The Curse of Dethklok

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 8/6/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Dethklok hires the world's only six-star chef to cook dinner for them before a show in Norway. They warn him of the Dethklok curse, where every employee they've hired, chefs included, has tragically died. Later, when their new chef is at near-death on life support following an unfortunate helicoptor mishap, the band is forced to make its own meals.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brendon Small

    Nathan Explosion. Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles, Charles Ofdensen

  • Tommy Blacha

    William Murderface, Toki Wartooth

  • Mark Hamill

    Senator Stampingston

  • Victor Brandt

    General Crozier

  • Kirk Hammett

    Two-Fingered Fan

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • The Curse of Dethklok is absolutely hilarious. The funniest episode I have ever watched.

    By JennKnowles101, Apr 12, 2008

  • the pilot episode of metalcalypse, very funny

    By StarWarsGuru66, Feb 27, 2007

  • Great, Great!

    By GameraTrekkie, Feb 16, 2007

  • Oh my jeebus, this is awesome.

    By deth_lover, Dec 25, 2006

  • So f***ing good...

    By zlxq3000, Oct 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Toki: Who is "wal... nuts?" (Skwisgaar throws a box of tampons into Toki's cart) Skwisgaar: Uh, hey Toki, look inside of your basket. Guess why's you're in such a crappy mood you have ladies' tampons... unside of it! And you buy them for yourself - go have a conversation with all the ladies and tell them your problems! Toki: YOU lady, Skwisgaar! Skwisgaar: NO, I'M NOT!

    • Murderface: Hey Grandma! Is there olives in it? Old Lady: In what? Murderface: Lemon Tart wrinkled tits! Jeezy! Old Lady: Ugh! Murdeface: Good. Then it's pee-pee time. Murderface urinates into the olives.

    • Nathan: (Pushing a grocery cart while reading from a list) Two cups of rice (Pours a measured amount through the shopping cart, on to the floor)...Brutal.

    • Skwisgaar Skwigelf: (Messing with the toaster) What is wrong with this dumb dildo thing? They give us all the free coffee in the world with no instruction on how to cook it! (Slams toaster on the ground)

    • Nathan Explosion: (taking over the supermarket's intercom) Price check! Clean up, Aisle Six! Rotted body landsliiiiiiiide. And don't forget our special sale on every bone broken chickennnnn! Hurry! Enjoy our tasty hammer smashed face! Uh, Aisle Three.

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    Notes (14)

    • According to a behind the scenes video on, all guitar parts played by Dethklok are fret-accurate reproductions of Brandon Small's guitar playing. Originally Small had played the parts in front of a green screen and had sensors attached to his fingers for the animators to reproduce, but this way was scrapped in favor of the animators referencing video and photos to traditionally animate the guitar playing.

    • While never officially confirmed by those involved with the show, the character designs for the band members Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth also seem to be based on popular heavy metal icons.
      Skwisgaar Skwigelf, the lead guitarist, appears to be inspired by Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho, the lead guitarist and vocalist of Children of Bodom. Still others believe he is based upon Jesper Stromblad of the Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. Toki Wartooth, the rhythm guitarist, could be based upon Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, Hypocrisy's Peter Tagtgren, or Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordenda. However, his appearance and name similarity lead many to insist he is based on Timo Tolkki of the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius.

    • While never officially confirmed by those involved with the show, the character designs for the band members Nathan Explosion and William Murderface seem to be based on popular heavy metal icons.
      Nathan Explosion, the band's frontman, has features of solo artist/former Misfits and Samhain frontman, Glenn Danzig, as well as Cannibal Corpse's lead singer George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher. He also often makes comments based upon Cannibal Corpse lyrics and song titles. William Murderface, the bassist, is viewed as a caricature of comedian rocker Jack Black's character from the film Nacho Libre, but actually he bears a strong resemblance to Terry "Geezer" Butler, the original bassist of Black Sabbath.

