Stranger Than Fiction: Real Metal By Virtual Artists


Do you remember...

...1984, when you could hear the virtual TV host Max Headroom stuttering his name for the very first time?
...1985, when the cute fellow of Little Computer People was your only friend?
...1997, when your digital pocket pet Tamagotchi starved to death and you didn't know how and where to burry it?
...2001, when the debut album of the virtual band Gorillaz went triple Platinum in the UK?
...2012, when iconic rapper Tupac Shakur's hologram performed at the Cuachella festival, over 15 years after his decease?
...2017, when AI robot Sophia received citizenship of Saudi Arabia?

Let's just forget about that hologram tour of Ronnie James Dio for a moment, for metal will always be handmade music from real musicians and for real fans...

...but how genuine is your favorite band?




This list includes fictional or virtual or artificial artists only.
Admission criteria:
- at least one complete song (not just song snippets)
- hard rock and metal only
- fictional line-up/biography or artificial/virtual origin are mandatory
- media appearance outside of the music scene (movies, film series, videos, TV shows, web comics and comic strips, books, computer games, advertising campaigns) prior to or simultaneously with the release of their debut album

Please note that not all bands bearing goofy stage names and wearing funny costumes like Gwar or Lordi are virtual or fictional bands.
Most comedy/parody outfits like Nanowar Of Steel or Paladins Of The Golden Power Fights With The Great Sword Of Eternal Magic And The Great Kings Will are neither virtual nor fictional.
Spin-offs and side projects like Gloryhammer or Lorenguard are not really fictional, either - they just invented some stupid background story to justify their existence.
After all and sadly enough, even Manowar are not a fictional band...


"What is Fake News? I turned an empty room into an international headline.
If you are reading this, you are part of the illusion."
- Jered Threatin, Nov. 2018





Big thanks to Ansercanagicus for submitting a shitload of virtual and fictional bands!

