Freethought Radio recently conducted an interview with Brendon Small, co-creator of "Metalocalypse", the smash hit animated series on Adult Swim featuring the fictitious metal band DETHKLOK. He discusses how he got into music and metal, going to music school and comedy-writing school, creating "Metalocalypse", the need for metal in TV, and the future of DETHKLOK. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
DETHKLOK performed on July 13 on the USS Midway battleship in San Diego, California. The group made its first live appearance of 2012 as "Metalocalypse" came to life at the San Diego Comic-Con convention. Those attending the free concert enjoyed new animation and new songs from DETHKLOK's upcoming album.
The current DETHKLOK touring lineup consists of Brendon Small, Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL), Mike Keneally (FRANK ZAPPA) and Bryan Beller (STEVE VAI).
Created by Brendon Small ("Home Movies") and Tommy Blacha ("Da Ali G Show"), the "Metalocalypse" TV series launched in 2006 and kicked off its fourth season at the end of April on Adult Swim. One of the most popular series on the cable network, "Metalocalypse" portrays DETHKLOK as a death metal band with enough popularity to be the world's seventh-largest economy. In reality, DETHKLOK is the highest-selling band in death metal, exploding onto The Billboard 200 with "The Dethalbum", debuting at No. 21 in 2007 and "Dethalbum II" at No. 15 in 2009. Both albums contain full-length versions of songs partially heard on the show.