This review is spoiler free!
If you don’t know Metalocalypse, it’s the ongoing saga of death metal band of misfits called Dethklok- in their universe, the greatest and most financially lucrative THING of ALL TIME. Their brand accounts for a large portion of the entire world’s economy, so much so that there’s a Illuminati-style ‘Tribunal’ made up of some of the most powerful men on earth which monitors their every move AND… you know what? You just need to watch the series, Metalocalypse. Get caught up because this 47 minute rock opera is almost entirely story driven and requires you to know the significant story events from the first four seasons. If you are all caught up with the story, this is an unbelievably satisfying hybrid of music, animation, character development and story-telling.
Brendan Small has created a masterpiece. Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Reqiuem is a masterpiece. It’s first priority is developing the story and wrapping up the loose ends of season 4 and it does this beautifully with only music and lyrics. The music is phenomenal, well-crafted, clever, varied, and just plain fun. If I had made a top 10 albums of 2013, this would have been number one. The amount of effort and thought at work here is jaw dropping. THIS, Ladies and Gentlemen, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, is quality.
The looming Metalocalypse prophecy
The voice acting/singing is lead by Small, who does a great job with every character he does. You get small vocal contributions from series regulars George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fischer, Mark Hamill, Malcom McDowell, and Victor Brandt as well as a small cameo from Jack Black and the vocal debut of Dethklok rhythm guitarist Mike Keneally taking over the singing for Toki Wartooth. Toki Wartooth and William Murderface were previously voiced by series co-creator Tommy Blacha who unfortunately isn’t part of this production. I would’ve loved to see just a bit more Murderface in this thing but oh well. What we got is awesome.
Metalocalypse has had a few more tangible and emotional moments on the show but they’re pretty few and far between. This special actually manages to be heartfelt and sort of serious at times. They give you some emotional depth as well as character development which I did not see coming… at least not to the capacity at hand. This isn’t something for everyone but you should see it if you like the show and/or if you like EXTREMELY well written music which also furthers the EPIC story of Metalocalypse. Yeah, epic is an overused word but Metalocalypse fans- Back me up here. This series and this piece especially merits the word EPIC… andifyoudon’tagreewhatever…
From start to finish, this is a well done piece across the board and I cannot sing its praises enough.
As of this writing, the special has been available on youtube since its debut. It has not been released to DVD or Blu-ray yet but is currently available on Amazon Instant Video and youtube for only $1.99.
Take a Drink: when the song changes
Take a Drink: when past story events from the series are referenced
Take a Drink: when Brendan Small is NOT the one singing
Take a Drink: when a dead character is referenced (He’s dead. Oh… throw him in the garbage…)
D0 a Shot: for ‘The Duel’ between Toki Wartooth and Skwisgaar Skwigelf