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"We will make everything metal. Blacker than the blackest black... times infinity!"

So says Dethklok, in one of Adult Swim's best series ever -- an affectionate, hilarious satire on metal and celebrity. And the first season of "Metalocalypse" is crammed with sex, alcohol, gratuitous gore, rock'n'roll clowns, messy death.... and lots and lots of doom metal.

Dethklok is the biggest, darkest, most brutal, most METAL band in the world: the gravel-voiced frontman Nathan Explosion, enraged nihilist William Murderface, the smart guy Pickle, childlike Toki, and haughty elf-like Lothario Skwisgaar. The only ones who don't adore them are a secret Tribunal, who monitor all of Dethklok's goings-on, from their love lives to their celebrity endorsements.

As the series opens, the band is playing a sold-out megaconcert to promote a coffee jingle ("We will make coffee METAL!"). Unfortunately their latest chef accidentally gets dismembered during the concert ("By the power of all that is evil, I command you to awaken and make me a sandwich!"). Since they now have to cook for themselves, a disastrous trip to the "Food Library" follows.

But that's not the only problem Dethklok must deal with (or cause): they set a lake troll loose on Finland, record in the Mariana Trench, arrange a "metal" birthday party, adopt a porcine child, undergo group therapy, suffer through a fan tour of their Mordor-like citadel, and attempt to cope when Nathan starts dating a shrewish actress.

They have to deal with stand-up comedy, religion, the blues, old band reunions, and celebrity endorsements... as well as Dethklok's ghastly movie debut, the turgidly wooden "Blood Ocean." And as they prepare to play their newest album live, two rogue members of the Tribunal decide to finally destroy Dethklok once and for all...

With the exception of the immortal Spinal Tap, it's hard to think of a fictional metal band that is half as good -- or funny -- as Dethklok. "Metalocalypse" relentlessly makes fun of metal, even as it gives it an affectionate pat on the back ("Finland is expecting our apology for almost destroying the nation last tour").

The episodes are only about eleven minutes long, so Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha have to cram the material in -- it's frankly amazing that they can manage even a small plot. There's loads of violent gore (exploding heads, for instance), crazy metal antics and funny scenarios -- when trying to sell their souls to the devil, they manage to drive him away with legalese.

And the dialogue is pretty much genius -- Smalls and Blacha load it with quotables ("That's my bread and butter you're f***ing with"), weird conversations ("In Sweden, underwears is, y'know, the kinky stuff, worn as a fetish..."), and surreal lines ("Candy: tastes like chicken, if chicken was a candy"). Hardly a scene goes by without at least two hilarious lines or exchanges.

Frankly none of the Dethklok members are actually people you'd wanna know -- they're inept, disconnected from reality, kinda sociopathic, and only Pickle seems to have real brains. But they're all entertaining to watch, and over time they actually become endearing, with their own little quirks and oddities. Especially Toki ("Wowie!").

If you like mature, sophisticated comedies of manners, full of witty repartee... then the first season of "Metalocalypse" is not for you. Talk about brutal.
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on 28 April 2010
Prepare to meet Dethklok, the world's most successful rock band, Death Metal or otherwise. They are an economic power that outstrips most Western nations. Their plan: world domination, to make everything Metal -- blacker than the blackest black times Infinity! They have legions of rabid fans who will travel from across the world to the northernmost tip of Finland and risk death and mutilation just to hear them perform a coffee jingle. They have an army of hooded servants who pledge themselves willingly to their lords' and masters' every whim. They have a huge Gothic palace and estate called Mordhaus, where even the coffee tables have blades and spikes on them. They have a fleet of gigantic, scary vehicles which include Dethkopter, Dethkopter II, Dethsub, Dethbus, and a custom Murdercycle with four sidecars. They have a staid, quiet, polite, competent manager / lawyer / CFO who will organise everything perfectly and who you do NOT want to annoy. Their songs are brutal, jarring, adrenalin-pumping, and addictively catchy, even though the lyrics are frequently indistinct or silly. It's just a shame that they're a bunch of abject dolts.

Guitarists Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth, from Sweden and Norway, respectively, have an odd love/hate relationship, mostly down to rivalry. Skwisgaar loves playing guitar and anything female with a pulse - and not much else. Toki is "The Cute One," childlike and with kid appeal, knowledge of which can sometimes irritate him beyond rational thought. Deys boths can'ts speaks English vurry wells. William Murderface looks like a cross between Ron Jeremy and Mumm-Ra. He is the rudest, crudest, foulest, most nihilistic bass player in history, which is saying something. Murderface just can't speak very well, full stop. Pickles the Drummer comes from solid Midwestern stock, complete with harsh whiny accent and strangulated vowels. He is the brains of the band (a title which wouldn't be difficult for a semi-stunned rabbit to attain), and sports the world's most Metal comb-over. Hulking, sulking front-man, Nathan Explosion, brings the standard mix of brooding rage and a growling voice like that of a dyspeptic bull hippo to the act, as well as the ability to come up with songs at the drop of a hat.

