Metal fans and lovers of animation have reason to rejoice. Especially those looking for something to binge in this moment of social distancing and self-isolation. Adult Swim has come to the rescue making every single episode of Metalocalypse available to stream for free via its website. The network made the announcement over on Twitter saying the following.
"All episodes of Metalocalypse are now free on our app and site. Pamper yourself on the couch with a warm cup of joe and limitless brutality."
Adult Swim typically has select episodes and shows available to stream on its website. It's actually quite an impressive resource for content outside of the core streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. But making Metalocalypse available in its entirety, all 61 episodes and the 2013 special Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera, is going above and beyond at an opportune time.
For those who may not be familiar, Metalocalypse was created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. It centers on the death metal group Dethklok that enjoys a deeply unrealistic level of popularity, ultimately becoming so popular that they can influence the global economy. It traces the misadventures of Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles the Drummer, William Murderface and Toki Wartooth. While the band, as described is fake, Dethklok has released several very real best-selling albums. Drummer Gene Hoglan, during an interview on the Everblack podcast last year, explained that he has a feeling the show could make a comeback.
"I always feel good about Dethklok's future. I'm always the one holding out the hope. I know the network was a bunch of f******s, and things didn't end up on the best note, but you never know. And so we'll see what that sort of attitude brings."
Be that as it may, there is no indication it's ever going to happen. Even though there have been multiple campaigns to get Adult Swim to bring the show back. Unfortunately, things between Adult Swim and the creators have proved to be contentious. Brendon Small intended to make a finale titled Metalocalypse: The Army of the Doomstar - The Final Chapter. In a previous interview with Loudwire, Small had this to say.
"What I think really happened was ['Metalocalypse Now' campaigners] drove Adult Swim insane. I think Adult Swim, for some reason, took it very personally. The truth was that people were saying, 'Hey, what the hell? Where's our show? We're here for this show, can you give it to us? We're gonna watch it like crazy,' and [Adult Swim] said no. I think somebody's thin-skinned and somebody got their feelings hurt."
Metalocalypse debuted in 2006 and aired four seasons through 2013. While it looks like new episodes are out of the question, now is the perfect time to revisit the show. Or, perhaps discover it for the first time. Those who wish to stream the series can do so now by heading over to AdultSwim.com.