Goblins, Dragons and Metalocalypse – One Night Under The Stars

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Dethklok at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Live Nation (https://www.livenation.com/ )
Venue: Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, Arizona ( https://pepsiamp.com/ )
Date:  Saturday April 20th, 2024
Tour:  Mutilation on a Spring Night Tour 2024

Crowd at Dethklok, Dragonforce & Nekrogoblikon concert at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

This is my first time seeing a concert under the stars at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill just south of Flagstaff, Arizona.  It is an outdoor venue in the tall pines.  It was nice to see a number of fellow metalheads from the valley that also made the trip up the hill to see this outstanding metal show.  This was the only stop in Arizona for this tour.  If you get a chance to see a concert at the venue, I would highly recommend it.  With the 100+ degree temperatures coming to the valley, the 30-degree cooler temperatures in Flagstaff makes the outdoor venue extremely nice.  You can check out the upcoming concerts and events at the amphitheater’s website.



Dethklok

Dethklok at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

Dethklok is a fictional melodic death metal band featured in the Adult Swim animated television series Metalocalypse, known for its satirical or parodic lyrical themes.  In the Metalocalypse series, Dethklok is depicted as the world’s most popular and successful death metal band.  The members of Dethklok reside in a colossal, fortress-like castle elevated high above ground called Mordhaus, which serves as their residence and recording studio.  A real band was set up in order to perform the band’s music in live shows.  Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. The music heard on Metalocalypse is performed by Brendon Small, with others needed for live concerts and albums. (Wikipedia)

Dethklok at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

The concert was more of a movie or series of cartoons played on a large screen behind the band.  The band seemed to be a backdrop for the movies and they were silhouetted with no frontal lighting.  Only at the end of the show, did they light up the performers.  This concert is not for anyone that has sensitivity to flashing lights.  Throughout the show, the movies were continuously flashing between scenes and lyrics.  The lyrics were being displayed as flashes between scenes or part of the scene.  Also, if you don’t want to see violence then you should pass on this show.  Between the outstanding movies (cartoons) and the blasting metal music, we got a mind-blowing, sensory overload experience.

I had never seen Dethklok before and to be honest, I don’t remember seeing Metalocalypse.  However, once I saw the movie starting, I did remember or thought I did of seeing the lead character of the movie before.  I really enjoyed the show.  We were allowed to photograph the first 3 songs and then had to put our equipment into a storage room until after the show.  When I came back into the venue, I stood at the back of the lawn area and just watched the show.  Even at the back of the venue, I had a great view.  The movies (cartoons) were extremely well made and very entertaining.  I did enjoy the 2 “Concert Etiquette with Facebones” cartoons and were very funny.  The first was about “Concert BO”.  The second one was extremely timely since it was 4/20 and it was about “Drinking and Weed” and don’t be a Dumb-ass.

If you loved the Metalocalypse series or their new movie, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar then you will love this concert.  You can find out more about the band, the movie and the cartoon series on their websites and social media pages.  This tour will continue thought the first part of May.

Dethklok Social Media sites:
Websites:         https://dethkloklive.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalocalypse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalocalypse:_Army_of_the_Doomstar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDethklok
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metalocalypse/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MetalocalypseDethklokMusic


Dethklok

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



DragonForce

Dragonforce at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.  DragonForce was founded in 1999 by guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman, under the name of DragonHeart.  Joining Herman and Sam are lead singer Marc Hudson, drummer Gee Anzalone and bassist Alicia Vigil.  Touring with Dragonforce is guitarist Billy Wilkins.

I have seen Dragonforce many times including their ill-fated 2000 tour prior to it being cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  The last time I saw them (2023) they were just starting their headlining 2023 North American tour.  At that show they had a couple of technical issues including one of the large game machines not working at first.

They have just released their latest studio album, Warp Speed Warriors in March of this year.  A number of the songs tonight were from that album.  Since they had a limited setlist, they also included a lot of their biggest hits from all of their albums.  They did play 2 of my favorite songs, “Cry Thunder” and “Doomsday Party“.  The one song that I thought was unique was their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”.  It was funny listening to this song being performed as metal and on Amphetamines (street name SPEED).

Three things stood out that were different about this show from the others I have seen.  In this tour they are not the headliner so they perform a limited song set (see setlist below).  Also, on stage at this show they has 2 very large blow-up dragons that did not fit on the stages I had previously seen them at.  The one thing I really missed at this show were both the confetti canons and sparkler jets.

