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A campaign called Metalocalypse Now is fighting to bring a true ending to Dethklok, the animated metal band from the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse.
In 2011, when news began to circulate that the show would end, creator Brendon Small went on record to say that, even if Metalocalypse came to an end, Dethklok would continue to make music. In fall 2012, Dethklok released a new album, Dethalbum III. Many celebrities were involved in the show over time, including Mark Hamill and Jack Black. Black’s comedy-rock duo with Kyle Gass, Tenacious D, included Metalocalypse in the lineup for their 2014 Festival Supreme.
The TV show ended in 2013 after running for about seven years on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. That same year, they aired a special entitled Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, a rock opera that was billed as a Klok opera, a play on both the music style and the band’s name.
The problem is, when the show ended, the band never got a proper ending. Small, as announced on Marvel.com live at New York Comic Con, is now campaigning to give the band its rightful ending with the help of online streaming service Hulu. Presented by Rocksmith, the Metalocalypse Now campaign aims to bring together fans of the show, the heavy metal community, comedians, record labels and instrument brands to show Hulu and Adult Swim that Dethklok’s ending will have a massive audience if they produce the content. Metalocalypse Now is already being supported by Razer, Scott Ian, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend, Brian Posehn, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks and Metal Injection.
Small says, “Metalocalypse, to this day, has a ridiculously strong viewership. The show has become a part of the metal community and we want to give the fans an opportunity to demand what is rightfully theirs!”
Social media is the main tool of the campaign as of right now, and the campaign is asking fans to tweet at Hulu and Adult Swim’s official Twitter accounts using the hashtag #metalocalypsenow. They are also asked to sign a petition available at MetalocalypseNow.com and even asking social media-averse fans to send snail mail to Hulu asking for the production of the show’s ending.