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BUCKETHEAD, born Brian Patrick CARROLL on May 13, 1969, is a highly eclectic guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, known for his eccentricities, such as literally wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head.

With over 150 studio albums, Buckethead has collaborated with dozens of other artists, including Les CLAYPOOL and film actor Viggo MORTENSEN. In addition, he has composed and performed music for a number of major motion pictures, including Saw II, Mortal Kombat, and Beverly Hills Ninja.

This expansive curriculum vitae has earned BUCKETHEAD a place on various lists of distinguished guitarists, including Guitar World's 25 All-Time Weirdest Guitarists.

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Electric TearsElectric Tears
Metastation 2002
Audio CD$11.97
$7.40 (used)
Population Override (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition)Population Override (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition)
Ion Records
Vinyl$36.99
Population OverridePopulation Override
ION 2004
Audio CD$18.99
$73.15 (used)
ColmaColma
CyberOctave 1998
Audio CD$10.46
$9.27 (used)
Pepper's GhostPepper's Ghost
Buckethead 2007
Audio CD$24.99
Electric SeaElectric Sea
Metastation 2012
Audio CD$11.47
$11.46 (used)
Monsters and RobotsMonsters and Robots
Cyber Octave 1999
Audio CD$8.50
$5.57 (used)
Bucketheadland 2Bucketheadland 2
ION RECORDS 2003
Audio CD$39.39
$33.98 (used)
Acoustic ShardsAcoustic Shards
Single
AVABELLA 2007
Audio CD$7.03
$7.02 (used)
KaleidoscalpKaleidoscalp
TZADIK RECORDS 2005
Audio CD$8.99
$11.72 (used)
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BUCKETHEAD discography


