Sound — 9
The Dethalbum II is the second album from the band Dethklok. The first album from these guys, was a very good album, by most standards. Dethalbum II, however has expanded on what was in the first in almost every way possible. The first album, in my opinion, sounded to much like extended cuts from the first season, which is exactly what it is, and is definitely not a bad thing. This one seems like a more focused album, like maybe the songs were written, and cut down, to fit into the show, instead of extended. The sound is actually a step up from their first album. Nathan Explosion's growls have improved, from just grunts, that ended up getting old, to a somewhat accomplished scream, that is actually quite enjoyable to listen to. In a few songs, he actually just screams, during breakdowns, and such. The vocals are by far the best improvement made on this disk. The instruments seem tightened up, also. The guitars still chug along like you would expect from Dethklok, but they have also taken a much more melodic turn to them, with dual leads, and just expanding much further than the original disk did. The drums rock just as hard, too. Pickles really steps up to the plate this time around, delivering blast beats galore, and plenty of cymbal crashes to keep everybody happy. Surprisingly the bass is actually audible throughout, which is definitely a good thing. It helps keep things pounding, and moving along at a good pace. Like mentioned earlier, the thing most drastically changed, for better, or maybe worse, is the fact that it sounds like an actual band. It is a much more focused effort, and definitely sounds like they are a real band, not a fictitious cartoon one.
Lyrics — 7
I actually enjoy the lyrics on this disk very much. They are not as funny or quirky as they were on the first disk, which is sort of a let-down, but by the same token, the vocals are so much improved, and tight, its really hard to complain. By no means are the lyrics bad, they just don't seem like Dethklok, they seem like another death metal band. So, that being said, it is a good, and a bad thing.
Overall Impression — 9
This CD definitely stacks up to other artists of the same genre, Dethklok is proving to be a very brutal band. The standout songs are The Cyborg Slayers, The Gears, Murmaider II, and Black Fire Upon Us. Definitely recommended for anybody who likes metal in general.