Cuba’s First Heavy Metal Band To Defect: ‘We Didn’t Expect Things To Happen The Way They Did’

HIPNOSIS guitarist/vocalist Giovany Milhet spoke to Miami New Timesabout the Cuban heavy metal band's decision to request political asylum after arriving in Miami last Monday morning (July 22). According to Milhet, he and his bandmates declared political asylum as they were waiting in line with the representative from the Cuban government that was traveling with them. "It was a very difficult thing [requesting asylum]," Milhet said. "We didn't expect things to happen the way they did. We made the decision because the girl [from the Cuban government] who came with us was very uncomfortable. When we arrived at the airport in Miami, she told us: 'You can't go out of the airport, or the police will arrest you.' "What the fuck, man? She tried to put all of us in fear," Milhet said. "You'd have to be stupid to believe that."