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Heavy Metal music... In IRAQ???

Have you ever wondered what influence American culture is going to have on the people of Iraq? As we get ready to leave the security of Iraq to it's people, what 'American' traditions will be left behind? What things will be odopted? Well, it seems that there is a love of heavy metal music over there!

Check this out from Blabbermouth:

"Only The Dead See The End Of The War", the debut EP from the Iraqi heavy metal band ACRASSICAUDA, is available for streaming in its entirety using the widget below. Recorded in 2009 following the band's final relocation to the U.S., the CD was produced by TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick and mixed by engineer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, SYSTEM OF A DOWN). The four-song debut "explodes with ferocious war metal," according to a press release.this location.Viceland.com.

"Only The Dead See The End Of The War" track listing:

01. Message From Baghdad
02. Garden Of Stones
03. Massacre
04. The Unknown

"Only The Dead See The End Of The War" is available for purchase at

ACRASSICAUDA made its U.S. live debut on January 21, 2010 at Brooklyn, New York metal dive bar The Charleston. The group played a 45-minute set in front of friends and family, including Skolnick.

Check out photos of the performance at

For the past six years, VICE has documented the story of ACRASSICAUDA in its struggle to stay alive and continue the group while enduring the disintegration of its own country throughout the war.

Also in stores now is the inspirational book "Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda" (VICE/MTV Books). Expanding on the internationally acclaimed, award-winning VBS.TV/VICE Films documentary produced and directed by Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti, VICE editors Andy Capper and Gabi Sifre extensively cover the history of ACRASSICAUDA, beginning at their youth in Iraq and culminating in their eventual relocation to the U.S. in 2008. Featuring never-before-seen photographs, setlists, posters, and flyers, the book tells the real story of life during wartime in Baghdad.

"Garden Of Stones", the new video from ACRASSICAUDA, can be viewed below.