The United States 361st Psychological Operations Company currently uses heavy metal music, among other things, as a form of torture. According to Sergeant Mark Hadsell, "These people [prisoners] haven't heard heavy metal. They can't take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That's when we come in and talk to them."
1. "Bulls on Parade" - Rage Against the Machine
"The fact that our music has been co-opted in this barbaric way is really disgusting. If you're at all familiar with ideological teachings of the band and its support for human rights, that's really hard to stand." - Tom Morello
2. "Fuck Your God" - Deicide
Steve Asheim, Deicide's drummer, said, "If I was a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and they blasted a load of music at me, I'd be like, 'Is this all you got? Come on.' I certainly don't believe in torturing people, but I don't believe that playing loud music is torture either."
3. "Bodies" - Drowning Pool
People assume we should be offended that somebody in the military thinks our song is annoying enough that played over and over it can psychologically break someone down. I take it as an honor to think that perhaps our song could be used to quell another 9/11 attack or something like that." - Steve Benton
4. "Shoot to Thrill" - AC/DC
Troops used long range acoustic devices to blast AC/DC throughout the region to increase the vulnerability of Iraqi insurgents. The LRADs, developed by the American Technology Corporation, have also been used to repel pirate attacks in Somalia.
5. "Die Motherfucker Die" - Dope
"I can't tell ya how many e-mails we have gotten and letters from soldiers over there that have used 'Die Motherfucker Die' in their CD players and kept it on repeat. They're waiting for some shit to go down." -Edsel Dope
6. "Enter Sandman" - Metallica
"Part of me is proud is because they chose METALLICA. It's strong; it's music that's powerful. It represents something that they don't like — maybe freedom, aggression... I don't know... freedom of speech. And then part of me is kind of bummed about it that people worry about us being attached to some political statement because of that. We've got nothing to do with this and we're trying to be as apolitical as possible, 'cause I think politics and music, at least for us, don't mix. It separates people, [and] we wanna bring people together. So, so be it. I can't say 'Stop.' I can't say 'Do it.' It is just a thing — it's not good or bad." - James Hetfield
7. "March of the Pigs" - Nine Inch Nails
"It's difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you've put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture. If there are any legal options that can be realistically taken they will be aggressively pursued, with any potential monetary gains donated to human rights charities. Thank GOD this country has appeared to side with reason and we can put the Bush administration's reign of power, greed, lawlessness and madness behind us." - Trent Reznor