The members of Dethklok shown in a promotional poster. From left to right: William Murderface, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Nathan Explosion, Pickles, and Toki Wartooth.
|Created by|| Brendon Small |
|Directed by|| Jon Schnepp |
|Voices of|| Brendon Small |
|Theme music composer||As Dethklok:|
|Opening theme||"Deththeme" by Dethklok|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||61 (and 1 special) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Brendon Small|
Shannon Barrett Prynoski
|Running time||11 minutes (2006–08; 2012) |
21 minutes (2009–10)
|Production company(s)|| Titmouse, Inc. |
|Distributor|| Cartoon Network |
Warner Bros. Television
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Picture format|| 4:3 SDTV (2006–08)|
16:9 HDTV (2009–13)
|Original release||August 6, 2006 –|
October 27, 2013
|Followed by||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem|
Metalocalypse is an American adult animated television series, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, which premiered on August 6, 2006, and concluded with a one-hour special, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem , on October 27, 2013 on Adult Swim. The television program centered on the larger-than-life melodic death metal band Dethklok, and often portrayed dark and macabre content, including such subjects as violence, death, and the drawbacks of fame, with hyperbolic black comedy. The show was widely heralded as both a parody and a pastiche of heavy metal culture.[ further explanation needed ]
Brendon Small is an American stand-up comedian, animator, actor, voice actor, writer, director, producer, singer and musician known for co-creating the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse. He is also known for creating, performing and writing the music for the virtual melodic death metal band, Dethklok.
Thomas "Tommy" Blacha is an American comedy writer, working for shows such as Metalocalypse, Da Ali G Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera is a rock opera special for the Adult Swim animated series Metalocalypse. It was announced on May 10, 2013, by Adult Swim and was released on October 27, 2013. The special picks up directly after Metalocalypse season 4. It featured all new music from Dethklok, which was released on a soundtrack album on October 29, 2013.
The music, written by guitarist/creator Brendon Small, was credited to the band and featured in most episodes. The animation was often carefully synced to the music with the chord positions and fingering of the guitar parts shown in some detail.
In the series, Dethklok is a death metal band which enjoys a popularity level unheard of in reality, ranking as the seventh-largest economy on Earth by the end of the second season. Series creator Small described them as "like the Beatles, just a thousand times more dangerous and a billion times more stupid".
Dethklok is a fictional death metal band featured in the Adult Swim animated television series Metalocalypse.
The fictional band members are Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles, William Murderface and Toki Wartooth. Their manager is Charles Foster Offdensen.
If Dethklok endorses a product or service, competitors are quickly driven out of business. Organizations worldwide, ranging from governments to businesses, go out of their way to avoid hindering Dethklok, to the point that the band is allowed to maintain its own police force and can get away with any crime imaginable with virtually no repercussions, although the band is often too ignorant to even notice that they are committing illegal acts.
The members of Dethklok tend to cause disaster wherever they travel, and anything remotely associated with them likewise attracts chaos. Dethklok concerts are so notoriously dangerous that those attending are required to sign "pain waivers" at the entrance, releasing the band from legal liability in the very likely case attendees are killed or maimed. The band is shown to have a callous disregard for the safety of their fans, as shown in the first episode where they pour scalding hot coffee over concertgoers.
The band's popularity is such that impressionable fans will do anything for them, even if that means death, which is usually the case. In the episode "Dethgov", fans of Dethklok lynch the governor of Florida after he refuses to establish a holiday for lead singer Nathan Explosion (to be named "Nathan Explosion Day"), whom they then proceed to elect governor in a landslide write-in victory. (Despite the fact Nathan had no interest in the job and let the rest of Dethklok run the state into the ground.)
The band's unnatural popularity and trail of destruction has attracted the attention of an Illuminati-style group, known as The Tribunal, dedicated to monitoring Dethklok's activity and plans. Typically, episodes involve the Tribunal attempting to maintain and perpetuate public ignorance and rampant consumerism whenever Dethklok's antics inadvertently threaten to upset the status quo. The Tribunal, led by a mysterious character named "Mr. Salacia", works off the premise that Dethklok's unusual powers are the result of an ancient Sumerian prophecy about an "Apocalypse of Metal". General Crozier, the military leader in the group, appears to desire either the death of the band's members or the dismantlement of the band itself, but Mr. Salacia consistently overrules him to prevent this from happening. Most episodes show the Tribunal attempting to covertly thwart the band by calling in various "specialists", such as "military pharmaceutical psychotropic drug manufacturers", "celebrity depression experts", or various legally compromised characters who attempt to infiltrate the group.
