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Dethklok
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Dethklok
Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera
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Dethalbum II
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Metalocalypse/Dethklok The Dethalbum
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Dethalbum III (Deluxe Edition) by Metalocalypse: Dethklok (2012-05-04)
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Dethalbum II Deluxe Version (CD + DVD) by WILLIAMS STREET (2009-09-29)
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Dethklok. (2010, February 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:29, February 10, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dethklok&oldid=342620476

Dethklok is both a virtual band[3] featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse, and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. The band was created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. Dethklok is sometimes cited as an example of "comedy rock" on par with bands such as GWAR and Spinal Tap.

The first real Dethklok album was released on September 25, 2007, entitled The Dethalbum. The music heard on Metalocalypse is performed by Brendon Small, with others as needed. Small and drummer Gene Hoglan performed on the album.[4] The album debuted at number 21 on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 list.[5] The band released Dethalbum II on September 29, 2009, and recently toured with Mastodon.

In the Metalocalypse series, Dethklok is depicted as an extremely popular and successful death metal band. A secret organization which monitors the band, the Tribunal, describes Dethklok as the "world's greatest cultural force." The band's fan base includes billions of metal fanatics, who frequently endanger themselves to watch the band perform live.[6][7] With their widespread commercial success and lucrative sponsorship contracts, Dethklok is ranked as the world's seventh largest economy (by the end of the second season).[8]

The members of Dethklok are often portrayed as incompetent at almost everything not related to their profession. The band struggles to perform everyday tasks, including shopping for groceries, preparing food, and maintaining proper social relationships. They are often assisted by their manager and lawyer, Charles Foster Offdensen, who frequently attempts to prevent the band from making poor decisions. The band's actions and uncanny misfortune have caught the attention of an Illuminati-style council, known as The Tribunal. The Tribunal is portrayed as Dethklok's antagonist throughout the series, and secretly monitor their actions in almost every episode. The leader of The Tribunal, however, frequently instructs the other members to allow Dethklok to do as they will.

Nathan Explosion (voiced by Brendon Small) is the frontman, lead vocalist and "lyrical visionary" of Dethklok. Portrayed as a tall, bulky figure, with long black hair and green eyes, Nathan always speaks in a deep, gravelly voice, even when not singing. According to his dating profile, Nathan describes his ethnicity as "White/Native American". He was raised in New Port Richey, Florida. He is the lead songwriting force in Dethklok, and uses violent imagery or plot elements when writing and composing song material.

Small described Nathan as a "quarterback", and based his character's appearance and performance style on Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder"Ě Fisher.[9]

Skwisgaar Skwigelf (voiced by Brendon Small) is Dethklok's lead guitarist. He is described as, "a handsome guy who thinks he's the greatest thing in the world", with a little bit of Yngwie Malmsteen in his attitude.[9] He is tall and skinny, with long blond hair and blue eyes, and plays a Gibson Explorer, which he often carries around even when not playing. He is known to be the fastest guitar player in the world. Hailing from Sweden, Skwisgaar has a marked Swedish accent and often makes mistakes when conjugating verbs. He is responsible for the majority of the arrangement of Dethklok's songs, writing the guitar lines as well as Murderface's bass lines. Skwisgaar also typically discards and re-records the rhythm guitar parts recorded by Toki Wartooth for Dethklok's albums. In season 3 it is revealed that he acquired his guitar from an ancient statue under a crevasse near his home in Sweden and that the gods gave him the power to play guitar with the skill he has.

Toki Wartooth (voiced by Tommy Blacha) is Dethklok's current rhythm guitarist and keyboardist. He typically plays a Gibson Flying V. A native of "an abandoned town near Lillehammer," Norway, he has a distinct whisker-like style of mustache known as the Fu Manchu, long brown hair and very pale blue eyes. He also appears to be the youngest member of the band, with a very child-like personality compared to the rest of Dethklok's members.

Small explained Toki's relationship with Skwisgaar as "...Norwegian to Skwisgaar's Swedish, pompous attitude. And, again, a second-class citizen in the same band."[9], and compared his guitar playing style to that of Iron Maiden.[9]

Mikael √ - kerfeldt of progressive death metal band Opeth told Ultimate-Guitar.com that he received an email from Toki, which confirmed that his character borrowed √ - kerfeldt's likeness.[10]

Pickles (voiced by Brendon Small) is Dethklok's drummer. He was raised in Tomahawk, Wisconsin and speaks with a Yooper dialect. He refers to himself as "very Irish" and has long red hair, styled into dreadlocks and a comb-over skullet, and green eyes. He is depicted as having an average build with a slight beer belly. Pickles is a multi-talented performer, who IGN Magazine described as "the band's deepest thinker".[11] In the show, Pickles is the former front-man of a group called Snakes 'n' Barrels. Brendon Small uses the voice of Pickles to sing the chorus of Hatredcopter, a song from the album, Dethalbum. Describing the character, Small said, "I thought the drummer should be able to do a bunch of stuff, like Roger Taylor in Queen. Even though it's not based on his personality, it's what he can do in the band and what parts of the songs he does contribute to."[9].

William Murderface (voiced by Tommy Blacha) is Dethklok's bassist. He plays a Gibson Thunderbird Studio 5-string. He has brown hair, green eyes, a heavy lateral lisp and a diastema. Murderface's father killed his mother with a chainsaw before turning it upon himself in front of Murderface in a grisly murder-suicide when he was just a baby, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents. Murderface is "a self-hating bass player who's always trying to act like he's more important than he is," in part because his bass playing is usually mixed out completely.[9].

Brendon Small describes Murderface as "thin-skinned and incredibly sensitive and just wants to be accepted constantly but can"t get that because he"s such a dick and pushes people away".[12] Murderface's voice was originally achieved by Tommy Blacha putting paper towels inside his mouth when voicing the character, but he has since refined his technique to avoid the paper towels.[13]

In late 2007, Adult Swim organized a promotional tour featuring Dethklok and "¶And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.[14] The tour comprised performances at twelve college campuses, with tickets available to students only (except for 50 tickets set aside for the UCLA show in the Los Angeles area). The band featured Brendon Small, guitarist Mike Keneally, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Gene Hoglan. Tour information was made available on Adult Swim's promotional site, http://www.adultswimpresents.com .[15] In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Brendon Small described the tour as being "like Gorillaz, with the animated characters" with Small's ensemble of musicians performing visibly.[16]

In a February 2008 interview on California radio station Indie 103.1 with Full Metal Jackie, plans for a summer 2008 tour were announced. Brendon Small described the tour as being like "a Disney ride but with murder." Dethklok toured the U.S. in June and early July with Chimaira and Soilent Green. 27 dates were released in April 2008.[17]

During the June 5th show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA., an electrical fire broke out during Soilent Green's set. The concert was halted and the building was evacuated. Many of the fans resisted leaving the club, thinking it was a hoax, which could have created a potentially dangerous and deadly situation should the fire have spread. After the fire department came it was made official that due to fire damage to the building's electrical systems that the club was to be closed. The concertgoers were not allowed back into the building and the show was rescheduled for the following Monday minus the opening bands.

A third tour for The Dethalbum II started in October 2009 with Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire.[18][19]

Dethklok. (2010, February 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:29, February 10, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dethklok&oldid=342620476

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