When: Sat., Oct. 26 2013

8 p.m. | Iraqi metal

Unlike most Stateside pop music lovers, heavy metal fans have long embraced bands from around the world. Yes, the metal world is dominated by British and American acts — and rightfully so — but bands from Sweden (Meshuggah), Germany (Accept), Norway (Venom), Brazil (Sepultura), and Japan (Loudness) have been embraced by American audiences for ages. But it’s still surprising that the embattled Middle Eastern nation of Iraq has produced a metal outfit that’s broken into the U.S. metal mainstream: Acrassicauda. This old-school trash act was formed in 2001 in Baghdad, and they were the subject of the appropriately titled 2008 documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad. The members of Acrassicauda have since moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., but this week they make a must-see stop at the Hive in Ladson and participate in a special free show at Monster Music and Movies in West Ashley (the latter starts at 2 p.m.). -Chris Haire

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