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Metallica has denied asking the U.S. military to stop using its music as part of alleged torture techniques against prisoners of war. In a recent interview with Esquire, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden -- referred to as "the Shooter" in the article -- mentioned that the he used Metallica songs to "soften up" prisoners before interrogations until the band asked the military to stop. He explained, "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.'"
In a new statement posted at Metallica's website, however, the band said, "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."
The Shooter claimed that he began using the music of a Christian metal band called Demon Hunter -- with their approval -- as part of his routine after he had to stop using Metallica.
The Shooter also insisted that he did not actually torture prisoners, but that "repetitive questioning and leveraging fear was as aggressive as he'd go."
In a 2009 appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band did not "advocate or condone" the use of the band's music for torture, adding that if someone really wanted to use music to torture others, there were "30 Norwegian death metal bands that would make Metallica sound like Simon and Garfunkel."
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