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19

Dethklok – Dethalbum III – Review

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A long time ago, the mystically and fake mysterious group Spinal Tap appeared, using metal and outlandish-humor to fill the world’s need for heavy music and dumb asses. And for a time it was good. Then, if by some magical prophecy, thirty years later (give or take) there spawned another, more authentic death metal spiritual successor.They are known as Dethklok and they have become of the best bands on the planet. Ok, so that last part may have been a little bit much (not really), but show co-creators and all-around bad ass’ Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha have created something special with this insanely popular fictional band (Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, and Pickles) as a part of their animated show “Metalocalypse” which combines all things lewd and humorous, gory, and of course metal. This show has scratched all of the right itches that I have in life and so when Brendon decided to go the album route with the fictional bands first release “Dethalbum,” there were excited “eeks” heard from Adult Swim fans and metal fans alike. After two successful (and well-written) albums, Brendon and crew are back for their third record, “Dethalbum III” which (like the first two) includes full-length song from the music scarcely featured on the show.

Much like the groups previous outings, “Dethklok III” takes the show’s incidental music and filler riffs and compiles brilliant full-length tracks to feature on the record. There isn’t much that beats hearing an into lead into a full -blown melodic death metal production when all we heard previously after the intro was that annoying “chirp” bird from the end of each episode. Not to mention the fact that Brendon (also the creator of Home Movies) has become an outstanding guitar player, lyricist, and song writer; creating death metal through a fictional band that is just plain more engrossing and better than most of the DM bands out there doing this for a living today.

Hilarious song themes like the album opener “I Ejaculate Fire” and humorous satire that borders on truth in “Crush The Industry” bring a new level of funny, self-aware, parody and satire that at times could pass for more intellectual and genuine then the bands peers. Maybe it’s because of the fascinating characters from the show that you would have to watch to get the infatuation that many have or it could simply be the technically sound and inventive instrumentation — who knows. But when the epic production, ethereal melody, and patient orchestral building featured in tracks like “The Galaxy” unfold, which acts like the spiritual companion to “Dethalbum II“‘s “Black Fire Upon Us,” there is simply no way you can pause it until you make it all the way through — give it a try, you will fail.

Another standout song is the Pickles’ “rehab song,” “Skyhunter” which has been on many-a-Dethklok fan’s mind to be included on their newest full-length. Of course if you don’t watch the show and don’t understand any of these references, you still can partake in the palpable fretwork and growling, unique vocals all the same.  Of course there are a few “filler” tracks that just don’t stick to the wall with this album; “Killstardo Abominate,” “Ghostqueen,” and to a lessor extent “Impeach God” just started getting skipped as multiple listens began to accumulate. But even those songs have hidden gems in complex solos and fastidious riffage that are worth the listen if you can fight past some of the mindless chugs.

The average band can’t even get through two albums without rehashing old musical formulas or just plain giving up creatively. Dethklok (and all those who make it happen) have managed to keep their show and these three records up to the highest quality imaginable, remaining just as heavy and funny as they were when they began six years ago. “Dethalbum III” continues the group’s tradition of creative melodic fretwork and facetious lyrics that can be cherished by fans of the show and metal listeners alike. In other words, “Dethklok is the tits, all other music is am dildos.” [Staff]

Score: 4.5 (out of 5)

Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Record Label: Williams Street Records
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
RIYL: Brendon Small, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth

Track Listing:
1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin

Don’t forget to pick up the 4th season of Metalocalpyse on October 30th.

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