The Full Musician’s Institute Conversation  with Dethklok’s Brendon Small of Metalocalypse  Is Now Available On YouTube

The Full Musician’s Institute Conversation with Dethklok’s Brendon Small of Metalocalypse Is Now Available On YouTube

9th April 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

Brendon Small, the genius behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok, sat down with music industry veteran historian, Ryan J. Downey and had an insightful conversation, which touched on his personal/professional history in front of college students and eventually answered their questions for the Musicians Institute – Conversation Series on March 14th.


Musician’s Institute posts The FULL conversation with Brendon Small of @metalocalypse is now available on our YouTube! A few weeks ago we hosted the MI Conversation Series in collaboration with @revolvermag magazine, and had a night full of hilarious and insightful anecdotes about Brendon’s life and career. If you’re a fan of Dethklok, Metalocalypse or songwriting and music in general, you should check this one out!”


Watch An Evening With Brendon Small, the artist behind the highest-charting death metal album ever, DETHALBUM I, as he dives into the world of Dethklok, music, and much more.

DETHKLOK Kick Off The Mutilation on a Spring Night Tour 2024 

in the USA with Dragonforce and Nekrogoblikon on April 7



for Two-Night Bay Area Event April 24 – 25


Get Tickets Here:


April 07 – Myrtle Beach, SC, at House of Blues

April 08 – Charlotte, NC, at The Fillmore 

April 09 – Silver Spring, MD, at The Fillmore 

April 11 – Columbus, OH, at KEMBA Live! 

April 12 – Cincinnati, OH, at The Andrew J Brady Music Center 

April 14 – Indianapolis, IN, at Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre 

April 15 – Waukee, IA, at Vibrant Music Hall 

April 16 – Kansas City, MO, at Uptown Theater 

April 17 – Oklahoma City, OK, at The Criterion 

April 19 – Albuquerque, NM, at Revel 

April 20 – Flagstaff, AZ, at Pepsi Amphitheater 

April 21 – Riverside, CA, at Riverside Municipal Auditorium 

April 22 – San Diego, CA, at The Observatory North Park 

April 24 – San Francisco, CA, at The Masonic* 

April 25 – San Francisco, CA, at The Masonic* 

April 28 – Spokane, WA, at The Podium 

April 30 – Billings, MT, at MetraPark Arena 

May 01 – Idaho Falls, ID, at Mountain America Center 

May 02 – Garden City (Boise), ID, at Revolution Concert House and Event Center 

May 03 – Portland, OR, at Roseland Theater 


*BABYKLOK w/ BABYMETAL, DragonForce (April 24), Nekrogoblikon (April 25)



The Great Reuniting continues as the world’s most important cultural force, DETHKLOK, returns to American stages and brings their songs of salvation to the masses. Running from April 07 through May 03, Dethklok’s newly announced Mutilation on a Spring Night Tour, produced by Live Nation, will see support from DragonForce and Nekrogoblikon.


Dethklok is an illustrated/animated virtual powerhouse, occupying an elite space alongside Gorillaz. Except Dethklok is bigger, better, more brutal, and totally legendary.


The world’s most brutal band are the stars of the Metalocalypse TV series and films, cocreated by Brendon SmallRevolver Magazine calls the writer, director, and composer the “musical mastermind” behind Dethklok. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Small has made four Dethklok albums and assorted releases with legendary metal drummer Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Testament, Strapping Young Lad).


“I love bands that celebrate guitar and bands that have a lot of fun onstage. I also love bands that don’t, but for this tour, I think it makes sense to have a lot of dragons, goblins, and ‘kloks together,” says Small. “If you’re going to do this, you gotta go big and over the top. This is going to be a very fun show for people.”


