Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, Pickles the Drummer, Nathan Explosion. They are the most brutal metal band of all time. Millions flock to the remotest parts of the world to hear them play just one song, thousands are killed and it's all just a cartoon. For those who are not familiar with Dethklok, they are the metal band from the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse. What does this have to do with art? Well if you watch the cartoon, the style of animation presents itself with a very distinctive feel. The characters are quite clearly cartoons, yet the realist of the movements, the speech and the attention to detail in finger placement during guitar solos makes it a very unique show. This dichotomy allows you to blur the line between cartoons and reality. The cartoon is also a satire of popular culture, which can be quite scathing at times. I believe that this causes people to think about the meaning of the show therefore making it, in my mind, art. When you look at some of the full music videos you can see some very interesting stylistic choices with placement and juxtaposition of images. You can see a music video for Bloodrocuted here. The quality is poor, but it may give some insight into the style of the videos

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