I was an extremely huge fan of Metalocalypse and the animated show’s band Dethklok. It was everything a growing metal head needed– awesome heavy metal music, great jokes, brutal visuals and more great jokes. I was able to see Dethklok live as well, and that was quite the awesome spectacle – they were a great live band. Let me tell you though, at first I wasn’t totally sold on the idea. I saw their first music video, “Bloodrocuted,” on Adult Swim one night and my interest was piqued. I wasn’t digging the vocals at first, but the music accompanying the visuals was brutal as fuck, and I could not get the riffs out of my head.
I was saddened when word of the shows departure came out– no explanation was given for the sudden cancellation. In an interview with Metal Insider, show creator Brandon Small, who’s also the genius behind Home Movies, described how he actually had written a proper ending to the show, but the network did not want to continue airing new episodes of Metalocalypse, even after outside investors put up nearly 2 million dollars to keep the show going. Along with the show’s cancellation, the network also retained all rights to the Dethklok name, signifying the end of the band.
Alas there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the same interview, show creator Brandon Small gets asked about his side project Galaktikon, which he began during the hiatus between the releases of Dethklok’sDethalbum and Dethalbum II, and the status of that side project. Small hints that he is back in the studio recording music for Galaktikon 2, and that the music will be “darker” with “brutal vocals.” Can this mean Brandon Small and company are working on another Dethklok album? Well drummer Gene Hoglan seems to think so. In an interview with Metal Hammer, Hoglan talks a little about the project and how “it sounds exactly like Dethklok.” Hoglan continues to reveal that they have recorded “an amazing new record.” He also goes on to say that they can no longer use the name Dethklok for legal reasons and the music is being recorded under the tentative name Galaktikon 2.
All signs are pointing towards a new album for Dethklok crew, albeit under a new name, but it seems like we’re going to get the awesome musical stylings of the world’s most brutal band one more time. A release date has not been set, but you can bet your sweet ass I’ll be there with fucking bells on. //Arturo Padilla