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BUCKETHEAD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.17 | 11 ratings
Bucketheadland
1992
4.08 | 19 ratings
Giant Robot
1994
3.17 | 10 ratings
The Day of the Robot
1996
4.14 | 29 ratings
Colma
1998
4.29 | 18 ratings
Monsters and Robots
1999
3.82 | 9 ratings
Some Where Over The Slaughterhouse
2001
3.14 | 9 ratings
Funnel Weaver
2002
3.69 | 10 ratings
Bermuda Triangle
2002
4.05 | 22 ratings
Electric Tears
2002
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pandemoniumfromamerica (with Viggo Mortensen)
2003
3.90 | 11 ratings
Bucketheadland 2
2003
3.85 | 8 ratings
Island of Lost Minds
2004
4.21 | 19 ratings
Population Override
2004
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
2004
1.05 | 2 ratings
Intelligence Failure (with Viggo Mortensen)
2005
4.07 | 11 ratings
Enter the Chicken
2005
3.87 | 9 ratings
Kaleidoscalp
2005
3.77 | 7 ratings
Inbred Mountain
2005
3.90 | 2 ratings
Chicken Noodles (with Travis Dickerson)
2006
3.92 | 7 ratings
The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock
2006
4.24 | 15 ratings
Crime Slunk Scene
2006
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pho' hu'ynh Hie^p 1 / Kevin's Noodle House
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Chicken Noodles II (with Travis Dickerson)
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
In Search Of The
2007
3.12 | 7 ratings
Pepper's Ghost
2007
3.82 | 9 ratings
Acoustic Shards
2007
2.11 | 8 ratings
Bucketheadland Blueprints
2007
3.22 | 8 ratings
Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot
2007
2.89 | 9 ratings
Cyborg Slunks
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Dragons Of Eden (with Travis Dickerson and Brain)
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
From The Coop
2008
3.19 | 8 ratings
Albino Slug
2008
3.00 | 4 ratings
Slaughterhouse On The Prairie
2009
3.83 | 17 ratings
A Real Diamond in the Rough
2009
3.86 | 2 ratings
Forensic Follies
2009
3.95 | 3 ratings
Needle In A Slunk Stack
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain)
2010
3.33 | 11 ratings
Shadows Between the Sky
2010
2.04 | 5 ratings
Spinal Clock
2010
3.11 | 8 ratings
Captain Eo's Voyage
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson)
2010
2.90 | 11 ratings
Look Up There
2011
2.38 | 6 ratings
Underground Chamber
2011
3.88 | 6 ratings
3 Foot Clearance
2011
3.96 | 6 ratings
Empty Space
2011
3.54 | 9 ratings
It's Alive
2011
3.87 | 4 ratings
Balloon Cement
2012
3.04 | 5 ratings
March of the Slunks
2012
3.00 | 8 ratings
Racks
2012
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Silent Picture Book
2012
3.51 | 20 ratings
Electric Sea
2012
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Shores of Molokai
2012
1.17 | 4 ratings
Pearsons Square
2013
4.68 | 6 ratings
Slug Cartilage
2013
3.08 | 5 ratings
The Pit
2013
2.13 | 5 ratings
Thank you Ohlinger's
2013
2.21 | 5 ratings
Worms for the Garden
2013
2.00 | 4 ratings
Pancake Heater
2013
3.04 | 6 ratings
Twisterlend
2013
1.44 | 6 ratings
Rise of the Blue Lotus
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Hollowed Out
2013
3.04 | 5 ratings
It Smells Like Frogs
2013
3.00 | 4 ratings
Coat of Charms
2013
3.83 | 4 ratings
Pike 14
2013
3.72 | 6 ratings
Pumpkin
2013
2.91 | 4 ratings
Feathers
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Splatters
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Mannequin Cemetery
2013
3.88 | 5 ratings
Halls Of Dimension
2013
3.87 | 4 ratings
Spiral Trackway (Pike 21)
2013
3.04 | 4 ratings
Forgotten Library
2013
2.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 16 - The Boiling Pond
2013
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 23 - Telescape
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 34 - Pikes
2013
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 40 - Coat Of Arms
2013
1.10 | 2 ratings
Pike 41 - Wishes
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Sphere Facade (Pike 22)
2013
2.91 | 4 ratings
Thaw (Pike 20)
2013
2.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 18
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 15
2013
4.03 | 8 ratings
Pike 13
2013
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Spirit Winds
2013
4.73 | 7 ratings
Teeter Slaughter
2013
3.92 | 5 ratings
Night Gallery
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 92 - The Splatterhorn
2014
3.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 94 - Magic Lantern
2014
2.96 | 5 ratings
Outpost
2014
1.18 | 3 ratings
Celery
2014
2.91 | 4 ratings
Snow Slug
2014
2.13 | 4 ratings
Leave The Light On
2014
4.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 75 - Twilight Constrictor
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 76
2014
3.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 77 - Bumbyride Dreamlands
2014
5.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 81 - Carnival Of Cartilage
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 82 - Calamity Cabin
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 83 - Dreamless Slumber
2014
2.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 84 - Whirlpool
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 85 - Walk In Loset
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 86 - Our Selves
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
PIKE 87 - INTERSTELLAR SLUNK
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
PIKE 88 - RED PEPPER RESTAURANT
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Pike 91
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Pike 98 - Pilot
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 99 - Polar Trench
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 100 - The Mighty Microscope
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 101 - In The Hollow Hills
2014
3.70 | 4 ratings
Outlined For Citacis
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cycle
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
City Of Ferris Wheels
2014
2.28 | 6 ratings
Claymation Courtyard
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Hide In The Pickling Jar
2014
3.75 | 5 ratings
The Miskatonic Scale
2014
2.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 73 - Final Blend Of The Labyrinth
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 72 - Closed Attractions
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
Pike 74 - Infinity Hill
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Propellar
2014
3.86 | 3 ratings
Assignment 033-03
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
42
2014
2.96 | 5 ratings
Citacis
2014
3.05 | 5 ratings
Listen For The Whisper
2014
2.91 | 4 ratings
The Time Travelers Dream
2014
1.30 | 4 ratings
Pitch Dark
2014
3.17 | 5 ratings
The Frankensteins Monsters Blinds
2014
3.96 | 7 ratings
Passageways
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 69
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Mighty Microscope
2014
1.23 | 3 ratings
Pike 78
2014
1.74 | 8 ratings
Rainy Days
2014
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Coats of Claude
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
Roller Coaster Track Repair
2014
3.92 | 6 ratings
Triple Stamp a Double Stamp
2014
2.67 | 3 ratings
Wishes
2014
3.55 | 10 ratings
Hold Me Forever In Memory of My Mom Nancy York Carroll
2014
2.91 | 3 ratings
Grand Gallery
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Coaster Coat
2014
3.82 | 3 ratings
Geppetos Trunk
2014
3.82 | 3 ratings
Abandoned Slaughterhouse
2014
3.78 | 4 ratings
Ydrapoej
2014
3.15 | 7 ratings
Monument Valley
2014
3.77 | 3 ratings
Cutout Animatronic
2014
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Boiling Pond
2014
4.71 | 5 ratings
Factory
2014
1.52 | 6 ratings
Footsteps
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
43
2014
3.90 | 2 ratings
Yarn
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Backwards Chimney
2014
2.22 | 4 ratings
Northern Lights
2014
2.95 | 2 ratings
Aquarium
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
Last Call for the E.P. Ripley
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Nautical Nightmares
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Blank Bot
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Scream Sundae
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Kareem's Footprint
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Carrotcature
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Popcorn Shells
2015
2.96 | 4 ratings
Invisable Forest
2015
2.05 | 2 ratings
Chickencoopscope
2015
3.23 | 7 ratings
Heaven is your Home (For my Father, Thomas Manley Carroll)
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Fog Gardens
2015
2.05 | 2 ratings
Carnival Cutouts
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Whisper Track
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Cellar Yawns
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Ancient Lens
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Herbie Climbs a Tree
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Upside Down Skyway
2015
4.31 | 4 ratings
Twisted Branches
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Half Circle Bridge
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Land of Miniatures
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Bats in the Lite Brite
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Four Forms
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Blue Tide
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Ghoul
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Orange Tree
