Firas Al-Lateef/ Acrassicauda
"Acrassicauda had been through hell as a rock band in wartime Baghdad. Its practice space was bombed. Its members were branded Satan worshipers and received death threats for making Western-style music. Then they suffered through two purgatorial years as refugees in Syria and Turkey, killing time and dreaming of rocking out in the land of the free."
Just recently relocated to the US, "they have enjoyed what any metal fan would have to call heaven: bearhugs and “Wow, dude” heart-to-hearts backstage with Metallica at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. It probably wasn’t necessary for James Hetfield, Metallica’s lead singer, to surprise them after the show by handing over one of his guitars, a black ESP, and signing it “Welcome to America”; their minds were already blown." -New York Times Article
The EMG team is proud to be able to support such spirit and devotion to a dream. When we spoke to Firas Al-Lateef, Bass player for the band, he exclaimed "I've known about EMG my entire life, all the best bands play them so this is a dream come true!".
Make sure you check them out, support them, and go see their movie Heavy Metal in Baghdad!