In the world of Metalocalypse, the death metal band Dethklok has earned a level of popularity never achieved in the history of music. They operate almost like a sovereign state, with an army of rabid fans always eager to do their most outrageous bidding (like, say, lynching the governor of Florida). The principal musicians in the band are Nathan Explosion (voiced by Small), Skwisgaar Skwigelf (also Small), Pickles the Drummer (also Small), Toki Wartooth (Blacha), and William Murderface Murderface Murderface (also Blacha). Together, Dethklok ranks as the seventh-largest economy on the planet.
The band’s imperial phase raged on Adult Swim from 2006-2013, but once the curtain fell on the grand finale, fans weren’t ready to give up the ghost. After the show’s 2013 cancellation, Small approached Adult Swim with a concept for a mini-series that might give Dethklok the send-off they so rightfully deserved. Adult Swim balked, and the righteous fandom of metalheads rose up on social media. In 2015, the hashtag “Metalocalypse Now” was born with support from Small. The goal of the online pressure campaign was to encourage Hulu to step in and co-fund a follow-up series entitled Metalocalypse: The Army of the Doomstar – The Final Chapter. Apparently, financiers did step up to help get the series off the ground, but Adult Swim declined to pick it up (via Metal Insider). This came as a bit of a surprise, since the popular late-night comedy block has historically been open to this kind of revival. As Small put it at the time, “Adult Swim doesn’t want anyone to have Metalocalypse, not even themselves.”
Despite Adult Swim’s reticence to return to the world of Metalocalypse, that kind of devotion from both fans and creator should tell you that this series is something special. Whether you’re entirely new to the material, or primed for a rewatch, HBO Max has got you covered with the entire series streaming in full. With four seasons spanning 61 episodes and a concept album special entitled “The Doomstar Requiem” that also served as the series finale, there’s certainly plenty of Metalocalypse content for a healthy binge.