Last year’s BABYKLOK co-headlining trek was the first Dethklok tour in over a decade. “I had no idea how much fun the BABYKLOK tour would be,” remembers Small. “The BABYMETAL girls are delightful, like three princesses from outer space, great singers, and great dancers. Their band is bonkers good. I magically found my way into this parallel universe. The show itself is a great challenge as a vocalist, guitar player, and multitasker. The goal is always to put on the absolute best show that I can.”


The BABYKLOK Tour resumes for two nights only at The Masonic in San FranciscoBABYMETAL and DETHKLOK coheadline, with support from DragonForce on April 24 and Nekrogoblikon on April 25.



2023 saw a flurry of activity from the melodic death metal titans. Army of the Doomstar was a sequel to Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, released in 2013. 2023 also saw the release of the Army of the Doomstar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Dethalbum IV was the most celebrated album of the band’s career, boasting unstoppable anthems like “Aortic Desecration,” “SOS,” and “Gardener of Vengeance.”


Dethalbum IV is a fantastic death metal album,” wrote New Noise. “Despite Dethklok being an animated band, the music is very real, delivering that scratch to itch the need for good metal.”


Rolling Stone named Dethalbum IV one of the 11 Best Metal Albums of 2023. “The first Dethklok album in more than a decade is totally brutal – and totally worth the wait,” they declared. “Small and Hoglan’s dexterous playing also makes the music stand majestically on its own terms. You don’t need to be in on the joke to jump into the pit and mosh along.”


Adult Swim aired four seasons of Metalocalypse from 2006 to 2013. Premiere global and media entertainment company Warner Bros. Discovery distributes the Metalocalypse series and feature films.


“I knew taking on this project meant I’d have to wring everything out of the sponge to make it all work,” Small says of the massive effort put behind the series, movies, albums, and soundtracks. “But this is how I have fun, putting it together, and having the luxury of writing, directing, producing, and making music for something and seeing it all the way through. And when you have great collaborators, everyone elevates each other. I have to deliver everything I can, so I’m proud of it, and they are proud to participate in it.”


“This is a very fun time with the tour, the album, and the movie. I don’t know if Dethklok will be touring forever,” he adds. “So, it’s important for people to know they should get it while it’s hot.”


Nathan Explosion – Vocals 

Skwisgaar Skwigelf – Lead Guitar 

Toki Wartooth – Rhythm Guitar 

William Murderface – Bass 

Pickles – Drums 


DETHKLOK online:



About DETHKLOK & Metalocalypse

DETHKLOK, an extreme metal band, is the most successful entertainment act on the planet and the seventh largest economy in the animated world of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. Live, they are a multi-media powerhouse that showcases animation, comedy and brutality, excellently recreating the popular albums and animated visuals in a live atmosphere. Band members include musician and show co-creator Brendon Small and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan and more! 


About Adult Swim 

Adult Swim is the leader in adult animation and #1 destination for young adults for over fifteen years, offering critically acclaimed, award-winning original and acquired series such as Rick and Morty, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, The Eric Andre Show, and SMILING FRIENDS. Fan favorite anime block, Toonami, airs on Saturday nights and has expanded beyond acquisitions, producing original series including Housing Complex C, Uzumaki, and new seasons of FLCL. The annual Adult Swim Festival reaches a global audience, and features performances by top musicians and comedians. Adult Swim airs nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel and reaches fans via HBO Max. Connect with Adult Swim on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok. Subscribe to Adult Swim on YouTube


About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.


About WaterTower Music

WaterTower Music, the in-house label for the Warner Brothers Discovery companies, releases recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack home to many of the world’s most iconic films, television shows and games since 2001.


About Titmouse 

Titmouse is an independent Emmy award-winning animation production company. It has artist-run studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver. Titmouse founders Chris and Shannon Prynoski launched Titmouse in Los Angeles, the birthplace of the American entertainment industry. Known for series such as The Venture Bros., Big Mouth, The Legend of Vox Machina, Midnight Gospel, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Metalocalypse, Titmouse creates high-quality cartoons for all ages and interests. 


About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit


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