Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar review by Bobby Blakey
In 2006 Home Movies creator Brendan Small and writer Tommy Blacha teamed up to bring the world of Dethklok to life with the animated series Metalocalypse for Adult Swim. The series ran for four season before sadly being canceled on a cliffhanger in 2013 and seemingly done for. Now Small is getting the band back together again for the new film Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar featuring the original voice cast along with some new additions. Could this film bring more of the heavy metal chaos fans love or will it be a reunion not worth buying tickets for?
Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar follows Dethklok frontman Nathan Explosion who 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: write the Song Of Salvation and save the planet after the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth. Can Nathan Explosion look beyond his brutally damaged ego to save his band, stop the Metalocalypse, and finally face the ultimate evil: Salacia?
I loved this show and recently went back through the whole thing in preparation for this new flick and glad I did. This film dives right back in after the events of the finale and kicks all kinds of ass. Everything that makes the show so awesome is on display here in a bigger way. They have found a way to make it even more epic than it already is complete with new full concert performances and all the violence and gore fans have come to expect.
The animation is awesome and not only brings the same look and vibe, but it just looks cleaner and even better than ever. I love these characters and while this is more focused on Nathan Explosion and Murderface this time around it
makes sure to get in there and wrap up all the loose ends of all the characters and stories built up through the series. There is a lot more depth inserted into the madness of this world and gives it a more inside look into the chaos of it all that has been building from the beginning.
This is the perfect film to wrap up this series, bringing everything you love from the show, some surprise returns and the chaotic hilarity of it all to the forefront on a bigger fun scale. I loved this final entry and would always welcome more, but this is a welcome finale to the whole thing. If you have never seen the show, then you are truly missing out on something insane and fun. Thankfully they have recently released the complete series on Blu-ray and DVD as well as on the MAX streaming service.
Step back onto the stage to save the world one more time and grab your copy of Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 22nd from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.