The third season of Metalocalypse
, the animated comedy-music series about the world's most popular death metal band, proves the old axiom that bigger is better by doubling the running time of each episode while retaining its signature blend of gonzo humor and rock culture parody. Expanding the show's length might have caused Metalocalypse
's juggling act, which tackles music biz clichés, gross-out gags, conspiracy plot lines, and absurdist scenarios (often in the same episode), to fall flat, but instead, the third season allows for more involved and outlandish stories, as well as more insight into the characters. Not that Nathan Explosion, Pickles the drummer, William Murderface, and the rest of Dethklok are the deepest of fellows, but the longer running time gives audiences a chance to explore their more sensitive sides, such as guitarist Toki Wartooth's attempt to find a meaningful relationship ("Fertilityklok") or axeman Skwisgaar Swigelf's search for his Swedish roots ("Fatherklok"). Meanwhile, Murderface pursues his own Christmas special ("Dethmas"), Dr. Rockso continues his downward spiral into oblivion ("Dethzazz"), and there's the matter of manager Charles Foster Offdensen, who returns from an apparent death at the end of the second season to put Dethklok into the path of World War III in the season finale, "Doublebookedklok." In short, it's the usual Metalocalypse
lunacy, but more of it.
Extras on the two-disc season-three set are unfortunately limited to 50 minutes of deleted scenes that, while fitfully amusing, don't make up for the lack of more substantive material. Easter eggs abound throughout the set, including a clip of the infamous recording of Nathan Explosion reading Shakespeare. --Paul Gaita