Every year, a new album threatens to destroy my hearing with its raw, heavy rock riffs. This year, that album is by none other than Dethklok - the stars of the [adult swim] cartoon Metalocalypse. They're a metal band so famous they're the world's twelfth largest economy.
The two-disc edition of The Dethalbum features over an hour of the most brutal selections from Dethklok's library. Tracks that originally appeared on Metalocalypse have been re-written as full-length metal anthems and re-recorded with legendary metal drummer Gene Hoglan replacing the original programmed drum beats. Series creator and all-around overachiever Brendon Small is credited with playing all the guitar, bass (though in keeping with Dethklok canon, it's mixed all the way down), and writing most of the lyrics (some songs were co-written by Tommy Blacha).
Since The Dethalbum is based on a cartoon band, it may be easy for mainstream music media to dismiss it outright. But as an actual metal album it blows many of its contemporaries out of the water. Like all great death metal albums, The Dethalbum embraces themes of death, anger, hatred (particularly of the band's fans), and Norse mythology.
After listening to the fully realized versions of Dethklok's songs, it's a little weird going back and hearing them in the show. As a nice bonus, the two-disc edition includes a Dethklok cover of a Snakes 'N' Barrels song, "Kill You" as well as a video for the song "Bloodtrocuted."» Buy it on Amazon
Guest review by Shaun Hatton