Buried in news reports earlier this month was a story about an interview in Esquire with the U.S. Navy Seal who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. According to the anonymous shooter, early in the Iraq war, they developed the practice of using music from Metallica to break people down during interrogations. Here’s the priceless quote: “Metallica got wind of this and they said ‘Hey, please don’t use our music because we don’t want to promote violence.’ I thought, ‘Dude, you have an album called ‘Kill ‘Em All.’”
But they respected Metallica’s request and stopped using the band’s music. In stepped the Christian metalcore band Demon Hunter. The shooter continued: “[They} got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do.’ They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden.”
I’m still trying to figure out how to feel about this. I get that these kinds of missions are critical to our national interests and so forth, but for a band (an overtly Christian band, no less) to sanction a team of elite killers causes me some discomfort. Yet there is something apropos about a band called Demon Hunter sponsoring a team of assassins as they track down members of the most-wanted terrorists’ list. And clearly, whether they intended this or not, whoever it was from Demon Hunter who mailed those patches and CDs is a marketing genius.