Episode 5 - "Songs of Pain"

In this episode, Adel uses heavy metal to express his rage at the death and destruction surrounding him.

Viewer Comments

Sadness ... is somthing rife from the daily life in Iraq , thats why I think Adel is playing music about pain that reflects the life we are living in . But even though .. I think life has both sadness and happiness wherever you go , so we can look for happiness and even its so few but we should try to enlarge it and thats why I'd like to say that : , for me , I'd love to play and hear HAPPY SONGS that give hope and strength inside me so as to continue with this hard life , we can light a candle inside a dark room better than saying damn we can see nothing in this dark room . Regards to all people who worked here and made that amazing place . Zaid
Posted on: March 23, 2007

I want to hear more of Adel's music and lyrics. I hope there is more to come in the series...
Posted on: March 23, 2007

Good job, guys!!!! Keep on the good work!!! These videos are very important for the world to see your reality. I'm a brazilian musician and I have an arabic descent. (you can see by my last name : Gemmal) I just wanted you to know that this act is very important to persuade the world's public opinion. Don't stop for as long as it's necessary!!! Edurado (Ed) Gemmal
Posted on: March 23, 2007

"You can join a band or you can join a militia." WOW! Just Wow!
Posted on: March 23, 2007

Admirable effort. I posted a link from my blog and my YouTube channel.
Posted on: March 24, 2007

To whoever is running this blog, hi, I'm an Iraqi and I'm also an old-time pal of Ausama and his brother (M) and I've been to their house more times than I can remember, I have left to Jordan nine months earlier and I would like to get back in touch with them, those videos are awesome. I have a blog too and am interested in similar amateur filmmaking efforts too, I have done a few things that you can see on my YouTube page, just search for theak33 in YouTube. Plz just deliver this message to them. Best, AK
Posted on: March 24, 2007

thank you, thank you, thank you, shukran, shukran, shukran, wamahatsetahi! your life, your music, the reality of war and Baghdad. i'm listening, please keep talking......
Posted on: March 24, 2007

really, just incredible, brings tears to my eyes.
Posted on: March 24, 2007

Thank you for sharing your life. I am sitting in an easy life here in the USA. I pray for peace many times during each day.... Our lives are not different in our hearts. Keep your strength and spirit....Someday we will all hear your songs of pain.
Posted on: March 25, 2007

Thanks so much for these videos. Many good wishes to you all. I'm an old refugee - that is, post-punk. If you'd like to see what one of your new fans was doing 27 years ago (the girl with the boyish haircut on the first live song... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffmn2-l37Dk
Posted on: March 25, 2007

3leehum!
Posted on: March 26, 2007

What can I do to help you over there, in Iraq?
Posted on: April 04, 2007

I've been watching all of these videos and I have to say, this one struck me as being the most poignant. With all of the political and religious propaganda being shoved down everyone's throats these days, it's refreshing to see something honest and real.. just people who want to live normal and prosperous lives, like all human beings. I hope you all keep up on the musical stuff, creativity is such a positive thing to channel anger, sadness, and discontent into. It's overlooked many times by the powerful but is such a strong voice to make a difference with. Keep up all the good work!
Posted on: April 18, 2007

[...] trip into Adel’s world…Previously, we saw him express his rage through music. Here we see him do it through [...]
Posted on: April 23, 2007

Hello. I liked your site. Very useful resource. THE BEST. Thanks. Sincerely, Kina
Posted on: June 08, 2007

Hey Adel, I just wanted to tell you that one of your episodes was on CNN today under "News to me" .... Good Job Keep up the hard work
Posted on: September 08, 2007

i cried and always do when i watch your videos.u know what kill me?i don’t recognize my beautiful streets and places any more.i always remember madonna’s sog”this used to be my play ground,this used to be my childhood dreams). i can’t beleive most of my friend r killed.i can’t beleive other people took over the house where i was raised,and probably reading my private diaries and touching my personal belongings.life sucks.i pray one day i can at least go visit the graves of my loved ones…..inshalla.
Posted on: January 03, 2008


  1. Brains on Campus

  2. The Dentist

  3. Forbidden Salad

  4. Powerless

  5. Songs of Pain

  6. Abdullah Leaves

  7. Symphony of Bullets

  8. Last Resort

  9. Iraqis Shooting Each Other

  10. Mentally F'ed Up

  11. Saif Heart Noor

  12. Exams

  13. Hidden Camera

  14. Barbwire

  15. Kiss and Tell

  16. Across The River

  17. Hubbly Bubbly

  18. Anger Pain Death Madness

  19. Security

  20. Liberation

  21. My Best Friend Zaid

  22. Sick of This

  23. Iraqi Man

  24. Troops

  25. The Palace Maid

  26. Beggar At the Gate

  27. Market Boom

  28. Tickets & Popcorn

  29. Nothing But Guitar

  30. Over Here and Over There

  31. City on the Sea

  32. Goodnight, Baghdad

  33. Out of War

  34. Back to Baghdad

  35. Trouble finds Its way

  36. Zaghareet

  37. One of Thousands

  38. Jimi Hendrix