Acrassicauda - "Garden of Stones" Vice Records Director: Bernardo Loyola
Acrassicauda (which lit. means black scorpion) is an Iraqi thrash metal band formed in 2001. They are often credited as being the first heavy metal group to emerge from Iraq. They formed and played concerts under the Saddam regime. They became well known outside of the local Iraqi metal scene after Vice magazine did a profile of them. They received even greater coverage when they were profiled in a feature length documentary about the band and their troubles in Iraq called, Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Their first album was released on March 9, 2010.
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