Dragonforce at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

If for no other reason, I would have come to this show just to see Dragonforce.  I really enjoy their music and Sam and Herman are two of the best metal speed guitarists around.  If you get a change to see the remainder of this tour or one of the other tours Dragonforce is doing in 2024, then I would highly recommend it.  You can find out more about Dragonforce, their tour dates and their music on their website, social media pages and all of the streaming music channels.  Also check out Herman on his Twitch channel.

DragonForce Social Media sites:
Website: https://dragonforce.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragonforcehq/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@dragonforce
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dragonforce
Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/hermanli


DragonForce

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



Nekrogoblikon

Nekrogoblikon at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

Nekrogoblikon is an American melodic death metal band based in Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 2006, by Tim Lyakhovetskiy and Nicky Calonne.  However, none of the original members remain in the band.  The band now consists of lead guitarist Alex “Goldberg” Alereza, rhythm guitarist Joe “Diamond” Nelson, bassist Aaron “Zoot”: VanZutphen, drummer Eric Brown and keyboardist Aaron “Raptor” Minich.  The new lead singer on this tour is Dickie Allen.  He is joined by Dave Rispoli as “John Goblikon”.

The band evolves around the antics of their mascot and singer, John Goblikon.  He is dress as a goblin and sings and dances around the stage making different justers and at times some rude justers.

Nekrogoblikon at The Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ on April 20th, 2024

I have seen Nekrogoblikon previously when they headlined at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona.  Since they are the lead-up band for this tour, they had a limited setlist.  I thought it was funny that the setlist they had on stage had different names for the songs they performed.  This included their first song, “Powercore” was called “Powervape” and their last song “This is It” was renamed to “This is Lit”.  Since it was April 20th (420) they seemed to have rename their songs around weed.

Nekrogoblikon will continue on this tour until the first part of May.  Then they will continue touring in May with Hunt The Dinosaur, SQUID PISSER or Immortal Guardian.  In August they start a European tour with Dragonforce.  You can see if they are coming to a city near you at https://www.goblinmodetour.com/ .  Checkout their social media pages for other details.  You can listen to their music on all of the streaming channels.

Nekrogoblikon Social Media sites:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nekrogoblikon
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nekrogoblikonofficial/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@Nekrogoblikon


Nekrogoblikon

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



Dethklok Setlist                                             (Album)
Is Dethklok Back?                                            (Intro)
Deththeme                                                      (The Dethalbum)
Briefcase Full of Guts                                      (The Dethalbum)
Birthday Dethday                                            (The Dethalbum)
Mutilation on a Saturday Night                      (Dethalbum IV)
Bloodlines                                                       (Dethalbum II)
Concert Etiquette with Facebones                  (Concert Hygiene)
Awaken                                                           (The Dethalbum)
The Gears                                                        (Dethalbum II)
Castratikron                                                     (The Dethalbum)
Hatredcopter                                                    (The Dethalbum)
Dethsupport                                                     (Dethalbum II)
Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle                               (The Dethalbum)
Concert Tips with Facebones                           (Drinking and Drug Use)
Aortic Desecration                                           (Dethalbum IV)
I Ejaculate Fire                                                  (Dethalbum III)
The Duel                                                           (The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera Soundtrack)
Murmaider                                                       (The Dethalbum)
Thunderhorse                                                   (The Dethalbum)
Encore:
Fansong                                                           (The Dethalbum)
SOS                                                                  (Dethalbum IV)
Go Into the Water                                            (The Dethalbum)


DragonForce Setlist                                       (Album)
Fury of the Storm                                            (Sonic Firestorm)
Cry Thunder                                                    (The Power Within)
Power of the Triforce                                      (Warp Speed Warriors)
The Last Dragonborn                                      (Extreme Power Metal)
Doomsday Party                                              (Warp Speed Warriors)
My Heart Will Go On                                       (Céline Dion cover)
Wildest Dreams                                               (Taylor Swift cover)
Through the Fire and Flames                          (Inhuman Rampage)


Nekrogoblikon Setlist                                    (Album)
Powercore                                                       (Power)
The Many Faces of Dr. Hubert Malbec           (Welcome to Bonkers)
Darkness                                                         (Welcome to Bonkers)
Bones                                                              (The Fundamental Slimes and Humours)
Dressed As Goblins                                         (Welcome to Bonkers)
No One Survives                                              (Stench)
This Is It                                                           (The Fundamental Slimes and Humours)

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