Friday, October 26, 2012

Music Review: Dethklok - Dethalbum III

Since 2006, there has been only one truly original virtual/animated metal band on prime-time TV...and that is DETHKLOK!!! The brainchild of musician, creator, writer, and producer Brendon Small, Metalocalypse/Dethklok has been bringing the blackest, most brutal metal ever since their premiere on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim six years ago. Since then, they have released three DVD collections, two music albums and ton's of merchandise (not to mention a string of promotional concert tours!). After this years conclusion of season four, Williams Street, (makers of Robot Chicken) has released the third album from MetalocalypseDethklok - Dethalbum III! This album comes in two different versions: the Regular Edition and the Deluxe Edition. The album contains 12 tracks and features music from seasons three and four of Metalocalypse. With the Deluxe Edition you get a special Bonus DVD with a 32-minute making-of documentary, music videos and also a special iron-on patch. Usually, the music albums coincide with the release of the DVDs whereas Dethalbum III was released on October 16th, season four is expected to be released on DVD ("Church of the Black Klok") on October 30th.
The third album has everything fans have come to expect from the virtual band Dethklok, and more! With all music written by Brendon Small, including vocals and guitars, the album features Gene Hoglan on drums and Bryan Beller on bass. For those who don't know who Dethklok "really" is: there is Nathan Explosion on vocals, Skwisgaar Skwigelf on lead guitar, Pickles the drummer, Toki Wartooth on rhythm guitar and William Murderface on bass guitar. The band itself, (although fictional) has become a notable band in the world of heavy metal/death metal music. While existing as more of a parody/farcical, Spinal Tap-like band, they are in fact, an actual touring band. Currently, the band with Brendon Small is on tour with Machine Head, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder and as a fan since the beginning, I'm looking forward to finally seeing them next month at The House of Blues in Dallas. The tour was scheduled earlier this year but was cancelled and rescheduled due to the arrest and trial of co-headliner Lamb of God's Randy Blythe in Prague for manslaughter. Dethalbum III is an impressive album with a variety of tracks including such favorites as: "The Galaxy", "Starved", "Biological Warfare" and "Rejoin". My only criticism is that this is also to date this album contains some of the most explicit and vulgar lyrics yet, especially considering the name of the first track. And as far as the arrangement of the album goes, the first track should have definitely been "The Galaxy" as it is the most epic track ever! As of now, it has surpassed Dethalbum II (2009), peaking at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 20,000 copies in the first week, thus making it the highest charting death metal album! I highly recommend it to any fan of Metalocalypse/Dethklok and pick up the Deluxe Edition ASAP!