Help save music… and lives

This is an utterly bizarre one, but I can vouch for it’s truthfulness. There’s no point in rewording the original posting so I’m copying and pasting it. Please, if you have a few bob spare and a heart as black a Satan’s own bollocks, you know it makes sense to make a donation.

On October 10th, 2007, the visas of the members of Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda will start to expire. The Syrian government has made it clear that they will not renew them, meaning the band will be forced to return to Iraq. We don’t need to stress just how dangerous this will be for them. It could very likely be a death sentence, and the time in which we can help them is quickly running out.

We are asking for donations to assist Acrassicauda in leaving Syria for a safer haven. The band has no bank accounts, and Paypal doesn’t function in Syria, so we’ve setup a Paypal account on their behalf. No donation is too small. By giving as little as ten dollars, you can be a part of keeping the heavy metal dreams of four young Iraqi men alive.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 USD for the band. These monies will allow the band to purchase flights and to have survival funds when they arrive to their new country. In an effort to protect them, we cannot divulge where they are going until they arrive there safely.

Born out of a basement rehearsal space in Baghdad, Acrassicauda (Latin for “black scorpion”) is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Inspired by western bands like Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot, they began writing and playing metal in 2001. Their dream of performing live in Iraq soon became the struggle of their lives.

Original members Firas (bass), Tony (lead guitar), Marwan (drums), Faisal (rhythm guitar), and Waleed (lead vocals) were only able to play three shows before the war started in 2003. Soon after, Waleed retired from the band and fled the country, leaving Faisal to take over as lead singer. Due to increased security precautions throughout Iraq, it became difficult to practice–much less get through a show–without literally risking their lives. As the situation worsened in Baghdad they began receiving death threats from insurgents and religious fundamentalists accusing them of Satanism.

The war has now all but destroyed their dream of living in peace, growing their hair long, banging their heads, and shredding as loud as they want. The members of Acrassicauda are currently refugees in Damascus, Syria. All of their visa applications to foreign countries have been denied.

Thank you for your support and your concern.

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