Brendon Small, the accomplished cartoonist and creator of Home Movies, Metalocalypse, and the melodic death metal band that sprung from the latter show, Dethklok, will perform music from his latest musical project, Galaktikon, at this years WesFest 8: A Concert To Benefit The Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship At Berklee College Of Music in West Hollywood, California. The event is an annual charity show in honor of the late Wes Wehmiller, a Berklee graduate, and accomplished bassist who died of thyroid cancer in 2005. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a continuing student at Berklee.
01. I Ejaculate Fire
02. Crush the Industry
04. The Galaxy
06. Killstardo Abominate
08. Impeach God
09. Biological Warfare
11. The Hammer
[Williams Street Records]
Another Dethklok offering “born of evil in a fiery volcano,” Dethalbum III is the latest album spawned by the hit animated show Metalocalypse, which first aired in 2006. Spearheaded by the multitalented Brendon Small (one of the three actual personnel behind the music), the series is centered around a hilariously idiotic and narcissistic death metal five-piece band called Dethklok and all their debaucherous antics. While making seasons three and four, Small was clearly focusing harder on the musical aspect of the show more than ever, as Dethalbum III, a collection of music resulting from these two seasons, illustrates. It sounds more like the product of a “real” band. But does that mean it’s really better?
Everyone’s favorite cartoon metal band is back! With The Dethalbum III on the horizon, it was only a matter of time before we got another single from the 5-piece, and sure enough they have done it with ‘The Galaxy’. Personally, I like this better than their last single. It’s catchy, heavy, and just overflowing with awesome. I’ve seen them live twice and their shows never disappoint, and I can’t wait to see them again and hear this song be played live!
The Dethalbum III is out October 16th on Williams Street Records.
I swear, that wasn’t some hamfisted pun; the new Dethklok video is actually nuts in that it is over the top and completely absurd in the way you’d imagine a video from a cartoon death metal band with a song like ‘I Ejaculate Fire’ to be. So I guess everything’s par for the course, then?
I don’t know what I was expecting. The video undeniably rules, though. I mean, look at it.
‘I Ejaculate Fire’ is the opening track for Dethklok’s upcoming Dethalbum III, which is due out October 16th on Williams Street Records.
It wasn’t too long ago when rumors started floating around regarding the upcoming Dethklok tour, and now it’s been confirmed. Dethklok will be hitting the road this Fall with Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. Machine Head and All That Remains will have a rotating direct support slot, but if All That Remains’ set is heavy on the new material, then my colleague Evan is right in saying it’s probably worth skipping. I hate to be a negative nancy, but… you know.
Here are the dates:
10/30 Norfolk, VA – Norva
10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/02 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
11/03 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
11/04 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/05 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/07 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
11/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/09 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
11/10 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
11/11 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
11/13 Fargo, ND – The Venue
11/14 Minneapolis, MN – Myth
11/15 Milwaukee, WI – Rave / Eagles Club
11/16 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11/17 Kansas City, MO – Midland
11/18 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/20 Denver, Co – Fillmore
11/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Great Salt Air
11/23 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
11/24 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/27 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
11/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
11/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
12/01 Austin, TX – Stubbs
12/02 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/04 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
12/06 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
12/07 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
12/08 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Thankfully, the tour is extensive and hits across the States. Make it out if you can!
Everyone and their mother’s is now aware of the circumstances that led to the cancellation of the immaculate co-headlining tour between Dethklok and Lamb of God with special guests Gojira that was suppose to take place in September. Randy Blythe was incarcerated for a few weeks and well the whole thing fell apart.
Lamb of God has since announced a new tour to make up for it, but my Jimmies were still rustled by the lack of Dethklok. Luckily for me and all the Klokheads — as I will now be referring to fans of the band — there appears to be a rumor floating around that a new Dethklok tour is in the works. Rumor has it that support will be coming from Machine Head (A), The Black Dahlia Murder (A+), and unfortunately All that Remains (F–).
Even though that last placement is a bit of a downer, it would still be a sweet show. You could catch TBDM, go outside for a smoke while All That Remains embarrasses themselves on stage, and then come back to catch the other good parts of the show.
I’m normally not one to bash bands, but I think it is pretty clear that the only thing that remains for All That Remains is shit.
So yeah, hopefully this turns out to be more than a rumor, because I have not had the chance to see Dethklok live, and I’m looking forward to it.
