BlogFebruary 11, 2013 2:29 PM ET

Navy SEAL: "I wore [my Demon Hunter patch] when I blasted bin Laden"

In case you missed the new issue of Esquire magazine, there is an excellent piece on the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden. Of trivial importance to the story, but notable for metalheads is the following quote from the soldier:

"When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them," the Shooter says. "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 we stopped using their music, and then a band called Demon Hunter 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."

Metal aside, read the article. It's worth your time.


UPDATE: Demon Hunter has issued a statement regarding the article:

As you can imagine, our inboxes and phones (and those of our representatives) have been flooded with messages asking us how we feel about the Esquire article on the raid that brought Osama Bin Laden to justice that began circulating yesterday. Specifically, the person identified in the story as "The Shooter" said that Seal Team 6 wore the Demon Hunter emblem on their uniforms and "I wore it when I blasted Bin Laden."

Over the years, we have been overwhelmed by the personal (and unofficial) emails and letters we've received from members of the US military. We have been humbled and honored by the troops who've told us our music has offered them some comfort while overseas, while missing loved ones, while doing what they do best in order to keep America safe and protect the freedoms we enjoy. We've met many servicemen and women at our shows and they've shared their stories with us in person, as well. We wrote "The Soldier's Song" back in 2005 to pay tribute to these folks who've reached out to us. We included one such veteran among the Demon Hunter fans we profiled in our documentary film, 45 Days.

We have seen our symbol, a demon skull with a bullet hole in its forehead, tattooed on fans around the world. We've seen it made into sculptures, painted onto motorcycles, even spray-painted onto tanks and military planes. We often post these pictures on our Facebook page when we receive them. One such email, a few years ago, came from a special operations team who had crafted homemade Demon Hunter patches and put them on their uniforms. They asked us if it was OK if they did this and we of course told them "YES" because we are unapologetic supporters of our troops. In the last 24 hours, we have come to believe this team who contacted us a few years ago must have been Seal Team 6.

As for the talk about enhanced interrogation techniques that has sprung up in the media in the last 24 hours surrounding this story, we feel that it is an unnecessary distraction. It's been widely reported for years that heavy metal music has sometimes been used in these situations. We have no specific knowledge of our music being used for this, nor have we ever volunteered it to be used as such, nor are we commenting on it beyond that. The debate about enhanced interrogation techniques is for politicians, military intelligence, pundits and others of the like to have.

The members of Seal Team 6 and The Shooter are American heroes who deserve our support. We were among the Americans and people around the world abroad who supported the bringing to justice of one of the biggest mass murderers in history, who planned and executed some of the most horrific acts imaginable. All of the military who risk their lives to protect our freedoms earn our respect each and every single day. We are honored, humbled and blessed that Demon Hunter was of any support or comfort to Seal Team 6 or anyone in the US military at any time.

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yasaf 2/11/2013 11:35:22 AM

hahahahahahahahahaha

brassknuckleromance 2/11/2013 11:48:55 AM

ell the fck ohh ell. woulda been cooler w/ an integrity patch instead.

anonymous 2/11/2013 1:02:23 PM

unfathomably despicable band

Get_Some 2/11/2013 1:08:57 PM

Christians. How fitting....

anonymous 2/11/2013 1:12:40 PM

thats awesome. I liked the first demon hunter cd. hetfield and ulrich are bitches.

anonymous 2/11/2013 1:18:53 PM

fck YOU DAD

anonymous 2/11/2013 1:21:13 PM

lawl @ anyone who has ever even listened to demon hunter and anyone who has enough respect for metallica to address them by their names.

anonymous 2/11/2013 1:33:37 PM

"Lol this shit is gay"- terrorist listening to Demon Hunter

GenghisJohn 2/11/2013 1:46:12 PM

Demon Hunter, of all bands those military boys really do lack taste, dont they?

angina 2/11/2013 2:12:35 PM

surprised anyone believes this bin laden fairy tale

anonymous 2/11/2013 2:23:16 PM

Should have blasted them some Illdisposed, that shit might actually work.

truthstar 2/11/2013 2:34:14 PM

"THOU SHALL NOT KILL." - Christians. Unless you're not Christian or white. This shits a joke

anonymous 2/11/2013 3:06:08 PM

This among the millions of other hypocrites is the reason I am no longer a christian. Catholic bishops blessing bombs and turning eyes on the concentration camps. fcking lunacy

