Although an obscene, ultra-violent cartoon about a death metal band sounds like a niche product, you don’t have to be a metalhead to enjoy Adult Swim’s “Metalocalypse” (although it certainly helps).

Created and written by the very funny Brendon Small (Home Movies) and Tommy Blacha (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), the 11-minute show follows Dethklok, the most popular band and biggest cultural force in the world, through their misadventures in grocery shopping, child care and ancient troll awakening.

This DVD set collects all 20 episodes from the first season. The show definitely rewards multiple viewings, with sight gags and newspaper headlines that are easy to miss without a pause button.

Unfortunately, the episodes are letterboxed instead of widescreen enhanced, but the animation is pretty cheap anyway. There are also some hilarious Easter eggs, the best of which features 15-plus minutes of Nathan Explosion reading Shakespeare, badly.

A great show, and a great package.

Grade: A

Metalocalypse – Season 1 is currently available.