Artist: Metalocalypse: Dethklok
Venue: Fontana’s (New York, NY)
Event: “The Dethalbum” CD Listening Party
Label: Williams Street Records
Cartoon Networks Adult Swim show “Metalocalypse” has become quite the sensation among Metal fans everywhere and week after week we find the fan base of the show growing stronger. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the main characters of the band Dethklok are so much larger than life and the situations that they find themselves so incredibly outrageous. Well, what sort of normal adventures would you actually expect to find an animated Death Metal band taking part in anyway? The show was created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, and based on its overall popularity they would release a full CD of music and the first season of episodes would be compiled on DVD for the world to enjoy. In celebration of this momentous occasion – a listening party would be held deep inside New York City’s Chinatown at a cool bar called Fontana’s. The event would be hosted by The Onion, which is a parody newspaper that I think many would enjoy taking a look at if they have not done so already. As my guest and I ventured deeper into this interesting club I mused at how perfect it was for such a gathering. In the front there is a decent sized bar that had some nice screens to see whatever they decided to broadcast and the back was a lounge area that was really quite large as far as the overall space was concerned. You could sit at the tables or play a little pool which is what some of the guests tonight were doing as “Metalocalypse: The Dethalbum” blasted over the speakers. There was even a small upstairs loft which seemed suitable for VIP seating if such a thing was ever necessary and downstairs offered a space for bands to perform. I will definitely be looking into other goings on at this place in the future.
As far as the event tonight I found that the crowd gathered was rather mixed and I was sad to not see as many of the “Metal Crowd” that I usually encounter at such an affair. I knew so few people that in order to break the ice a little bit I walked up to random groups inquiring if they were members of the band. One looked at me quite perplexed and whispered, “dude it’s a cartoon band”, and I whispered back “yes, I know, but it’s a good way to meet one another”. There were a lot of folks from the actual network and I even got a business card with the mighty Birdman on it, which amused me to no end. There were cool “Dethklok” stickers and announcement cards everywhere so I snared a couple of those but I was very surprised about the lack of them showing it on those television screens that I mentioned. Oh well, perhaps it was more about their not having the actual DVD yet as opposed to an oversight. I still think it would have added an extra layer of cool to the whole event. Sadly, this thing was over almost as fast as it began but that’s the way listening things generally go. I can’t wait for the Season One DVD set to come out and with my just reviewing the CD itself, I am much more a fan of this stuff than I was only weeks ago. I have to admit that I was one of the unknowing about what a hit this thing would become but now like many others I get to catch up to everyone else and look forward to the future where I can raise my horns high for the glory of Dethklok and the Metalocalypse.
Official Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dethklok