Brendon Small — the mastermind behind the metal band DETHKLOK — has been teasing a new chapter of his popular GALAKTIKON saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over.
This year, marking the tenth anniversary of his breakout DETHKLOK release, “The Dethalbum”, Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm”, to the masses. The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2.
Take a 360-degree hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” music, below.
“Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original GALAKTIKON album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the album will feature acclaimed musicians and DETHKLOK alum Bryan Beller (bass; THE ARISTOCRATS, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums; TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL). “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the DETHKLOK albums.
With these names behind the project, it should come as no surprise that “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” is a welcomed transformation and expansion of the sound that put Brendon Small on the musical map. With uncapped time and creativity on their side, Small & Co. were able to reach above and beyond what fans have come to expect as of now. “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” proves to be Small‘s most commanding release yet.
“This record is a combination of all the sounds I’ve been making throughout my creative life,” says Brendon Small. “It’s as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be — it’s the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my ten-year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I’m excited to have it live inside listeners’ heads and let their imaginations take over!”
Albatross Funnybooks recently announced Galaktikon!, a six-issue series of comic books launching this August based on the original GALAKTIKON album. The series will be written by Brendon Small and five-time Eisner Award winner and Albatross founder Eric Powell. Powell will also be contributing cover art with interior art by Steve Mannion of Fearless Dawn and Spook House.