I still can’t get over the fact I got this CD for under $10 before tax.
So I saw that Dethklok was going to release an album. I was like “Well, I like the show, but a CD, is it going to be good?” I was admittedly skeptical. When I found out extreme drumming legend Gene Hoglan was going to play on the album as Pickles the Drummer, I started to think “Hey, this should be interesting.” Once I found out Brendon Small was a graduate of Berklee, a world-renown music school, my spirits rose. FYI, Brendon plays on the album as vocalist Nathan Explosion, guitarists Swisgaar Skwigell and Toki Wartooth, and bass guitarist William Murderface; in addition to keyboard parts uncredited to the band members.
Well, then I heard the album and was a believer.
The album is too well written and well composed for music that’s supposed to be considered made by a fictitious band. The songs are epic in terms of sound and texture, but aren’t really that long. There’s plenty of double bass, the solos are better than half of the “real” metal bands in existence, and unexpectedly, this is the first time I think I’ve ever heard someone sing in a death growl where the lyrics were still intelligible! There isn’t a weak moment on the CD.
The only reason I didn’t give this album a 5 star review was due to the lack of an up-tempo song. If there would have been at least one song that would have had some blistering speed to it (double bass aside, of course), even if it was 30 seconds long, that would have made this album a perfect metal album. That however may be asking a bit much, considering that even with two dudes doing all the music, this is still one of the better metal albums of 2007.
As for tracks, I do like them all, but if I have to make a recommendation based on what songs stand out among the best, I’d choose Murmaider, Go Into The Water, Go Forth And Die, Fansong, Hatredcopter (which is the only song to feature clean vocals), Thunderhorse, Dethharmonic (featuring Emilie Autumn on violins), and of course, Deththeme (the shows theme song.)
If you’re a metal fan, I recommend you get this CD. If you’re not a metal fan but do consider yourself a music fan, I still recommend you get this CD. While I hold the musical aspect of this album true to metal’s roots, this is the most accessible metal album I’ve heard in some time and in a fashion similar to late 80’s – early 90’s Metallica, is capable of delivering songs even the most mainstream music fan can get into, regardless of genre preference.
I hope Dethklok considers touring like the Gorillaz. That would be amazing.