Interview: Metalocalypse Creator Brendon Small Talks Galaktikon and Dethklok
"The more I do Dethklok, the more I wanted to experiment with melody, because Dethklok is more of an extreme metal band in the melody and the vocals. That was the idea, to see how much farther I could stretch the musicality. I grew up on metal, but I also grew up on Queen, and ELO and David Bowie. And I like bands like Foo Fighters and Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins. I also like Cannibal Corpse. You know, you forget that you're allowed to like all those things.
The whole idea with this record was, there's no influence unwelcome. If I was influenced by it then I'm going to use that influence at some point." — Brendon Small (on his latest musical project, Galaktikon)
I recently had a chance to chat with Brendon Small, creator of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. During our talk we discussed creating the show, plans for a Dethklok Dethalbum III in 2012 and finally bringing to life the project that has been gathering cobwebs on his hard drive for years--his latest musical venture--Galaktikon, set for release April 29, 2012.
BRENDON SMALL INTERVIEW - METALOCALYPSE DETHKLOK GALAKTIKON - Video
Galaktikon's release will coincide with the launch of Season 4 of Brendon's hugely successful Adult Swim television series Metalocalypse (currently scheduled for April 29, 2012 according to www.AdultSwim.com/shows/metalocalypse) and Brendon says that there are also plans in the works for a Dethalbum III.
Metalocalypse, which features Brendon's animated band Dethklok, has actually won music awards, including a Golden God award for Best International Band, prompting me to tease him that Galaktikon would have to be nominated as Best Interplanetary Band.
Dethklok is a melodic death metal band while Galaktikon explores more diverse musical terrain, ranging from hard rock to heavy metal. It's definitely a sound that people haven't heard from Brendon Small before and it really goes far in showcasing his skills as a seasoned musician.
Brendon is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music so his talent on many levels was never in question, it was simply a matter of time and opportunity that have prevented him from bringing Galaktikon to fruition. One thing is for sure, Galaktikon is an album that was well worth waiting for; an amazing compilation that really drives home the eclectic influences that helped to shape Brendon Small's musical path.Continued on the next page