By: Christopher Mak
What's more metal than the necronomicon, Finnish lake trolls, Cthulhu, and Norway? Trick question. Nothing! Conjured into cable television existence, by the musically talented and humorously powerful Brendon Small, who you may remember from the underappreciated cartoon series Home Movies, Metalocalypse circles around the world's most brutal metal band, Dethklok.
You may think, “Hey, what makes this television band different from, say, The Monkees?” Well, with their full length debut, “The Dethalbum,” the fictitious anti-hero black metal band, Dethklok, manages to pull together a substantial album chock-full with ironically ironic bloody blood baths. Featuring lead singer Nathan Explosion, Scandinavian guitarists Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth, Wisconsonian drummer Pickles, and the token anti-social bassist William “Murderface” Murderface, Dethklok is kind of like the Partridge Family living in the post-apocalyptic, swords and sorcery world of Thundarr the Barbarian.
Although the band may be animated their album is fleshed out with the help of Metalocalypse writer Brendon Small, and heavy metal legends Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad, Cannibal Corpse's George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, and Mercyful Fate's King Diamond. This album would certainly appease any hardcore metal head searching for the perfect blast beat. Even the casual listener, seeking to add a bit of irony to their album collection, would find songs like “Hatredcopter,” “Face Fisted” and “Murmaider” equally brutal if not hilarious.
For those of you on the fence about this album, check out the show on “Adult Swim.” Although screaming guitar solos and double kick drums may not be your forte, who can deny heavy metal clichá©s like dreadlock skullets and a motorcycle called the Murdercycle?
With the album being issued earlier this fall, in conjunction with the first season of Metalocalypse on DVD, the release could not have come at a better time, Halloween! With ghouls, witches, ring wraiths, and wizards soon to be abound, “The Dethalbum” is the perfect way to add a little sludge and sorcery to this year's quest for candy!