The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776. The society's goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them." The Illuminati—along with Freemasonry and other secret societies—were outlawed through edict by the Bavarian ruler Charles Theodore with the encouragement of the Catholic Church, in 1784, 1785, 1787, and 1790. In the following several years, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed that they continued underground and were responsible for the French Revolution.
Consumerism is a social and economic order that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts. With the industrial revolution, but particularly in the 20th century, mass production led to overproduction—the supply of goods would grow beyond consumer demand, and so manufacturers turned to planned obsolescence and advertising to manipulate consumer spending. In 1899, a book on consumerism published by Thorstein Veblen, called The Theory of the Leisure Class, examined the widespread values and economic institutions emerging along with the widespread "leisure time" in the beginning of the 20th century. In it Veblen "views the activities and spending habits of this leisure class in terms of conspicuous and vicarious consumption and waste. Both are related to the display of status and not to functionality or usefulness."
Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues. In the sociological sense, it generally applies to maintain or change existing social structure and values. With regard to policy debate, the status quo refers to how conditions are at the time and how the affirmative team can solve these conditions for example "The countries are now trying to maintain a status quo with regards to their nuclear arsenal which will help them if the situation gets any worse."
Brendon Small's show Home Movies ended its run in 2004, which freed Small to spend time with writer friend Tommy Blacha. They went to metal shows around the same time they were both trying to pitch shows to different networks. This was how they came up with the idea of doing a show about a metal band that was vastly more popular than The Beatles had been. They came up with the storyline, wrote a theme song and had friend Jon Schnepp design the characters. The series was originally called Deathclock, but the name could not be used due to an existing trademark. The show and the main characters' band were then renamed Dethklok . The show's title was then extended to Dethklok Metalocalypse, although the starring band still retained the name Dethklok. The title was finally shortened to Metalocalypse because the extended show title was too complicated. They pitched the show to Adult Swim, which greenlit it in 2005 with a 20-episode contract.
The show's first season consists of 20 11-minute episodes, the first of which premiered on the Adult Swim Video on August 4, 2006 and on Adult Swim proper the following Sunday. Metalocalypse was renewed for a second season consisting of 20 episodes which began airing September 23, 2007, two days before the CD release of The Dethalbum . An updated version of the Deththeme was featured in the second season as well. The Metalocalypse premiere was the #1 rated show in its time slot among males aged 18–34, and earned the network's best premiere delivery and ratings in 2006. Among the top ad-supported basic cable programs of the week, Metalocalypse ranked #12 among men 18–34 and #6 among men 18–24. The series premiere ranked #30 for the week among adults 18–34.
At San Diego Comic Con 2008, Tommy Blacha confirmed that the show would be renewed for a third seasonwhich premiered on November 8, 2009. The episodes of season three are 21 minutes long (30 minutes including commercials).
The fourth season returned to the original 11 minute run-time. Season four premiered April 29, 2012, and consisted of 12 episodes.
Actor Mark Hamill stated in 2013 that the fifth season of the show was currently in production.Brendon Small later denied this, stating that it had not yet reached production.
On May 10, 2013, Brendon Small and Adult Swim announced that a Metalocalypse one-hour rock opera special, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem , was in the works. This special aired on October 27, 2013.
In April 2014, in an interview on Steve Agee: Uhhh podcast, Brendon Small stated that a fifth and final season was in pre-production and that he was waiting on a budget from Adult Swim.Small has since stated that he has begun exploring other ways of concluding the show, which may take the form of a special or a movie, and that he was in the early stages of planning.
In March 2015, Brendon Small issued a statement saying that he had approached Adult Swim with the idea to do the finale as a "big mini-series," but was turned down by the network.It was later revealed that Metalocalypse had been cancelled; however, Small tweeted that he has plans "to service a final story and music — but not in way fans are used to".
