Machinima Premieres Avenged Sevenfold Animated Series

ALL-NEW ANIMATED SERIES COMBINES THE MUSIC AND CREATIVE MINDS OF AVENGED SEVENFOLD WITH THE PRODUCERS OF METALOCALYPSE 

All-New Series Trailer Available Now on Avenged Sevenfold’s YouTube Channel 

Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King is well on its way to living up to its name. The album, released by Warner Bros. Records, earned the band its second No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, selling upwards of 159,400 units, making it the biggest first-week sales debut for a rock album this year.  Hail To The King also went to No. 1 in the UK, handing the band its first chart-topping album in Britain, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, and Finland. Avenged Sevenfold has just wrapped up sold-out tour dates in the U.S. and Europe, including a sold-out show at Wembley in the UK. With all of this momentum, Machinima, the number one global video entertainment network for young males, has announced that the Hail To The King animated series will be released on December 15 for binge-viewing on Machinima’s HappyHour channel (YouTube.com/HappyHour).

From the creative minds of Avenged Sevenfold, one of rock music’s global heavyweights and a trailblazing force in fusing the worlds of music and video games, Hail To The King is a six-episode animated series, which is directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp. The unique and innovative series tells the fictional story of the Deathbat – the band’s longtime trademark, and serves as the prologue to their highly anticipated mobile video game, “Hail to the King: Deathbat.” Accompanying the launch of the series will be a trailer for the game, which will be available early 2014. With the series launching in just days, Machinima has released an all-new trailer.

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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Stream the Entire “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Original Score Soundtrack TODAY

The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA has been unleashed to the world today via iTunes, but pay attention DETHKLOK fans—you have the chance to preview the album before buying, only via Yahoo Music! Yahoo is streaming the entire soundtrack in full now at this location. Listen now and then head to iTunes to buy your digital copy today!

 

But wait, there’s more! 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. You can watch a 30-second teaser of the featurette now at CraveOnline.com via this link! 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.

 

Didn’t have enough time to enter for the Premier Guitar Magazine / DETHKLOK Dunlop prize pack? There’s still time! The exclusive prize pack includes pedals, strings, straps and more! Take a look at all of the prizes and enter to win here.

 

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).

 

 

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. Before You Go

14. The Answer is in Your Past

15. The Depths of Humanity

16. Givin’ Back to You

17. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

18. The Crossroads

19. Morte Lumina

20. Blazing Star (listen now via Loudwire.com at this location)

21. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA aired on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special 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.

“METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Soundtrack Track Listing Leaked

Original Score, Featuring 50-Piece Orchestra, Being Released as Full-Length Album on October 29th

 

TV Special Airing Sunday, October 27th on Adult Swim

+ Watch the First Five Minutes of the Special NOW via Adult Swim

 

DETHKLOK mastermind Brendon Small is pleased to reveal the official METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack track listing today! See below for the full list of original score tracks, including the bonus track ‘Blazing Star’, released last week via Loudwire.com at this location. The original score will be released on Tuesday, October 29th.

 

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. The Answer is in Your Past

14. The Depths of Humanity

15. Givin’ Back to You

16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

17. The Crossroads

18. Morte Lumina

19. Blazing Star

20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

 

This isn’t just your average metal record— as mentioned above, this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the intense, driving metal thatDETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians. 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).

 

In other DETHKLOK happenings, Adult Swim unveiled a five-minute intro clip ofMETALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA special yesterday via this link: http://video.adultswim.com/metalocalypse/special/. Take a sneak peek at the special now before the air date on Sunday, October 27th!

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA airs on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

 

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.

 

BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON To Make Live Debut Headlining WESFEST 8 Benefit Concert

Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, the critically acclaimed side-project of Brendon Small – the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated [adult swim] TV show Metalocalypse and the band Dethklok – will become the first metal act to headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 8: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The show marks the live debut of the project, and the event is sponsored by Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Mike Lull Custom Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Epiphone Guitars, and Studio Instument Rentals (S.I.R.).

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (’92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series and related fundraising drive has raised more than $150,000 over the past seven years. This year, the goal is to raise $25,000.

