“I think about Van Halen a lot. I have to play some treacherous licks, so I need the right kind of inspiration. I’m overplaying to an extent – it’s gotta be huge and bombastic”: Brendon Small on writing Dethklok’s brutal final act

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In the unlikely event that two of the world’s greatest fictional bands – the extreme heavy metal outfit Dethklok and the hip-hop virtual group Gorillaz – should ever mix it up in a parking lot brawl, Dethklok’s main man Brendon Small is confident that his fearsome five piece would prevail. 

“Gorillaz don’t stand a chance,” he says with a laugh. “My initial description of Dethklok was, ‘They smell bad and they can hurt you.’ I like Gorillaz a lot, but I don’t think they have anything on Dethklok in the crazy department.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.