Win Signed DETHKLOK Merchandise via Music Connection Magazine // Listen to THE NERDIST Podcast Featuring METALOCALYPSE Mastermind Brendon Small

Win Signed DETHKLOK Merchandise via Music Connection Magazine

 

Listen to THE NERDIST Podcast Featuring METALOCALYPSE Mastermind Brendon Small

 

Pre-Order Your Hard Copy CD of the “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Soundtrack NOW viawww.BrendonSmall.com and Amazon.com

 

In celebration of last week’s METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack pre-order launch, Music Connection Magazine is giving away a special signed DETHKLOK prize pack, hand-picked and signed by Brendon Small himself! The winner will receive a t-shirt, hoodie, beanie and business tie (as Music Connection puts it, even the work place deserves a little bit of metal). Only one winner will be selected so simply email your name to intern@musicconnection.com or enter at www.musicconnection.com/win-signed-dethklok-merch and read carefully for more information.

 

Brendon Small recently made a guest appearance on popular comedy podcast The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick— talking guitars, his musical projects, and more. Take a listen at the podcast audio here: http://www.nerdist.com/2013/12/nerdist-podcast-brendon-small/

 

The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA has been available via iTunes in digital format since October, but fans can now pre-order the CD version atwww.brendonsmall.com (click STORE or go direct towww.brendonsmall.spinshop.com) and Amazon.com, and can find it in stores beginning February 25, 2014.

 

The digital deluxe edition of the soundtrack is also available now viawww.brendonsmall.com, which includes a special “Making Of” featurette, containing interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process. The deluxe edition of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack also includes the full libretto (the opera script in text form). Again, the deluxe edition is ONLY viawww.brendonsmall.com and his TOPSPIN store.

 

As mentioned previously, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is a full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length soundtrack features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA aired on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The television special included guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

A Klok Opera: Dethklok’s Fourth Album Is Less Metal, More Humor

When Adult Swim debuted the brand new cartoon series from Home Movies creator Brendon Small, Metalocalypse, the world was introduced to five metal maestros who aimed to deliver their own brand of fist-to-face, shout-to-hell death metal to the masses. Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, Pickles and Nathan Explosion were Dethklok, a band whose massive metal influence simply couldn’t be bound by a television screen. Pioneered in the studio and on stage by creator Brendon Small, Dethklok released three death metal albums, each with brutal metal fundamentals and a satirical outlook on genre itself (when one of your albums has a song called “I Ejaculate Fire”, your tongue is firmly rested in your cheek). After the three Dethalbums, Small and crew released the soundtrack to the Metalocalypse special, The Doomstar Requiem. Though it acts as more of a TV companion album than a standalone death metal juggernaut, The Doomstar Requiem does the band’s journey to reunite justice and offers a remarkable amount of creativity behind the quintet’s purely metal story.

As the soundtrack to the Metalocalypse special The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera, The Doomstar Requiem acts in a different fashion than the three previous Dethklok albums, The Dethalbums I, II and III. While The Dethalbums were pure death metal records featuring Dethklok at their most natural and brutal, The Doomstar Requiem varies up the songs considerably, acting more like a Broadway soundtrack than the playlist to the rise of the Old Gods. While there are examples of death metal virtuosity on The Doomstar Requiem, it acts very leniently in that image. “I Believe” is an uplifting synth-driven song chock full of vocal melodies, while “How Can I Be a Hero?” contains multiple vocals from the band members (Brendon Small, Mike Keneally). “Abigail’s Lullaby” contains violent and frightening lyrics juxtaposed with an acoustic guitar and vocalist Raya Yarbrough singing high soprano notes. The consistently operatic songs tend to lend more instrumental influence from symphonic metal like Within Temptation than the death metal of Cannibal Corpse. “Givin’ Back to You” is a real oddity, capturing a synth-beat sound that sounds like it’s ripped straight from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The final track, the 24-minute long “Doomstar Orchestra”, plays the closer role with a massive orchestral score that captures that epic vibe that any metal odyssey can relate to. It’s a real cornucopia of sounds that Dethklok display on The Doomstar Requiem; it’s chock full of variety that, while not in tune with what you’d expect from the band, still manages to satisfy in a perverse and nonsensical kind of way.

