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They’re the biggest band you’ve never heard of.
Extremely popular, successful, with a devoted fanbase of billions that would quite literally do anything for them.
Their album and merch sales alone catapulted them into a cushy spot as the world’s 7th largest economy.
But there’s a catch.
They’re a cartoon band, and all of their accomplishments take place in the fictional universe of hit Adult Swim animated series, Metalocalypse.
Created by comedic mastermind Brendon Small, Metalocalypse tells the hilarious and dark story of Dethklok, the biggest and most successful metal band on the planet. The show ran for 7 years, Small’s creative genius as a writer, musician, and composer bringing Dethklok’s madness and magic to life with three albums and a rock opera before coming to an end in 2013, much to the dismay of fans who’d come to love Dethklok the way they’d love a real life, flesh and blood band.
The critical success achieved by Metalocalypse resulted in the show earning a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though not in the way you’re expecting. It’s part of a brand new exhibit called Stay Tuned: Rock on TV, a fun look at how rock and roll music shaped television (and in Metalocalypse’s case, vice versa).
The exhibit’s description reads,
“From the Ed Sullivan Show to The Voice, rock and roll has shaped television (and vice versa). This special exhibit tells the story of how TV launched rock’s iconic stars, brought them into our homes, kept them in the spotlight and connected them to us with music and visual imagery.”
Metalocalypse co-creator Jon Schnepp took to Twitter to show off his original concept art for the show, sketches of Dethklok’s Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface and Pickles the Drummer joining shows like Johnny Bravo, Archie, Jem and the Holograms and The Banana Splits.
Not bad for a band that was born from the brain of one man crazy enough to believe in his dream, and brilliant enough to find a crew of co-creators, animators, voice actors and musicians crazy enough to jump onboard!