Metallica Singer 'Proud' of Music's Role in Torture
Tunes represented something detainees didn't like: Hetfield
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 1:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Metallica frontman James Hetfield is rather proud his band's music was played at top volume to break down the resistance of Guantanamo detainees under interrogation. "It’s strong, it’s music that’s powerful,” he told an interviewer from a German TV network. “It represents something that they don’t like—maybe freedom, aggression—I don’t know. Freedom of speech."

But he added that he was also "kind of bummed about it" because of his belief that politics and music don't mix. Several American musicians opposed to the use of their music on Gitmo prisoners recently joined a call demanding that the federal government release documents on the practice.

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John Magin
Jun 30, 2010 3:24 PM CDT
James, shut up and play. Same could be said for blasting Liberace or lady Ga Ga- it's not the genre, it's the volume.
mehrheit
Oct 31, 2009 3:10 AM CDT
I'll 2nd (3rd?) that! Though I'll admit to liking parts of the black album, especially when it was new, the albums that followed it were so unconscionably bad that they literally (LITERALLY!) reached back through time and exposed the black album as the prelude to SUCK that it had, in fact, always been.
yummines
Oct 30, 2009 12:48 PM CDT
well it depends on what kind of techno, some are pretty cool. however full blast of generic stuff like "Traffic" by Tiesto probably would work... I don't understand why the US government thought that rock was a more effective means of torture than annoying techno or hip hop...