"I belong in a garbage can? You belong in a garbage can!"- Pickles the drummer
"It's called a grocery store ya douchebags!"- Pickles the drummer
Pickles, sometimes called Pickles the Drummer, is the percussionist for Dethklok and formerly the singer and lead guitarist of Snakes N' Barrels. He is a native of Tomahawk, Wisconsin and is of Irish descent. He has red hair styled into dreadlocks and a combover, green eyes, and a very strong North Midwestern accent. Pickles' surname is unknown.
When he left his family as a teenager, Pickles' hair was upright, teased-up and relatively large. During his time in Snakes N' Barrels, his hair got much larger in order to reflect the glam metal style of his band, and he also grew a mustache and a beard. After Snakes N' Barrels folded, Pickles' hairstyle completely changed. He gave up his teased-up glam metal hairstyle for a skullet, and shaved off his facial hair. By the time Metalocalypse has started, Pickles has grown back his facial hair. He is the only member of Dethklok that doesn't wear boots, opting to wear sneakers like most drummers. Pickles is also the shortest member of the band, standing almost half a foot shorter than Skwisgaar. Pickles is also quite slender, though he sports a slight beer belly. During his time with Snakes N' Barrels, he was very thin.He has pale skin and is sensitive to sunburns.
Pickles' original appearance had a resemblance to Strapping Young Lad founder and solo artist Devin Townsend. A dreadover and circle beard were added to avoid them from looking too similar. Ironically Townsend would later shave off his trademark skullet and goatee.
Generally, although calm and casual most of the time, Pickles builds up a lot of anger at things and is very quick to lose his temper when things don't go the way their expected to.
According to Charles when he is out for a few days, Pickles and Nathan are the two most responsible members of the band. Despite the doubt from the band themselves, he later confirms that he is responsible by scolding Murderface and Swisgarr for watching horror movies and eating too much ice cream and letting them sleep with him because of it. He also expressed concern for Nathan's apparent over protectiveness of Toki in the episode and scolds Swisgarr and Murderface for insulting Toki when he leaves for the camp.
He drinks and uses drugs heavily, which seem to have little effect on him, and he seems to have the greatest social acumen among Dethklok's members (although Nathan appears to be close and actually appears to exceed Pickles in certain areas). However, low blood sugar leaves Pickles extremely irritable; at one point, he tells Toki and Skwisgaar that the band is in a grocery store, calling them "douchebags" in the process.
Skills & HobbiesEdit
Pickles has a driver's license.
It is said in an interview with Dethklok that Pickles played drums at a young age, stating that the tornadoes in the mid-west always forced him to take apart his drum set and reconstruct them in the basement. It is unknown how he became the drummer for Dethklok. However, his producing abilities are trusted enough by frontman Nathan Explosion that Pickles is an integral part of the recording and mixing process on all of Dethklok's albums. He often attempts to balance Nathan's perfectionism, pointing out that constant re-recording of tracks is counterproductive to making albums and retaining fans, who kill themselves rather than continue to wait for new Dethklok material.
Pickles occasionally does vocals for Dethklok, acting as a back-up singer to Nathan. The best example of this is in the song "Hatredcopter", in which he shares vocal duties with Nathan. It is believed that he sings backup vocals in song "The Cyborg Slayers" from Dethalbum II.
He is also seen playing an acoustic guitar.
Nathan and Pickles are the two most professional members of the band, likely due to his own experiences at running a band. Though usually seemingly content with Nathans methods of running things, he is the only member of Dethklok who seems able to question any mistakes or issues he feels out of place with Nathans methods of running the band and have any impact.
Pickles and Skwigelf generally seem to get along with each and don't to have too many quarrels.
A semi-motherly figure to Toki and the second most likely member for Toki to confide in for advice. Pickles generally has no qualms with joining in the band's neglect to include Toki in their activities. Since he appears to be on fair terms with Toki, its not unusual for Toki to join in with Pickles' random destructive outrages.
