Iraqi Heavy Metal On MSNBC's 'The Rachel Maddow Show'; Video Available

November 1, 2008

MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show", featuring Maddow's take on the biggest stories of the day (political and otherwise),aired a short report (see below) on Thursday (October 30) about Baghdad, Iraq's second heavy metal gig since the fall of Saddam Husein's regime in 2003. About 220 enthusiastic male and female fans packed into a small, local venue on October 24 for more than two hours to hear the Baghdad band BRUTAL IMPACT knock out popular covers from the heavy metal stable, such as SLAYER's "South of Heaven", DEATH's "The Philosopher" and METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters", according to Mideast Youth. Lateef, the band's drummer, said that the gig was "awesome" because they managed to perform several difficult songs from some famous metal bands, for a very appreciative audience.

Footage of BRUTAL IMPACT performing METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" at the October 24 concert can be viewed below.

"The Rachel Maddow Show" report:

BRUTAL IMPACT performance footage:

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