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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Get ready for the Metalocalypse

If you've ever felt that there wasn't enough metal music in cartoon form, then this is just the show for you.

Metalocalypse has already had a couple of series dating back to 2006, so I'm a little slow on the uptake, have just borrowed a boxset of the first series, but I'm glad I checked it out.

It follows the band Dethklok, who for reasons that aren't really explained, have got so massive and popular that they're currently the 12th biggest economy in the world. There are tons of great metal in-jokes, most of which poke fun at the genre, but all with a good sense of humour and by people who clearly know the scene. The bass player's called William Murderface and the singer's Nathan Explosion.

The animation's a little Beavis And Butthead, though better, and the humour's a little teenage in places, but it was more than good enough to keep this over-30 viewer watching.

It's full of guest voices too, with Mark Hammill of Star Wars fame as the most regular contributor, and Malcolm McDowell also appears, but they've pulled in a few none-more-metal names, such as King Diamond and James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett from Metallica.

Some bright spark has put their favourite clips together, so check it out here...

So next time you want a box set, forget The Wire and The West Wing, and pick up a copy of Metalocalypse.

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