The Dethalbum

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The Dethalbum
Studio album by Dethklok
Released September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
Recorded Winter 2006–2007[1]
Genre Melodic death metal[2]
Length 52:23
Label Williams Street
Producer Ulrich Wild, Brendon Small
Dethklok chronology
The Dethalbum
(2007)
Adult Swim Presents: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on Tour with Dethklok
(2007)
Alternative cover
The deluxe edition cover of The Dethalbum.
Singles from The Dethalbum
  1. "Bloodrocuted"
    Released: September 25, 2007

The Dethalbum is the debut album by virtual band Dethklok, from American animated sitcom Metalocalypse. It was released on September 25, 2007. The album features full length songs from the TV series, as well as previously unreleased tracks. Antonio Canobbio contributed the artwork for the record.[3]

The deluxe edition of the album includes an additional disc that features seven bonus tracks, the video for "Bloodrocuted" and the first Metalocalypse episode of the second season. A vinyl LP was released with a bonus track in July 2008.

A tour band, using session metal musicians and headed by Brendon Small, was created to promote the album. Small also provided music videos that are remade specifically for concert performances, which were later released on a DVD included with the special edition of Dethalbum II.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 84%[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Cosmos Gaming favorable[6]
Crypt Magazine favorable[7]

The Dethalbum was released on September 25, 2007. The album was released both as a single CD and a two-disc deluxe edition. The deluxe edition of the album includes an additional disc that features seven bonus tracks, the video for "Bloodrocuted" and the first Metalocalypse episode of the second season. In July 2008, Williams Street began selling a limited edition vinyl version of The Dethalbum on their online store.[8] This version contains every song from the standard album, along with the "Gulf Danzig" remix of "Go into the Water."

The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 33,740 copies sold in its first week.[9][10] The Dethalbum was also streamed 45,000 times when it went live on AOL Music during the week of its release.[11] The album was the highest charting death metal album in the history of the Billboard 200, before Dethalbum II overtook it.[11][12]

A guitar transcription book of this album was released under Alfred Music Publishing, which included a DVD of Skwisgaar teaching the solo to "Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle" and Brendon Small teaching the "Deththeme".[13] Nine tracks from this album are included in the Dethklok bass tab anthology.[14]

Other appearances[edit]

"Hatredcopter" was released prior to the album's release on the European edition of the Saw III Soundtrack.[15] An earlier, shorter version of the song "Thunderhorse" is featured on Guitar Hero II.[16] The song "Murmaider" was used in the soundtrack for the video game Brütal Legend.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brendon Small, except where noted. Virtual writing credits attributed to Dethklok, except where noted. 

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Murmaider" (from "Dethwater")   3:24
2. "Go into the Water" (from "The Metalocalypse Has Begun")   4:20
3. "Awaken" (from "Dethtroll")   3:37
4. "Bloodrocuted" (mentioned in "Dethfam")   2:18
5. "Go Forth and Die" (from "Go Forth and Die")   4:22
6. "Fansong" (from "Mordland")   2:53
7. "Better Metal Snake"     3:27
8. "The Lost Vikings"     4:26
9. "Thunderhorse" (from "Dethwater")   2:46
10. "Briefcase Full of Guts" (from "Murdering Outside the Box")   2:44
11. "Birthday Dethday" (from "Birthdayface") Small, Tommy Blacha 2:48
12. "Hatredcopter" (Does not appear in Seasons 1 or 2, later appears in "RenovationKlok")   2:56
13. "Castratikron" (from "Girlfriendklok")   2:57
14. "Face Fisted" (Does not appear in Seasons 1 or 2, later appears in "TributeKlok")   4:17
15. "Dethharmonic" (from "Fatklok")   4:31
16. "Deththeme" (from every episode; hidden track) Small, Blacha 0:34
17. "Go into the Water" (Gulf Danzig Remix; vinyl edition bonus track)   4:20
Total length:
52:23
Deluxe Edition bonus disc
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle" (from "The Curse of Dethklok") Small, Blacha 1:15
2. "Blood Ocean" (from "Dethstars")   2:50
3. "Murdertrain a Comin'" (from "Bluesklok")   3:33
4. "Pickles Intro"     0:34
5. "Kill You" (Snakes n' Barrels cover; virtual writing credits: Pickles, Snizzy Snazz Bullets, Tony Thunderbottom, Sammy Twinskins)   3:41
6. "Hatredy" (from "Dethkomedy")   4:17
7. "Dethklok Gets in Tune"     3:27
  • The iTunes deluxe version includes all songs from The Dethalbum and the "Bloodrocuted" video, but only three of the seven bonus tracks: "Blood Ocean", "Murdertrain a Comin'", and "Hatredy".

Personnel[edit]

Virtual personnel from Metalocalypse[edit]

Dethklok[edit]

  • Dick "Magic Ears" Knubblerproduction, engineering, mixing
  • Charles Foster Offdensen – Legal council, management, CFO
  • All songs recorded at Mordhaus Studios, except "Murmaider" and "Go into the Water" that were recorded miles below the earth's surface in the Dethsub studio deep within the Mariana Trench, and "Better Metal Snake", "The Lost Vikings", and "Thunderhorse", AKA "The Viking Trilogy", recovered from sessions deleted by Nathan Explosion.

Actual personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ulrich Wild – production, engineering (at Bombshelter Studios in Los Angeles), mixing (at Noize in the Attic)
  • Raider – assistant mixing
  • Ryan Page – line production
  • Mike Gerlach – assistant engineering
  • Tom Baker – mastering (at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles)
  • Antonio Canobbio – album artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strapping Young Lad's Gene Hoglan Laying Down Tracks For Dethklok Album". Blabbermouth.net. December 23, 2006. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Dethalbum Review | Dethklok | Compact Discs | Reviews @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ teamcanobbio. "Antonio Canobbio". Teamcanobbio.blogspot.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dethklok - The Dethalbum - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. September 25, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Heather Phares (September 25, 2007). "The Dethalbum - Album Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "(:)- Metalocalypse- Dethklok Review". Cosmos Gaming. December 19, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "sex. horror. rocknroll". Crypt Magazine. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Dethalbum on Vinyl - Williams Street Shop". Williamsstreet.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Review of the ''Dethalbum'' in Stylus magazine". Stylusmagazine.com. October 15, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Hasty, Katie (October 3, 2007). "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week". Billboard.com. 
  11. ^ a b "Dethalbum Debuts At #21 On Billboard Top 200". Sick Drummer. October 9, 2007. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Dethklok, Chimaira To Join Forces For U.S. Tour?". Blabbermouth.net. April 8, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Alfred Music Publishing | Dethklok: The Dethalbum - Dethklok | Book; DVD". Alfred.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dethklok: 'Bass Anthology' Released By Alfred Music Publishing". Blabbermouth.net. January 12, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Saw III: Various, Charlie Clouser: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ "'Guitar Hero II' Unlockable Bonus Tracks Announced". Blabbermouth.net. October 25, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ "BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, MÖTLEY CRÜE Featured On 'Brütal Legend' Soundtrack". Blabbermouth.net. August 9, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 

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