2015
1.10 | 2 ratings
Region
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Shapeless
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ognarader
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
The Windowsill
2015
1.46 | 5 ratings
Washed Away
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
A Ghost Took My Homework
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Crest of the Hill
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
The Blob
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Last House on Slunk Street
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Quilted
2015
2.90 | 2 ratings
Visitor From The Mirror
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
30 Days Til Halloween: Swollen Glasses
2015
3.86 | 3 ratings
29 Days Til Halloween: Blurmwood
2015
3.86 | 2 ratings
28 Days Til Halloween: The Insides of the Outsides
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
27 Days Til Halloween: Cavern Guide
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
26 Days Til Halloween: Bogwitch
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
25 Days Til Halloween: Window Fragment
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
24 Days Til Halloween: Screaming Scalp
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
23 Days Til Halloween: Wax
2015
3.86 | 2 ratings
22 Days Til Halloween: I Got This Costume From The Sears Catalog
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
21 Days Til Halloween: Cement Decay
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
20 Days Til Halloween: Forgotten Experiment
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
19 Days Til Halloween: Light in Window
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
18 Days Til Halloween: Blue Squared
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
17 Days Til Halloween: 1079
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
16 Days Til Halloween: Cellar
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
15 Days Til Halloween: Grotesques
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
14 Days Til Halloween: Voice From The Dead Forest
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
13 Days Til Halloween: Maple Syrup
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
12 Days Til Halloween: Face Sling Shot
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
11 Days Til Halloween: Reflection
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
10 Days Til Halloween: Residue
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
9 Days Til Halloween: Eye on Spiral
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
8 Days Til Halloween: Flare Up
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
7 Days Til Halloween: Cavernous
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
6 Days Til Halloween: Underlair
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
5 Days Til Halloween: Scrapbook Front
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
4 Days Til Halloween: Silent Photo
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
3 Days Til Halloween: Crow Hedge
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
2 Days Til Halloween: Cold Frost
2015
3.91 | 3 ratings
Happy Halloween: Silver Shamrock
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
365 Days Til Halloween: Smash
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Wishing Brook
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Rooms of Illusions
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Sunken Parlor
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Screen Door
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Hornet
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Crumple
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Trace Candle
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Teflecter
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Wheels of Ferris
2015
3.38 | 4 ratings
Pike Doors
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Old Toys
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Rain Drops on Christmas
2015
2.25 | 5 ratings
Sideway Streets
2015
3.92 | 5 ratings
Herbie Theatre
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Wall to Wall Cobwebs
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Squid Ink Lodge
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Moltrail
2015
3.00 | 4 ratings
Forest of Bamboo
2015
2.05 | 3 ratings
Weird Glows Gleam
2015
2.83 | 4 ratings
Collect Itself
2015
1.50 | 5 ratings
The Left Panel
2015
2.95 | 3 ratings
Night Of The Snowmole
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Glow In The Dark
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Infinity Of The Spheres
2015
3.15 | 8 ratings
Project Little Man
2015
3.74 | 4 ratings
Marble Monsters
2015
2.87 | 4 ratings
Vacuum
2015
2.19 | 8 ratings
Along the River Bank
2015
2.04 | 5 ratings
Tourist
2015
2.00 | 3 ratings
Creaky Doors and Creaky Floors
2015
2.05 | 3 ratings
Elevator
2015
2.91 | 4 ratings
Louzenger
2015
2.17 | 5 ratings
Shaded Ray
2015
2.91 | 9 ratings
The Other Side of the Dark
2015
2.87 | 4 ratings
Scroll of Vegetable
2015
2.86 | 3 ratings
Firebolt
2015
2.09 | 4 ratings
Solar Sailcraft
2015
2.00 | 4 ratings
Hideous Phantasm
2015
2.91 | 3 ratings
Giant Claw
2015
1.95 | 3 ratings
Observation
2015
2.00 | 3 ratings
Hats and Glasses
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Tucked Into Dreams
2015
1.35 | 4 ratings
Forever Lake
2015
3.17 | 5 ratings
Down in the Bayou Part Two
2015
4.04 | 5 ratings
Down the Bayou Part One
2015
2.04 | 5 ratings
Chamber of Drawers
2015
3.68 | 6 ratings
Rotten Candy Cane
2015
2.08 | 5 ratings
Paint to the Tile
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Embroidery
2015
3.77 | 3 ratings
Digging Under the Basement
2015
2.86 | 3 ratings
Haunted Roller Coaster Chair
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 240 - Chart
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 237 - The Five Blocks
2016
3.90 | 2 ratings
Pike 238 - Attic Garden
2016
2.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 239 - The Mermaid Stairwell
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 241 - Sparks In The Dark
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 242 - Hamdens Hollow
2016
4.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 243 - Santa's Toy Workshop
2016
1.14 | 3 ratings
Pike 235 - Oneiric Pool
2016
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 236 - Castle On Slunk Hill
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Mirror Realms
2016
1.00 | 2 ratings
Cove Cloud
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Out of the Attic
2016
1.00 | 2 ratings
Dragging the Fence
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Buildor
2016
1.05 | 2 ratings
Florrmat
2016
2.00 | 4 ratings
Happy Birthday MJ 23
2016
2.14 | 3 ratings
Arcade Of The Deserted
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
The Creaking Stairs
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Cabs
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
Rooftop
2016
2.13 | 4 ratings
Drift
2016
1.95 | 2 ratings
Lightboard
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
22222222
2016
3.13 | 4 ratings
Coupon
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Pike 244 - Out Orbit
2017
1.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 245 - Space Viking
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 246 - Nettle
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 247 - Rivers In The Seas
2017
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 248 - Adrift In Sleepwakefulness
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 249 - The Moss Lands
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 250 - 250
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 251 - Waterfall Cove
2017
2.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 252 - Bozo In The Labyrinth
2017
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pik3 253 - Coop Erstown
2017
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 254 - Woven Twigs
2017
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 255 - Abominable Snow Scalp
2017
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 256 - Meteor Firefly Net
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 257 - Blank Slate
2017
1.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 258 - Echo
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 273 - Guillotine Furance
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Pike 264 - Poseidon
2017
4.86 | 3 ratings
Pike 265 - Ride Operator Q Bozo
2017
3.91 | 4 ratings
Pike 259 - Undersea Dead City
2017
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 260 - Ferry To The Island Of Lost Minds
2017
4.00 | 3 ratings
Pike 261 - Portal To The Red Waterfall
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 262 - Nib Y Nool
2017
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 263 - Glacier
2017
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 266 - Far
2017
3.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 267 - Thoracic Spine Collapser
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 268 - Sonar Rainbow
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 269 - Decaying Parchment
2017
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 270 - A3
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 271 - The Squaring Of The Circle
2017
2.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 272 - Coniunctio
2017

BUCKETHEAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BUCKETHEAD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Young Buckethead - Volume One
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Young Buckethead - Volume Two
2006
2.14 | 2 ratings
Secret Recipe
2006

BUCKETHEAD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BUCKETHEAD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.95 | 3 ratings
KFC Skin Piles
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Rising Sun
2011

BUCKETHEAD Reviews


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 Pike 273 - Guillotine Furance by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
Pike 273 - Guillotine Furance
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars For those of us who are actually keeping up with the prolific world of BUCKETHEAD, it is a chore indeed to keep up with his incessant flow of albums in the never-ending PIKE series but after his release of "Pike 272 - Coniunctio" at the end of August, 2017 there has been an unexpected multi-month silence from the chicken lover most likely due to a touring schedule where i finally got to see dude in a live setting. While 2017 will not come anywhere close to his million albums of 2015, finally in December, BH releases his 30th album of the year

PIKE 273 - GUILLOTINE FURNACE. This is another one of those albums where every track has the title of the album only with an added "Part 1" all the way up to "Part 8." And like the majority of these types of albums, all these parts are really just, well, parts of a much longer track that takes up the whole album that clocks in at 28 minutes and 3 seconds but each "part" is really just snippets of smaller "parts" so in effect this is basically a bizarre display of surreality in full avant-garde mode

"Part 1" starts things off with a clucking keyboard part before a little solo erupts and gives way to a barrage of riffs interrupted periodically by electronic noises of various sorts. Sometimes these can deviate into pure ambient passages that totally shifts the mood into another musical universe. After a few of these it's apparent that this is one of those albums that shifts around from different styles willy nilly with no rhyme or reason. The initial guitar riffs pop in from time to time to remind you that the music no longer resides there but then it bounces around from funk to post-rock to blues rock and so forth

As "Part 2" begins it shifts from the bombastic soling that the previous track exited with and provides a serene ambient soundscape before erupting into alternative metal, industrial metal and some sort of avant-garde funk metal that is followed by good old fashioned funk for a while and then more riffing. Things change it up often and quickly as one style sticks around for a short time and then is replaced by another. Sometimes being weird electronically tinged funk and at other times being face-melting solos over bluesy metal. It only gets weirder and wilder with more disparate genre styles and experimental features peeking in and out of the incessant parade of changing-it-up

While "Part 3" begins with a processed funky bass followed by an eruption of guitar virtuosity, it becomes apparent that i would have to write a million word review to catalogue every single style shift that occurs with this one so in short, there's no need to chronicle this wickedly wild roller coaster ride into the avant-garde. This is one that is best experienced to believe as it's just too fertile and ambitious for words to convey. Just expect a wild ride where nothing stays same for long. The melodies change, the dynamics change, the tempos, the genres, the rhythms, the instruments, the time signatures, they all change it up and often

This is not the first style of eclectic excess that BH has done in this fashion but it remains one of my favorite types of albums where absolutely anything goes and the only constant is the unexpected. Another renegade egg has hatched and is growing up quickly into a beastly monster that cannot be contained. Be warned. This is really a musical trojan horse trying to take control of our brains. Oh my, i suddenly feel the urge to drive to the country and hang out with chickens. Oh nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

 In Search Of The by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
In Search Of The
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars My longest review EVER!!! I deserve a puppy treat for this one ʕ?́ᴥ?̀ʔ !!!

Anyone familiar with BUCKETHEAD will already be fully aware of how prolific his output is. In the early days it may not have been as obvious because of the fact that many of his projects weren't under his own name and instead fell under pseudonyms such as Death Cube K or as collaborative efforts with Brain, Travis Dickerson, Jonas Hellborg, Viggo Mortensen, Cobra Strike, Cornbugs, Deli Creeps, El Stew, Giant Robot, Praxis and many, many more! Throughout the early naughts, BUCKETHEAD had steadily been shifting to create more music under his own moniker and in 2007 he finally went for broke by releasing a huge boxed set which was only the first of many solo and collaborative releases of 2007.

IN SEARCH OF THE is a behemoth of a musical marathon with a staggering 13 albums in total and was placed into a new category called a "special release." This was also an attempt to create some of the most direct artist to fan projects possible as every single edition consisted of hand burned CDs with spontaneous artistic doodles as album covers created by BUCKETHEAD himself therefore no two sets were alike. In hindsight this ambitious effort would prognosticate the never ending Pike series and could possible be deemed as a proto-Pike set of sort for it has a similar vastness in scope. On this one there are a total of 92 tracks with the shortest being only 33 seconds and the longest 45 minutes and 1 second.

