Sound — 9
First off, let me congratulate both Brendan Small (lead guitars/rhythm guitars/bass guitar/vocals) and Gene Hoglan (insane metal drums) for this masterpiece of an album based on a cartoon metal band, Dethklok. I think the Gorillaz just got pushed back a notch for the Best Fake Band contest with Spinal Tap being first, of course. The album is really about one thing in my opinion; make the most heavy, dark, violent and funny metal music possible, all of which it accomplishes very well. Here's a rundown of the songs: 01. Mermaider - incredibly heavy and dark, but it has actual lyrics, a new intro and a much better structure this time around. Not my favorite, but it's really good. 02. Go Into The Water - my second favorite on the album, this song now that it's gone through the studio sounds so much crafted than just the cartoon's version. With a slightly different distortion and actual drums, this song is one you will not easily skip through to get to others. 03. Awaken (Mustakrakish) - sounds very similar to the original version, but it has a longer intro and has a riff-laden bridge that makes the song much more listenable than the original. Also, it has an incredible solo. I like it. 04. Bloodtricuted - a fairly short but completely new song that you won't even recognize from the cartoon. In my opinion it is so much better, that there is not even a comparison. It's a typical metal song with plenty of open notes, mini-solos, and sweep-picking. 05. Go Forth And Die - this is one of the only songs that sounds almost the same to the original version, but like all the songs on the album, it is just better engineered, and has a new bridge that enhances the song tenfold. Unfortunately, this isn't a song that I enjoy listening to, but it's a Dethklok classic. 06. Fansong - I like this song a bunch because images of the episode keeps me laughing while I read the lyrics. This is much better than the original, but this song, to me, feels more like a filler song than most others. Don't get me wrong, it's got an incredible drum track and guitar solo, but it just didn't stand out that much to me. 07. Better Metal Snake - a brand new song for the album, it is definitely great! At first it feels like a "Slayer" copycat, but that feeling is away about twenty seconds in and is replaced with a very dramatic sounding Brendan Small riff. It also has classic 80's hair vocals in some places and as soon as I heard that I started tearing up from nostalgia to back in the day. 08. The Lost Vikings - another new song, that I'm sure was created to pay homage to Skwisgar's and Toki's Nordic heritage. It is an original song in all respects, but it doesn't have anything all that dynamic about it. It's a good listen. 09. Thunderhorse - I don't know why, but I guess the familiararity with this song and hearing it remastered and revamped made me so excited! It is a bit different, but in the best way possible! The lead guitar gets more emphasis, some drum parts and fills that weren't there before certainly add a new dynamic, and the way the song comes to a close makes you want to hit the "<<" button. This is my favorite song on the album, and surely a metal classic in the days to come. 10. Breifcase Full Of Guts - this time around, we have lyrics and mini-solos all over the place and a new section that turns this song into a beast of a metal song! This song and "Castratikron" are the most "headbang-y" (like my new word) of the album. 11. Birthday Dethday - this song is a whole lot of everything! Fast guitar, heavy riffs, and solos. But then this song was dedicated to Murderface so it has no choice but to melt your face with crazy, insane metal. The point I'm trying to get to, is that banging your head along to this song, you will snap your neck. Very Slayer-esque mini-solo that I love, and has a goofy ending. 12. Hatredcoptor - I love this song so much! It has a Randy Rhoads feel at times, which I was very impressed with. The only thing I don't like is the occasional Machine-gun snare thingy. It bothers me, but when the bridge/solo comes around, it really makes you wish this song was on GH3. I'll catch myself air-guitaring to this in the car on the way to work and that is why this is a great song. 13. Castratikron - this song is not a new one, it's from the "Girlfriendklok" episode. When I first heard the song on the cartoon, I tried everywhere to find this song on the internet but it wasn't anywhere. I am so glad that it's here in all of it's brutal and riff-laden glory. Like I said before, this song is perfect for headbanging and rocking out, so if you get the album, do it. It's amazing. 14. Face Fisted - an incredibly funny, violent and brutal song, I think that this song personifies what the entire album was trying to achieve. It could actually pass for a serious metal song and should definitely get radio play at some point. But if it doesn't I won't be sad in the least because I bought the album! 15. Dethharmonic - the classic orchestrated intro to the metal anthem that really should be performed with a live orchestra sometime soon. The violin's were played by Emilie Autumn and she does a phenomenal job at helping create this metal beast and make this song the most powerful on the album. 16. Bonus Track - this is the theme song, and it is now a beast of a song that should definitely be a full-length song, but I can live with listening to it over and over again.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics were made for a comic effect for sure, and Right off the bat I'm going to say that if you don't like the Nathan Explosion growl, then you may have some trouble getting through the album. If you like to take your music seriously, then yes, it will disappoint. I want it to be clear that I love the comic quality of all the songs. But really, there is no way to pair any set of lyrics to most of the better made songs. Like Thunderhorse, for example. How can you put lyrics with something that can command with it's music alone? How could lyrics make that any better?
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I was completely impressed, and blown away with the amount of musicianship put into this Album. When I first heard about "Dethalbum" I thought of it as more of a novelty and I was just going to get it for the sake of saying "Yeah, I got it, haha, I'm a dork" without intent of listening to it all that much. But the CD hasn't left my car yet. I think what I am most impressed with more than the music or it's comical qualities, is the dedication of Brendan Small to this CD. He seriously could have put the songs on with fake drums and simple structures and not nearly the amount of solos, and the album would have sold just as well. But the use of actual drums, the many many layers of quality engineering and the lyricism (oddly enough) make this a great buy. I am not in the least disappointed, and am probably going to get the enhanced version very soon!