A large contingent of American bands have joined the Close Gitmo Now campaign in direct protest of the use of their music during torture practices at Guantanamo Bay. The new campaign is led by two retired generals: Lieutenant General Robert Gard and Brigadier General John Johns. Robert Gard has spoken out in defense of the musicians, stating:
In the mean time, Rammstein’s new album is out. It is good but i was not super impressed.Just usual Rammstein I like to listen to without sensational new songs…
The Teutonic rockers have always produced music that worked for both headbangers and Goths on an industrial dance floor. While the latest album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da shows little musical growth from previous efforts it’s vintage Rammstein nonetheless: beefy power chords; precise keyboards and vocalist Till Lindemann’s mesmerizing trill and Germanic bark.
We’ve posted many times about the use of music in Psy Ops for torture and as a form of “acoustic bombardment” (annoyance) in siege situations like Waco and when Noriega holed up in Panama. Now, famous artists like Pearl Jam, REM, Rosanne Cash, and the Roots filed a Freedom of Information Act demanding that the US government list the names of the tunes that were used as soundtracks in interrogation situations. An article in the Washington Post mentions the theme to “Sesame Street,” the Meow Mix TV commercial jingle, and The Boss’s “Born in the USA” as examples. From the Washington Post:
The eighties were a fantastic decade for heavy metal. Some of the best metal albums ever were released in that decade. The 1980s saw the explosion of metal into the mainstream, with tons of bands getting radio and MTV airplay. It also saw the birth and rise of more extreme genres of metal. Throughout the past several months I published lists of the best metal albums of each year of the 1980s. This collection of the best albums of the decade is taken from those lists.