California Death-Metal-Fan-Turned-al-Qaida-Spokesperson Arrested In Pakistan?

According to, conflicting reports emerged Sunday about whether American al-Qaida spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn (also known as "Azzam the American") — a U.S. citizen from Southern California who wrote in a web posting that he was obsessed for a time with "demonic heavy metal music" before moving to Orange County and discovering the Islamic faith — has been arrested in Pakistan.

A senior Pakistani government official told CNN that Gadahn was arrested Sunday in Karachi, but a U.S. intelligence official said there appears to be no validity to reports of Gadahn's arrest. Other U.S. officials also said they have no indication that Gadahn has been captured. in 2008 digitally released rare studio recordings from Adam Yahiye Gadahn's long-defunct metal project APHASIA.

Adam Gadahn was an active member of the death metal underground in the early 1990s before converting to Islam and eventually getting involved with the al-Qaida terrorist organization, popularized by his videos in support of anti-American sentiments. Gadahn was listed on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list and was the first American charged with treason since 1952.

"DELIRIUM: 7 Hallucinatory Interludes, Op.2" is a mélange of experimental sounds and ambient-noise passages, fused with occasional guitar interludes and drum machines creating a snapshot into the adolescent mind of this future propagandist.

Check out audio samples of Adam's music at this location. and stated in a press release that they "have no direct affiliation with Adam Gadahn."

For more information on Adam Yahiye Gadahn's connection to the heavy metal scene, click here.


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