Nathan "Tonto" Explosion (Brendon Small) / (vocals), Skwisgar Skwigelf (Brendon Small) / (guitar), Toki Wartooth (Tommy Blacha) / (guitar), William Murderface (Tommy Blacha) / (bass), Pickles (Brendon Small) / (drums)
Current and Touring Members
Brendon Small (vocals, guitar, bass), Gene Hoglan (drums), Mike Keneally (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass)
Williams Street Records Newest Album from Best-Selling Animated Death Metal Band, Metalocalypse Dethklok:The Dethalbum II
Available Starting September 8 th, Two Versions of CD and Vinyl Featuring Music Created by Brendon Small and From the Hit Adult Swim Animated Series
Williams Street Records announced today details on the most highly-anticipated death metal album release of the year -- and it's for none other than the animated band from Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. On September 8 th, the world's most brutal animated band will once again reign supreme with the all-new release of Dethklok:The Dethalbum II. Featuring the band from the hit Adult Swim's series, the album features 12 full-length tracks detailing Dethklok's exploits in murder, mayhem and all things brutal. Written by series co-creator Brendon Small and recorded alongside legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, Dethklok:The Dethalbum II will be released as both a standard edition and a two-disc deluxe edition on CD and digital download beginning September 8 th. Additionally, a limited edition vinyl of the album will be released in to local record shops on September 29.
The track listing for Dethklok's The Dethalbum II is as follows:
*The Deluxe edition will include a bonus DVD with 52 minutes of never-before-released music videos featured in the 2008 Dethklok tour.
Dethklok:The Dethalbum II is a follow up to Dethklok's The Dethalbum, which shattered sales records when it was released to retail in October 2007. With more than 34,000 copies in its first week, the album became the highest charting death metal album ever before going on to sell more than 300,000 copies to date.
Co-created by Tommy Blacha and Small, the Metalocalypse television series follows the on and off-stage adventures of the world's most brutal band as they create a wave of mayhem, death and destruction wherever they go. Since debuting on Adult Swim in 2006, the series has become one of the network's highest-rated original series and the second season was watched by more than five million 18-34 year-old viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The new season of Metalocalypse will debut on Adult Swim this fall.
Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s network offering original and acquired animated comedy and action series for young adults. Airing overnights six days a week for a total of 45 hours weekly, Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 97 million U.S. homes.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
I didn't really know what to think walking in to this show. It's not even a real band. A friend of mine had introduced me to Cartoon Network's (Adult Swim) "Metalocalypse" last year, and I was astonished anything remotely featuring metal so prominently was on TV. Gotta love Adult Swim.
An astonished grin has to encompass Brendon Small's face at all hours of the day. This little "cartoon", as people like to call it, has broken records that most real metal bands can't even get close to. After a highly successful first season on Adult Swim, Small put an actual band together to emulate Dethklok. Who knew he could make the cartoon more brutal?
The soundtrack for season one was released, appropriately titled "The Dethalbum" and it debuted at #21 on the Billboard chart. The highest debut/chart position ever for a death metal album. This isn't a typical sugar coated High School Musical/Miley Cyrus pre-teen snot fest that routinely rules the charts, this is a brutal death metal album (even though the lyrics deal with coffee and mermaids, but who's complaining?).
So as I am walking in to the Marquee in Tempe, I figured it's going to be a fun night regardless. The line was incredibly long, and after getting inside I quickly realized that the show was sold out (the Wiltern was sold out as well a few nights earlier). This almost never happens at the Marquee for metal shows. While I am checking things out, a Metalocalypse fact comes flying out of nowhere -- doesn't the entire audience usually die during the performances?!
One thing for sure, this band surpasses a lot of bands that are doing it for real. With Small on vocals and guitars, metal legend Gene Hoglan on drums, guitarist Mike Keneally and bassist Bryan Beller --Dethklok has never sounded more ...well...brutal.
This show was brilliantly delivered in both audio and visual. The lights came from behind the band members, thereby keeping them in the dark from the front, while an episode or portions of the show played on a gigantic screen behind them. There's nothing like seeing Nathan Explosion on a 30 foot by 30 foot -- or whatever the screen size was -- glaring at you with intent to kill. At times when the visual showed the "cartoon" band playing, it actually seemed like the real band was in sync. While this might seem like a no brainer conceptually, it was still impressive to see live.
Wasting no time, the band launched in to a sonic avalanche of brutality with songs such as "Briefcase Full of Guts", "Birthday Dethday", "Hatredcopter", "Murmaider", "Bloodrocuted", "Thunderhorse" and "Go Forth and Die".
Even Facebones made appearances throughout the night in between songs and videos.
The thing that caught me off guard about this gig was the show time, as it seemed abnormally early. Hell, as most people were still outside going through security and dealing with will call, Soilent Green was tearing it up on stage. I think I walked in during the last song.
The mosh pits started when Chimaira's dueling guitarists started in on the unsuspecting crowd. Commencing with "Pure Hatred", "The Flame" and "Nothing Remains", the band was a strong choice to support Dethklok. Singer Mark Hunter was working the crowd like the seasoned vet he is. The whiplash continued throughout "Worthless", "No Reason to Live", "Salvation" and "Resurrection".
This will easily be the most brutal tour of the summer. If you're in to the show, catch one of the last few dates of the tour and you seriously will not be disappointed. If you have no idea what all this is about or just don't get it, sit tight -- I think Miley Cyrus is releasing a new disc soon.
Story by David Svendsen © 2008