In October 2015, Small announced a month-long social campaign, called "Metalocalypse Now", to have fans of the show contact Hulu and Adult Swim to convince them to co-fund the series finale to Metalocalypse, entitled: Metalocalypse: The Army of the Doomstar - The Final Chapter. [ vague ]As a result of the campaign, financial backers stepped forward to fund a final season, but Adult Swim declined to pick up the series. In a May 2016 interview, Small said he is "all but finished making Dethklok records".
|Main cast members|
|Brendon Small||Tommy Blacha||Mark Hamill||Victor Brandt||Malcolm McDowell|
| Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles the Drummer,|
Charles Foster Offdensen, Various
|Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, Dr. Rockso, Various||Senator Stampingston, Mr. Salacia, Jean-Pierre, Roy Cornickelson, News Anchor, Various|| General Crozier, Cardinal Ravenwood, News Anchor, Various||Vater Orlaag, News Anchor, Various|
Besides the metal and rock musicians above, other celebrities have also contributed to this show, including:
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||August 6, 2006||December 17, 2006|
|2||19||September 23, 2007||September 7, 2008|
|3||10||November 8, 2009||October 24, 2010|
|4||12||April 29, 2012||July 17, 2012|
|Special||1||October 27, 2013|
The show includes music written under the name Dethklok by Brendon Small, often in the form of incidental music, and songs about the subjects of the episode in which they are featured, although three albums have since been released compiling full songs from the show. An EP titled Adult Swim Presents: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on Tour with Dethklok was released in 2007.
The Dethalbum was released on September 25, 2007, in both standard and deluxe editions. The album is a combination of full length tracks from the series and completely new songs. The album debuted at #21 on the Billboard 200 chart with nearly 34,000 copies sold in its first week.The Dethalbum was also streamed 45,000 times when it went live on AOL Music during the week of its release.
Dethalbum II was released September 29, 2009, in both standard and deluxe editions. The album includes many songs from the second season of the series and completely new songs. The deluxe version includes a DVD containing music videos for all the songs played during Dethklok's 2008 tour with Soilent Green and Chimaira.
Dethalbum III was released on October 16, 2012.The album features Brendon Small, Gene Hoglan and Bryan Beller. Ulrich Wild co-produced and mixed the album.
The Doomstar Requiem was released on October 29, 2013. It is the soundtrack album to the Metalocalypse special Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem . The album features Brendon Small, Bryan Beller, Gene Hoglan, a 50 piece orchestra, and for the first time on a Dethklok album, live Dethklok guitarist Mike Keneally. The series has been made available for on-demand streaming on Hulu Plus, as part of a deal made with Hulu and Turner Broadcasting.
Dethklok, the in-show band, also endorses several real-world music products, including Marshall Amplification, Gibson guitars, EMG pickups, David Eden Amplification, Universal Audio, M-Audio, Dunlop Manufacturing/MXR, and Line 6 gear.
Originally endorsing Krank Amplification, Brendon Small and Dethklok began an arrangement with Marshall in 2009.
According to the official Dethklok MySpace, the Gibson Guitar Corporation was also planning on making a Dethklok signature guitar. During the 2008 NAMM Convention, a special edition Epiphone Explorer was unveiled to a select few. Pictures of show creator Brendon Small holding the guitar can be seen on the internet. Small later confirmed that Gibson, not Epiphone, would be releasing a Dethklok Explorer. A Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer has been released by Gibson; it would later become Skwisgaar's main guitar on the show.In May 2012, Brendon Small revealed a prototype for the new Brendon Small "Snow Falcon" Flying V , it now serves as Toki Wartooth's primary guitar on the show. The guitar was released in December 2013 by Gibson. In December 2016, an Epiphone version was released.
At NAMM 2013 Brendon Small revealed that an Epiphone version of the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer was in production. It was released in April 2013 as the Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer.
On October 25, 2014 Brendon Small premiered the prototype of the Gibson Dethklok "Snow Horse" Explorer, a silverburst Gibson Explorer modeled after one of Skwisgaar's guitars.
In 2007, Shocker Toys produced a limited run of statues of William Murderface and Nathan Explosion. In 2008 and again in 2009, Shocker Toys made a boxed set of vinyl figures with limited articulation of all 5 of the band members.Kid Robot produced unarticulated figures of Murderface and Toki as part of an Adult Swim blind boxed mini figure line. At the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, Shocker Toys released an exclusive limited edition Dr. Rockso Mallow.
The song "Thunderhorse" is featured in the game Guitar Hero II by Harmonix and RedOctane as a bonus song. In early 2010, Adult Swim released a "Dethklok Fountain" for sale on their website for $40,000. In January 2010, "Laser Canon Deth Sentence" became a downloadable song for Guitar Hero 5 . "Bloodlines" is on the main setlist in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock .
Dethklok was featured in Soundgarden's video for "Black Rain", which Small directed. Dethklok's 2009 tour with Mastodon was sponsored by Brütal Legend and the song "Murmaider" was featured in the game. The song "The Cyborg Slayers" was featured in the soundtrack for the game Saints Row: The Third .