Before Metalocalypse and Dethklok’s runaway success, Brendon Small, a Berklee alum (‘97), began his career in animation as the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for the TV show Home Movies. Small has also lent his voice to a number of other shows including The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Reno 911!, and Frisky Dingo. He then reprised his co-creator/writer/voice actor/director/producer/music-composer role for Metalocalypse, which premiered in August 2006 and just completed its fourth season on [adult swim]. But in April of 2012, Small branched out to write and produce Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, a self-described “High Stakes Intergalactic Extreme Rock Album.” The long-awaited side project was inspired not just by modern metal, but also by Queen, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer.

Brendon Small himself had this to say: “I’m excited to get this album up on its feet in a live scenario with some of the best musicians on this planet.”

The live band required to pull off the multi-layered music of Brendon Small’s Galaktikon will contain four guitarists, including L.A.-based guitarist and former Musicians Institute Guitar Program Director Jude Gold (Jefferson Starship, Billy Sheehan), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani), Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor, Carly Simon), and Small himself. Additional band members include keyboardist/guitarist Walter Ino; bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, The Aristocrats); drummer Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel); and vocalists Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa), Kira Small (Peter Frampton, Martina McBride), Ali Handal (Neil Young, Paul Williams) and Jude Crossen.

“We’re beyond psyched to have Brendon Small’s Galaktikon making its debut at WesFest 8,” says event co-producer and Galaktikon bassist Beller. “For seven years we’ve been growing the WesFest community with every event, especially in Southern California. But this year, thanks to Brendon’s involvement, we’ve got a greater chance to reach more folks around the country than ever before.”

The event will feature three additional acts: Los Angeles funk/R&B bassist Derek Frank (Jonatha Brooke, Brian Auger); the WesFest All-Stars, featuring the music of previous WesFest performers and singer/songwriters Janet Robin (Lindsey Buckingham), Ali Handal, and Colin Keenan, along with a special group assembled by Zappa Plays Zappa drummer Joe Travers; and Danny Mo and the Exciters, featuring Wehmiller’s Berklee bass professor and close friend Danny Morris, as well as 2012 Wehmiller Scholarship award winner Jed Lingat and legendary drummer John “JR” Robinson.

From 1997 through 2001, Wes Wehmiller toured worldwide with the multi-platinum pop band Duran Duran, and appeared on many TV shows with them as well, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, VH-1’s Storytellers, and Hard Rock Live. He performed with Missing Persons and several other L.A. based bands, and his work appears on numerous recordings produced in the L.A. area and in Vancouver. He gained endorsement deals with SWR bass amplification systems and La Bella Strings.

WesFest 8 advance tickets are available through March 1 for $35 per pair of tickets or $20 per single ticket. Tickets are $30 each at the door. Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at: http://weswehmiller.net/wesfest/wesfest-8.

‘Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III’ Debuts at #10 on the Billboard Top 200

Headline Tour with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guests THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER in Pittsburgh 11/8 at Stage AE

Adult Swim is pleased to reveal that DETHKLOK’s new album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, has debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week! The album has also debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Albums chart. Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III was released last week via Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label. This is the highest debut charting position that DETHKLOK has garnered since the beginning of the show.

When asked to comment about the #10 debut, DETHKLOK co-creator Brendon stated, “Thanks to the fans for actually buying music in a world where they don’t have to.”

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is available now in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which includes a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012. Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s upcoming Tour. Starting today, fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour kicks off in Norfolk, VA next Tuesday, October 30th. The tour, featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series, will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. The Black Dahlia Murder will open each show, with Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See the bottom of this release for all upcoming tour dates.

When discussing the upcoming tour, Brendon Small stated, “DETHKLOK are excited to be a part of the best tour of 2012. We spared no expense on production for the tour. We are unleashing tons of new animation, new comedy, and new sketches and are very excited to play many new songs and can’t wait for new people to see our show. I’ll be honest, I don’t know when we will be able to pull off anything this massive again, so don’t miss it.”

