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Iron Maiden Meets IEDs in ‘Heavy Metal in Baghdad’

Posted on Oct 2, 2007
Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Well, this particular motion picture decidedly won’t be the feel-good family drama of the year—and that’s just one more excellent reason to go see “Heavy Metal in Baghdad,” an inside glimpse into the Baghdad metalhead scene, when it (hopefully) comes to a theater near you.  Meanwhile, check out the theatrical trailer here.

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By Peter S, October 4, 2007 at 3:17 am Link to this comment
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I have been a headbanger for 22 years and this story has the HEAVY METAL themes of rebellion and strength under adversity notched up to 11. Playing metal in Baghdad is too surreal to believe. I can’t wait to catch this doco at the local indy cinema. I don’t think any metal band has ever shown this amount of courage for their art. FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (in Baghdad) WE SALUTE YOU!

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By skelter, October 3, 2007 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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Does your ignorance influence you to make such baseless assertions, or did listening to such baseless assertions lead to your ignorance?

Either way your ridiculous post seems detrimental to an intelligent discussion (and your cause).

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By Dr Richard Blackmoor, October 3, 2007 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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Metal is an excellent way for young men to release their aggression.
  Far from being sick or violent some of the best socially conscience themes have been in metal music.
  There are some violent themes in the music but unlike gangsta rap metal heads realize that it is just fantasy and horror and don’t live violently .
  metal also takes a high degree of musical competence to ply unlike rap, dance, most pop music so it gives kids a sense of discipline and how hard work pays off.
  though I love all music (except most rap and opera) I still pull out some of the better metal LPs i bought in my youth and enjoy them.
  Iron maiden was good only for their first two LPs ...the ones most fans haven’t heard of with singer Paul Dianno.  They came up with everything they did afterwards on those two lps and the musical excellence of those two LPs still shines thru.

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By DarthMiffy, October 3, 2007 at 5:29 am Link to this comment

Heavy Metal is indeed a problematic field. While it superficially portrays itself as coming from a lower class urban sensibility, it has a strong streak of intelligent social commentary. And besides, haven’t you ever wanted to just bang the bejesus your message on a set of drums? Beats killing people. I doubt any professional drummer has Post Traumatic Stress. :- D

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By Andrew Bolton, October 3, 2007 at 3:53 am Link to this comment
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Er… was that first comment intended as irony? It’s hard to tell.

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By PaulMagillSmith, October 3, 2007 at 2:12 am Link to this comment

Does the violent & sick nature of heavy metal influence our soldiers in this illegal war to act like animals, or were they animalistic to begin with from listening to such violent sounding music?

Either way this cross seems detrimental to peaceful solutions.

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