There are guitar tablature books for all three Dethklok albums, which were released through Alfred Publishing.A bass tab anthology containing tablature from the first two albums was also released through Alfred Publishing. The production of these books has subsequently led to the removal of all Dethklok tabs from websites such as Ultimate Guitar.
On August 17, 2012, a two-minute animated short aired on Adult Swim featuring Dethklok and Death from Darksiders II , in promotion of the game.
On September 25, 2013, an animated short featuring Dethklok, entitled "'tallica Parking lot" (a reference to Heavy Metal Parking Lot ), premiered at Fantastic Fest.
On April 28, 2015 the Dethklok songs "Awaken", "Go Into the Water", and "Thunderhorse" became available for download in the video game Rocksmith 2014 as part of the "Dethklok 3-Song Pack".
Dethklok does have a touring band, although there are no actual human counterparts to the characters on the show. The band consists of show co-creator, vocalist/guitarist Brendon Small, who writes and sings most of the music for the show, alongside drummer Gene Hoglan, bassist Bryan Beller, and second guitarist Mike Keneally.
|Season||Episodes||DVD release dates||Blu-ray release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Region A||Region B|
|1||20||October 2, 2007||June 22, 2009||December 5, 2007||N/A||N/A|
|2||19||December 2, 2008||October 11, 2010||December 3, 2008||N/A||N/A|
|3||10||November 9, 2010||March 21, 2011||December 1, 2010||November 9, 2010||December 1, 2010|
|4||12||October 30, 2012||N/A||December 5, 2012||October 30, 2012||December 5, 2012|
|Special||1||N/A||N/A||October 21, 2015||N/A||October 21, 2015|
In 2009 the UK Adult Swim site released two flash games titled Deth Toll and Deth Toll II.The games are played in a similar fashion to Guitar Hero or Rock Band except with Dethklok songs.
A video game based on the series, titled Metalocalypse: Dethgame, was revealed at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The game was to be published by Konami and be available for download on both the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network and Xbox 360's Xbox Live Marketplace.Players would have played as one of The Gears, and the game was to be set in Mordhaus, where the player would fight mutant fans. The game would have included music taken from Dethklok's albums. The game has been canceled, because "the creative direction of the game would not live up to the high standards...set for the project".
The Dethklok songs "Thunderhorse" and "Bloodlines" are featured in the video games Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock , respectively. Additionally, the Dethklok song "Laser Cannon Deth Sentence" was added to Warriors of Rock as downloadable content. The song "Murmaider" was included in the soundtrack to the 2009 video game Brütal Legend .
The Dethklok vs. The Goon (one-shot) was issued by Dark Horse Comics on July 23, 2009.Written by Brendon Small and Eric Powell. Dethklok is sent into the same universe as The Goon, who seeks to kill them.
The next day, Dark Horse announced a forthcoming short-run Dethklok series in collaboration with Adult Swim, which appeared the next year.
All four comics appeared with variant cover art by Eric Powell and Jon Schnepp. The Dethklok HC deluxe hardcover collected the four comics, and was released June 15, 2011.
In November 2010, Brendon Small and Jon Schnepp stated that there would be more comics in the future.
|Country / Region||Network(s)||Aired||Notes||Source(s)|
|TNT Serie||Premiered: June 29, 2010|
Season one DVD release: October 12, 2012
|•The dialogue is dubbed in German.|
•Features voice acting by Mille Petrozza of Kreator, Marcel Schirmer of Destruction, Alf Ator of Knorkator, and Doro Pesch.
|2x2||Premiered: August 11, 2007||•The dialogue is dubbed in Russian.|
•Features voice acting by Олег Куценко (Oleg Kutcenko), Александр Груздев (Alexandr Gruzdev), Андрей Бархударов (Andrei Barhudarov), Евгений Рыбов (Evgeniy Ribov), Елена Чебатуркина (Elena Chebaturkina).
Eugene Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer, acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of abstract devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms. His highly technical playing is extremely accurate at very high and challenging tempos, earning him the nicknames "The Atomic Clock" and "Human Drum Machine."
