Brendon Small Interview: Metalocalypse May End Soon But Dethklok Will Go On

August 16th, 2011
Goto comments Leave a comment

A few weeks back mxdwn covered this year’s installment of the Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino. While we were there, we took the time to speak with Metalocalypse/Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small. Small was casual and frank about the state of his mega successful Cartoon Network show Metalocalypse, explaining to us how the show itself might be coming to an end. He quipped at one point dryly of the band’s technically cartoon status, “We don’t exist. I think I do exist.”

Dethklok - Mayhem Festival-7In between working on season 4 of the wildly popular show–which will be returning to its original quarter hour format–Small has completed and named a new solo project, appropriately titled Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. A project featuring him and live Dethklok band members Bryan Beller and Gene Hoglan (famous for his work in Death and Strapping Young Lad), he describes it as a, “High stakes intergalactic rock album.”

Live Dethklok is backed by a large video wall, playing videos synced to the songs featuring their animated counterparts shredding or banging along. As to any future evolution of the Dethklok performance experience itself Small expressed enthusiasm for the technology utilized to pull off Japanese hologram performer Hatsune Miko. He remarked, “It’s amazing. It’s a great idea.” He jokes with a smile, “I was at Disneyland recently, which is not metal, but it’s cool. I’m not very metal, I don’t know if you noticed that yet.” Small detailed his own affinity for an attraction at Disneyland called “The Wonderful World of Color.” He explains, “[It's] this huge gigantic pit of water it’s 300 yards wide. They shoot the water up in the air and they project the images onto that. Then they shoot fire into the water. I thought if you could get a band there, some kind of protective shell covering and glass and have them play. You’d worship them like gods. You could start your own new religion.” Small offers humorously in discussing this innovative approach, “The way I pitched this show was a big stupid Disneyland ride, but with murder.”

Upon being queried as to whether a Metalocalypse movie is in the cards for the show (much like South Park’s creators did with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), Small indicates that the animated program might be drawing to a close. “My goal is to do this season and then do a movie and then end it,” he states soberly. He adds, “We’re at the mercy of budgets.” South Park is apparently the bar for quality in the TV cartoon-turned movie arena. He explains, “South Park, they’re the ones that nailed it. Amazing, that they did that. What a feat. I remember laughing until my face hurt.”

Dethklok - Mayhem Festival-3

And if Metlocalypse may be coming to a close, what of the human driven Dethklok band? Small offers that creating an entity that allows for audio-driven entity to continue was always part of the plan, stating, “I wanted to be able to have an audio driven show. Maybe the show gets cancelled, I can keep the audio alive. So, I would love to keep on making Dethklok records forever.”

To hear the whole interview, please watch the video below.

Photos by Raymond Flotat

Search for adult swim albums on Amazon

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Features , , ,

Related Dethklok Content:

Brendon Small Interview: Metalocalypse May End Soon But Dethklok Will Go On
mxdwn’s Top 40 Albums of 2013

High Fidelity
Dethklok: Metalocalypse The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera

Mastodon and Dethklok NA Tour This Fall
Knotfest Reveals 2012 Lineup For 8/17 Iowa and 8/18 Wisconsin Festival Dates
Dethklok to Release New Album
Dethklok Announce New Show/Album “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Featuring Original Score Plus Fifty-Piece Orchestra to Air on Adult Swim
Dethklok and Lamb of God Announce Summer 2012 Tour Dates
Watch: Dethklok Release New Video “The Galaxy”
Adult Swim Announce Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III for October 2012 Release
Lamb of God and Dethklok’s Co-Headlining Tour Canceled, Frontman Randy Blythe Still In Czech Prison

Fair to Mayhem – Mayhem Festival 2011 San Bernardino (Dethklok, Disturbed, Godsmack, Machine Head, Testament, Trivium, Kingdom of Sorrow)
Photos: Dethklok Live at The Hollywood Palladium
Dethklok – Dethalbum II
Dethklok Live at The Hollywood Palladium November 19 and 20, 2009

Related adult swim Content:

WATCH: Santigold Appears On Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV::”
LISTEN: Captain Murphy (aka Flying Lotus) Releases Stream and Download of New Song “Between Villains” Featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Viktor Vaughn (aka DOOM), and Thundercat via Adult Swim Singles
LISTEN: Kitty Releases Stream of New Song “Barbie Jeep” via Adult Swim Singles Program
Adult Swim Revives Weekly Singles Giveaway Program Featuring Tracks From Run The Jewels, Dan Deacon, Mac DeMarco, and More
Watch: Neon Indian and Adult Swim Collaborate on New Video For “Fallout”
LISTEN: Captain Murphy Releases New Track “Cosplay”
Adult Swim Offers Free Never Released Music
Adult Swim Announces Lineup of 2014 Singles Program

JG Thirlwell – The Venture Bros.: The Music of JG Thirlwell