as a “horns-up” to all our Middle Eastern metal brethren.

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Vice have just started showing a serialisation of their excellent documentary, Heavy Metal In Baghdad. If you’ve not seen it before, now’s your chance.

February 13th, 2012

Heavy Metal In Baghdad Vice Thrash Hits

No doubt more than a fair few of you are already familiar with Heavy Metal In Baghdad, the superb documentary by Vice Films, which tracks the existence of Acrassicauda, Baghdad’s only active metal band during, and in the immediate aftermath of, the invasion of Iraq and ousting of Saddam Hussein. If you’re one of the poor souls who hasn’t yet checked out this vital documentary, Vice are now showing the entire documentary in serialised format over on their website.

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EP: Acrassicauda – Only The Dead See The End Of The War

April 14th, 2010

Acrassicauda
Only The Dead See The End Of The War EP
VICE Records
15 March 2010

by Tom Dare

No band better embodies the spirit of metal than Iraq’s Acrassicauda. They had their rehearsal studio bombed, their lives were threatened because of their music and they had to flee their country and become refugees. After surviving life under Saddam Hussein, invasions, insurgencies and even an airstrike on their instruments, they finally got to safety in America, and have now released their first professionally-recorded EP.

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