Season 1 Episode 1

The Curse of Dethklok

Aired Sunday 12:30 AM Aug 06, 2006 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • The first person interviewed before Dethklok's "Duncan Hills Coffee" performance is the character Goat from the series' Megas XLR and Downtown.

    • At the beginning of the episode, we see Dethklok seated at their dining room table, with no apparent liqour bottles present. Once their chef, Jean Pierre brings their wine to them, suddenly there are numerous bottles on the table.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Skwisgaar Skwigelf: Yeah, all of our chefs has died a horrible death. What of that do you think?
      Chef Jean Pierre: I would rather have my brains scooped out with a melon baller than to miss the opportunity to deliver the various cheese snacks to my beloved Dethklok.

    • Two-Fingered Fan: (being interviewed) In London, some dude chopped off my fingers and threw 'em up on stage. Murderface rolled 'em up and smoked 'em! (grabbing the microphone) MURDERFACE!

    • One-Eyed Fan: (being interviewed) My eye got tore out and force-fed to me at a show... DETHKLOK RULES!

    • Skwisgaar Skwigelf: (to old woman in supermarket) Hi.
      Old Woman: Hi.
      Skwisgaar Skwigelf: Guess what, you are a G-MILF. That is a grandmother I would like to -- (scene cuts)

    • Murderface: I'm fat! I'm the fat one. Yeah I'm fat, we know that. The one good thing about Jean Pierre being dead is maybe I won't eat so much, and lose these flabby death handles.

    • Pickles: (gesturing holding up an uncooked lobster in one hand while his other is clutching a booze bottle) Okay, hold on now - so you're telling me that you put these little guys in boiling water, and they shrink and they turn red and they die?
      Seafood clerk: Yes, sir.
      Pickles: (slowly emphasizing every word) That is the most metal thing I have ever heard in my whole life....(raising his bottle to the bewildered clerk) High-five.

    • Nathan Explosion: We're here to make coffee... metal. We will make everything metal. Blacker than the blackest black... times infinity.

    • Pickles: (clenching his hand into the air as if he is conjuring dark forces) By the POWER OF ALL THAT IS EVIL, I COMMAND YOU TO AWAKEN AND MAKE ME A SANDWICH!
      William Murderface: There's only one thing left to do: kill ourselves.
      Skwisgaar Skwisgelf: Dudes, we would like have to sew him back together to get him to cook for us.
      Toki Wartooth: Yeah, but we such screw ups that he would be sewn back together wrong.
      Nathan Explosion: WOAH! Thats a good song title.

    • (Pickles is pushing a shopping cart full of booze)
      Pickles: Hey chief, this stuff good for soup?
      Store Clerk: No.
      Pickles: AH, that's a yes.

    • Toki Wartooth: (gasps) What's this place called?
      Skwisgaar Skwisgelf: This is, I believe, called "food library".
      Both: Food library. Fooooood library...
      Pickles: It's called a grocery store, you douchebags! I'm sorry about douchebags, I got, I got low blood sugar...
      Nathan Explosion: All right, here's the deal. We have to do our own shopping so we can make our own dinner, like regular jack-offs do. Now you're all in charge of putting together one dish. AND DON'T JUST BUY BOOZE! That ain't food.
      William Murderface: What do you mean, booze ain't food? I'd rather chop off my ding dong than admit that!
      Toki Wartooth: You'd rather chop off your ding dong than not drink?
      William Murderface: YEAH!
      Toki Wartooth: Wowee!

    • Senator Stampingston: (after presenting Dethklok performing "Duncan Hills Coffee") As you can see, Dethklok is no laughing matter. They're the world's greatest cultural force. In the short time since the Duncan Hills Coffee Jungle Batsfjord Massacrefest, every other coffee company has been obliterated, completely blown out of the water.
      General Krosier: Freaks.
      Senator Stampingston: These freaks, as you call them, are currently worth billions. Gentlemen: (picture of Skwisgaar Skwigelf appears on a screen) Skwisgaar Skwigelf, taller than a tree. (picture of Toki Wartooth appears) Toki Wartooth, not a bumblebee. (three pictures of William Murderface appear) William Murderface, Murderface, Murderface. (picture of Pickles appears) Pickles, the drummer. Doodily doo, ding dong, doodily, doodily doo. (picture of Nathan Explosion appears) Nathan Explosion. I'm afraid that's... all we know, gentlemen.

    • Nathan Explosion: NOOOOOO! We never drink before a show. Never!
      William Murderface: Well, I've been drinking all day.
      Toki Wartooth: Me too.
      Skwisgaar Skwisgelf: Me too.
      Pickles: Me too.
      Nathan Explosion: Me too.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • This episode marks the first cameo appearance of Goat, a character who appears in both MTV's Downtown and Cartoon Network's Megas XLR. He is the "One-Eyed Fan" voiced by Metallica's James Hetfield who is interviewed before Dethklok's "Duncan Hills Coffee" performance. Both Metalocalypse and Megas XLR share the same production company of Titmouse Studios. Goat will be making more guest appearances in future episodes.

    • James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica voiced the characters "One-Eyed Fan" and "Two-Fingered Fan" who are interviewed in this episode during the "Duncan Hills Coffee" jingle segment.

    • The initial character design for Dethklok band member, Pickles, the drummer, appeared to be modeled after Devin Townsend, frontman for the extreme metal acts, Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Band. In fact, the original similarity was so strong that it was addressed at the message forum for Townsend's record label, HevyDevy Records. Devin's own wife Tracy responded and seemed very upset that a character so similar in appearance to her husband would be depicted as a "violent idiot". Strapping Young Lad's management took action and negotiated to have the character design changed so the similarity was not as blatant.

    • Duncan Hills Coffee jingle lyrics

      Do you folks like coffee?
      Real coffee?
      From the hills of Colombia?

      Then Duncan Hills will wake you
      From a thousand deaths
      A cup of life blood
      (Dying, dying) You're dying for a cup

      Guatemala Blend
      French Vanilla Roast
      (Dying, dying) You're dying for a cup

      Prepare for ultimate flavor
      You're gonna get some milk
      And scream for your cream

      Duncan Hills Duncan Hills
      Duncan Hills


    • Dethklok, the fictitious band within the show, is being treated as an actual existing band. They are endorsed by Krank Amps, play Gibson guitars, and use Line 6 gear. They have a band profile and mp3's at MySpace, a popular community site where many artists gain recognition, and an album release is also planned. The only thing which cannot logically happen is a tour, since in reality all the music of Dethklok is created, written, and performed by Brendon Small.

    • Metalocalypse is Brendon Small's second series on Adult Swim. His first was Home Movies, which after being canceled by UPN, first ran on Adult Swim from 2001-2004.

    • Initially, the show and band originally went by the name Deathclock but due to that name being copyrighted, it was changed to Dethklok. The show's title was then renamed to Death Clock Metalocalypse, while the band within the show retained the name, Dethklok. During the final weeks before the first episode premiered, the crew decided that the extended title was too complicated, so it was shortened to Metalocalypse.

    • This premiere episode was the highest rated show on Adult Swim for the night and ranked #1 in Adults 18-34.

    • This episode was on the Adult Swim Fix two days before the show premiered.

  • Allusions

    • Metal References


      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.


      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.


      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.

    • The positons in which the band members are seated at the dining table are similar to those assumed by Jesus Christ and his disciples in the famous painting depicting "The Lord's Supper".

    • The Fat One

      Murderface: I'm fat! I'm the "Fat One".

      The "Fat One" is a term adopted by pop music fans to identify the most heavy-set member in a "boy band" group.

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