The project is quite clever as each CD is titled a letter of the title IN SEARCH OF THE and collectively clocks in at a whopping 9 hours 27 minutes and 37 seconds however believe it or not it all actually began as a much more ambitious endeavor. It was supposed to be a massive undertaking consisting of 30 CDs that spelled out IN SEARCH OF THE DISEMBODIED SOUNDS??.. :OMG! As fate would have it, the project proved to be too taxing for even the indefatigable chicken lover as his popularity rose and even his robot dance moves couldn't generate enough to please a rabidly hungry fan base. Luckily this was trimmed down but it's still a super massive blackhole of attention sucking life energy to get through it :P

Only somewhere around 1000 copies were actually made so this is another case of YouTube being your best friend (unless you were lucky enough to find a set) if you even dare to tread on these grounds because admittedly this set is not for the feint of heart! All discs have untitled tracks with Volume 11 hosting the most (11) whereas Volume 13 (E) contains the least (1). The music varies as much as BUCKETHEAD's vast musical arsenal in his special place in his own musical universe. There are no credits given so whether every instrument was played by BUCKETHEAD or if other artists contributed remains a mystery.

Although all tracks are officially untitled, some hardcore fans have decided that tracks without titles were unacceptable and needed some serious spicing up so they created their own project of naming every single one of the 92 compositions. Amazingly all of these titles fit the bill fairly well that presumably would even delight the chicken loving creator. Here is a list of all the volumes with all the tracks including the unofficial default names that have adopted by all chickens big and small. This means that both Jersey Giants and Belgian D'Anvers can effortlessly refer to their favorite chicken dances in perfect gallus gallus domesticus harmony!

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I: 44:19 (Volume 1)

Track 1 (0:54) "Sonic Slaughter" is a strange horrific ambient intro with screaming guitar

Track 2 (14:51) "Pollywogs Dancing On A Quilt Of Faces" is the longest track and begins with a funk bass line and clean guitar with wah-wah. The tones are clean, warm and friendly and it only sputters along at a mid-tempo pace. After three minutes the guitar gets brave and starts soloing. After several minutes the bass line remains the same but the guitar gets more jittery and erupts into bluesy solos that range from appropriately tasteful to full on dissonant space metal. Nice track but outstays its welcome.

Track 3 (2:58) " Jengamoose" completely changes things up with a medieval guitar intro before jumping into a drumbeat with an electronic swirling haze like something off an early Hawkwind album. Then it gets weird. A guitar and different types of percussion battle it out as the ambience swirls on in the background. Halfway through it becomes a Joe Pass type of jazz guitar with lo-fi drumbeats and some sort of metal pan type of percussion. More happens in this short tracks than the over long second one.

Track 4 (2:31) "Appenzel Pointed Hood Hen" has a canned monotonous drum machine beat with an avant-garde guitar dissonantly (and out of tune) trying to create some sort of melody with a bop jazz bass. In the middle it just breaks down into a bunch of electronic sounds with a random guitar guitar plucked.

Track 5 (0:41) "Trail Of Misconception" begins with beautiful chimes and a symphonic sounding synthesizer melody which builds up even more counterpoints but is short and an intro for next track.

Track 6 (15:02) "Sourced Autonomy" is the longest track and starts hard and heavy with a heavily distorted grungy guitar with all kinds of freaky effects. The drums and bass are heavy while the guitar just goes nuts from the get go. The riff is super heavy and fast with a distorted wah-wah type of effect and the soloing is frenetic and crazed. Despite the length of this track the energy level remains on full flame with incessant whizzing up and down the guitar scales while down-tuned riffing chugs away beneath the high pitched sizzling solos. Close to the six minute mark some jittery electronica joins in as the guitar soloing gets absolutely crazier and even faster. After a while the electronica turns into a funky riff while the guitar remains on overdrive and after a while the soloing becomes stranger but never lets up for a second. Whew! This is probably the loooooooongest uninterrupted guitar solo i've ever heard and the energy level remains intense for the 15 minute duration. My fingers are bleeding just listening to this :o

Track 7 (1:44) "Transmission Miscommunication" is a freaky little electronica number with pulsating electro weirdness. Sounds more like some weird 50s electronic pioneer but strange processed guitar parts come bleeding through and they screeeeeeaaaaaammm!

Track 8 (5:33) "Angiobanjiplasti" sounds more like an 80s Legendary Pink Dots type of psychedelic track with electronic drums and strange freaky keyboard runs. Chimes join in so does weird electronic noises. It keeps a steady beat but then breaks down totally and avant-garde keyboard runs tinkle away while a buzzing thing hovers in the forefront and then a steady drumbeat and funky keyboard run joins in followed by a weird processed guitar. The funky keyboard starts "talking" and then everything cuts out and a wind chime type of sound sets in with an ambient background which goes on for a while and fades out. Www-eee-i-rrrrr-ddd ! ! !

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N: 44:49 (Volume 2)

Track 1 (1:26) "Pullets On Parade (Million Chicken March)" is a little synthesized keyboard anthemic march with weird timings and a cool guitar solo

Track 2 (10:49) "Flying Finger Fury (In The Coop)" is a bass-heavy funk rock extravaganza with some serious Hendrix finger channeling mojo wanking out in wild and woolly wah-wah mode. While the funk never ends and churns out over the ten minute mark, the guitar noodles around bit and conjures up some coolness in the mix however perhaps a bit too long of a track despite keepin' a serious groove

Track 3 (2:58) "Hanged Man's Lament" begins with the peal of a bell and a slow creepy organ and then turns into a drum trade off that is sort of a military march only staccato style meaning a drum roll trades off with silence. Interesting but feels like an incomplete interlude

Track 4 (2:09) "Robot Foot Pursuit" is a bouncy and funkified number that starts off with lightning quick funk bass, drum machines and eventually adds some avant-guitar rhythms. Reminds me of some of the DJ electronica mixed with funk on "Somewhere Over The Slaughterhouse"

