Dethklok, All That Remains, Machine Head, Black Dahlia Murder

When: Sat., Nov. 24, 7 p.m. 2012

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Along with This Is Spinal Tap, Metalocalypse shares the distinction of satirizing a relatively esoteric subject (metal and its entire aesthetic) while still being accessible to those who might not understand all of the references. Aside from being one of the funniest shows of the last decade, Metalocalypse has provided us with arguably the best made-for-TV band since the Partridge Family: the fictitious Dethklok, a GWAR-meets-Banana Splits metal ensemble comprised of five individuals who fucking rock but display a borderline autistic ineptitude toward functioning in everyday life—the resultant scenarios are always brilliant. Surprisingly, the music often is, too. While the "band" certainly doesn't eschew comic ridiculousness (the first track on their newest LP, Dethalbum III, is entitled "I Ejaculate Fire," for example), this could not accurately be classified as comedy music—it's too convincingly similar to what it's parodying. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $35-130

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