Heavy Metal

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Heavy metal, particularly glam metal and death metal, plays a big part in the culture of Homestar Runner, particularly in the life of Strong Bad. There are characters and events in the world, from the existence of Limozeen to Strong Bad's personal endeavors into the genre with songs such as Trogdor, and there are also many minor references, on the level of both the characters and the viewers.


Limozeen themselves are the source of multiple references to heavy metal, as well as being a reference in themselves.

  • The original picture of the band, as seen in monster truck, is comprised of four photos of The Brothers Chaps' older brother Donnie, dressed as Vince Neil for Halloween 1987. Vince Neil is best known as the frontman for Mötley Crüe, a notorious hair-metal band.
  • Limozeen would shortly be developed in character, and would move away from the Motley Crüe inspiration, becoming a parody of less heavy hair bands, chiefly Poison and their lead singer, Bret Michaels.


Judging by the musical style of the Taranchula song Moving Very Slowly, it is evident that they were at first designed to be a parody of the Thrash Metal movement, chiefly Metallica. However, as the character of the band developed, as with Limozeen, Taranchula also went in a different direction, and is now a parody of the many Death Metal bands from Scandinavia and the surrounding territories. Immortal seem to be a big inspiration in particular - Even though Immortal are in fact a Black Metal band.

Miscellaneous References

  • Main Page 4— a red bowling ball with black and white stripes can be seen by hovering over the Toons button. This is an obvious reference to Van Halen and, more specifically, the band's guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen, who famously plays guitars and wears attire that sports this motif. The pattern was also used on the cover of their recent compilation, The Best of Both Worlds.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 8Cheerleader is seen with a heart-shaped, triple-necked guitar, identical to that which space-age guitar hero [[Wikipedia:Steve Vai|Steve Vai] had [http://www.vai.com/Machines/guitarpages/guitar041.html custom built.
  • Email space programSBASAF's flagship is known as the Proud Anselmo, a reference to Phil Anselmo, controversial frontman of the band Pantera.
    • Also in space program, Strong Bad makes a reference to a "space alien from Satriani 5". Satriani 5 is a reference to Joe Satriani, a multi Grammy nominee and pioneer of instrumental guitar rock. He is also known to have taught many other famous guitar players, such as Kirk Hammett and Steve Vai.
  • Email garage sale— Strong Bad refers to the email sender Cat as Catman. While there are other explanations, it's likely that this is a nod to Peter Criss, the former drummer of the band KISS, whose stage name was The Cat.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 8— The TGS creates a metal band called Kissyboots.
  • Email personal favorites- the theme song includes some hot metal guitar lixx
  • Strong Sad's Lament- many of his tunes are metal or rock songs
  • Email flashback- Opening is a rock song. Limozeen congratulates Strong Bad on his 100th email.
  • Email different town- Strong Bad says that "Marzipan would rock"
  • Cool Tapes- Strong Mad plays bass, giving it a rock edge
  • Email band names- Strong Bad gives possible names for metal bands.
  • Email death metal- Strong Bad gives his description of the elements of the genre.
  • Cheatar- The Cheat "has turned into a giant guitar". Pictures can also be seen of heavy metal artists holding the guitar. The guitar was also reportably featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Email: portrait- Strong Bad's muscular cutout features a "keyswordtar".
  • Email: rock opera- Strong Bad performs a rock opera. One of the lyrics is "I totally always look awesome singing backwards metal."
  • Email: cliffhangers- Glam rocker Lita Ford is mentioned, and Malmsteen's Comet is a reference to a member of the neo-classical metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen along with the album Freshley's Comet.
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