Tracking the exploits of Dethklok are a sinister think-tank called The Tribunal, led by the mysterious Mr. Salacia. They see Dethklok as a threat to the world, soon to fulfil a prophecy that dates back to Sumerian times. As much as some members of Salacia's organisation want to stop Dethklok once and for all, Salacia has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the band. While under this covert observation and between gigs, Dethklok must deal with a host of problems which tax their addled brains to the limit: finding food, staving off an insane rock 'n' roll clown who keeps popping up, writer's block, ennui, planning a birthday party, annual employee reviews, fans, finding religion, unloading excess money on charities for tax purposes, a nasty clingy celebrity girlfriend who threatens to split the band, learning The Blues and signing a pact with The Devil, making a movie, and so on and so forth. And it's hilariously Metal at every step of the way. How could doing the weekly shop be Metal? Watch and find out!

I bought this set for two reasons. Firstly, I'd seen the previews and heard good things about it. Secondly, I'm rapidly running out of [adult swim] DVDs that I do not yet own, and I'm getting sick of waiting for them to bring out Season Two or beyond for just about everything that isn't "Robot Chicken" or "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." I'm very, very, VERY glad I bought this set. At a couple of points, I was laughing so hard I thought I'd wet myself and puke up my guts and die in a pool of my own innards and wee. An appropriately Metal death, but worthwhile. While just about anyone can get a good amount of laughter out of this show, hard-core fans of Metal will get the most laugh value, as it turns an affectionate, yet brutal eye on the genre, with loads of tributes (both blatant and subtle) scattered throughout the series. Besides Mark Hamill (and who doesn't like Mark Hamill in a cartoon?), a few names from the world of Heavy Metal show up to do some fun cameo voice work.

As for the DVDs themselves, I recommend watching them through once with the subtitles off, then again with the subtitles on, especially during the songs. The only trouble is, sometimes the subtitles are wrong: Murderface is described as having "cobraphilia." Trust me, that is NOT the word that was spoken. You can find the Hidden Extras by moving along the options on the Main Menu and using the Up and Down arrow keys on your remote to highlight the secret goodies. Some of them seem may excessively drawn-out and pointless, but Nathan Explosion's take on Hamlet is not to be missed. The Regular Ordinary Extras are also fun, ranging from Skwisgaar's Guitar Tutorial to alternate clips, to the best Band Interviews I've ever seen, and a few more things besides.

Seasons 2 & 3 are also available, and also highly recommended. Why not check 'em out?
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on 22 July 2009
I've seen a few episodes at god-awful hours on Bravo & fell in love with the chacters so when I found out they where FINALLY releasing it over here I did that weird excited dance people sometimes tell me about & pre-ordered it.
When the great day arrived I caught up on season one & also finally saw how the finale ended. A lot of the humour is aimed directly at metal/rock fans but there's some stuff that anyone can sit down (at age 15 or over) & enjoy. My only main gripes are the 2 Norwegian/Swedish band mmbers Swishgard & Toki (sorry if I spelt them wrong) because they're accents are so thick that it's sometimes hard to pick up what they say. But as a whole it's full of fun, rememberable chacters that you'll love. Highly recommended stuff.
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on 19 February 2014
Bought as a friend after spending too many evenings looking for good links online. Sometimes, youtube just doesn't cut it. A good comedy series that pokes fun at metal and then goes on to actually create decent metal music. Even if you don't like metal music this is still a comedy that you can appreciate and if you do like metal, you can appreciate it even more!
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on 19 October 2008
If you like heavy metal and Beavis & Butthead, then you'll love this. With gore and humour, and guest voices from James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, King Diamond , and Luke Skywalker, what's not to like?
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on 9 February 2013
I bought it for my boyfriend's birthday, and he loved it, his whole face lit up! Exactly what I hoped it would be.
Delivery was very fast and arrived on time c:
Honestly, you have to get this box-set, its hilarious, really worth the price! I think theres about 4 hours worth of episodes!
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on 11 December 2011
It's a great laugh. Perfect gift for any Metal-head or anyone game for a laugh in general. Had watched several episodes of it before and thought it was great, and watching them again on DVD made me relive the 'brutality' of it. Characters in it are well portrayed and all funny in their own way, hours of fun and you could watch it over and over again and still find things to laugh about in it. It's an 18 for a reason though, the comedic violence in it is over the top, and there are several adult themes in it, but nothing you wouldn't expect to find in a story about the rock'n'roll lifestyle. Funny and just overall great fun, would definitely recommend it for anyone who doesn't know what to get someone who likes metal, the music in it is good too.
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on 10 August 2009
The show is awsesome, just read the other reviews! The DVD is less impressive. What's the point of letterboxing a widescreen 16:9 show in a 4:3 picture. The image quality is dissapointing and the subtitles are not accurate in places.

5 stars for the show, 2 for the dvd, 3 overall.
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on 25 November 2011
There is not much to say about this serie... its pure awesomness!!

Im so happy that I came across this on a used dvd marked for about 2 euro. It was an offer I couldnt refuse, and never will.
Metalocalpyse have brought me hours of entertainment covered in dark humor, and a overall plot so stupid, it works!

If you liked series like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then you will love this!
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on 10 January 2011
I first watched Metalocalypse on Adult Swim and simply had to buy at least one season! I love this show; being alternative I relate to it very well, finding it very funny. I'm not even that into metal music but Dethklok are a really good, tongue-in-cheek band and are the only metal band I like, however animated and not actually real they are.

Unfortunately it is a little embarassing to show to anyone else; the first episode is very hard to understand with their voices but you get used to it and they seem to become more understandable as you watch it. I'm saving up to buy the second season and hope to show it my boyfriend at some point; as an ex metalhead in his teens I'm sure it will appeal to him as well as it will appeal to anyone alternative and being able to take a pinch of salt with everything.
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