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PODCAST: Dethklok foe Malcolm McDowell speaks [MP3]

Malcolm McDowell at Rock & Shock 2009

Starting tomorrow, metal worshipers will be descending on the House of Blues for two nights of "mind-throttling chasm-fording riff salad" (as Daniel Brockman so elegantly put it in last week's show preview) with High on Fire, Mastodon, and hometown-pride-instilling acts Converge, legendary hardcore heavies from Salem, MA, and Dethklok (the essentially fictional but wholly brutal cartoon band fronted by Berklee/Comedy Studio alum and Metalocalypse creator Brendan Small).

The fact that a group of 2-D images can go on tour is pretty incredible. But presumably not every Metalocalpyse character will be piling into the tour van (or, more likely, winged death chariot). And one of these is Vater Orlaag, the Rasputin-y figure who sits among Dethklok's enemies on the ever-scheming Council. Fret not, though -- here's a way you can spend some quality time with Vater before the show. Or rather, with Vater voice actor Malcolm McDowell, the same man who played the ultraviolent Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Sam Loomis in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake. Oh, and let's not forget that Penthouse-funded smut tsunami Caligula.

We got a chance to see McDowell doing what he does best -- telling wickedly funny, larger-than-life stories -- at this year's Rock & Shock horror convention. We mentioned it in our con wrap-up, but here's the whole thing, unabridged.

PODCAST: Malcolm McDowell, at Rock & Shock 2009 [MP3]

Highlights include tales of:
-How he got roped into taking on "the most despicable character an actor could ever be asked to play": the Russian pedophile serial killer Evilenko.

-The surprisingly hands-off directorial style of Stanley Kubrick, and the genesis of the "Singin' in the Rain" rape scene in A Clockwork Orange.

-His combative relationship with curmudgeon director Lindsay Anderson.

-His terrifying duel with notoriously reckless co-star Oliver Reed (who "died with his boots on, in a bar"). Keep an ear out for John Landis, another great raconteur, who piles on for this story. Or, if you'd rather have a visual, here's the video:

High On Fire is a stoner metal band originally formed from the remnants of the legendary stoner band Sleep. Matt Pike, from Sleep, sings and...

Dethklok is a virtual death metal band created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha for the television show Metalocalypse. The band is sometimes cited as...

The chaotic lure of You Fail Me, the new album from iconic punk-metal quartet CONVERGE, is...

Mastodon is one of the new breed of metal bands from the US. They created waves in the metal community with the EP Lifesblood, released...

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36 Lansdowne finally shed its Tyvek wrapper to reveal the new House of Blues in February, a cavernous space with an improved layout, crisper acoustics,...

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