Mitt__Romney 2/11/2013 3:15:07 PM

I wouldn't be proud of that....

anonymous 2/11/2013 5:00:16 PM

christians love their muslim bros

anonymous 2/11/2013 5:59:04 PM

christian australians who creep on young girls and carry around creepy dolls are stoked.

anonymous 2/11/2013 7:44:16 PM

i wear an integrity patch on my kit; a lot of SOIA dragon stenciled on vehicles downrange.

hahgay 2/11/2013 8:01:23 PM

I'm confused how this has anything to do with Christians? He wore the patch of a Christian band when he killed Bin Laden. Big fcking deal. Also, is anyone at all surprised that this is how America treats our veterans? He'd be better of being a fcking scrub who doesn't try at all. The system loves helping them out.

anonymous 2/11/2013 9:06:17 PM

Sorry bro. It's 20 years or get a MoH. Doesn't matter you killed someone special. What about all the peasants below you that you to that point you could pull the trigger? Should have just stayed in 3 more years. As a Seal, you should have first hand knowledge just how fcked up the United States is. I did six years and got out. Livin large on the GI Bill and consuming education.

GenghisJohn 2/11/2013 10:35:04 PM

anyone else notice how he admits to America starting the war?

RickRock 2/12/2013 7:44:04 AM

He should re-enlist, ride a desk for 4 years, then get out again. Money for life for services rendered.

anonymous 2/12/2013 8:51:33 AM

people on here are idiots. music does not define christianity. a band decides to show patriotism, and they get bashed for it. they do more for this country than any of the dim minded fools on here who just rage on people. learn about what your talking about and stop spewwing garbage based on biast opinions.

anonymous 2/12/2013 10:28:49 AM

Willing to bet half these "terrorist" killed themselves one song into that interrogation.

anonymous 2/12/2013 11:23:00 AM

awesome move by metallica. thats a fcking 1988 'tallica move by them.

anonymous 2/12/2013 12:15:47 PM

hey lambgoat, thanks for throwing your journalistic weight around to mindlessly parrot an article glorifying targeted assassinations (without trial) in the Global War on Terror. USA! USA!

anonymous 2/12/2013 12:25:44 PM

and what does Christianity have to do with this band's music and specifically telling NSW DEVGRU operators to use it for enhanced interrogations (torture)? Demon Hunter member's can most likely be put in the category of Christians who've been brainwashed to believe that the GWoT is a Holy War with the Moslem Hordes who want to establish an Islamic Caliphate and bring about the end of the world. don't you guys watch Fox News?

anonymous 2/12/2013 2:20:09 PM

They just posted an statement on their facebook! From where I quote: "It's been widely reported for years that heavy metal music has sometimes been used in these situations. We have no specific knowledge of our music being used for this, nor have we ever volunteered it to be used as such, nor are we commenting on it beyond that." - http://www.facebook.com/De monHunter

anonymous 2/12/2013 2:34:02 PM

too bad the killing of bin laden was a farce. you fckin sheeple, get fcked!!!

anonymous 2/12/2013 2:42:17 PM

We are honored, humbled and blessed that Demon Hunter was of any support or comfort to Seal Team 6 or anyone in the US military at any time.

anonymous 2/13/2013 1:18:39 AM

Pics or it didn't happen.

GenghisJohn 2/13/2013 6:47:19 PM

Demon Hunter supports wars. You heard 'em, folks

anonymous 2/16/2013 11:49:55 PM

people that post on lambgoat are general gays and would get their ass kicked in an average ever day altercation with a normal male. other than that these dudes are too cool for school, fck yea man

anonymous 2/26/2013 12:06:46 AM

Man a lot of you turds are serious douche bags! Good for Demon Hunter and I'll be DL'ing all metallica's music but PAYING for all of Demon Hunter's because of it. The boys of SEAL team 6 are all better in every way than every single one of us, all of you, so whatever they want is better than whatever you want. So shut up. Good job Demon Hunter!

anonymous 3/18/2013 1:48:45 AM

"One of the biggest mass murders in human history? " P my fcking god it is in fcking conceivable that the ignorance in these esophageal c-ck messagers could be so brainwashed. To this day there is still no evidence linking bin-laden to 9/11. The alleged video of his confession has been proven to be an impostor, hoax, U.S. propaganda tool, again and again swallowed whole by you suckers. Even if he had Been responsible for 9/11, he wouldn't even breach the top1000 greatest killers of all time.