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Described as "the world's greatest cultural force," the virtual death metal band Dethklok star in the Adult Swim television show Metalocalypse. The Mordland-based quintet consists of vocalist Nathan Explosion, who uses a death metal growl even when he's not singing; lead guitarist Skwisgar Skwigelf, the fastest string slinger alive; rhythm guitarist Toki Wartooth, the second-fastest guitar player alive; bassist and Civil War memorabilia collector William Murderface, and Pickles the Drummer. Born and raised in Florida, Explosion didn't speak until the age of five and was a poor student, only showing skill in football and frog dissection, but these early experiences made him an expert on all things brutal and metal. Murderface had an even more harrowing childhood: his father killed his mother, and then himself, with a chain saw when Murderface was still a baby, leaving the toddler to be raised by his grandparents, Thunderbolt and Stella. Murderface began playing music seriously at a fairly young age, earning his high school diploma by playing bass after threatening to cut out his principal's eyes. Along with his Dethklok duties, Murderface also helms the side project Planet Piss. Skwigelf's mother, Serveta, was Miss Sweden of 1956, and her promiscuous and neglectful ways left young Skwisgar plenty of time for guitar practice (though, due to music dyslexia, he can't read a note of music). Before joining Dethklok, Skwigelf played in many Swedish bands, including Agnostic Priest, Sausage Assassin, and Financially Raped. His hands have been insured for ten billion dollars, and he has a vast collection of unique guitars, including the sword-shaped Gibson Excaliburtar, a Swiss Army-tar, and one allegedly made out of the True Cross. Pickles also had an established career in music prior to Dethklok. The Tomahawk, Wisconsin, native found fame with the L.A. hair metal act Snakes 'n' Barrels during the style's peak years. Wartooth is Dethklok's youngest member; born to Anja and the Reverend Aslaug Wartooth, he grew up in an abandoned village outside of Lilliehammer, Norway. Like the rest of the band, Wartooth has extensive endorsement deals, including one with Willard Wonky Hard Candy Company. Deals such as Explosion Sauce, a mustardy North Carolina-style barbecue sauce hawked by Nathan Explosion, and "Pickles' Nickels" -- an endorsement deal the drummer has with the United States Treasury -- help make Dethklok the 12th largest economy in the world, surpassing Belgium. This financial security came in handy during the difficult process of recording The Dethalbum. Aside from the fact that a tribunal of global and corporate authority figures noticed a disturbing resemblance between the band and Sumerian artifacts with glyphs prophesying the apocalypse, the band scrapped early sessions due to Explosion's perfectionist tendencies. Instead, Dethklok recorded in a Russian nuclear submarine in the Mariana Trench with expert producer Dick "Magic Ears" Knubbler. Other setbacks, such as summoning a lake troll on a goodwill trip to Finland, a stint in band therapy with therapist Dr. John Twinkletits, shooting the film Blood Ocean, Pickles' reunion tour with Snakes 'n' Barrels, and a depression that the band overcame with the help of blues legend Mashed Potato Johnson, delayed the album, leaving fans suicidal with anticipation. With the help of Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small and Strapping Young Lad drummer Gene Hoglan, the sessions were finished, and The Dethalbum was finally released in fall 2007 on the Williams Street label. Dethalbum II arrived in 2009, and was followed by Dethalbum III in 2012. An intense year followed for the heavy metal masters as increasing tensions and rising violence led to the band deciding to break up. After the kidnapping of Toki Wartooth, the legendary band decided to continue working together, taking a step toward fulfilling their destiny as agents of prophecy with their 2013 album, The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Awaken
  3.   Murmaider II: The Water God
  4.   Laser Cannon Deth Sentence
  5.   Bloodlines
  6.   Briefcase Full of Guts
  7.   Black Fire Upon Us
  8.   Volcano
  9.   Go Forth and Die
  10.   The Gears
  11.   Andromeda
  12.   Burn the Earth
  13.   Crush the Industry
  14.   Comet Song
  15.   I Tamper with the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin
  16.   Dethsupport
  17.   Thunderhorse
  18.   The Galaxy
  19.   Murmaider
  20.   Face Fisted
  21.   Thunderhorsel
  22.   The Lost Vikings
  23.   I Ejaculate Fire
  24.   Dethharmonic
  25.   Go into the Water
  26.   Birthday Dethday
  27.   Fansong
  28.   Rejoin
  29.   [CD-Rom Track]
  30.   [Untitled]
  31.   Bloodrocuted
  32.   Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle
  33.   The Cyborg Slayers
  34.   Hatredcopter
  35.   Murdertrain 'A Comin'
  36.   [Untitled]
  37.   Better Metal Snake
  38.   Biological Warfare
  39.   Starved
  40.   Castratikron
  41.   Deththeme
  42.   Bonus Material
  43.   The Hammer
  44.   Symmetry
  45.   Blood Ocean
  46.   Pickles Intro - Kill You
  47.   How Can I Be a Hero?
  48.   Impeach God
  49.   Ghostqueen
  50.   Killstardo Abominate
  51.   Kill You
  52.   Training/Do it All for My Brother
  53.   A Traitor Amongst Them
  54.   I Believe
  55.   Some Time Ago…
  56.   The Fans are Chatting
  57.   Partying around the World
  58.   Skyhunter
  59.   Brendon Small
  60.   Hatredy
  61.   Dethklok Gets in Tune
  62.   Before You Go
  63.   Doomstar Orchestra
  64.   The Birth/Fata Sidus Oritur/One of Us Must Die
  65.   Abigail's Lullaby
  66.   Tracking/Ishnifus and the Challenge
  67.   The Crossroads
  68.   The Duel
  69.   Magnus and the Assassin

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