Archive for Dethklok

Deals & Steals: More Cowbell Edition

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2013 by Lightning Slim

jesu_lifeline  Lots of awesome junk in the pipeline these days..this order came from Second Spin, and the prices are in $US.

First off, it’s a bit of a before/after shot featuring Justin Broadrick:

Fall of Because – Life Is Easy $5.97. Ugly, messy and extremely vibrant pre-Godflesh (even earlier than Head of David) recordings from many of the guilty parties. This was a re-release, not that it matters because the recordings are so raw.

Jesu – Lifeline $4.49. Now in the post-Godflesh stage of life, Broadrick creates dream-pop, light ambient soundscapes. This EP features Jarboe on vocals.

Metalocalypse – Season 4 $15.99. Hard to find up in the Great White North, it’s always good to spend a little time with Dethklok.

Portal 2 – Songs to Test By $6.50. This four disc (!) set contains every piece of instrumental music in both Portal video games. I mainly bought it for the GLADOS-voiced theme songs, and I still wish they had made some room for a bit of in-game dialogue.

Psyclon Nine – We the Fallen $2.98 and INRI $3.48. Blasphemous electro-industrial with a hint of dark ambient.

Cubanate – Cyberia $4.47 and Antimatter $2.00. Coming at you from the soundtrack to every driving game from the 90’s. Guilty pleasure.

Finally, we have a massive back catalogue slab from stoner rock legends:

 

Fu-Manchu-California-Crossing-300x300  Fu Manchu – California Crossing $2.99, King of the Road $7.99, In Search Of… $5.49. Start the Machine $9.99. So much cowbell it’s like I’m building a dude ranch.

 

Album Review – Dethklok “Dethalbum III” 2012

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , on November 28, 2012 by Lightning Slim

  In online discussions about Metalocalypse I’m always troubled by the number of folks who claim no interest in the show, but call themselves Dethklok fans.* I disagree; in fact I think the exact opposite: I’m a Dethklok fan only insofar as I’m a Metalocalypse fan. I don’t really judge the music against other metal bands because a) it’s a satire and b) the band doesn’t actually exist. For me, the albums are good when they serve the needs of the show, and that’s the reason I loved the hilarious excess of Dethalbum while the sequel left me cold. Fake bands shouldn’t make real records, no matter how skilled the masterminds might be, lest it ruin the joke.

Dethalbum III splits the difference, producing ridiculous treats “I Ejaculate Fire” and “Crush the Industry” alongside “real” Dethklok tunes “Skyhunter” and “Rejoin”. Nathan Explosion is back to sounding like himself (a bone I had to pick with the second effort) and still lyrically obsessed with Deth, gore, and his fear of female genitalia. Production and musicianship are as solid as ever.

I’m sort of pissing into the wind here anyway; if you have any connection to Metalocalypse you’ve heard this record already. It’s good when it’s good, and better when it’s not afraid to be as dumb as its own premise. 7 out of 10

* Same dudes call Arch Enemy “derivative and generic”. Putting that assessment aside for now, am I alone in thinking that Dethklok’s guitar sound is heavily based on AE? Besides, Skwisgaar and Toki are the Amott brothers, no doubt about that.

TV Review – Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: Season One

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by Lightning Slim

  Stop me if you’re heard this one: a group of teenagers fight to protect their highschool from supernatural forces in a town that seems to be the epicentre of evil. Their best chance (and greatest weakness) lie within their leader, a reluctant Chosen One.

No? How about a bunch of misanthropic  and moronic metal musicians battling a secret cabal of shadowy hooded figures. The so-called heroes are embroiled in a conspiracy beyond their understanding that usually ends in gory death for anyone who crosses their path?

That’s right. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is basically what you’d get if Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Metalocalypse had a low-budget baby. There’s also a bit of Kids in the Hall and Wayne’s World thrown into the mix of this Canadian production, but Todd and Curtis skew towards a more realistic depiction of the realities of teenage metaldom, i.e. they are horny, stoned, repugnant oafs. They don’t discuss how to “Party On”, they projectile vomit and crash cars like they’re auditioning for the next FUBAR movie. Imagine an episode of Degrassi shot for the Japanese grindhouse market, complete with Jason Mewes in a bit part just to complete the synchronicity. 

This show has a lot going for it, in particular the talent of its cast, who are often called upon to remain straight-faced amid a flurry of monstrous demon penises and gobbets of disemboweled schoolmates. It also has a neat, self-contained mythology requiring no playbook. Todd‘s house is built in the geek clique style, but from the bricks of ordinary narrative. Todd and his friends are looking for the Book. The Book is evil. That’s all you need to know, and along the way you can appreciate a cribbed snippet of Raimi, Romero or Scott Pilgrim without the sense that there will be some sort of quiz later. It’s cheeky, hilarious and compelling; I watched a holiday marathon of all 13 episodes and never got bored.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading this space, or any of the grab-bag of influences mentioned above.

Album Review – Dethklok “The Dethalbum II” 2009

Posted in Album Reviews, FourFiveSix with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2009 by Lightning Slim

  Maybe there’s another language containing a word which encapsulates the notion of a parody/satire that becomes mired in the conventions of its own target. The first Dethalbum worked because it was both good metal music performed ably in an amusing scattershot of genres,  and also screamingly funny in ways parodic, nihilistic, violent and absurd. Now, on the eve of a third season of (longer) television episodes that I fear will spread the joke a bit thin, the minds behind Metalocalypse drop the musical sequel.

Of 12 tracks, only about four sound like Dethklok to me. Brendon Small’s Nathan Explosion voice is strained and hoarse, coughing up unfortunately serious-sounding lyrics written as an afterthought to thumbnail sketches. Some of these ideas were knockout punches when used as punctuation for the second-season episodes, but lack a bit of zazz as full-length songs here. Full marks for “Laser Cannon Deth Sentence”, which will be my buddy Bone’s ringtone for the next year or so, but it’s miles above the rest. The difference between “Murmaider” and “Murmaider II” can be compared to, well…remember “The Unforgiven”?

I always thought the best thing about Dethklok was that they performed in ways which satirized the eccentricities of metal culture while still making no apologies for those aspects which make it invigorating and fun, a post-millennial Spinal Tap for those already down the rabbit-hole.  I reserve judgement on the third season of the television show, but The Dethalbum II is a lukewarm cash-grab. If the trend continues, my future grandchildren will thank me for holding off on that Gears of the Klok tattoo. 4 out of 10

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