So says Eric Danville, author of The Official Heavy Metal Book Of Lists (Backbeat), out this October.
Though committees like Tipper Gores Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) have tried to censor risque metal music, Danville says the government itself uses metal for nastier purposes than it was intended for.
He recently found a list of eight heavy metal songs the government has used to torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, including Enter Sandman by Metallica and Shoot To Thrill by AC/DC.
Danville finds the governments use of the genre ironic, given how badly theyve bashed it in the past.
He says if politicians took the time to really hear metal theyd realize its harmless, since, in his words, Ozzy Osbourne writes songs about love and shþt. You just have to listen.
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