Acrassicauda music review

In thrash metal, a warlike stance comes with the territory

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Only the Dead See the End of the War

In thrash metal, a warlike stance comes with the territory. But hostility is more than just a pose for the members of Acrassicauda.Immortalised by the riveting 2007 documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, this Iraqi quartet faced daily peril for cranking amps and throwing horns in covert Baghdad shows. Death threats pursued Acrassicauda into Syria and Turkey, prompting Vice, the New York media company that made the film, to help the band resettle in New Jersey last year.

Freed to strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of decibels, Acrassicauda have packed this four-song debut EP with potent riffs, hooks and heavy grooves that any Metallica or Slayer fan will savour. But just as potent are the band’s lyrical observations and sentiments, which could only have come from a first-hand experience of life during wartime.
Steve Smith
Available now online.

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