Track 5 (15:49) "Blue Marbles Moon" is a more relaxed number with mid-tempo groovy bass with a peppy keyboard riff and a clean guitar melody mixin' it up. As the longest track swallowing up two thirds of the real estate, this one really takes its sweet time escalating any kind of tension. It is fairly repetitive with a monotonous funky vibe, recurring peppy keys and guitars adding some much needed flavor. Needless to say, despite being well produced and a pleasant listen still carries on a wee bit too long however it's easy to hear a lot of future Pikes on this one, yep, my least favorite kinds that just loop to infinity

Track 6 (3:18) "Droid Factory Conveyor Belt Ambush" begins another "Somewhere Over The Slaughterhouse" type track with a DJ electronica beat with electronic weirdness but quickly adds a slower ambient counterpoint that sounds like a totally separate sort of epic soundtrack beneath. The DJ beat drops in and out and seems totally out of sync. Some tinkly pianos add another of weirdness. I love the juxtaposing forces on this one. It shouldn't work but it does

Track 7 (6:04) "The Beheaded" is another funky number but a weirder one. It has funky guitar playing over a rather chaotic stream of noise churned out by frenetic drums. It then gets wild with the guitar being played backwards. There's a pulse of rhythm that tries to keep it all cohesive but it really just gets freekin' weird really. The funk guitar makes a reprise at the end while the noises hiss in the background but ultimately gets extremely experimental again before gaining control at the end

Track 8 (2:16) "Memories Of Forgotten Dreams" is a creepy dark ambient track with all kinds of mentally scarring noises going for the jugular for panic mode. Avant-garde and angular rhythms dual it out with jarring synthesized horror film soundtrack type ambience. Subdued screams and muffled electronic "pig oinks" add to the extremely bizarre effects which end this second volume in a very www-eee-i-rrrrr-ddd way

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S: 43:27 (Volume 3)

Track 1 (14:51) "Funkaslunk" is as funkadelic as the name suggests with a super slappin' bass line that even George Clinton would approve of! This starts off as basically a bass line that slaps on in complexity with a rather hollow disco beat and while the beat remains steady, BH gets more weirded out on the bass lines doing all kinds of funky acrobatics. Around the six minute mark the bass is replaced by guitar (i assume, at least it sounds like it) does some freaky stuff and then back to the bass getting weirder and weirder. Around the eight minute mark the repetitive percussion picks up a few beats per minute. Around nine minutes it becomes distorted into weird effects and alternates with the slap bass. After swallowing up a third of this disc it just abruptly ends. Could've been trimmed down about five minutes but was actually pretty good!

Track 2 (2:16) "Down A Darkened Hallway" creates a stark contrast with strange dark ambient ethereal synthesized sounds, some sort of dark chime sounds and finally some jazzy drumming as it all fades out. Strange growls appear and echo and then weird electronica makes jarring percussive attacks along with other strange sounds

Track 3 (3:48) "Slow Shifting Highway / Memories Of Forgotten Dreams" is completely different again with super spacey echoed guitar parts that slowly turn into a rather funky rock type of track. Sounds very 70s with semi-distorted guitars providing a simple riff with a strong drum and bass behind them. It alternates with the echoey space intro. Nice melody and nice track all the way around

Track 4 (7:32) "A Dead Brains Pulse" has a super bass riff, the kind you hear in hip hop with all the subwoofers shaking their sheet. While the deep bass bounces on theres a bass guitar doing weird things and a guitar part in the background doing weird guitar things like strange scales, licks and slides. Gets a funky bass added at the end. Cool track but a little too long

Track 5 (4:24) "Listening Device" continues the deep bass effects but adds a dark ambient electronic effect around it. This one is much more surreal and then a sizzling guitar whizzes by at a million miles and hour not doing any type of musical scales but simply buzzing like an insect. A keyboard seems to be talking while the heartbeat type of bass rhythms blasts the subwoofers. As it all ends a strange rumbling occurs while the guitar and electronica just freak out totally. It gains in intensity, takes little breaks and then the boombox bass comes back. This is one strange number

Track 6 (10:31) "Wormhole Collapse" is not really a surprise when it starts off in funk mode! Funky synthesizers that sort of slide in and out of tune sounding like a funk concert on some sort of mind altering substance. The drums sound real and not electronic. There is an alternation between the synth funk and the guitar lines. A deep bass line also reverberates a funky riff. As the track progresses, the bass riffs get more daring and acrobatic. I don't know how BH can get so much out of a simple funk riff but manages to do so on this one :o

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E: 42:30 (Volume 4)

Track 1 (3:20) "Raging Nugget" is actually a funky nugget with a funkified synth line playing with the bass and a nice cool cat drumbeat. It remains in funk mode and ends with a nice guitar solo.

Track 2 (7:07) "The Machines Shall Remain" is very strange. Kind of jingling chimes, a tinny "talking" synth riff, different percussion. This is utterly alien and sounds more like a soundtrack for a cartoon or something. The keys remain melodic for a while but then it turns into a kind of jungle tribe percussion call with the processed guitar slinking and sliding all over the [%*!#]ing place! It ends with noise. Wow! This is perhaps one of the absolute coolest tracks i've ever heard from BH. Utterly bizarre, alienating and mind-blowing :o

Track 3 (9:02) "Milk Plus Synthemesc" has a "normal" drumbeat but the bass and guitar are playing totally weird counterpoints. The bass is lower than normal while the guitar sounds slightly out of tune. The bass line remains constant while the guitar gets to freak out in totally wild ways before becoming somewhat funkified. It's actually pretty cool how the bass slowly ratchets up the funk-o- meter while the guitar just goes plain [%*!#]ing nuts at times. It becomes a frenetic lightning bolt that whizzes by at a million miles per second. Whoah!