In celebration of the impending tour kick-off, Loudwire.com and Gibson Guitars are teaming up to give away an Epiphone “1958” Korina Explorer! Enter the contest HERE and check out the specs on the guitar HERE.

Also on the tour kick-off date, Adult Swim releases Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

UPCOMING DETHKLOK TOUR DATES:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Adult Swim Releases Highly-Anticipated Dethklok Album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III

Adult Swim is pleased to announce today’s release of the brand new album from DETHKLOK, the brutal animated band from the Metalocalypse television series, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III. From Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label, the third album from the chart-topping band will be released in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s upcoming Tour. Starting today, fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit http://www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Exclusive DETHKLOK “Making Of” DVD Documentary Snippets Unveiled

To tease next week’s release of DETHKLOK’s album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, ArtistDirect.com, Guitar World Magazine and Modern Drummer Magazine have each released a different exclusive and never-before-seen clip from the “making of” DVD documentary portion of the deluxe set. Head to ArtistDirect.com to learn about the lyric writing process on ‘I Ejaculate Fire’, GuitarWorld.com to watch Brendon Small track rhythm guitars, and ModernDrummer.com to witness Gene Hoglan pummel out new drum tracks.

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is being released via Williams Street Records on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

For more information on DETHKLOK and Dethalbum III, please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/.

North American Tour for DETHKLOK with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guest THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER /Pittsburgh 11/8

Adult Swim announced today that Dethklok will hit the road this fall in the upcoming headline tour with All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.
As in tours past, bringing Dethklok to life on stage will be Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small on guitar and lead vocals, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, bass guitarist Bryan Beller and guitarist Mike Keneally. This line-up of talented musicians will be joined by Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles and Toki Wartooth in all-new animation from Titmouse Studios that will play behind the live musicians.
In addition to news of this fall tour, Adult Swim’s Williams Street Records premiered today the new music video for ‘I Ejaculate Fire,’ the first single off of the band’s upcoming album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, which is available for viewing at Spin.com now. The single appears as the opening track on the album and is available for download in the iTunes® store right now.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III will be released on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.
With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:
10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

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METALOCALYPSE’s DETHKLOK Debuts New Single ‘I Ejaculate Fire’

Adult Swim is brutally stoked to announce the exclusive unveiling of the first new track from the new upcoming full-length album from DETHKLOK, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III. The track, entitled ‘I Ejaculate Fire,’ is debuting today via CraveOnline.com and will be available in the iTunes store beginning Tuesday, September 4th. The song appears as the opening track on the album and is the first piece of DETHKLOK music released since Dethalbum II. Head to CraveOnline.com to stream the new track now and stay tuned for a music video coming soon.
Adult Swim recently announced the October 16, 2012 release of Dethalbum III from Williams Street Records. In addition to its original CD format, the album will also be released as both a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Dethalbum III track listing:
I Ejaculate Fire
Crush the industry
Andromeda
The Galaxy
Starved
Killstardo Abominate
Ghostqueen
Impeach God
Biological Warfare
Skyhunter
The Hammer
Rejoin

Dethalbum III is once again co-produced by DETHKLOK co-creator Brendon Small and producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was illustrated by The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II cover artist Antonio Canobbio.

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS: Exclusive Guest Vocal Contest

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS creator Cameron Argon and StuffYouWillHate.com are launching the official, exclusive DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Vocal Cover Contest today here. Fans submitting entries are invited to record vocals, remakes, dance routines—or anything AWESOME with any track on DTG’s new album, Sleeper, and submit the videos as a response to the original contest video,(instrumental versions of all of the tracks are available on the bonus CD of the physical version of the album, available for sale at www.indiemerch.com/disfiguringthegoddess). A panel of judges (below) will then review the videos and select a winner by June 15, 2012. “Acting the fool” is encouraged and “awesomeness” is the #1 judging criteria.

The first place winner will receive a guest vocal spot on the next DTG release. The second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Indiemerch DISFIGURING THE GODDESS store (see below for link), and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store.

