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Brutal Impact, an Iraqi Heavy-Metal Band, Hits the Stage

October 13, 2008 8:06 AM

By AADEL RASHID, ABC News Baghdad

Periods of musical silence in Baghdad are slowly being broken: The second heavy-metal gig since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime will hit the stage Oct. 24, performed by a band whose name appropriately reflects Iraq’s situation.

Brutal Impact consists of five members -- Lateef on drums, Mahmood on rhythm guitar, Muthana on vocal, Rami on lead guitar and Rafi on bass. Although the fragile security situation is still an obstacle, according to Lateef, the five band mates decided to go ahead with their gig no matter what.

Advertisements for the gig have been glued near CD stores in Baghdad to get the attention of rock music fans. The tickets, costing $12, will be sold at Hindreen Music shop, which is Baghdad’s guitar center, as well as at Babylon CD store.

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The band will cover songs by popular bands like Metallica. Many rock fans have waited a long time for such a concert to vent their anger and frustration – what better way to do it other than head-banging among friends?!

The band members told ABC News that they are excited but nervous because of the tenuous security situation in Baghdad. Still, by performing they intend to show the world that there are many heavy-metal enthusiasts in Iraq, many of whom they hope will turn up to hear them play Oct. 24.

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Jammin'

Posted by: Kitty | Oct 13, 2008 8:44:52 AM

Peace through Heavy Metal! Rock On Dudes!

Posted by: babaor | Oct 13, 2008 9:33:30 AM

Why dont they call themselves..."Shock and Awe"?

Posted by: FormerRepub | Oct 13, 2008 10:51:56 AM

many thanks abu 3omar
to post this news about this gr8 band
i am sure that the gig will be an awesome metal concert
cheeers guys
and hail hail metal
\m...m/

Posted by: AwS AdNAN | Oct 14, 2008 4:34:19 AM

Hey Aws, glad you liked the story,,, Hail Metal
Kudos

Posted by: Adel | Oct 14, 2008 7:13:47 AM

Thnx 3dola for the report
and we r working so hard to make the best metal concert in iraq
Metal rulez

Posted by: MustafallicA | Oct 14, 2008 8:07:54 AM

i was very happy reading thiss , we will make u guys all proud of how strong metal is by doing this show..........METAL!

Posted by: muthanna | Oct 14, 2008 9:19:07 AM

Acrassicauda is another Iraqi metal band; they have a dvd out right now on the American market showing how they came to be and how they are trying to create a name for themselves...anyway, I think Brutal Impact is named after a game (World of Warcraft)...It's great to see the actual reach of bands like Metallica, and the impact they've had on kids from Louisville to Baghdad...

Posted by: Jazz | Oct 14, 2008 9:59:50 AM

Rock on , guys and keep on head banging.... hail hail hail \m/

Posted by: Venom | Oct 14, 2008 5:11:28 PM

Thanks MustafallicA for your kind words
I guess its a duty on all metal heads to contribute to the metal world in Baghdad, I guess you remember we used to have like nine or ten bands back in the 90's...
Inshallah it will all be back in the very soon

Posted by: 3adel | Oct 15, 2008 4:36:27 AM

we ware waiting for this moment to come for along time I wish i'll see all the Iraqis MetalHeads up there .


RoCk on
MetallicA Rules

Posted by: Haider | Oct 15, 2008 5:32:23 AM

it's going to be crazy guys ,specially when we meet all together to rock the city on fridy noon !!!!!!!!!!!

MeTaL Rules ...\m/...

Posted by: MAGUS | Oct 15, 2008 7:16:54 AM

it's going to be crazy guys ,specially when we meet all together to rock the city on fridy noon !!!!!!!!!!!

MeTaL Rules ...\m/...

Posted by: MAGUS | Oct 15, 2008 7:17:08 AM

very nice

we rock

Posted by: amro | Oct 15, 2008 7:41:03 AM

hey that's really good report about this consert and we hope it will be awsome consert and make a big seccess

metal rulez \M/

Posted by: GreNdeL 666 | Oct 15, 2008 9:47:28 AM

It's good to know that music can really help all problems (even if it's only for the 2-hour set) across the world...

Posted by: Rochelle | Oct 15, 2008 2:00:25 PM

Can't wait for it!!
thanx guys for givin' us such opportunity.
Long live METAL \m/

Posted by: Devil in Disguise | Oct 15, 2008 5:36:17 PM

hey guys
thats great we gonna rock it ther
keep it metal guys

Posted by: alaa /m/ | Oct 15, 2008 9:16:27 PM

after a long wait more than five years
This what we were waiting.....

We hope all the fans of metal to enjoy and revival this concert and revivals the spirit of metal concerts in Iraq again

Metal Rules

Posted by: El Mariachi | Oct 16, 2008 4:42:32 AM

after a long wait more than five years
This what we were waiting for.....

We hope all the fans of metal to enjoy and revival this concert and revivals the spirit of metal concerts in Iraq again

Metal Rules

Posted by: El Mariachi | Oct 16, 2008 4:45:59 AM

Hay everybody....
yes brothers... this situuations in iraq prevents had made us so disappointed about making metal bands or parties or making mtal comunity in public..

hell yeah... now it's available!!

Posted by: Dust & ShadowS(Dr.3ammar) | Oct 16, 2008 6:58:41 PM

wellish ...Thats Fuckin Great Brothers ...I Would Like To Know How Far We Could Be Just A Matter Of Imagination ...Can We Go Far A Lil Bit More For God's Sake?
They Need Support!?
Support'em For God's Sake

Posted by: lil bird | Oct 16, 2008 7:17:49 PM

Wish U all the best on this concert...specially to my old dear buddy Latef....Go Get'em !
I'll be waiting for some cool reviews abt the show :)

Keep on Rockin....regards from The Rock City...

Huthaifa

Posted by: Huthaifa | Oct 17, 2008 1:20:36 AM

wish u all the best brothers...specially my real metal buddy brother Aws Adnan.....i wish im there with u guys....but im now in india for my brother treatment & back to amman to live there......

wis u all the best guys....
\m/ 6 6 6 \m/ till death
DIE FOR METAL
cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

Posted by: SHADOW.MAN.METAL | Oct 17, 2008 8:59:10 AM

ComeOn guys! quench our thirst! It has been a long time without metal concerts, the blood pumping engines!
VIVA Brutal impact and the other Iraqi metal bands, keep up the hard work guys, we are all yours,

Posted by: Luke | Oct 21, 2008 7:09:24 PM

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