Metalocalypse fans the animated Adult Swim show is returning with a full-length original movie titled Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar, written and directed by co-creator Brendon Small, and paired with an accompanying soundtrack. Additionally, Metalocalypse‘s pseudo-cartoon band Dethklok will release a new album this year, Deathalbum IV — their first full-length since 2012’s Dethalbum III — and commence on a North American tour with Japanese kawaii-metal greats Babymetal.
Confirmation of the long-awaited movie arrives two years after Adult Swim first announced that a Metalocalypse flick was in the works, marking the series’ first chunk of new content since the show — which first aired in 2003 and ran for four badass seasons — concluded in 2013 with a half-hour special.
It’s been a long time coming, but just reading the cast list is enough to assure fans that it’ll be worth the wait. Alongside co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha — and returning regulars Victor Brandt, Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell — Army of the Doomstar will feature voiceover work from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Mercyful Fate’s King Diamond and bass virtuoso Thundercat.
The official synopsis reads, “The all-new animated movie begins 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 to 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?”
On August 30th, the real-life incarnation of Dethklok — featuring Small, drummer Gene Hoglan, bassist Pete Griffin and guitarist Nili Brosh — will commence their first tour in 11 years, traveling throughout the U.S. (and up into Canada for two shows) with Babymetal and guitarist Jason Richardson.
Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar news comes with the release schedule for the new movie release. The new Metalocalypse movie is not going to theaters, but it is straight-to-digital and Blu-ray on August 22, 2023.
Fans can now presave Dethklock’s highly anticipated Dethalbum IV which includes all new original Dethklock songs, set for release August 22. The soundtrack for Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar which includes additional songs plus an original movie score, drops August 25.
Mutilation on a Saturday Night
Gardener of Vengeance
I Am the Beast
Poisoned by Food
Horse of Fire
Both albums will be released through WaterTower Music, who released “Aortic Desecration,” the first new music from Dethalbum IV, and Dethklok’s first new music in almost 10 years.
Babymetal, Dethklok, Jason Richardson 2023 tour dates:
8/30 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
8/31 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
9/2 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Amphitheater
9/3 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
9/5 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
9/6 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
9/8 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Events Center
9/9 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
9/10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival ~
9/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
9/14 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
9/15 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
9/17 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
9/18 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
9/20 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
9/21 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
9/23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life ~
9/24 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
9/25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
9/27 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
9/28 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse
9/30 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/3 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
10/4 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
10/7 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock ~
10/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort
10/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater