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The name of the album is "Gilgamesh," the ancient Mesopotamian king with superhuman strength and courage who undertakes a perilous quest to discover the secret of eternal life.The epic tale embodies the complexities of life and finding one's self that the four-man heavy metal band Acrassicauda believe is symbolic of their own journey from war-torn Baghdad to a U.S. recording studio. There's never been a big heavy metal scene in the Iraqi capital, particularly pre-2003 when Hussein and fellow band members Faisal Talal and Firas al-Lateef were growing up, when access to anything but regional music was slim.Once a center for art and music, Baghdad had become the scene of bloodshed. Heavy metal, as it turned out, was a great escape. Now the men in Acrassicauda, the name of a black scorpion found in the Iraqi desert, are turning back to Arabic music for inspiration. The group says it's toying with some Arabic beats to blend in to their heavy metal music to create a one-of-a-kind sound.
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