DETHKLOK – ‘The Deathalbum III’ REVIEW – Release Date October 16, 2012
What happens when you mix an adult cartoon show that took a cue from a classic British film ‘Spinal Tap’ and mix it with some Death Metal, you get one of the best, although Virtual, Metal bands to grace your ears.
The third instalment from Dethklok is another full length album with songs from William Street Records label, that featured in the Adult swim cartoon ‘Metalocalypse’. And its another fucking heavy one, every bit as good as expected from the brain child of Dethklok, Brendon Small.
Brendon Small, not known if at all in the Metal world but is as multi talented as they get. Sitcom writer, producer, comedian, actor, voice actor, composer and musician, he is the man behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok, as well as doing a hell-ov-alot of other stuff besides this. But Dethklok is his baby,
Brendon came up with all the band members, Nathan Explosion, Pickles, Skwisgaar, Toki and Muderface, when in reality Brandon writes and produces all the music for the show and the only other person involved in any of the Deathalbum’s is non other than the Atomic Clock Gene Hoglan.
Eugene Victor Hoglan III, Drums, is world renowned for being one of, if not the best Metal Drummer alive to date. His accuracy earn t him the nick name ‘The Atomic Clock’ and has worked, performed and recorded with some of the best Metal bands out there, such as, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Opeth to name but a few. Gene also won Terrorizer Magazine’s ‘Readers Poll’ for ‘Best Metal Drummer’ in 2010 and also won ‘Best Recorded Performance for Dethklok’s 2nd album, The Deathalbum II by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2011. His skills are legendary and this album is a perfect example of this.
This album is a typical Brandon Small creation, simple, heavy, grand, over powering, and did I say heavy? As good as this album is, it is easy to identify its been produced with ‘pro tools’ or some other similar music software, but with the added bonus of Gene performing / recording live for every song (he won’t have it any other way). And if it wasn’t Gene on the drums, the whole album would be very synthetic, dry and have no depth.
The First song on the album, ‘I Ejaculate Fire’, which was released in early September of this year as a single, gave the world a taste of things to expect from this album, more grand sound-scapes, more leads, more over and under tones, and in general adding a more melodic feel to the sound. This album does not disappoint. And if you are?… Fuck you, you little bitch before I skull fuck you in both eye sockets.
The only downside to this album is that it is missing that touch of humanity. No mistakes, not even subtle ones like a dud note here or the bass coming in too soon. All seems too perfect. For some people this can put you off, but don’t forget, it is a virtual band after all, and if it wasn’t for Mr Hoglan, it would put even more people off. But I fucking love it.
In conclusion, from start to end ‘The Deathalbum III’ is one giant brain fuck and hard as hell. By far the best to date and the introduction of the ‘extra’ subtle changes branded changed and added make this album, one you must have in your life. If your a fan of the Cartoon, You will definitely want to rape a mud wrestling bi-sexual Midget after listening to this. (please do not go a rape a mud wrestling bi-sexual midget, they are for laughing and pointing at only kids)