Esquire just published the landmark first interview with "The Shooter," the unnamed Navy SEAL Team 6 member who shot and killed Osama bin Laden during the raid on the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound that's immortalized in the new film Zero Dark Thirty. The piece delves into the life and times of SEAL Team 6 members and their uncertain future, but also uncovers an odd bit of pop flotsam: The Shooter says Seattle Christian metal band Demon Hunter helped inspire his steadfast assault on bin Laden's compound.
"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."
So, yes, in essence Demon Hunter did, in fact, hunt a demon. Heavy!