Created by: Starvynth | 25.04.2019



1. Bad News - Bad News
1987 - Fictional British spoof Heavy Metal band, created for the Channel 4 television series "The Comic Strip Presents...."
2. Bad News - Bohemian Rhapsody
1987 - Single
3. Bad News - Cashing In On Christmas
1987 - Single
4. Bad News - Bootleg
1988
5. Bad News - The Cash In Compilation
1992 - Compilation
6. Beasts Of Mayhem - Want Some More
2016 - Single - Fictional U.S. Heavy Metal band featured in the movie "Ghostbusters: Answer The Call"
7. Belzebubs - Blackened Call
2018 - Single - Originating from the web comic of the same name by Finnish artist J.P. Ahonen, the guys from Insomnium are obviously having lots of fun playing a blackened variation of their trademark sound
8. Belzebubs - Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods
2019
9. Coq Roq - several singles (Bob Your Head, Nice Box, One Armed Bandit, Cross The Road)
2005 - U.S. Nu Metal, created for a Burger King advertising campaign to push the new BK chicken fries. Fun fact: the real band Slipknot sued Burger King for biting their style (the characters of the fake band have been wearing apocalyptic chicken masks) in August 2005. In return, Burger King accused Slipknot of being a parody of other masked bands like KISS, GWAR and Mudvayne, among others. Shortly after, the case was dropped.
10. Compressorhead - Party Machine
2017 - German Metal/Hard Rock/Punk performed by a sextet of human-sized robots (Stickboy, Fingers, Bones, Stickboy Junior, Mega-Wattson, Hellgå Tarr). They also starred in Hämatom's 2016 video of the song "Offline".
11. Dead MaKabés - several singles (Descente D'Organe, Dozzy Cooper, The Pop Redemption)
2013 - Fictional French Black Metal foursome from the comedy movie "Pop Redemption", starring french singer-songwriter Julien Doré on vocals.
12. Death Devil - Maddy Candy
Single - 2009 - Fictional Japanese Speed Metal band from the anime "K-ON!"
13. Death Devil - Love (Rabu / ラヴ)
Single - 2010
14. Death Devil - Light (Hikari / 光)
Single - 2012
15. Death Lurks - Some Days It's Dark
1996 - Single - American/Canadian Alternative Metal from the movie "Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy", staring actor Bruce McCullough on vocals and backed by the real Canadian band "The Odds".
16. Deathmøle - Moletopopolis
2006 - U.S. instrumental Post-Metal/Djent, staring three characters of the web comic "Questionable Content". They're on bandcamp, too...
17. Deathmøle - Long Songs
2007
18. Deathmøle - ???
2007
19. Deathmøle - Trial Period
2008 - EP
20. Deathmøle - Amps
2009
21. Deathmøle - Absent Gods & Creatures Foul
2010
22. Deathmøle - Fear Of Black Horses
2011 - EP
23. Deathmøle - Meade's Army
2012
24. Deathmøle - Advances
2012
25. Deathmøle - Permanence
2012 - EP
26. Deathmøle - Solitary
2013
27. Deathmøle - Jephmøle
2013 - EP
28. Deathmøle - Present Peregrine
2015
29. Dethklok - Adult Swim Presents: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead On Tour With Dethklok [Split]
2007 - EP - U.S. Melodeath (some call it Power Metal with harsh vocals, though), originated from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show "Metalocalypse"
30. Dethklok - The Dethalbum
2007
31. Dethklok - Dethalbum II
2009
32. Dethklok - I Ejaculate Fire
2012 - Single
33. Dethklok - Dethalbum III
2012
34. Dethklok - The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera
2013
35. Detroit Metal City - Satsugai -For The Movie- [Split]
2008 - EP - Despite of the KISS reference, this is Thrash/Groove Metal and it was created for the Japanese comedy manga of the same name
36. Detroit Metal City - 魔王 / グロテスク / ラズベリーキッス -For The Movie- [Split]
2008 - EP
37. Detroit Metal City - 魔界遊戯
2008
38. Devin Townsend - Punky Brüster - Cooked On Phonics
1996 - Punky Brüster is a fictional Polish Death Metal band, Cryptic Coroner is a fictional Polish Pop-Punk band and Devin Townsend is a Canadian Proghead and a freaky storyteller. Got it?
39. Eternal Descent - Losing Faith
2007 - Cinematic Metal / Industrial / Gothic Rock band from the UK, comprising animated characters from the "Eternal Descent" graphic novel
40. Dodo - Metric Electric Lover
1987 - Single - Fictional U.S. Heavy Metal / Hair Metal band invented for an episode of the educational kids television series "Square One Television" dealing with the imperial and metric system. The single was said to be taken from a fictional album entitled "Heavy Mental".
41. Fire Bomber - My Friends
1994 - Single - A virtual Japanese Hard Rock / Heavy Metal act, born in the "Macross 7" universe (anime series)
42. Fire Bomber - Galaxy Network Chart Vol. 1
1995
43. Fire Bomber - Mylene Jenius Sings Lynn Minmay
1995
44. Fire Bomber - Docking Festival ~ Ka Ha Ginga Wo Sukū
1995
45. Fire Bomber - Let's Fire!!
1995
46. Fire Bomber - Live Fire!!
1995
47. Fire Bomber - Second Fire!!
1995
48. Fire Bomber - Karaoke Fire!!
1995
49. Fire Bomber - Galaxy Network Chart Vol. 2
1996
50. Fire Bomber - Acoustic Fire!!
1996
51. Fire Bomber - Dynamite Fire!!
1998
52. Fire Bomber - English Fire!!
1998
53. Fire Bomber - Radio Fire!!
1998
54. Fire Bomber - Ultra Fire!! Fire Bomber Best Album
2008 - Compilation
55. Fire Bomber - Re.Fire.
2009
56. Limozeen - Live At The 10 High 3.27.08
2017 - Faux U.S. Hair Metal band invented for and featured in the "Homestar Runner" online cartoon
57. Löded Diper - Exploding Diaper
2011 - Single - U. S. Heavy Metal college band as known from the illustrated book series "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid". This song can be heard in the film adaption of the second volume, entitled "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules".