JUDGES INCLUDE:
Brendon Small –Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, Dethklok’s Dethalbum and Dethalbum II, Brendon Small’s GALAKTIKON
Nate Johnson – Premonitions of War, Fit For An Autopsy, Through The Eyes of the Dead
Jonathan Carpenter – The Contortionist
Shiv The Impaler – 7 Horns, 7 Eyes
DJ 2 Stacks (Kreayshawn)

The submission deadline for the DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Vocal Cover Contest is May 30, 2012.

Within the last few years, despite never performing live, DISFIGURING THE GODDESS has become a recognized name in the metal community amongst young fans and industry elites alike due to an impressive viral and word-of-mouth buzz about the project. Not only known as the brain behind the project, Argon performs the entirety of Sleeper on his own. Cameron Argon is better known by his other moniker, Big Chocolate. Though also heralded for his work as a producer and EDM artist, he has risen as a respected figure in the metal scene based on his notable work with DISFIGURING THE GODDESS.

Keep your eyes and ears open for new releases coming soon on Argon’s new record label, DECOMP RECORDS.

To learn more about DISFIGURING THE GODDESS, please visit these sites:
www.facebook.com/disfiguringthegoddess
www.twitter.com/disfiguringtheg
www.youtube.com/cameveryday

Metalocalypse’s DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD Announce North American Tour

This summer, two of the biggest names in metal, LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK, will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1 in Seattle, Wash. The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated band from Richmond, VA and the world’s most brutal animated death band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse animated series will shred their way through cities throughout in the U.S. and Canada ending September 15 in San Francisco, CA.

The upcoming DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA summer tour marks the return of LAMB OF GOD to North American stages where they will support their latest album Resolution, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released earlier this year. As in tours past, Brendon Small, the co-creator and composer behind DETHKLOK, will bring the animated band to life on stage each night alongside an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. Building on the success of Dethklok: The Dethalbum and Dethklok: The Dethalbum II from Williams Street Records, Small is currently in the studio working on the band’s third album release scheduled for later this year. Additionally, new episodes from the fourth season of Metalocalypse currently air on Adult Swim Sundays at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT).

Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA, the French metal band that will perform songs from its upcoming album release, L’Enfant Sauvage, which will be released in the U.S. on June 26 with Roadrunner Records. Pitchfork describes the new album as “breathless and awesome.”

Tickets to the DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA tour will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18 and will include the following stops:

Date
Venue
City/State
8/1/12
WaMu Theater
Seattle, WA
8/2/12
Queen Elizabeth Theater
Vancouver, BC
8/4/12
Big 4
Calgary, AB
8/5/12
Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB
8/7/12
Convention Centre
Winnipeg, MB
8/9/12
Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
8/10/12
LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH
8/11/12
Heavy TO
Toronto, ON
8/12/12
Heavy MTL
Montreal, QC
8/14/12
Delta Plex
Grand Rapids, MI
8/15/12
Family Arena
St. Louis, MO
8/19/12
Midland Theater
Kansas City, MO
8/21/12
Congress Ballroom
Chicago, IL
8/22/12
Compuware Arena
Detroit, MI
8/23/12
Stage AE
Pittsburgh, PA
8/24/12
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
Charlotte, NC
8/25/12
Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk, VA
8/26/12
Pier 6 Pavilion
Baltimore, MD
8/29/12
Roseland Ballroom
New York, NY
8/30/12
Tsongas Arena
Lowell, MA
8/31/12
Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater
Wallingford, CT
9/1/12
Outside at the Electric Factory
Philadelphia, PA
9/2/12
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
9/4/12
Hard Rock Live
Orlando, FL
9/5/12
Tabernacle
Atlanta, GA
9/7/12
Bayou Music Center
Houston, TX
9/8/12
Sunken Garden
San Antonio, TX
9/9/12
Verizon Wireless Theater
Dallas, TX
9/11/12
The Fillmore
Denver, CO
9/13/12
Comerica Theater
Phoenix, AZ
9/14/12
Gibson Amphitheater
Los Angeles, CA
9/15/12
Bill Graham Civic
San Francisco, CA

*Schedule is subject to change.

For more information about the tour including ticket info and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com or www.lamb-of-god.com

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