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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.

Standout tracks: THE CYBORG SLAYERS, MURMAIDER II: THE WATER GOD, BURN THE EARTH. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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