58. Love Fist - Fist Fury
2002 - Single - Fictional Scottish Hair Metal band prominently featured in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" and mentioned in many of the following games since.
59. Love Fist - Dangerous Bastard
2002 - Single
60. Love Fist - Love Fist
2013 - EP
61. Massacration - Gates Of Metal Fried Chicken Of Death
2005 - 'True Heavy Metal', debuting on the Brazilian comedy TV show "Hermes & Renato"
62. Massacration - Good Blood Headbanguers
2009
63. Mistula - several singles (Nuestra Senora Dolorosa, The Last Supper, Baptized, Mulat, Pista Ng Patay, This Day)
2004 - A virtual Avantgarde/Alternative Metal band from the Philippines, embodied by four customized ball-jointed Barbie-esque dolls. They're on Spotify and they're not very good.
64. Old Gods Of Asgard - Children Of The Elder God
2012 - Single - Hard Rock/Heavy metal band from the 2010 computer game "Alan Wake". Their songs are played by the Finnish Alternative Rock band "Poets Of The Fall" who are friends with someone of the game developing team.
65. Old Gods Of Asgard - The Poet And The Muse
2012 - Single
66. Pentakill - Smite And Ignite
2014 - Power Metal from the U.S., brought to life by the PC game "League Of Legends"
67. Pentakill - Grasp Of The Undying
2017
68. Relentless Doppelganger - \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/
"Single" - 2019 - This is the peak of virtual metal: a neural network generating technical Death Metal ('fed' on music of the Canadian band "Archspire") via an infinite YouTube livestream.
69. Spinal Tap - This Is Spinal Tap
1984 - Legendary Heavy Metal band from the U.S. (fictional home country: UK) and stars of the mockumentary film "This Is Spinal Tap", but first appearing on a 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called "The T.V. Show"
70. Spinal Tap - Christmas With The Devil
1984 - Single
71. Spinal Tap - Bitch School
1992 - Single
72. Spinal Tap - Break Like The Wind
1992
73. Spinal Tap - The Majesty Of Rock
1992 - Single
74. Spinal Tap - Back From The Dead
2009
75. Spittle - Mudda Mudda Faddah
2008 - Single - Satanic Industrial Metal from the 1996 independent U.S. movie "Bandwagon"
76. Steel Dragon - Lubricator
2001 - Fictional U.S. Glam Metal band created for the Warner Bros movie "Rock Star" and starring especially (but not only) Jeff Scott Soto, Jason Bonham and Zakk Wylde
77. Taranchula - Moving Very Slowly
2017 - Single - Faux Scandinavian Death Metal 'one-hit wonder', invented for the "Homestar Runner" online cartoon
78. Tenacious D - Tenacious Demo
1994 - Demo - Formerly fictional U.S. Hard Rock band formed by the actors and musicians Kyle Gass and Jack Black, first to be seen in a 1997 episode of the American sketch comedy series "Mr. Show with Bob and David"
79. Tenacious D - Tenacious D
2001
80. Tenacious D - D Fun Pak
2002 - EP
81. Tenacious D - Tribute
2002 - Single
82. Tenacious D - Wonderboy
2002 - Single
83. Tenacious D - POD
2006 - Single
84. Tenacious D - The Pick Of Destiny
2006
85. Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix
2012
86. Tenacious D - Jazz
2012 - EP
87. Tenacious D - Live
2015
88. Tenacious D - Post-Apocalypto
2018
89. The Hunzz - Rabbit's Got The Gun
1987 - Single - U.S. Hard Rock band as featured in the movie "Light Of Day" and fronted by Patti Rasnick who is nobody less than Joan Jett
90. The Lone Rangers - Degenerated
1994 - Single - Fictional Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Los Angeles as featured in the movie "Airheads", with actor Brendan Fraser on vocals and supported by the guys and gals from White Zombie. The song is originally performed by New York's hardcore punks Reagan Youth.
91. The Metal Corpses - Roadmap Of My Tears
2008 - Single - Fictional U.S. Hard Rock band from the 1982 movie "Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains", portrayed by members of the real band "The Tubes".
92. Threatin - Breaking The World ‎
2017 - Honorable mention: actually, this is a "real" Hard Rock band of U.S. origin. But frontman Jered Threatin (real name: Jered Eames) went some steps further: he didn't just invent a fake biography, he cooked up a complete band history including fake websites, fake label, fake booking agency, fake line-up, fake videos, fake followers, fake fanbase and fake ticket pre-sales in order to set up an European tour that literally nobody but five people were attending.
93. Threatin - If Need Be ‎
2017 - Single
94. Threatin - Identity ‎
2017 - Single
95. Threatin - Living Is Dying ‎
2017 - Single - One has to wonder why he didn't call it "Living Is Lying"...
96. Timmy! And The Lords Of The Underworld - Timmy! And The Lords Of The Underworld
2000 - Single - U.S. parody Heavy Metal created for the animated sitcom "South Park". The song also appears in the music video game "Rock Band".
97. Titannica - Try Again, Again
2006 - Single - Fictional U.S. Heavy Metal band from the "Mr. Show With Bob And David" series' episode #309 "The Return Of The Curse Of The Creature's Ghost". They played a cover version of Metallica's Enter Sandman with alternative lyrics, starring the actors Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn and John Ennis.
98. Twaüghthammër - Fallacies
2010 - Single - U.S. Alternative Metal trio featured in a 2009 web 'minisode' of the TV series "Breaking Bad", starring the actors Aaron Paul and Matt L. Jones.
99. Wayne & Garth (The Wayne's World Band) - Wayne's World Theme
1992 - Single - Fictional U.S. Hard Rock from the popular comedy film "Wayne's World", starring the actors Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
100. Wayne & Garth (The Wayne's World Band) - Pain Cave
1992 - Single



