Report: Iraqi Heavy Metal Band Seeks New Home

Mike Collett-White of Reuters reports: ACRASSICAUDA, which claims to be Baghdad's only heavy metal band, fled to Syria and on to Turkey to avoid the violence in Iraq and specific death threats from insurgent groups, but now the four young musicians may be forced to return home.

"We're stuck, we're lost," Marwan, at 23 the youngest member of the group, said by telephone from Istanbul where he is staying with bandmates Firas, Tony and Faisal.

He said the musicians were not welcome in Turkey, particularly since fighting has escalated between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels near the Iraqi border, but they could not find another country willing to take them in as refugees.

"If we ever made it back to Baghdad, and we ever made it back to our families, where would we rehearse?" said Marwan, frustrated at talking about politics and personal troubles rather than tours and tracklists.

"If we go back to Baghdad now, we'll just stay at home as prisoners, not even go out to buy and packet of cigarettes.

"I live in a Shi'ite neighborhood and I'm a Sunni," he added, referring to sectarian divisions behind much of the killing. "There are gangs who deny us the simple choice of free will."

ACRASSICAUDA, which refers to the Latin for a type of scorpion, was formed in 2001, but played only three concerts before the U.S. invasion of 2003. They played three more, facing heavy security, tiny crowds, power shortages and the odd explosion nearby.

Their story is the subject of a documentary "Heavy Metal in Baghdad", made by Canadians Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi.

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