Heavy Metal in Baghdad's Acrassicauda Team Up with Vice for Debut EP

<i>Heavy Metal in Baghdad</i>'s Acrassicauda Team Up with Vice for Debut EP
Thanks to Vice Records, we're finally going to hear what Acrassicauda sounds like on record.

A few years ago, the heavy metal outfit made international headlines when their story was revealed via a documentary film Heavy Metal in Baghdad, which summed up their situation: they're basically the only heavy metal band in an extremely religious country that vilifies this musical genre.

During the film, we were not only introduced to the band's personal woes, but also the trials and tribulations of playing music in a war-torn country. We saw them escape and seek refugee status just so they could rock. They'd played less than ten shows in their years of existence, revealing one of the greatest tales of endurance, bravery and dedication, metal or otherwise.

Now, the band have finally relocated to the United States and recorded their debut EP Only the Dead See the End of the War, which will be released by Vice in March of 2010. The four-song EP was recorded by legendary guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Hatebreed System of a Down). To download the song "Garden Of Stone," click here.

In the meantime, if you've seen Heavy Metal in Baghdad and want to know more about the lives of Acrassicauda's members, the Vice conglomerate has also released a book entitled Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda, which is available now. A little more in-depth, the book delves into the band's youth in Iraq, struggles and eventually culminates in their eventual relocation to the U.S. in 2008.