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25.04.2019 - 17:47
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
It sucked for me as well when I realized that code tags dont work in lists
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25.04.2019 - 17:49
Starvynth
i c deaf people
You live and learn...
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03.05.2019 - 14:29
Ansercanagicus
Can this make it to the list ?

the anime K-On! isn't about metal but it happens to have this J-speed-metal-something in it. Later when the creators wanted to sell merchandise they recorded a single for Death Devil. Also all the voice-actresses had to learn their character's instrument and perform a concert as impersonations of the anime band.

on the same topic with have this AI-generated brutal death

The hypthetical band name would be Relentless Doppleganger, although we can't really speak of any written song.
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03.05.2019 - 15:01
Ansercanagicus
And also, yeah do vocaloids count ? they are basically vocal synthesizers but their creators have been characterizing them, each programm as a name, a different "voice" and an image, i don't know for sure but possibly backstories. They also can make live appearance through holograms.

here's some examples of vocaloid, but quite frankly it's not the best, and also I can't really call this metal.


a live appearance

I can't really define this genre of music that's a blend of j-pop, rock, metal, electro and dubstep sometimes all at once.

some more

(EDIT: disclaimer, Yuaru is not a vocaloid, she's a real human being singing through a lot of effects, but I've got mistaken because it sounds like one)


POST-SCRIPTUM: I'm not a weeb
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03.05.2019 - 15:12
Ansercanagicus
And sorry to triple-post but what about Tenacious D ? they started for a TV series I think (or is it that they play their own role?) anyway they cleary have a fictionnal component with the audio-sketches and the movie


in the same category: Wayne's World, comedy from 1992 about underground rockers hired to broadcast a TV show
the two main protagonists could be counted as a band (even though they're lame - see Pain Cave)
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03.05.2019 - 15:26
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 03.05.2019 at 14:29

Can this make it to the list ?

Dude, many thanks, both fit perfectly!

Shame on me I didn't know Death Devil, I found and added three singles and Relentless Doppelganger as well.
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03.05.2019 - 15:52
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 03.05.2019 at 15:12

And sorry to triple-post but what about Tenacious D ? they started for a TV series I think (or is it that they play their own role?) anyway they cleary have a fictionnal component with the audio-sketches and the movie

in the same category: Wayne's World, comedy from 1992 about underground rockers hired to broadcast a TV show
the two main protagonists could be counted as a band (even though they're lame - see Pain Cave)

Well, I did consider Tenacious D at some point because they started as a fictional band ("Mr. Show with Bob and David", 1997) but I didn't include them due to their music: to me, it was basically just a rock band.
But I guess I was wrong, they have pretty much of Hard Rock and even some (tongue-in-cheek) Metal influence so I will add them - thanks!
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03.05.2019 - 16:50
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 03.05.2019 at 15:01

And also, yeah do vocaloids count ? they are basically vocal synthesizers but their creators have been characterizing them, each programm as a name, a different "voice" and an image, i don't know for sure but possibly backstories. They also can make live appearance through holograms.

I am thankful you posted this because vocaloids indeed are an important part of today's music industry - but I'm just glad it's not that big in all parts of the world.

In fact, I did mention Miku Hatsune, the waifu/husbando phenomenon and even a "real" virtual waifu marriage in the original version of the introductory text - but I deleted everything again. I mean, you will find countless releases (maybe "creations" is a better term) of this kind of music on YouTube and as you said - it's not really metal.

For the time being, I guess it's better not to include vocaloids.
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03.05.2019 - 18:56
Ansercanagicus
Dead Makabés from the french comedy "Pop Redemption". The black metal quator is chased by the police had have to travesty as a hippie band. It's not a good movie (not funny and messing everything up about the topic), but the real travesty was to have the actual pop singer Julien Doré as the black metal singer. There's a couple of metal songs in the soundtrack.



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And Love Fist from GTA:Vice CIty, the over-the-top hair metal band carricature


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03.05.2019 - 23:04
FYA
Destroyer
> threatin

lmao
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04.05.2019 - 02:54
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 03.05.2019 at 18:56

Dead Makabés from the french comedy "Pop Redemption".
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And Love Fist from GTA:Vice CIty, the over-the-top hair metal band carricature

Thanks man, added both bands with pleasure.

