Everything I’ve read says that waterboarding is an extreme form of torture. Even volunteers who have submitted themselves to waterboarding for demonstration purposes say that it’s an inhumane way to treat someone.
Gaerea is a metal band from Portugal who wanted to make an intense video for their song, “Dormant.” One of the bandmembers said “Yeah, I’ll do it.”
There’s a press release:
“Would you submit yourself to human torture to go beyond your limits to expressing art? Voluntary suffering for the greater goal in pursuit of artistic excellence is what one of the members of cathartic black metal band GAEREA (PT) went through for the visualization of ‘Dormant.’
“The video (recorded by the great Claudio Marino, distinguished for working with giants like BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, SHINING) simply can’t be classified as a music video. It’s an eight- minute excruciating compilation of being waterboarded, trapped in a cycle of unending pain, with each passing moment feeling like an eternity, time becomes the cruelest enemy.
“There are no actors, no gimmicks, and no special effects.” And it goes on for eight minutes.