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Brendon Small Embarks on a Space-Rock Odyssey in 'Galaktikon'

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 19:04

Galaktikon

Galaktikon

Brendon Small

Galaktikon

(Self-released)

Grade: B

Galaktikon is the kind of album that feels so large it could easily fill an arena with an accompanying laser light show. Maybe a planetarium would be a better venue for the galactic sound, as it is space-themed. Oddly enough, it fills a space-rock hole in my heart I never knew I had. Brendon Small is clearly on to something.

The entire album is equally ridiculous and entertaining. Small obviously had plenty of time to play with these tracks and mold them into what he wanted them to be. Each track transitions perfectly into the next.

Small paints scene after scene that are wonderfully rewarding. An obvious concept album, it might seem as if Galaktikon follows a hero through some sort of legendary quest, but Small has the last laugh. The story actually follows a protagonist through an intergalactic divorce.

Heartbreak and divorce fuel “Beastblade” and “Dangertits.” Also, the song titles are a bit, uh, unconventional to say the least. That doesn’t stop them from having sick guitar solos and insane drumming.

It should come as no surprise as the musicians backing Small on Galaktikon also work with him on Dethklok.

In “Prophecy of the Lazer Witch,” the album’s main character visits an oracle of sorts that hauntingly tells the lead character to move forward. Small repeats her words, “It’s got nothing to do with you wasting your time/Forget what you know and just take my advice.”

“On My Way” closes out this journey by showcasing Small’s talented voice. As with any of Smalls’ projects you expect something visual to accompany the music, but it never hurts to have a little imagination.

 

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