Dethklok don't make it onstage often — the real-life incarnation of the Metalocalypse cartoon band, led by the animated series' co-creator Brendon Small, hasn't toured for 11 years, and has only played three shows since then, at the 2014 Festival Supreme and the 2019 and 2022 editions of the Adult Swim Festival Block Party. This makes today's news particularly big.
Dethklok have announced not one but two 2023 shows, at September's Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia, and October's Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California. So far, they're the group's only scheduled performances of the whole year.
Could the gigs herald the imminent arrival of the new Metalocapyse movie and the rumored new Dethklok album? Only time will tell, but we certainly hope so. In the meantime, get the details on the band's upcoming shows below.
ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT #105: Dethklok (@MordhausTweets)— Blue Ridge Rock Festival (@BlueRidgeRock) March 14, 2023
The Heavy Metal stars of Adult Swim's show Metalocalypse are coming to Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2023! The band last toured 11 years ago, and has only played a small handful of shows since then. pic.twitter.com/vRLpDMfzdW
Your Aftershock 2023 lineup is here! Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Pantera, Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age, Limp Bizkit, Megadeth, Rancid, Turnstile, 311 & so many more of your favorite artists!— AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL (@AFTERSHOCKSAC) March 14, 2023
GA and VIP Weekend and Single https://t.co/xUtaSaCBCX… https://t.co/WtQ4LkQcOR pic.twitter.com/72CzJ15U2t