Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, who plays with Testament, Dark Angel and cartoon metal band Dethklok, has recently stated that he can envision a future with Dethklok after their upcoming reunion show. The band is set to take stage at the Banc Of California stadium, alongside Jamie XX and Vince Staples.
Dethklok is the cartoon heavy metal band that star in the former Adult Swim television program Metalocalypse, which ran for over nine years from 2006 to 2015. The series was originally cancelled by the network, for unkown reasons, which created a bit of tension with the band and the network, who hosts the festival.
“I always feel good about Dethklok’s future. I’m always the one holding out the hope. I know the network was a bunch of f**kers, and things didn’t end up on the best note, but you never know,” Hoglan explained according to Consequence of Sound.”And so we’ll see what that sort of attitude brings.”
Dethklok released three full-length albums while they were a part of the network. However, the band is currently on hiatus, causing members such as frontman Brendon Small have focused on other orojects. Small eventually formed another group, the Galaktikon project, whose debut album, Become the Storm, was released in 2017. Haglar states that this project is “essentially a Dethklok record.”
“I think that was Brendon’s… like, ‘We can’t be Dethklok anymore, but we’ve still got music in us, so we’ll have to change the title, change a bit of the scenery around the concept.’” Hoglan further elaborated.”But musically, it had all the same challenges of Dethklok.”
While Small has acknowledged some of his creative ideas may have come from Dethklok, he explained that musically his solo sound took a more melodic approach.
“I took things that could be Dethklok songs, and may be a little more melodic and not use the exact same chord structures that I associate with Dethklok,” Small explained in an interview with Metal Insider. “With Galaktikon I can stretch out just a little bit and do some things that are a little bit more exploratory in chords, an sometimes more major key things.”
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