Once upon a time, the word ‘torture’ meant the real deal. Nowadays, using the language of ‘warfare by other means’, the pawns of our enemies have expanded the meaning of ‘torture’ to encompass such things as playing loud music.
Reportedly this includes making prisoners listen to Britney Spears (OK, this isn’t just torture but a crime against music), to the ‘Barney and Friends’ theme song (admittedly a crime against the huge manatee), to REM,… These artists have their undies in a knot over this and are planning to include moments of silence in their concerts. This should be encouraged, I believe — to be extended over the whole concert.
Not everybody thinks that way. Metal is traditionally a genre that’s fairly tolerant of artists with right-wing views, and “Drowning Pool’s bassist said he’s honored his music ‘could be used to quell another 9/11.'”
Metallica frontman James Hetfield had some fun with the interviewer in this clip. (The Gitmo question starts at about 4m45s in, where the video should start.) He basically says he feels proud the band’s music is so powerful that it might be used for this purpose, but stresses that the band’s lyrics try to remain apolitical. Also, that making him listen to Arabic music would undoubtedly be torture to him.