Endless Loop: Dethharmonic

dethklokHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Dethharmonic” by Dethklok

Last week got a little heavy, and rightfully so, but this week we’ll ease it back a little bit with my favorite song from my favorite animated death metal band.  Imaginary metal…hooray!

I’ve long had deep love for cartoons, starting with the classic shorts from Disney, Looney Toons, and Hanna-Barbera, through Saturday morning lineups and bowls of sugary cereal, afterschool syndicated blocks, feature films, music videos, and onward, culminating in primetime fare and late night oddities.  I love all of it, from the smart kids’ stuff to the stoner adult stuff, hours and hours of animated bliss parading before my eyeballs.  Aside from a few ups and downs, both in quality and politically, the lineup of shows appearing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has been pretty consistently great these last two decades, from the early Hanna-Barbera appropriating shows like Harvey Birdman all the way to the wonderful Rick and Morty, an amazing program with the most obnoxious and ridiculous fans in the universe, and everything in between.

One of those shows was the darkly comic Metalocalypse, a macabre and violent satire of heavy metal culture that followed the misadventures of fictional death metal band Dethklok in a post-apocalyptic world.  While the show was good, it never really grabbed my attention the way its peer programming did, but boy oh boy is the music a lot of fun.  The animated headbangers in Dethklok absolutely nail the sound the show’s creators are both honoring and mocking to the umpth degree, and often with riffs and licks to rival any real metal band out there.  Just listen to “Dethharmonic,” from 2007’s The Dethalbum, and if you have even a passing affinity for melodic death metal, you’ve got to admit that it’s an utter behemoth of sound, all with satirical lyrical content skewering the wealthy’s aversion to taxes.  Credit to writer, comedian, animator, voice actor, and musician Brendon Small, whose work as Dethklok elevates the show to something more than just crude jokes and parody.

“Prepare the laser-beam.  I’m gonna use it tonight.  Engage the laser-beam.  It’s gonna end your life.”


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

One Response to Endless Loop: Dethharmonic
  1. Kylie Reply

    Obviously The Lion King had it”s fare share of effect on the animation industry. 1 point you raised that is true, is the constant comparing to other Disney flicks that mostly came out during the 2000s. Which in the process hurt many of those film”s reputation around audiences. However when Shrek came out in 2001 animation took notice to the film”s popularity and how it seemed to appeal to a wider audience. Immediately afterwards, animated films started to add in toilet humour and pop culture references in animated films (some more affected then others) It could also be because critics nurtured The Lion King as a (love child) amongst it”s reviewed films (same applies for Toy Story), and would instead often compare anything that was on a similar tone, theme to be a Lion King copy. Which is very bad since any movie should be given a chance before judging, unless it”s clear that it”s made as a cash grab. I to this day still love The Lion King, but most of that love and appreciation comes from the artists and soundtrack team behind the film. Despite this, I try to not compare other films to The Lion King and look at them as their own films.

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