Dethalbum II [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan proved their animated death metal band Dethklok had the chops to rock out like a living, breathing group on The Dethalbum. Dethklok's debut sold over 300,000 copies; those numbers aren't reached just because people think the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse is funny. On Dethalbum II, Small and Hoglan make Dethklok sound more like a real band than ever before -- for better and worse. Without a doubt, these songs rock hard. The production is tighter and the attack is even heavier than it was on the first album, but surprisingly, that ends up being a slight weakness rather than a strength. What made The Dethalbum special was that the songs were...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan proved their animated death metal band Dethklok had the chops to rock out like a living, breathing group on The Dethalbum. Dethklok's debut sold over 300,000 copies; those numbers aren't reached just because people think the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse is funny. On Dethalbum II, Small and Hoglan make Dethklok sound more like a real band than ever before -- for better and worse. Without a doubt, these songs rock hard. The production is tighter and the attack is even heavier than it was on the first album, but surprisingly, that ends up being a slight weakness rather than a strength. What made The Dethalbum special was that the songs were funny, but not jokey; tried and true metal fans could appreciate the humor that was mixed into the heaviness, while the wit drew in metal neophytes. But on Dethalbum II, Small and Hoglan have gotten so good at lovingly embodying metal clichés that the songs aren't as overtly funny or catchy as they were on the first album. Some tracks are almost indistinguishable from music by a genuine death metal band (to casual listeners, anyway): "Burn the Earth" grinds ruthlessly and "The Gears" boasts an insanely overwrought solo that sounds like it requires 20 fingers to play, yet they're missing a certain something that made songs like "Thunderhorse" so brilliant. While the rest of Dethalbum II never quite reaches those heights, Dethklok regain their balance of humor and chops eventually. "Black Fire Upon Us," which graced the Metalocalypse season two finale with its incendiary majesty, has a swinging beat and guitar harmonics that make it a welcome change of pace from most of the album's dense, knotty sound. "Comet Song" is taut, with lyrics ("You'll be killed at the speed of light") that show Dethklok's sense of humor is very much alive. Two songs that didn't appear on the show are also among the highlights: "The Cyborg Slayers" is aptly menacing and mechanical, with a chorus of robotic vocals that overtakes the song, while "Murmaider II: The Water God" nods to the first album's water trilogy with epic evil. With Dethalbum II, it feels like Small and Hoglan are courting metal fans first -- and with several successful tours under Dethklok's animated belts, they certainly have the support to do that. Even if this album has a slightly more selective appeal, die-hard metal and Metalocalypse fans will still gladly sign pain waivers to hear it. [A Deluxe Edition was released with a bonus DVD of music videos from Dethklok's "live" tours.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Williams Street
  • UPC: 838446000922
  • Catalog Number: 60009
  • Sales rank: 31,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bloodliness (3:30)
  2. 2 The Gears (4:21)
  3. 3 Burn the Earth (3:59)
  4. 4 Laser Cannon Deth Sentence (4:35)
  5. 5 Black Fire Upon Us (5:40)
  6. 6 Dethsupport (2:42)
  7. 7 The Cyborg Slayers (4:16)
  8. 8 I Tamper with the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin (4:30)
  9. 9 Murmaider II: The Water God (5:43)
  10. 10 Comet Song (3:48)
  11. 11 Symmetry (4:31)
  12. 12 Volcano (4:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Deththeme
  2. 2 Briefcase Full of Guts
  3. 3 Birthday Dethday
  4. 4 Awaken
  5. 5 Bloodrocuted
  6. 6 Brendon Small
  7. 7 Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle
  8. 8 Dethharmonic
  9. 9 Castratikron
  10. 10 Go Forth & Die
  11. 11 Hatredcopter
  12. 12 Murmaider
  13. 13 Thunderhorse
  14. 14 Go into the Water
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dethklok Primary Artist
Bryan Beller Bass
Gene Hoglan Percussion, Drums
Brendon Small Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Pickles "the Drummer" Drums, Background Vocals
William Murderface Bass
Skwisgaar Skwigell Keyboards
Nathan Explosion Vocals
Technical Credits
Ulrich Wild Producer, Engineer
Brendon Small Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Dethklok Producer
Dick 'Magic Ears' Kubbler Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The World just got a little bit more metal...

    Okay, if you like metal go buy this. It's like the best album of the year.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    More Brutal, More Consistant

    I for one am pleased that the sequel to the best-selling death metal album in history did not go for a more mainstream sound, but instead went in the other direction. It's still melodic-death/thrash at its core, but this time around there are more hard-hitting riffs and less slower-tempo tracks (with maybe the exception of Black Fire Upon Us). If anything, the guitar work and composition has gotten better, and the album as a whole is more fluid in its transitions than the previous release. Like the previous Dethalbum, certain tracks--such as "Bloodlines" and "Burn the Earth"--just stand out for their exceptional greatness, but I also think I like the album as a whole a more than I did the first release. The Deluxe Edition has a very nice disc full of videos from the 2008 live show, and at the current price it's an incredible deal. If there was one thing I was sad about not seeing on this release, it was the "Takin' it Easy" song by William Murderface and Toki Wartooth. I was hoping, at least maybe on the Deluxe Edition extras, to get a full-length version of this great, idiotic song. That's really a minor complaint. Fans will love this album, and other metal fans might enjoy this particular album more for its technical excellence and composition.

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    Posted November 23, 2009

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