Thursday, November 29, 2012
Metalocalypse on Friday will be “a Disneyland ride, but with murder and [boobs]”
We’re attempting to clean up his language a little bit.
DALLAS Heavy metal has come along way since the rock genre roared into the mainstream in the late 1960s. Heavy hitters like Slayer, Iron Maiden, and Motörhead top the charts, but so does a fictional band of cartoon misfits called Dethklok. The band is featured on the satirical, oftentimes offensive parody of heavy metal known as Metalocalypse on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and is coming to House of Blues in Dallas on Friday.
Dethklok has produced two albums, the latest of which is Dethalbum III, released in mid-October.
So how does a band of characters, incredibly dysfunctional ones at that, go on tour? With a real, live band of course. The show’s creator, Brendon Small (who also voices three of the five band members), along with a few other talented rockers will perform on stage at House of Blues while videos of Dethklok play on a giant screen behind them. Between songs, bits of comedy specifically created for the tour will play on the screen, creating a TV show and concert all in one.
“It is fun to … put people in a crazy room and be engaged with it,” Small told Pegasus News during an interview before a performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Small describes the show as “a Disneyland ride, but with murder and tits.” He came up with the idea for the cartoon while sitting around watching television. He noticed that most of the shows on TV were centered around celebrities who he believed had a big influence on people, but were unable to do everyday things on their own.
“I thought that [Metalocapylse] was a way to make fun of all that stuff, but have the biggest celebrities in the world be this gigantic, extreme metal band instead of the Kardashians,” Small said. “Celebrities are so used to having people do things for them and that is what the show is about, this kind of celebrity-ism.”
Metalocalypse recently wrapped up its fourth season, but Small promises that he has a few more seasons left to go before the epic of Dethklok is finished. Actors and musicians like Mark Hamill, Janeane Garofalo, Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield, Metallica’s guitarist Kirk Hammett, and director Werner Herzog have made appearances as characters on the show, with plenty more planned for the next season.
Small and his band of misfits finish up the tour in mid-December. See them Friday, November 30 at the House of Blues.
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