"Dethalbum II" (Williams Street; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

If you watch Adult Swim then you might have caught this "animated" band named Dethklok with their crazy cartoon adventures on the show called Metalocalypse. Even though they are drawn to resemble a typical metal band the music is melodic death metal and in the same vein of Spinal Tap or GWAR. Some of the characters resemble current rockers such as Devin Townsend (Pickles the Drummer). This is their second virtual release.

The show usually features music along with a twisted storyline but in order to get the full effect you should pick up this disc. The music is very heavy and with melodic death metal what else would you expect? If you want to know which song comes from which episode they are listed in the liner notes so you can match them up.

I watched an episode one night and I loved the music because it was an animated band ripping up the screen. Dethklok is considered a "virtual" band but they are backed by real musicians. I'll list the animated personas and the real people who create the music. Overall, the music is well done and fans of melodic death metal, along with fans of Metalocalypse, will no doubt get into the music produced here and after a while you forget about their animated personas and realize these guys can really rock.

This disc is a deluxe CD/DVD and contains unreleased videos from the Dethklok tour in 2008. You can even find downloadable songs on Guitar Hero.

Dethklok (Virtual): Nathan Explosion vocals, lyricist; Pickles the Drummer drums, backup vocals; Skwisgaar Skwigelf lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards; Toki Wartooth rhythm guitars; William Murderface bass guitar.

Dethklok (Actual): Gene Hoglan drums; Brendon Small all guitars, all keyboards, all vocals, and all bass except "The Gears"; Bryan Beller bass on "The Gears."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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