Band deny asking US military to stop using their songs in interrogation.
The Navy SEAL responsible for the shooting of Osama Bin Laden has recently opened up to Esquire about his time in the US military, including the use of Metallica music on prisoners prior to interrogation.
The man, referred to only as "The Shooter", stated that when first in Iraq "we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them. Metallica got wind of this and they said, 'Hey, please don't use our music because we don't want to promote violence.' I thought, 'Dude, you have an album called 'Kill 'Em All'. We stopped using their music, and then a band called Demon Hunter got in touch and said, 'We're all about promoting what you do.' They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden."
Metallica responded to The Shooter's comments with a new statement on their website:
"There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to 'soften people up before interrogation.' We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct."
Back in 2008, frotnman James Hetfield announced on German TV that a part of him was proud that the military had chosen Metallica, but that he didn't want the band "attached to some political statement" because of it.