Metallica is denying reports that they objected to the U.S. military using their music as part of their interrogation tactics.
The band has posted a short message on their website saying they "NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter," and "any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct."
The claims about Metallica and the military surfaced earlier this month in an interview with the man who killed Osama bin Laden. The Navy SEAL, identified in the article only as "The Shooter," told Esquire that when the war first began in Iraq, service members "were using Metallica music to soften people up" before an interrogation.
"The Shooter" explained that Metallica got wind of this, and said, "Hey, please don't use our music because we don't want to promote violence." He added that he thought it was a strange request, given such album titles as "Kill 'Em All," but said the military honored Metallica's wishes.
Photo Credit Getty Images