Dethklok’s Nathan Explosion Lists the Top “Good Beatdown Songs”
Dethklok recently starred in Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera, the score to which is available now. It isn’t just your average metal record—this is full-blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra containing orchestral movements produced by Brendon Small and Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). The soundtrack also features the musical prowess of long-time Dethklok instrumentalists Gene Hoglan (Testament), bassist Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani), and Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani). The deluxe edition of the original score soundtrack will include an exclusive bonus “making of” feature with executive producer Brendon Small and cast/musicians, and is available on his website.
For Revolver, Dethklok frontman Nathan Explosion listed his picks for the Top “Good Beatdown Songs.” “Hey, this is Nathan Explosion,” he comments, “and MY LIST is the ultimate metal list to play during a beatdown. While beating a man. In a fight. If I’m gonna beat somebody I like to make sure one of these songs are playing because hey, it’s weird to beat a guy up with no music on–feels a little intimate and well, you get the idea…”
1. Cannibal Corpse, “Severed Head Stoning” “Using heads to stone a man is brutal.”
2. Aeon, “Biblewhore” “Nothing like a beat down to this new classic.”
3. Death, “Choke On It” “Death made lots of great beating music–and choking music, let’s not forget.”
4. Morbid Angel, “Rapture” “Try to beat a guy while the rapture is happening, just try it.”
5. Slayer, “Angel of Death” “It’s a classic beat down tune. I’m not the first to say this.”
6. Metallica, “Battery” “Also a classic, can’t leave it out or a beating may come your way.”
7. Brain Drill, “Sadistic Abductive” “This song is a beat down for the drummer–they’re beating themselves into early hip displaysia and osteoporosis.”
8. Nile, “The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh” “Beat down city. It’s an inevitable beatdown, I’m tellin’ ya here.”
9. The Chordettes, “Lollipop” “Obviously this isn’t metal. This is for more of an ironic Martin Scorsesse beat down.”
10. Gene Kelley, “Singing in the Rain” “Not metal, but more of a Clockwork Orange/Stanley Kubrick kind of beat down. Really satisfying to punch a grown man’s mouth with this playing.”
11. Oh and it goes without saying that “Beat It” works surprisingly well.