You may recognise Brian Posehn from his roles on The Sarah Silverman Program or The Big Bang Theory, or more recently, the first episode of The Mandalorian.
However, the comedian has long been involved in metal as well – voicing a character on Dethklok, and releasing a song called ‘Metal By Numbers’ back in 2006.
Now, Posehn has announced he’ll be releasing a full-length “comedy metal” album entitled Grandpa Metal on Friday, 14th February, and the comedian has recruited an all-star lineup of musicians to perform and guest on the album.
Scott Ian of Anthrax, Joe Trohman from Fall Out Boy and Dethklok’s Brendon Small all teamed up with the comedian to create the album, which features a dozen original compositions along with a cover of A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ and Ylvis’ ‘The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?’
There’s also an absolute smorgasbord of guests on the album, including Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Michael Starr of Steel Panther and Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg along with Gary Holt of Exodus and Slayer, Chuck Billy from Testament and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“I honestly feel that every good song would be better if it were heavy metal,” commented Posehn about the album. “I think I proved my case with ‘Take on Me’. It’s such a catchy song, it’s so cool, but I always thought if it had three guitars instead of a keyboard, it would be even cooler.”
“I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors.
“There’s a Satan song, and there’s a Viking song, there’s one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there’s one that sounds like a Van Halen party song.”
Listen to Posehn and friends’ very metal rendition of A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ below.