The anonymous killer told Esquire, “When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them … Metallica got wind of this and they said, ‘Hey, please don’t use our music because we don’t want to promote violence’.”
However this perplexed the solider, who added, “I thought, ‘Dude, you have an album called ‘Kill ‘Em All’.”
After they stopped playing the band’s work, they instead used the songs of Demon Hunter, a Christian metal group, to weaken their enemies.
“Then a band called Demon Hunter got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do.’ They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden,” added the Navy SEAL.
Talking about the alleged use of his music to hurt Guantanamo Bay prisoners in 2008, James Hetfield of Metallica stated, “Part of me is proud because they chose Metallica and then part of me is kind of bummed about it that people worry about us being attached to some political statement because of that.”
Hetfied also stated, “We’ve got nothing to do with this and we’re trying to be as apolitical as possible, ’cause I think politics and music, at least for us, don’t mix.”
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