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Brendon Small on New Galaktikon Album, Mixing With ‘High Ears’ + More [Exclusive Interview]

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Brendon Small initially captured the blackened hearts of metalheads worldwide with the hit animated series Metalocalypse and its feature band Dethklok. With those both in the rearview mirror, the focus has been placed on Galaktikon. The debut album from the project came in 2012 and with the attention solely on Galaktikon now, the follow-up, Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, has arrived. We caught up with Small when he visited New York City and dove right into what went into making this record.

Prior to the album announcement, drummer Gene Hoglan had explained that the music was essentially the same as Dethklok. Small touched upon this, stating that the band feels more like a change in name, but there’s still plenty that’s different. One of the most fascinating aspects of the record is Small’s utilization of a myriad of different voices which lend themselves to the conceptual nature of the project.

For anyone listening to Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, headphones are an absolute must! There’s so much swirling around between the left and right channels that it’s clear there was an incredible amount of time dedicated to the mixing process. While he wasn’t a pot smoker during the Metalocalypse days, Small relayed that he has since become a big fan of the pyschoactive plant and mixed this album under the influence of its powers. He showed the mix to the Flying Lotus, who picked up on the sentiment immediately. Get that full story and more about the record in the video above!

As we mentioned, Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, is out now. Get your copy at either Amazon or iTunes and follow both Brendon Small and Galaktikon on Facebook to stay up to date with everything they’re doing.

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