Mastodon Dethklok Slaughter San Jose State

Final night of the Metalocalypse seven-week tour landed in San Jose with Death Metal animated TV band Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire.

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Brent Hinds and Sanders traded turns at the microphone, leading the charge through various songs, most of which came off of their new album, "Crack the Skye."
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Mastodon co-headlined a seven-week Metalocalypse tour that ended at SJSU.
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The video imagery was so engaging and compelling it was hard to keep your eyes off of the screen. The films looked like old silent movies mixed in with animated graphics, that all went together like a cohesive unit.
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Mastodon bass player and singer Troy Sanders stands in front of a large video screen showing a never-ending array of cool imagery seemingly shot and put together for the live show.
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I'd never seen or even heard Mastodon before, and I'd like to report that their live shows are the S**T!
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Singer and lead guitarist Brent Hinds was also fun to watch, you could even see him through his guitar.
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(Left) Singer bassist Troy Sanders and guitarist Bill Kelliher.
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Brent Hinds and Sanders traded turns at the microphone, leading the charge through various songs, most of which came off of their new album, "Crack the Skye."
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It was fun to watch the two singers trade off, almost like a backfield with two quarterbacks where you are never quite sure who will take and throw the ball.
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At the side of the stage, almost invisible to the audience, was a keyboardist.
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Brent Hinds had some cheat sheets on his monitor, probably to help with the heady lyrics of wormholes, astral travel and Rasputin.
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Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders
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Guitarist Bill Kelliher plays his see-through guitar on the other side of the stage with drummer Brann Dailor behind him.
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The large video screen imagery helped make sitting in the back of the room more entertaining.
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Guitarist Brent Hinds stands to the side as the wormhole threatens drummer Brann Dailor.
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The fans loved it!
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Mastodon (seen here), Dethklok, Converge and High on Fire finished up the seven-week Metalocalypse North American tour at San Jose State on Saturday, November 21, 2009.
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Here is a look at some of the animation that was dropped in-between the black and white footage.
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(Right to left) Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor of Mastodon.
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Mastodon lead guitarist and singer Brent Hinds rips it up.
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Ed May from Oakland sells shirts in-between sets. Mastodon has some of the coolest merch I've ever seen.
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For $15 I picked up this great little Mastodon flask.
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The merch table was crushed between bands. Ironically, the guy who sold me the flask (at the right, who will remain nameless) works at the Fillmore as a bouncer taking flasks away from people at shows.
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Oakland's own High on Fire started the evening.
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Then Converge took over.
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Converge has been around since 1990, pioneering the metalcore genre.
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Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou
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Converge singer Jacob Bannon was a terror, perpetually in motion running all over the stage stopping only to scream into the microphone.
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Bass player Nate Newton (left) was jumping around doing all he could to keep up with frenetic singer Bannon.
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The show wasn't sold-out, but there was a good amount of people in attendance.
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Roadies prepare the stage for the final act, Dethklok, a real-life version of the Adult Swim TV cartoon band featured on the show Metalocalypse seen here entertaining the audience.
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There were a lot of under-age kids at the show, like 12-year-old Anwyn Evans from San Francisco seen here, which I think is great to see at any concert.
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Showing a video as the next band sets up is a great idea, it keeps the audience engaged and not bored. Pictured here waving on the left is Chynna Villa, behind her is Brian Iniguez, covering her mouth in front is Anna Freedland who stands next to Sam Axelrod.
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Brendon Small, co-producer, co-writer, composer and voice actor for Adult Swim's Metalocalypse animated TV show took his band Dethklok on tour for a seven-week run across North America.
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Death Metal cartoon creator Brendan Small leads Dethklok, an animated band from his show Metalocalypse that came to life at San Jose State University.
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Dethklok bassist Bryan Beller is also a clinician, composer and freelance writer who has played in Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa's band Z as well as with Steve Vai.
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Guitarist Mike Keneally has also played in Z with the Zappa kids, but is probably better know for playing with their dad Frank Zappa as his "stunt guitarist" and touring band member.
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Throughout the show, live music videos played in the background that were hilariously awesome.
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Drummer Gene Hoglan who's played with Dark Angel, Death, Testament, Fear Factory and recorded the two Dethklok albums with Small.
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Smalls seemed in his element, looking like he was living his dream.
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Guitaris Andres Mungian and drummer Gene Hoglan with the Metalocalypse logo.
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Singer Brendon Smalls voices a few of the characters in the animated band, like deep-voiced singer Nathan Explosion.
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The concert made me put the show DVDs at the top of my Netflix cue.
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Some of my favorite songs/videos were "Murmaider" and "Pull the Plug."
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While Smalls doesn't necessarily look the part, he sure seemed to get into the zone on stage.
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The cartoon has a lot of blood, gore, and violence, but it is done in a humorous black-comedy way.
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Smalls has compared his band to Gorillaz, another animated live act. Dethklok is one of the most successfully selling bands in their genre, with the first album "The Dethalbum" debuting at #21 on the Billboard 200.
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Being the last night of the tour, Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small brought up tour co-headliners Mastodon to thank everyone who helped on the tour from the roadies to the merch lady.
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