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ACRASSICAUDA, NETHER REGIONS, LORD DYING, THE GUILD, DJ NATE C (East End">East End, 203 SE Grand) Bands like Sodom and Bolt Thrower have made names for themselves by churning out albums that rely on war themes. They figured out that the aggressive attack of metal music, coupled with lyrics about the chaos and devastation that come with combat, go together like bread and butter (or blood and oil). For Acrassicauda, arguably the only metal band to emerge from Iraq and the subject of a documentary film called Heavy Metal in Baghdad, war was a lifestyle. Since their inception in 2000, bombs have destroyed their practice space, they've received death threats for being Satan worshippers, skirted head-banging restrictions, and lived in fear in order to pursue their passion for metal. Acrassicauda have since relocated to the States and in 2010 they released an EP entitled Only the Dead See the End of the War. The EP borrows heavily from ...And Justice for All-era Metallica, with a sharp, progressive, and melodic metal sound that has the occasional bursts of speed and hardcore chugs. War is hell, but in the case of Acrassicauda, it has definitely inspired some badass tunes. ARIS WALES