Gene Hoglan Says Dethklok Will Release a New Album Under the Name “Galakticon 2”
In May, Dethklok and Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small revealed that he was “all but finished making Dethklok records” because Adult Swim — the network that aired Metalocalypse — “has been less than easygoing about lending out the name.” That network, you may recall, has declined to revive Metalocalypse, despite substantial fan interest.
Now, Dethklok drummer Gene Hoglan says Small and company have figured out a workaround for this copyright issue: they’ll simply change the name of the band.
Hoglan tells Metal Hammer:
“Brendon is the guy to speak officially about the future of Dethklok per se, but one thing that I do know is I was down in LA doing a few days with Brendon on a new project that happens to be called Galakticon 2.
“All I know is this Galakticon 2 album sure sounds a whole lot like Dethklok and sure has the approach of Dethklok…but it’s called Galakticon 2. That’s the name of the band because we can’t use Dethklok any more.
“This new record we recorded is fucking amazing, it’s killer, and I’m stoked. It sure is a killer record we did, chock full of double bass, killer riffs, and all sorts of cool stuff, and I can’t wait to hear it when it’s done.”
You probably remember that Small released a solo album, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, in 2012. So that’s obviously where the name comes from.
“I’m always happy touring with Brendon, he’s my dude, so anytime he says jump, I will absolutely jump. We have a really good rapport and stuff. So I’m always down for doing any kind of Dethklok kind of thing.
“However, I’m in the same boat as anybody who might wonder about it, ‘Well if it’s not Dethklok, then what will happen? Will you still have videos and animation and stuff?’
“I’m not sure if it’s part of his budget for this or not. But one thing I do know is that we’ve recorded an amazing new record, and it just happens to be called Galakticon 2. But it sure doesn’t sound like Galakticon 2 – it sure sounds like this other band we used to play for. Exactly like this other band!
“It’s not a Dethklok record, but it’s a fucking Dethklok record! It sounds exactly like Dethklok, the lyrics are fully Dethklok.”
Although the potential loss of “videos and animation and stuff” might hurt the band’s live show, I can’t imagine fans having any objection to the name change in general. I mean, a rose by any other name, right?
More details as we get ’em. In the meantime, head to the comments section to debate about the pros and cons of the new not-Dethklok Dethklok.