Brendon Small is the creator of Dethklok, the cartoon metal band featured in Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. A few months before the show's 2012 series finale, the musician, writer and animator released his solo debut, Brendon Small's Galaktikon. Self-described as an "audio comic book," the album situated Small's epic riffs within a full-fledged intergalactic epic starring superheroes, soothsayers and space pirates. Five years later, Small is gearing up to release the story's second chapter: Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, out August 25 via Megaforce Records/MRI. Listen to "My Name Is Murder," from the forthcoming LP, below.
"I wrote all the riffs for 'My Name Is Murder' in one sitting, and it quickly became a favorite while we were making the record," Small said of the track. "Story-wise, this song is about a bad dude doing very bad things, and writing from the POV of a bad guy is very, very fun for me."
As with Dethklok's discography, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm features production from Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Breaking Benjamin). Small is joined by drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel) and bassist Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai). Album pre-orders are available now on CD, LP and picture disc vinyl, and digitally through iTunes and Amazon.