Humanitarian Bazaar Magazine, August 2014  |  Marwan Samarae, with Daniel J Gerstle.

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THE POINT: We talk to Acrassicauda as they head into the studio to record their new album, Gilgamesh. They are Iraq’s first heavy metal band, guys who risked their lives to perform thrash in Baghdad during the war, were introduced to the world in the VICE documentary “Heavy Metal in Baghdad,” got a guitar as a gift from METALLICA, got produced by TESTAMANT guitarist Alex Skolnick, jammed with MINISTRY, and then planned out this new album in New York. Humanitarian Bazaar founder Daniel J Gerstle got a chance to jam with the band in Brooklyn and introduce them as mentors to Afghanistan’s first heavy metal band District Unknown. Now he got a chance to talk with co-founder/ songwriter/ drummer Marwan Samarae.