Playing Brutal Legend is like living in the world of the bombastic doodling in the margins of a heavy metal-obsessed teenager's high school notebook. Which is not entirely a bad thing.
To understand the story and mythology behind Brutal Legend, imagine if the world sung about and depicted on the album covers of every heavy metal band in existence were real. Imagine if there really was a place where Norse mythology blended seamlessly with the counter-culture of hot rods and motor bikes, and leather-clad warriors clashed in glorious battle to the screaming siren song of multi-part falsetto harmonies and orgiastic explosions of squealy guitars. That world, in a nut shell, is Brutal Legend.