Track 4 (3:29) "1984 Beat-Bumpin' (Tribute To Darren Robinson)" is as the title suggests. A big fat boom box beat however it's accompanied by an unlikely counterpart. Some sort of folky keyboard run. The beat drops out and it becomes chaotic but then it picks back up again only more subdued. This one is sort of randomly strewn together.

Track 5 (5:21) "Domo-Kun's Nightmare" is a dark ambient equivalent of an emotional breakdown with dark synths sloshing around with random buzzing sounds. It never really goes anywhere. It sounds like globs of liquid dripping and then someone hitting pipes with a wrench or something and then like an underwater adventure.

Track 6 (3:29) "Silkie Bantam" is normal music, uh, for BH that is! This actually has a guitar, bass and drum set playing together. There is a melody, a rhythm and a rather bluesy feel. Unfortunately after all those wickedly cool tracks, this one seems rather mediocre. Nothing more than a little bluesy rock jam and nothing more.

Track 7 (3:58) "Ectoplasm Circus" is drums and?? well, more drums. Oh wait! Here comes a synthesizer. It's sort of melodic but sounds like someone learning how to play. The drums are energetic at least. Finally some weird guitars, oh my?. this is getting waaaay strange. The drums have changed. Wow, everything has changed. This started out pretty lame but has become very, very, very, very, very weird. It ends with funk. I LOVE IT!!!!

Track 8 (6:39) "Visiting Rights" has a heavy bass drum beat with tinkling chimes that alternate with some sort of staticky sounds. Electronica whizzes in and out of the scene. Kinda sounds like chicken clucks. The bass drum is mostly consistent, the chimes intermittent but when they both drop out the electronic synth goes whacko and creates some sort of "alien" soloing. Very bizarre track on a extremely bizarre Volume of this massive CD set ;P

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A: 42:27 (Volume 5)

Track 1 (10:35) "Fractal Shadows" is a rather mellow rock number that has a spacey clean guitar mixed with bass and drums and is an indicator of many Pike tracks to follow. It's a rather non-offensive little light number that takes a simple melody and chord progression and repeats with a little guitar variations along the way. Not a bad track by any means but doesn't warrant a length of over ten minutes.

Track 2 (1:14) "Red Eye Spider Cloud" is as weird as the title sounds. Strange erratic percussion with some electronica chirping away around it. Totally experimental and bizarre.

Track 3 (4:48) "Liquid Tungsten Robot Factory" is an industrial noise track and it sounds like it could be machines talking to each other via electronica and a guitar line. Another totally out there wild child. A funk line somehow emerges from the din. Basically sounds like Coil plus an avant-garde guitar riff and electronic noodling.

Track 4 (10:11) "Bucketbot's Bass Binge Buddy" is a more normal track with a super funky bass line and drum both playing at a slow tempo. Basically drums stay slow and bass shows off once in a while but stays funky. Not too much going on and definitely not interesting for over ten minutes.

Track 5 (5:00) "Atomic Butterfly" is a strange little synthpop type of number with a floaty keyboard riff fluttering around like a, well pretty bug that flies! It has intermittent breaks where it becomes ambient and then techno drumming gets down and dirty. A funky guitar with effects eventually does a little funky dance with it all while ambient keys frost the horizon. The track ultimately falls back to the synthpop riff that it started with.

Track 6 (1:40) "Sander's Retort" is another funky number only the bass is kind of tinny and in mono while a drumbeat that sounds like someone plays a can commences. It then all stops and weird randomness occurs and then it picks up again. Short and pointless really.

Track 7 (1:58) "Percolates Jazz? The Last Drop" is also short but more interesting as it has an industrial percussive sound mixed with a series of clicks and a jazzy guitar wailing away. The tension is thick as the counterpoints are stark and freaky. A classical keyboard sort of plays along even though it's in its own world.

Track 8 (2:54) "A Moment I Can Give" is a mellow little rocker that sounds a lot like the opening track. A melodic clean echoey guitar is joined by a bass and drum and all proceed at a nonchalant pace down a bluesy placid path to nowhere.

Track 9 (4:03) "Funeral Parlor" is a strange electronic reverberation to infinity as notes slowly repeat and slowly fade away. Not much happens. It's just a series of notes that repeat the electronic reverb dance but it's effective.

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R: 45:00 (Volume 6)

Track 1 (19:45) "Eye Of The Storm" is the behemoth of this disc swallowing up over half of its real estate. It begins with a steady drumbeat and a frenetically strange guitar riff that can't make up its mind if it wants to make psychedelic weirdness or shred like a mutha[%*!#]a. Spacey Hawkwind-like synth sweeps raise their pitches behind the guitar shredding which begins to dominate as the sizzling solo gets ever faster and faster. At ten minutes in the frenetic soloing is still going on with only minor breaks popping up with the spacey electro-ambience flowing along in the background. The drumbeat pretty much stays the same tempo even as the guitar gets more furiously fast. At eleven minutes a background synth line does create a more calming layer as the guitar quickens. After nearly twenty minutes of this, all i can say is ENOUGH! This track is totally monotonous. It proves BH's ability to sustain shredding for long periods of time but this is not a very interesting track. The drumbeat is boring. The electronic parts are boring and even the shredding is just the same riff played over and over and over and over and over again. I love intelligent shredding but this is super-meh :(

Track 2 (3:42) "Unhinged Paradox" begins with a funk bass but then quickly changes into a dungeon synth type of industrial track but wait a cheerful piano enters but then disappears. Oh, i see. It's one of those tracks where several different unrelated instrumental parts are played and then layered over each other but then sometimes they all play together. This is weird i say! It becomes more of a dungeon synth track after all that chaos settles. Dark synth runs and strange higher register synth parts as well. I'm lovin' this one. Could be a Coil or Throbbing Gristle track.

