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Osama bin Laden's killer explains US military use of Metallica music

Band ironically were against promoting violence

 

Osama bin Laden's killer explains US military use of Metallica music

Photo: WENN.com

The US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 has revealed that Metallica requested that their music wouldn't be used whilst interrogating prisoners.

The anonymous shooter admitted to being a bit confused with the band's anti-violence stance with albums such as Kill 'Em All.

Bin Laden's killer to 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.' I thought, 'Dude, you have an album called Kill 'Em All'."

However, the unnamed Navy SEAL added that a Christian metal band called Demon Hunter had gotten in touch as they were more than happy for their music to be used to weaken prisoners.

He added: "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."


Metallica asked the US military to stop using their music to interrogate prisoners

In 2008, after hearing about the alleged use of Metallica's music to break down Guantanamo Bay prisoners, lead singer, James Hetfield said: "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.

"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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