Arthur’s Hammer Smashed Faces: Dethklok – The Doomstar Requiem
I slept with you all and fed you like kings, and yet you treat me like a whore…..
In the 1600’s, a man by the name of Jacopo Peri created what is credited as the first Opera. Going by the title of “Dafne,” it is supposedly a very moving and beautiful performance, and I am sure it drove many people to copious amounts of coitus, but in my personal opinion, it is lacking in certain aspects that should be commonplace in all operas. What is missing, you ask? I will tell you. Mother…..fucking…..Dethklok.
You should all be familiar with Dethklok by now, so I won’t go through the trouble of describing that gloriousness. If by some chance you do not know who Dethklok is, I am very disappointed in you, and you have made terrible life choices. Brendon Small has given us 3 full length Dethklok albums since the inception of the show/band ( if you really do care for your own well-being, you should purchase those now along with a mop and bucket to clean up your melted face,) but with his fourth, he has given us something else entirely. The Doomstar Requiem is not a standard metal album, but a metal Opera, and it’s fucking amazing.
Rarely do I come across an album that completely engrosses me. The last one was Infestissumam by Ghost, and that happened by complete surprise. With Doomstar, I sort of knew what I was getting into, but didn’t fully understand. Taking myself out for a nice drive with my new operatic acquisition, it took literally 3 minutes for my eyes to roll back into my head and blood to start pouring from my ears. Such power is rarely to be used, but when it is, you better be ready. Clocking in at a little over an hour including the instrumental at the end, it is a pretty solid undertaking to listen to all at once. Should you be game though, you are in for a real treat.
The Doomstar Requiem essentially tells the tale of what happens when Dethkok is pushed to the brink, and needs to go through some drastic measures in order to save one of their band mates. If you watch the show, you should know that the band is generally a very hateful and selfish lot, yet when push comes to shove, they legitimately do care for each other. It’s akin to when you know you hate your family, but you would still do anything for them. It’s uncharacteristically charming of them, which is one of the major reasons that this album is amazing.
The album tells a tale of betrayal, redemption, and learning that you are capable of anything when you do things for those you care for. Once again, a bit uncharacteristic for a metal album, but it works so well. Not to spoil too much in terms of the story, but Toki gets kidnapped, and it’s up to the rest of the band to save him, and in the process, find out about the dreaded prophecy surrounding them. If ONLY there was a world ending prophecy tied to my life….you have no idea how happy I would be. Most people would hate that sort of responsibility, and I would too, but having that burden on myself would be a far better situation than having it on someone I care about. I don’t give a fuck what happens to me, but I will murder the fuck out of anyone that tries to sabotage the well-being of any of those I care for.
The Doomstar Requiem also takes us out of what we would consider “regular” Dethklok. You will only find a handful of actual brutal metal tracks, but what you will find is Brendon Small leaving his comfort zone and producing an album that is equal parts epically evil and surprisingly uplifting. I know most who would listen to this would not think that way, but when you really listen to it and comprehend it, you will find that I am more correct than you could imagine. Songs of realizing what you have lost, coming to terms with your own emotions, seeing yourself in a different light, and making the best effort you can possibly muster in order to do something more than just be a band. It really brings a layer of warmth to my frozen heart. I was a bit shocked when I first heard it because I was hoping for some new standard Dethklok, but I couldn’t have been more excited and jovial after actually listening to it. That is how good it is. Even if you were expecting one thing and get the near exact opposite, you can still enjoy it beyond what you originally thought.
The tracks are going to be very varied throughout the entire album. You’ll get the double base you know and love, and you will definitely get to hear Nathan Explosion spit dragon’s breath into the microphone, but you will also hear Toki sing clean….and that seriously blew my fucking mind. Since listening to the album, I have been dreaming of a Toki side project. There is something about that voice that just resonates with me.You also get to finally hear Toki’s audition for Dethklok, and I am telling you this in all honesty from the bottom of my heart, I have never in my life gotten such chills as when Toki and Skwisgaar first play together. You know when you meet someone and you know it was simply meant to be that you should cross paths? That feeling you get when things align so perfectly, and it fills your soul to the brim with happiness and contentment? That is what I felt when I first heard the meeting of Skwisgaar and Toki. You have no idea how hard it is to drive with just your boner because you are thrashing too hard.
Brendon Small has given me so many things to be thankful for. Between creating Home Movies, and Dethklok, the fact that he can create such beautiful music and bring up so many powerful emotions in my rotting husk of a body really makes me appreciate him even more. The Doomstar Requiem is hands down one of the best albums I have ever heard, and I genuinely need you all to check it out. I had been meaning to purchase it for quite a while, but never got around to it until very recently. I find myself very unfortunate that I didn’t pick it up earlier, but very fortunate that I eventually did, because I have been gifted with music that speaks to my soul, and truly makes me feel what most people would call “emotions.” I have never lied to any of you concerning what to check out, so why would I start now? Maybe I enjoy it so much because I am a massive Dethklok fan, but I can’t believe it is as simple as that. The album is just amazing from top to bottom, and I consider myself lucky to be able to even listen to it. GO out and buy it now. Don’t download it, because the disc comes with some amazing extra video features that you will not want to miss.
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