Rym Tina Ghazal of the Toronto Star reports that Iraqi death metal band A. CRASSICAUDA has its own way of expressing Iraqis' frustrations — with the aid of deafening sound blasts and blinding kaleidoscopic lights."Metal is special," says lead singer Waleed Moughafar, 20, who speaks in an almost fluent Americanized accent. "It is about death and suffering and that is what Iraqis have now. The rage of the street comes out through our music." Early this month, A. CRASSICAUDA held its first concert since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime. The band called it the official "coming-out" concert. Sporting a homemade black T-shirt tattooed with drawings of gothic insects, Moughafar says his band's "Iraqi death metal" is a spinoff of Western heavy metal classic acts such as METALLICA and AC/DC. He explains that the name "A. CRASSICAUDA" — the scientific Latin term for a black scorpion — is the perfect metaphor for Iraq as a whole. "Only a certain part of the Iraqi body is bad. The rest is good — just like the scorpion." [Read more]
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