The German-language television network 3SAT
recently conducted an interview with METALLICA
guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield
about the band's new album, "Death Magnetic"
, the "Some Kind of Monster"
movie and the use of METALLICA
's music to torture Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prisoners. "Part of me is proud is because they chose METALLICA
said about the reports that the band's song "Enter Sandman"
was used during the interrogation of Mohammed al-Qahtani
— known as the 20th hijacker on Sept. 11 — and that listening to the track brought al-Qahtani
to tears "because he thought he was hearing the sound of Satan." James
added, "It's strong; it's music that's powerful. It represents something that they don't like — maybe freedom, aggression… I don't know… freedom of speech. 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. It separates people, [and] we wanna bring people together. So, so be it. I can't say 'Stop.' I can't say 'Do it.' It is just a thing — it's not good or bad."
's entire 26-minute chat with Hetfield
in three parts below.