That’s not to say there isn’t some brutality on The Doomstar Requiem. “The Duel” is a purely metal composition with the same amount of light-speed solos and double bass-pedal smashing as you’d expect from any of the Dethalbums. The same can be said with the single “Blazing Star,” and follower “Morte Lumina” a pair of mighty metal climaxes that bring Dethklok to its most apocalyptic of roots. The metal instrumentation throughout the album are usually set in the background, which is sure to bother long-time Dethklok fans, but when it shows up, it’s still incredible well-done. Songs like “The Answer Is in Your Past” might have some goofy vocals, but they’re still undeniably heavy. But is it heavy enough? If you got hooked on Dethklok from the Dethalbums, The Doomstar Requiem is sure to leave you disappointed. It doesn’t intend to be digested as a death metal album, nor should it really be judged as one. It’s a companion, a way to experience the story of The Doomstar Requiem instead of simply playing in its background.

Very much like past Dethklok albums, though, humor is big part of The Doomstar Requiem. Metalocalypse creator (and Dethklok mastermind) Brendon Small has constantly brought a sense of hyperbole and satire to the stereotypically brutal world of metal. The guttural voice of Small’s Nathan Explosion is both clever and brilliantly performed, with Explosion’s metal growls being the character’s default vocal style. Small and the rest of the longtime cast (like Mike Keneally, Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell) perform throughout the album just as well as on the TV show, with additional musicians like Jack Black and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher bringing in even more variety. It’s a real circus of characters that drive Dethklok’s fourth album, a humorously ambitious record that seems more in tune with the show’s role as a comedic animated series than a harbinger of the future of heavy metal.

It really can’t be overstated how different The Doomstar Requiem is from its predecessors. Despite its small traces of metal intensity, it very rarely fits the same mold as any of the Dethalbums. Acting as a companion to the hilariously metal TV special, The Doomstar Requiem spends more time telling a story and showing memorable characters than brewing the circle pits. In that regard, it performs its job remarkably well. You really do get to know the characters more and it’s a great way to get yourself hyped for seeing the special on TV. But the goofiness probably won’t be enough for those who fell in love with Dethklok long ago. The Dethalbums were remarkable because they were fantastic death metal records in their own rights, so seeing this shift from seriously composed metal with un-seriously written lyrics to a character-driven humor narrative opera isn’t going to be met with unanimous praise. If you’re looking for the The Dethalbum IV, you won’t find it here. If you’re after a less serious and more experimental interpretation of Dethklok, then The Doomstar Requiem will leave a lasting impression. It’s a companion piece unlike any other and, if you’re willing to leave some comfort zones, you’ll fall in love with Dethklok all over again.

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Shred Along with the “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Soundtrack – Win a Gibson Snow Falcon

The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is available now via iTunes. So, now that you have your copy, don’t you want to shred along with the world’s seventh largest economy? Now you can! Head over to CraveOnline.com to win a brand new, extra special Gibson Brendon Small Snow Falcon Flying V Prototype guitar. These guitars are not available for purchase yet and are so new, the specs for it haven’t even been released! Enter to win here.

Okay, so now you have your guitar. You need a bit more gear to make that thing sing, right? Turn your attention to GuitarWorld.com, where for another week you can enter to win a Marshall MG15CFXMS Micro-Stack Guitar Amp! Enter to win at this location.

The deluxe edition of the soundtrack is also available now via www.brendonsmall.com, which includes a special “Making Of” featurette, containing interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process. The deluxe edition of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack also includes the full libretto (the opera script in text form). Again, the deluxe edition is ONLY via www.brendonsmall.com and his TOPSPIN store.

As mentioned previously, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is a full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length soundtrack features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA aired on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The television special included guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.