Pickles often criticizes William and calls him "a big baby", Pickles has issues with William's immaturity. Like other members of the band, he finds him generally unpleasant to be around.
Pickles is always at odds with his family and despite being the most successful out of him and his brother Seth, he has never been able to please his mother and father, who favor his brother over him. It is his family who drove him to drink and do drugs after Seth framed Pickles for burning down their garage. His father in particular thought Pickles was trash, this also caused Pickles to leave home during his teens.
His brother Seth, on the other hand, has Pickles wrapped around his finger and manipulates him to giving him money. Still despite this, Pickles does feel a little sorry for Seth had to "earn" his way through life.
Despite hating his family, he is known to defend them and does not like the other members of the band insulting his parents, though doesn't particularly seem to care for their thoughts on Seth.
He's proudly stated he doesn't know his father's first name and that he has no further relation with his father other than he hates him. Pickles' greatest regret was never confronting his father and, when Murderface rejected him in the exact same way, he gets a second chance and beats Murderface (with Toki joining in just for fun.) Alcoholism seems to run in Pickles' family , or at the very least all members appear to be heavy drinkers.
Pickles was raised in Tomahawk, Wisconsin by his parents, Calvert and Molly. He grew up smoking "government weed" for his "Kiddie Glaucoma," which left him completely immune to the effects of most drugs, such as the mind erasing drug the Tribunal attempted to use called Totally Awesome Sweet Alabama Liquid Snake, although other drugs such as alcohol and yopo still have an effect on him. His parents' attention to his older brother, Seth, left Pickles with an inferiority complex and resentment toward his family.
When he was six years old, his brother Seth burned down the garage and framed Pickles. That trauma is what caused Pickles to drink, which he's been doing ever since. When Pickles left home his dad's last words to him were, "Get out! You belong in a garbage can."
Pickles suffered from asthma as a child, although stress-triggered attacks ceased after he left home.
Snakes N' Barrels Edit
At the age of sixteen, Pickles rode a dust-covered bus to Los Angeles, purchased a Gibson Les Paul guitar from a pawn shop at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire, and began a tenacious effort to become famous.. He landed a record deal, and gained fame as frontman for Snakes N' Barrels, a glam rock band. According to Charles Ofdensen, the band already existed before Pickles got there. The band featured Antonio "Tony" DiMarco Thunderbottom, an alcoholic bass player; Sammy "Candynose" Twinskins, a crack cocaine user who played drums; and Snizzy Snazz Bullets, a hallucinogens and heroin addict on rhythm guitar. Snakes N' Barrels disbanded at the peak of their popularity due to heavy drug use. Pickles was the only member of Snakes N' Barrels to go on to a successful career, while the rest eventually regained sobriety after years of difficulty.
- In Dethcarraldo, Pickles' spirit animal is revealed to be a octopus.
- Pickles is voiced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small. While Small voices Pickles, he does not play drums for Pickles. Instead, drummer Gene Hoglan does the drum parts for the songs in Metalocalypse.
- Pickles's success from singer to successful drummer is similar to that of Dave Grohl, who was the former drummer of grunge band Nirvana but eventually went on become the singer and frontman of alternative rock band Foo Fighters. Basically in Pickles's case, it's the other way around.
- Pickles is the only Dethlok member to not have a last name.
- Out of all of the members of Dethklok, Pickles has committed the most acts of direct violence towards people than any of the other band members in the series. He beat up Seth at his wedding for his greed and manipulation of pickles, Rikki Kixx for taking over Snakes N' Barrells, Murderface for acting as an abusive "father figure", and two orderlies in rehabs for trying to restrain him.
- His age is estimated at 31 during Season One of Metalocalypse, based on his leaving home at the age of 16 and not being reunited with his family for 15 years.
- ↑ ""Metalocalypse" Brendon and Tommy (2006)" The Culture Shock. 2006-09-21.
- ↑ The Curse of Dethklok
- ↑ Dethwater
- ↑ Fatherklok
- ↑ Dethwedding
- ↑ Fatherklok & Dethmas
- ↑ Snakes N' Barrels