Dethklok
Dethalbum II


4.0
excellent

Review

by The_RabidMonkey USER (5 Reviews)
September 24th, 2009 | 197 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It isn't just a joke anymore.

Those that have been listening to Dethklok’s music through the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse since Season One have realized by now that metal music and comedy somehow go quite well together. Those that went out and bought the Dethalbum quickly discovered that perhaps there is something more than just comedic value in Dethklok. Of course, there was no shortage of comedy in the Dethalbum, and many people just listened to the record for the sake of fun. Now, in the fall of 2009, it has become apparent that Dethklok/Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small is no longer smiling. The release of The DethAlbum II signifies the serious approach that the comedian is taking with the seventh largest economy in the world.

Musically, The DethAlbum II forgoes a portion of its humorous aspect with more, well, death metal. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any fun in this album; songs like Dethsupport provide a morbid, but very Dethklok-esque look on the cost of life support. Nathan Explosion’s vocals have undergone some changes as well. His signature growl remains, though he opts to utilize more of a screaming style for certain sections. In some instances, the vocals are stronger and display more variety than in the first album. Unfortunately, there are some sections in which the vocals seem weak, as if Brendon lost his voice right before recording them. Unlike some death metal style vocals, Explosion's are somewhat coherent, especially during the choruses. Of course, there are some sections where not a single word can be discerned.

The headbang-inducing riffs of Skwisgaar and Toki also return for Dethklok’s second record, although the overall feel seems to be more “epic” for lack of a better word. Sweeps and other classically influenced guitar techniques abound, it would appear that though far from an Yngwie Malmsteen record, Small has been brushing up on his theory. There is also a stronger presence of keyboards in this album as opposed to its predecessor. Gene Hoglan’s drumming does not disappoint, and sections such as the drum intro in Bloodlines provide some diversity from the standard death metal style drum parts. In general, Dethklok’s second effort is much more accessible to the standard metalhead while retaining its comedic value for fans of the show.

As Brendon Small has stated in an interview, there was a much larger budget for production of this album. That being said, there is a more layered feel to this record. Fans of Murderface’s bass playing will rejoice to hear that, yes, you can actually hear the bass in the songs. The guitars also fit better into the mix than in the previous album, and the tone has a little more bite to it. Overall, The DethAlbum II is a large step up as far as musicality goes. So if you liked the comedy of The DethAlbum but were disappointed with how simplistic and straightforward it was, this new release will not disappoint. The record is full of fun riffs and lyrics that are very much written in the same vein as the first.

When all is said and done, The DethAlbum II is a Dethklok album. It is not the most technical album, nor does it contain the density of humor found in the first album, but it is one of the most fun releases of 2009. You will headbang. To quote Dick Knubbler, “The bass rocks, the drums rock, the guitar rocks…it’s heavy metal.”

Recommended Tracks:
Bloodlines
Black Fire Upon Us
Murmaider II: The Water God (it’s the sequel…you have to)

Stream:
http://www.myspace.com/dethklok


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Ponton
Emeritus
September 24th 2009


5815 Comments


Hmm, might want to divide the paragraphs

edit: nevermind, you got it.

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

The_RabidMonkey
September 24th 2009


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah thanks, I didn't realize it was like that until after submission
Also, since the album has not been released yet, I added the url for the stream.

BassDemon333
September 24th 2009


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album blows the first Dethalbum out of the water. Its excellent, and the guitar work is just incredible...Small can really shred. I liked the review too. pos'ed.

Waior
September 24th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very nice review, been interested in this.

shortone323
September 24th 2009


883 Comments


Good review. I love what I've seen of the show, and maybe I'll check this out.

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009


43 Comments


HOLYCRAP 5/5

Bfhurricane
September 24th 2009


6197 Comments


Love the review, I'll be buying this ASAP.

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009


43 Comments


MORE LIKE AS SOON AS RIGHT THE FUCK NOW1!!

Phantom
September 24th 2009


8930 Comments


holy crap 5 out of 5

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009


43 Comments


FUCKING CONGRATS YOU CAN READ 5/5

Phantom
September 24th 2009


8930 Comments


no u

PuddlesPuddles
September 24th 2009


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

5's out of jive

HOLYCRAP5OUTOF5
September 24th 2009


43 Comments


FUCKING CONGRATS YOU CAN RIPOSTE 5/5

5's out of jive


THAT WAS FAGTASTIC

Lunarfall
September 24th 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better than the first one

Zip
September 24th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely

fireaboveicebelow
September 24th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hope all the other american bands listen to this and wonder how a joke band can effortlessly surpass them in all aspects

Serpento
September 24th 2009


2351 Comments


holy shit, bloodlines just melted my face a little

Mouth
September 24th 2009


197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I hope all the other american bands listen to this and wonder how a joke band can effortlessly surpass them in all aspects"

It's not possible for me to agree any harder
but you can bet your ass I'm trying to figure out how

fireaboveicebelow
September 24th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

we belong together that's how

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2009


44800 Comments


MURDER FACE MURDER FACE MURDER FACE

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss



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