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5148MYvDWnL. SL160 In 2007 the metal world was knocked on it's ass when Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, and Pickles (collectively known as Dethklok hit the scene with the DETHALBUM. Yes, the cartoon band from Adult Swim's METALOCALYPSE became legit rock stars when their debut hit #21 on the Billboard chart, becoming the highest-charting Death Metal album of all-time. Behind the curtain was series creator Brendon Small and Drummer Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel).
Last year, the band returned with a second DETHALBUM to further expand the legendary scope of the "World's Seventh Largest Economy." Having missed the second season of the show, I can only judge this one by the music alone and not how it ties into the televised exploits. That said, DETHALBUM II can hold it's own against nearly any of the black metal/death metal/tech metal that METALOCOLYPSE once set out to parody. I'd be surprised if it didn't outsell the first.


Rating: 4/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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