I am sitting here jamming Metalocalypse : Dethklok Dethalbum III again, a few weeks after it’s release and one day before I get to go witness the magic that is Metalocalypse/Dethklok live for the first time. To say I am pumped to hear this new material live is an understatement. I’m like a 6-year-old on Christmas Eve!
At first, it was hard for me to take this “animated” band seriously; however, after listening to the first Dethalbum years back, I was sold. Brendan Small, the creative director for the spoof animated series, is a musical genius. His guitar playing is nothing short of phenomenal, and he is supported by extremely talented musicians in Gene Hoglan on drums and Bryan Beller on bass.
This album burns, shreds, rips, tears, and even has a melodic feel to it at times. The entire thing is awesome to listen to from beginning to end; 12 songs of face-shredding metal for your listening pleasure!
The opener, “I Ejaculate Fire,” is the first single, and was actually released awhile back. The grooved brutality in this song is nothing short of spectacular. Hoglan‘s double bass work is flawless here and throughout the entire album. The actual chorus is catchy and will get stuck in your head. “Crush the Industry” is another straight-to-the-jugular tune, and one of my favorites on the album. It has everything you could ever ask for in an epic metal tune: break-neck double bass kicks, a great guitar solo, and even some melody. The production on this album is also nothing short of spectacular, and the mix is awesome – nothing is buried. Small‘s vocals are understandable, and the guitar tones are immaculate.
“Andromed”a is another epic death metal tune, and the guitar solo shreds! I can almost feel a bit of a Six Feet Under influence here. “The Galaxy” actually makes you feel like you’re teleporting through space with blast beats in your head. The arrangement is cool as hell, and the song builds and crescendos into epic proportions. “Biological Warfare” and “Killstardo Abominate” are head crushers; “Starved” actually has a djent/Meshuggah feel to it; “Ghostqueen” packs a stripped-down, groove-oriented feel; and “Impeach God” is a fret-burner!
Brendan Small has elevated what he started as a spoof, metal-based cartoon to a serious death metal act.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is out now on Williams Street Records
Rating: 5/5 stars