Ulrich Wild is an American record producer, engineer and mixer specializing in the rock and metal genres. Born and raised in Switzerland, Ulrich is now a naturalized citizen in the United States, living in Los Angeles, California. In a career that has spanned over 20 years, his numerous credits include producing or engineering albums for bands such as Dethklok, Sex Slaves, Project 86, Pantera, Here Comes The Kraken, Static-X, Otep, Stabbing Westward, Powerman 5000, Deftones, Seether, Bleeding Through, Breaking Benjamin, Taproot, SOiL, World Entertainment War, and many other artists, and for soundtracks including Freddy vs. Jason, Mission: Impossible 2, and House of Wax. He has also remixed songs by the band Mindless Self Indulgence. He was nominated for a Grammy for best engineered non-classical album in 1995 for his work with White Zombie.
Jonathan D. Schnepp was an American producer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, and cinematographer.
The Dethalbum is the debut album by virtual band Dethklok, from American animated sitcom Metalocalypse. It was released on September 25, 2007. The album features full length songs from the TV series, as well as previously unreleased tracks. Antonio Canobbio contributed the artwork for the record.
Bryan Beller is an American bass guitarist known for his work with Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, James LaBrie of Dream Theater and Dweezil Zappa. He has been Joe Satriani's tour bassist for both the Unstoppable Momentum (2013–14) and Shockwave (2015–16) world tours in addition to featuring on the Shockwave Supernova record. Beller is also the bassist/manager of the rock/fusion super-trio The Aristocrats. The Aristocrats have released three studio albums, along with two live releases documenting the band's world tours in support of their debut album The Aristocrats and sophomore album Culture Clash. Their most recent studio album Tres Caballeros is the focus of their current world tour, which began in the summer of 2015 and will extend through to late 2016.
Dethalbum II is the second full length album by virtual band Dethklok, from the animated series Metalocalypse. The CD and deluxe CD/DVD were released on September 29, 2009. The album was later released on LP to the United States and Canada.
The first season of the animated show Metalocalypse originally aired on Adult Swim from August 6, 2006 to December 17, 2006 with 20 episodes. The show follows virtual death metal band Dethklok. The majority of the music featured this season was released on the 2007 album, The Dethalbum.
The second season of the animated show Metalocalypse originally aired on Adult Swim from September 23, 2007 to September 7, 2008 with 19 episodes. The show follows virtual death metal band Dethklok. The majority of the music featured this season was released on the 2009 album Dethalbum II. The first episode of this season, "Dethecution" was released as part of the deluxe edition of The Dethalbum. This season featured the new re-recorded version of the "Deththeme", released as a hidden track on The Dethalbum.
The third season of the animated show Metalocalypse originally aired on Adult Swim from November 8, 2009 to October 24, 2010 with 10 episodes. The show follows virtual death metal band Dethklok. This season featured a 22-minute runtime.
Adult Swim Presents: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on Tour with Dethklok is a split EP released by Dethklok and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. It was released for free at concerts to coincide with their shared 2007–2008 tour. The EP features a CD that includes songs from both bands, and a DVD that features Metalocalypse promo videos.
The fourth season of the animated show Metalocalypse originally aired on Adult Swim from April 29, 2012 to July 15, 2012 with 12 episodes. The show follows virtual death metal band Dethklok. This season returned to the original 11-minute-long episode format. The season four DVD/Blu-ray was released on October 30, 2012 through Adult Swim/Warner Home Video.
Dethalbum III is the third full-length album by virtual death metal band Dethklok, from the Adult Swim animated series Metalocalypse. The CD and deluxe CD/DVD were released on October 16, 2012. It contains music from the second, third and fourth seasons of the show. Like The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II before it, the music is performed by the show's creator Brendon Small and drummer Gene Hoglan. Additionally, the band's live bassist, Bryan Beller, performs on the album.
"I Ejaculate Fire" is a song by death metal band Dethklok, taken from Dethalbum III. A digital download single was released on September 4, 2012. The song first premiered in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethhealth", and was later re-recorded in studio for the album.
The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera Soundtrack is the fourth full-length album by death metal band Dethklok, from the Adult Swim animated series Metalocalypse. It was released digitally on October 27, 2013. It was released on LP and CD in mid March 2014. It is the soundtrack album to the Metalocalypse special of the same name.
Brendon Small's Galaktikon II: Become the Storm is the second solo album by Brendon Small, known for his work on the animated television shows Metalocalypse and Home Movies, and as creator of virtual death metal band Dethklok. The album was released on August 25, 2017 through Megaforce Records. The album features Dethklok members Gene Hoglan and Bryan Beller, on drums and bass, respectively. Since Brendon Small no longer holds the rights to the Dethklok name, Gene Hoglan has suggested that this album would serve as a "new Dethklok album".
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