October 1, 2009

Dethklok: The Most Brutal Show on the Planet

(Reprinted from www.ColoradoMusicBuzz.com)
Doodily ding dong tick-tock, doodily ding dong tick-tock, doodily ding dong tick-tock … Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok!

The fictional band from the television show, “Metalocalypse,” is coming to Denver. Appearing on “Adult Swim,” this Death Metal band is hailed as the most successful music act in the history of the world, with the seventh largest economy, and with a considerable influence on world events. They’re just that good.

Dethklok comprises the following members: Skwisgaar Skwigelf (taller than a tree) on lead guitar, Toki Wartooth (not a bumblebee) on rhythm guitar, William Murderface (Murderface Murderface) on bass, Pickles the Drummer (doodily doo, ding dong doodily doodily doo) on drums, and Nathan Explosion on vocals. These guys are the best at what they do, of course, and what they do is create a sound that appeals to Metal fans and haters alike. Their brand of melody, mixed with pounding rhythm and hilarious (yet nearly indecipherable) vocals ensured the instant successes of The Dethalbum I and II.

So, how does the cartoon band pull off a tour? The co-creator, Brendan Small, also happens to be a top-notch guitarist (and the voice of Nathan, Skwisgaar, and Pickles) and Metal singer. Along with Gene Hoglan (drums), Mike Keneally (guitar) and Bryan Beller (bass), they put on a show good enough to stand on its own, yet worthy of the Dethklok name. In the past, they have also used previously un-seen cartoon footage as a backdrop or filler.

One of the main premises of the show is how the band is cursed, inducing a trail of extreme violence in their wake. Yet at a 2008 concert in San Francisco, the Fillmore was evacuated when an electrical fire occurred. Life imitating art, perhaps?

LIVE: October 10 / Fillmore Auditorium with Mastodon and Converge


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