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Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar Review: A Brutal and Heartfelt Conclusion to Dethklok

Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar Review: A Brutal and Heartfelt Conclusion to Dethklok

Adult Swim‘s beloved animated series Metalocalypse has returned with Dethklok set to bring the Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar film and Dethalbum IV. The on-screen band is also kicking off a nationwide tour and soundtrack. The tour features Babymetal co-headlining and Jason Richardson joining as support.

Just like the tagline reads: “It will be brutal.”

We waited a decade for the conclusion of the series and it was worth it. With a change in tone, this movie creates memorable moments. The writing still makes it so we have those well-timed quips we love as well.

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Metalocalypse, the iconic Adult Swim series created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, took the television world by storm when it premiered in 2006. Over four seasons and 61 episodes, it enthralled fans with its unique blend of dark humor, intense music, and larger-than-life characters.

At the heart of Metalocalypse is the band Dethklok, a death metal powerhouse unlike any other in history. With a level of popularity that surpasses all musical bounds, Dethklok’s net worth reaches astronomical heights, surpassing that of most countries. The band’s influence and success are truly incomparable.

Throughout its run, Metalocalypse became a cultural phenomenon, captivating fans with its unique brand of animated storytelling. It showcased the absurdity of fame and the chaotic world of the music industry, all while delivering relentless metal music that resonated with millions.

Check out the synopsis for Army of the Doomstar:

After the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth, DETHKLOK frontman Nathan Explosion finds himself traumatized in a BRUTAL professional and romantic flat-spin all while he is tasked with fulfilling the prophecy and confronting the ultimate songwriting challenge: write the SONG OF SALVATION and save the planet. Can Nathan Explosion look beyond his brutally damaged ego to save his band, stop the Metalocalypse, and finally face the ultimate evil: Salacia?

The animation is superb. Better than any previous Metalocalypse project we’ve seen. You can catch different tiny details here and there that weren’t possible to animate before. At certain points, it looks like it switches from typical American animation to anime, but the movie does it flawlessly.

Music wise we get two new songs. And a few catchy numbers. With the change in scenery this one lends itself to be less of a rock opera, and more dialogue heavy. However, this is still an experience you do not want to miss. Lastly, this was a perfect way to end the series. Especially with a message that will make even the toughest of metalheads cry.

Check out our interview with Brendon Small where we talk about Army of the Doomstar and the upcoming Babyklok tour:

Dani Barroso
Dani Barroso

In my spare time, I like to go on long walks with my dog Chewie, go to concerts, read comics, watch spoopy movies, and if time permits play some video games with the guys. For more about me, and my random adventures follow me on social media!

Be excellent to each other and always rock out.

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