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The Adult Swim heavy metal comedy series Metalocalypse is set to return in a big way, with Adult Swim announcing on Tuesday that a new film based on the series was coming, alongside a new album from the “band” and a nationwide tour.

The new film, titled Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar, will be written and directed by series creator Brendon Small. The film will star Small, Tommy Blacha, Victor Brandt, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, King Diamond, Mark Hamill, Kirk Hammett, Jon Hamm, Scott Ian, Amy Lee, Malcolm McDowell, Juliet Mills, Laraine Newman, Raya Yarbrough, and Livia Zita — many of whom are set to reprise their roles from the Adult Swim series.

According to Adult Swim’s announcement, the new film will focus on Dethklok frontman Nathan Explosion as he “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 to save the planet. Can Nathan Explosion look beyond his brutally damaged ego to save his band, stop the Metalocalypse, and finally face the ultimate evil: Salacia?”

Alongside the movie, a companion soundtrack titled Dethalbum IV will be released, with a nationwide tour also set to kick off on August 30, 2023, where Small and a band will tour with Japanese kawaii metal pioneers BABYMETAL for the “Babyklok Tour.”

“It’s very surreal having so much new Metalocalypse & Dethklok this year with the trifecta of the tour, movie and album,” said Small. “I’m so excited to get on the road with the powerful BABYMETAL, and to celebrate all the hard work that team Metalocalypse and Dethklok put in over the last two years and beyond!”

Originally released in 2006, Metalocalypse was one of Adult Swim’s earlier original programming creations and ran for four seasons. The show featured the adventures of the larger-than-life metal band Dethklok and their many wild adventures. The series was largely praised by both critics and fans alike, and spawned an actual tour of the “band” in the late 2000s.

The dates for the Babyklok Tour are as follows:

  • Wed-Aug-30-23    Houston, TX         713 Music Hall
  • Thu-Aug-31-23      Dallas, TX             South Side Ballroom
  • Sat-Sep-02-23       Orlando, FL          Orlando Amphitheater
  • Sun-Sep-03-23      Atlanta, GA           Coca-Cola Roxy
  • Tue-Sep-05-23      Nashville, TN        Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • Wed-Sep-06-23     Cleveland, OH      Agora Theatre
  • Fri-Sep-08-23         Pittsburgh, PA      UPMC Events Center
  • Sat-Sep-09-23        Wallingford, CT    Toyota Oakdale Theatre
  • Sun-Sep-10-23       Alton, VA              Blue Ridge Rock Festival
  • Tue-Sep-12-23       Philadelphia, PA    The Mann Center
  • Thu-Sep-14-23       Boston, MA            MGM Music Hall at Fenway
  • Fri-Sep-15-23         New York, NY         Hammerstein Ballroom
  • Sun-Sep-17-23       Sterling Heights, MI  Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
  • Mon-Sep-18-23       Toronto, ONT          RBC Echo Beach
  • Wed-Sep-20-23       Grand Rapids, MI   GLC Live at 20 Monroe
  • Thu-Sep-21-23        Chicago, IL             Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
  • Sat-Sep-23-23         Louisville, KY          Louder Than Life Festival
  • Sun-Sep-24-23        Milwaukee, MN       The Rave/Eagles Club
  • Mon-Sep-25-23        Minneapolis, MN     The Fillmore
  • Wed-Sep-27-23        St. Louis, MO          Saint Louis Music Park 
  • Thu-Sep-28-23          Omaha, NE            Steelhouse Omaha
  • Sat-Sep-30-23           Denver, CO            Fillmore Auditorium
  • Sun-Oct-01-23           Salt Lake City, UT  The Complex
  • Tue-Oct-03-23           Vancouver, BC        PNE Forum
  • Wed-Oct-04-23          Seattle, WA             WaMu Theater
  • Sat-Oct-07-23            Sacramento, CA      Aftershock Festival
  • Sun-Oct-08-23           Las Vegas, NV       Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort
  • Tue-Oct-10-23            Phoenix, AZ             Arizona Financial Theater
  • Wed-Oct-11-23           Los Angeles, CA      YouTube Theater

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