UPDATED: Death Metal Band Denies Giving Metallica Cease-And-Desist Order For "Moth Into Flame"

April 7, 2017

UPDATE (4/8/2017): According to Opprobrium's Facebook page, the band has vehemently denied having any involvement about the story circulating around the internet about handing cease-and-desist orders to Metallica over alleged plagiarism. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"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 Opprobrium hold 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.

Below is a link of some of the news that is spreading around.

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."

ORIGINAL POST (4/6/2017) It is being reported that '80s death metal band Incubus has issued a cease-and-desist order to Metallica for allegedly plagiarizing "Moth Into Flame"" from their song "Hunger for Power."Incubus has since changed their name to Opprobrium in 1999 after learning that there was another rock band with copyright under the same name.

The documents were delivered to Metallica's camp March 27th, 2017 from Brutal Records and Risky Music publishing. Michael Howard of Brutal Records wrote in the letter, 

"It has been brought to my attention, that you have made unauthorized use of my copyrighted work which is titled ‘Hunger for Power.’ Your work titled ‘Moth into Flame’ is fundamentally a close duplication of my work filed under the copyright of SR-130-298.

As you have not sought or requested permission/authorization to use, nor to make and/or distribute, sell, lend or lease my copyrighted work entitled ‘Hunger for Power,’ you are hereby notified to CEASE AND DESIST any and all further unlawful acts of copyright infringement with regards to your actions and/or statements relating to this matter.

Failure to comply with this notice will confirm your complicity and leave me no other alternative but to proceed to file a civil action suit seeking monetary damages and compensation for court and attorney’s fees incurred as a direct result of your unlawful actions of copyright infringement. It is not my wish to seek legal recourse; however, I will vehemently do all that is necessary to protect my work, ‘Hunger for Power,’ and interests. Please note that this letter will be the only warning I will provide.

THEREFORE, you are hereby requested to immediately CEASE AND DESIST any further acts of copyright infringement and within 10 business days return the signed written assurance below affirming that you will refrain from any further acts of copyright infringement."

According to an email sent to Exclaim, Howard has also accused Metallica of lifting "Spit Out The Bone" from the band as well, though there is no mention of it in the letter.

Listen to both songs below and judge for yourself!

(source: Loudwire)