    • Ratings - #1 in Time Slot! The premiere of Metalocalypse was Adult Swim's best premiere of the year to date, ranking first among Adults 18-24, Men 18-24, and Men 18-34. Here are the stats: Adults 18-34: 690,000 viewers (up 26%), with a rating of 1.0 (up 25%) Adults 18-24: 449,000 (up 32%), and 1.6 (up 33%) Men 18-34: 456,000 (up 24%), and 1.4 (up 27%) Men 18-24: 344,000 (up 29%), and 2.4 (up 26%) Women 18-34: 234,000 (up 31%), and 0.7 (up 40%!) Women 18-24: 105,000 (up 42%), and 0.8 (up 60%!!) Also, "among the top ad-supported basic cable programs of the week" (according to a Turner Broadcasting press release), these were the shows ratings, according to demographic: Men 18-34: #12 Men 18-24: #6 Adults 18-34: #30

    • This episode aired with a TV-MA-V rating.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Songs: Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle; Sewn Back Together Wrong; Hatredy (Playing during the scene transitions)

    • While there is an actual Duncan Coffee Company based in Texas, the Duncan Hills Coffee Corporation featured in the episode is a completely fictional coffee company and bears no resemblance to the Texas coffee company.

    • On their chef's coat, the body of the lobster is a pentagram.

    • While the band are shown shopping at the supermarket, in addition to the tampons thrown into Toki's shopping cart by Skwisgaar, there is also a box of cereal with the word "metal" and Toki's likeness on it.

    • Watch the background as Nathan says, "Oh, I don't think all of our employees are cursed..." A few scenes later as he is agreeing with the others that only their chefs are cursed, the window view behind him which had been showing a few of Dethklok's employees working on a scaffolding suddenly has one of them falling and being impaled to death on the spike structure directly below.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Metal References Voivod The life support systems strewn about Dethklok's lair keeping the chef alive are a reference to the album cover for "Killing Technology" by the band Voivod. Mayhem When the band members are recalling the deaths of their other chefs to their new chef, it is mentioned that one of their chefs became depressed and blew his brains out, to which Toki remarks that it made a great album cover. This is a reference to the notorious Norwegian black metal band, Mayhem, whose former singer, Dead, blew his brains out with a shotgun. Mayhem later used polaroids taken of the aftermath of his suicide for an album cover. Cannibal Corpse At the supermarket, frontman Nathan Explosion takes over the intercom and references the songs, "Every Bone Broken", "Rotted Body Landslide", and "Hammer Smashed Face", by the popular death metal band Cannibal Corpse. Finntroll The name of the grocery store, "Fintrolls", is a reference to the Finnish metal band Finntroll.

    • Stomach Tattoos Murderface's stomach tattoos ("Pobody's Nerfect" and "This Mess is a Place") are sayings commonly found on embroidery squares and other types of 'homespun', Southern/Midwestern items (foam beer can holders, trucker hats, etc).

    • MILF Skwisgaar: (to old woman in supermarket)) Guess what, you are a G-MILF. That is a grandmother I would like to -- G-MILF is Skwisgaar's take on the acronym, MILF, which stands for "Mother I would Like to Fuck". The term MILF was made popular in the hit 1999 coming of age teen comedy, American Pie, used mainly to describe Stifler's mother. MILF has now become the standard internet term to describe any woman between the ages of 35 and 50 who is considered to be sexually attractive.

    • Jingle Hell The title of the news report concerning Dethlok's concert performance of the coffee jingle is "Jingle Hell". This is an obvious play on words of the Christmas season term, "jingle bells".

    • Sumerian mythology A sorceror figure explains to the military staff that the members of Dethklok resemble those depicted on ancient Sumerian artifacts. Sumerian mythology is a religion which is part of the collective of Mespotamian mythology. The Sumerians practiced a polytheistic religion, similar to the later Greek mythology, of having anthropomorphic gods and goddesses to represent forces or presences in the world.

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