It's funny how hard it was to find some decent info on Dead Makabés, it seems there has never been an English version of the movie but only German, Russian and Portuguese translations. As if there was still some cultural gap between France and the anglophone part of the world, in particual outside of continental Europe...
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04.05.2019 - 03:02
Ansercanagicus
Written by Starvynth on 04.05.2019 at 02:54

It's funny how hard it was to find some decent info on Dead Makabés. As if there was still some cultural gap between France and the anglophone part of the world, in particual outside of continental Europe...


I guess it's just that the movie didn't sell well
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04.05.2019 - 21:20
Ansercanagicus
I thought I could find infinitely many fictionnal bands but in fact I'm running out of ideas. I've been thinking of video games, movies, sketches, parody, mangas, visual novels and fan-fictions but metal isn't used too much...

there's another anime called Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad about a band of teenagers, they play a mix of hard rock, punk and hip hop


an odd occurrence that maybe you know is from a Devin Townsend album, Punky Bruster: Cooked On Phonics.
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05.05.2019 - 03:31
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 04.05.2019 at 21:20

I thought I could find infinitely many fictionnal bands but in fact I'm running out of ideas. I've been thinking of video games, movies, sketches, parody, mangas, visual novels and fan-fictions but metal isn't used too much...

I have found quite a bunch of fictional metal bands, much more than I had expected:

Crucifictorious (Friday Night Lights tv series), The Blender Children (Tapeheads), The Meddling Kids (Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire), Eviscerated Panda (Sarah Tipper's novels), Stench Of Death (Coronation Street tv series), Blood Pollution (Rock Star movie), Wyld Stallyns (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure), Sonic Grave (Dead Ant horror comedy movie), The Bonecrushers (Mama's Family sitcom), Vesuvius (The Rocker movie), Rock Toxin (Pop Rocks movie), Death Maggot (some U.S. anti-smoking campaign), Blight Boar (World of Warcraft), The Dreggs of Humanity (It's Your Move sitcom), Slaughterhouse (Death Metal Massacre horror movie), Black Roses (Black Roses horror movie), Snakes n' Barrels (Adult Swim: Metalocalypse), DÖI (Homestar Runner), Escape Band (Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys movie), Big Mountain Fudgecake (King of the Hill), Tears of Blood (Wizards of Waverly Place sitcom), Keelhaul (Escape From Monkey Island), The Plague (from some ancient episode of Sledge Hammer), Aggretsuko (Netflix anime series), Roäd Kyll (Dinosaurs tv series), Discreet Annihilation (Saturday Night Live), Flesh Fair Band (= Ministry, from Artificial Intelligence: A.I.), Sanctified (South Park), Blood Butcher (A.N.T. Farm sitcom), Slash Monkey (Transformers Prime tv series), Abyssinister (Death Metal horror movie), Blight Boar (World of Warcraft), The Kickers (Trick Or Treat movie)...

But I didn't include any of those mainly due to the lack of a factual release in the real world. I deliberately neglect to add a band if I can't even find a single song that has been published under the moniker of the fictional artist, elsewhise the list would be really huge.

Written by Ansercanagicus on 04.05.2019 at 21:20

there's another anime called Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad about a band of teenagers, they play a mix of hard rock, punk and hip hop
[...]
an odd occurrence that maybe you know is from a Devin Townsend album, Punky Bruster: Cooked On Phonics.

Heard three songs from Mongolian Chop Squad, they play rather punk and rock than metal and hard rock if you ask me. One song was plain pop rock...
I guess they are worthy of further reflection, but for the moment I'd say they do not really belong here.

Punky Brüster is a tough one.
Most people say it's a side-project and it tells the story of a fictional band called Punky Brüster just like Ziltoid The Omniscient features the actions of an alien called Ziltoid and Savatage's Streets chronicles the downfall of a fictional rock star called DT Jesus.
Neither Ziltoid nor DT Jesus are fictional artists, they are just characters of a story...
But fact is that Cooked on Phonics was initially released under the name of Punky Brüster and their fictional biography and fictional line-up are undeniable, so it's got to be a fictional band. Added...

Thanks again, you have been a great help so far!
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15.05.2019 - 03:17
Ansercanagicus
And what about this ? It's not fictionnal, not fictionnal anymore...


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15.05.2019 - 12:13
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Ansercanagicus on 15.05.2019 at 03:17

And what about this ? It's not fictionnal, not fictionnal anymore...

But they are artificial and they're robots, so it's got to be Metal and they just have to be here.
Great find and thanks for entry #100!
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