Opprobrium Opposium Cease and Desist Against Metallica

  • Axl Rosenberg

Over the weekend, news broke about Brutal Records sending Metallica a cease and desist based claims that two of the band’s songs from Harwired, “Moth Into Flame” and “Spit Out the Bone,” were ripped-off from “Hunger for Power,” a song by a band called Opprobrium. Thing is, you don’t exactly have to be a musicologist to hear that the two bands’ material has little in common besides being played on instruments. So everyone immediately cried “bullshit,” and rightfully so.

As it turns out, Opprobrium agree with the world at large’s opinion of the legal action. The band has released a statement in which they wisely distance themselves from Brutal Records, who they say do not own the rights to their song. You don’t really have to read it — it says in 247 words what I just told you in twenty-six — but if you do read it, do a shot every time they say some variation of “we love Metallica,” and you should be nice n’ tight by the end:

“ATTENTION, ATTENTION to all Metal Magazines around the world and all our fans. It’s been circulating that supposedly an ‘individual’ is claiming that Metallica copied one of our songs called ‘Hunger For Power’ and that this individual supposedly sent a “Cease and Desist” to Metallica.

“To all OPPROBRIUM fans and Metallica Fans, we OPPROBRIUM would never send a ‘Cease and Desist’ to Metallica. We OPPROBRIUM have nothing to do with this. We love Metallica and we are fans of Metallica ourselves.

“We do not know the reason why this news is spreading. WE LOVE METALLICA and are Fans of Metallica and would never do such a thing against Metallica.

“This individual is claiming that he holds the rights to one of our song ‘Hunger For Power’, and it’s NOT TRUE. We Opprobriumhold ALL the rights to all our songs.

“This individual is spreading lies behind our backs. We OPPROBRIUM are surprise concerning this, and are very sad.


“OPPROBRIUM does not support this individual nor are we responsible for the actions taken by this ‘individual’.

“We OPPROBRIUM are on the side of Metallica and NOT on the side of this individual that is spreading this LIE…

“Thanks to all OPPROBRIUM and METALLICA fans, and please keep in mind that this individual is doing this on his own and we (OPPROBRIUM) have NOTHING to do with this. This is a very sad day for our band.”

In conclusion, Opprobrium love Metallica.

Glad we got this settled.

[via The PRP]

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