Everyone’s favorite fictitious melodic death metal band Dethklok are back in the swing of record cycles with the release of Dethalbum III on the horizon. The opening track of III is the hilariously titled ‘I Ejaculate Fire,’ and it is excellent. Melodic riffs and killer leads make this track stand-out in the Dethklok discography, and it’s easy to see why they picked it as a single. Hilarious title leads to curiosity, and the song is catchy enough to make it a “hit” as any death metal track could be. Stream ‘I Ejaculate Fire’ below!
Dethalbum III will be release October 16th on Williams Street Records. Pre-orders on Amazon are available in both standard and deluxe editions.
From the people I’ve spoken to regarding Dethklok’s Metalocalypse is that we were all super into it during the first season or so but we shortly fell off the boat and haven’t made much of an effort to change things and keep up with the series. Hell, I’m much more into metal now than I was when the show first aired, but for some reason I can’t be bothered to keep up. It’s kind of bumming me out, actually. Someone in charge of these things should put the show on Netflix. That’d fix it!
Perhaps a reconnection with Dethklok and Metalocalpypse can come in the way of new music?! I’m starting to feel nostalgic about it already and it hasn’t even been relatively that long! Dethklok’s third record Dethalbum III is on the horizon, and the details surrounding its release have been made available. Just check out the tracklist:
1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
4. The Galaxy
6. Killstardo Abominate
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
11. The Hammer
Looks promising, and ‘I Ejaculate Fire‘ is pretty much the greatest metal song title ever. Dethalbum III is due out October 19th on Williams Street Records.
Coming off recent news that Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was denied bail yet again, it was only a matter of time before the upcoming Lamb of God/Dethklok/Gojira tour was officially cancelled after weeks of uncertainty.
Here is the full statement made by Lamb of God’s publicity:
Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.
LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.
Hopefully when Randy is freed and gets time to lay low, they can reschedule a new tour. Dethklok have also released a statement, promising to schedule a tour in the fall:
In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band’s upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.
So that’s that, then. A huge bummer for sure, but not exactly shocking considering recent events. We’ll be sure to full you in when a new tour is announced.
The idea of the biggest metal band in the world curating a festival is great and as someone with a huge interest in the great variety of metal acts around, I couldn’t help but be drawn in and contemplate about what sorts of acts they’d put on. Would it focus on the absolute legends of the scene? Up and coming acts? Those modern heroes who have defined the last couple of decades? Or a mix of all three?
And what did we get? Well, we got a main stage filled with indie and rock acts, peppered with only a handful of respected metal acts, and the majority of the best bands tucked away on a side stage, which is great, if you like that sort of thing… Call me cynical, but after nearly 20 years of disappointing long time fans with terrible albums (Death Magnetic notwithstanding) and lacklustre live performances, you have to wonder whether Metallica really care about the metal world or their original fanbase anymore. It sounds like the standard ‘metal elitist’ opinion, but when you’re in a position to make the careers and fulfill some dreams of lot of younger bands, you’d think that they’d keeping an ear to the ground and letting metal and heavy rock take the majority share of time.
But enough moaning. Enter Knotfest — the ‘festival’ put together and headlined by, well… Slipknot, obviously. Comprised of two dates with two different line ups, featuring sets from Deftones, Lamb Of God, Dethklok, Prong, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira and The Dillinger Escape Plan amongst others. Reading through that list is like a ‘who’s who’ of the most important metal bands around today and, while I would love to see a few smaller acts on the bill, Slipknot definitely have the right idea. There’s no real reason why your average Slipknot fan, who may not be hugely into metal (or at least not enough to know those acts), wouldn’t enjoy a band like Gojira or DEP and this is a great chance to expose a large section of them to it.
As with a lot of packages of this kind, it’s being marketed as ‘more than a music festival’, with gimmicks including carnival rides, drum circles and even graffiti walls (there is going to be so many dongs drawn on that thing). But the real weight here lies in the line up, which, despite being far more compact, looks far superior to the Orion line up and which could cause a lot of internal conflict for anyone that loves to hate Slipknot but still loves metal. So if you can get to either Iowa (August 17th) or Minnesota (August 18th), this sounds like a great opportunity and, if it wasn’t for the ocean in the way, I’d go. Might just have to wait and see if this tweet comes to fruition…