Track 3 (4:30) "Last Light" goes the complete opposite direction and has a fluffy happy vibe. It's a clean guitar with bass and drums and is mid-tempo rock with a slightly spacey effect. Melodic and peppy without being too energetic. Nice guitar parts. Not too different from what BH would recycle on many of the mellower Pike albums and this one works very well by balancing all the elements quite well.

Track 4 (1:11) "Dig Up From Underneath" conjures up a trip hop type of beat accompanied by a deep bass line and a jazzy guitar riff

Track 5 (15:46) "Amputee Shuffle" is the second longest track but for sure the best fan given name of these untitled tracks! It starts off with a funky bass and guitar with jazzy drum rolls. While this one is very much similar to the opening lengthy track, there is one fundamental difference. THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY INTERESTING! The drum rolls may not vary greatly but they are interesting even upon sustained repetition. The jazz guitar is cool and the varied nuances are exquisitely brilliant. The bass gets more hard bop style as it progresses and even becomes much more audible. More than half way through the bass becomes more melodic and less jazzy. It harmonizes notes and almost sounds like it's singing. Despite the length this one is really cool as it morphs from jazz to blues towards the end. Love the bass as it becomes a chuggin' force to be reckoned with.

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C: 41:13 (Volume 7)

Track 1 (2:58) "Grease On My New Shoes" starts out as a mid-tempo alternative rock type of track with jangly guitars, a prominent bass line and steady drumbeat. The guitars eventually add a more energetic riff and then turn into a more subdued sustained note bend type of lick. When the riff returns it's more metal sounding with the distortion turned up.

Track 2 (16:40) "Solitary Psychosis" is the lengthy beast on this volume and swallows up a good third of the album. It begins with an erratic keyboard sound and is followed by a guitar that riffs and solos around the off-kilter time signature. After a while all stops and a solo freaks out but then turns back into the groovy rock. The synth line becomes more aggressive and weird and takes over the guitar. Some synthpop type riffs emerge as well. As it continues it gets stranger with the guitar performing bizarre acrobatics with a strange synth run bubbling away in the background. It sorta alternates with a more "normal" bluesy riff on speed but goes back to weird. The beat is fairly nonchalant and consistent as all the craziness unfolds over it but sometimes it's left to just do it's thing without any other instrumentation over it. This one goes on for a while but is actually quite cool. After a while i realize that the overall melodic underpinning is very much of carnival music with all the crazy stuff layered over it. It doesn't become apparent until a keyboard part solos towards the end. This is a primo example of a lengthy track that is well worth existing!

Track 3 (4:14) "Flaming Pin√?¬£tas / Burnt Candy" is a synth funk track with electronic drums. Maybe something Herbie Hancock would have done on "Future Shock" even. Becomes more trip hoppy as it goes on with some backdrop guitar antics emerging.

Track 4 (4:20) "Tower Of Insanity" begins with bluesy rock guitar and somewhat antsy drums that really want to jam hard but the guitar wants to go no wave, dude! The drums say, your mama. I wanna jam MF! Guitars say in yer dreams farkface. Drums say i'll do it my way thank you much. Guitars say i will hypnotize you into submission. Drums say bite me. Guitars say ok let me get the hot sauce. Drums say don't mess with me bitch. Guitars say hmmm lemme think bout dat. Drums go ballistic and can't hear guitar but guitar make meditation chord go vroooooom. No one lived happily ever after and everybody died.

Track 5 (1:52) "Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys" is woefully tuned down so low in volume that i can't hear it! OK, this is obviously some sort of demo turned into a track. Basically jazz guitar that is on practice mode. It begins and stops. Quite boring and pointless to add this.

Track 6 (11:03) "Easter In The Batcave" begins with an ambience in the background that sounds like a storm brewing and some chimes tinkling along. Electronica whizzes in and out of the scene as well as guitar riffs. Very musique concr√?¬®te as it rolls along. The different roles of instruments just sort of fade in and fade out. There is no percussive groove nor any melodic development, just sound collages that sort of gel together and then fall apart. Eventually the guitar gains enough steam to perform some totally weird string gymnastics that words cannot convey. Sort of has a funk groove but in an alternative universe. It almost sounds like the guitar is emulating R2D2's robot language patterns from Star Wars in its sonic peaks and troughs but also goes through other totally strange acrobatics including normal riffing like Hendrix type blues rock that sort of spontaneously emerges and then turns weird again. It becomes more dramatic towards the end with symphonic classical additions popping in and the guitar getting more jittery and unpredictable. This track is [%*!#]ing brilliant!

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H: 41:37 (Volume 8)

Track 1 (10:20) "Oishii" starts things off with a steady bass, choppy drum pattern and echoey clean guitar riff that creates a recurring melody. As it carries on the bass and drums gain a little speed and the riff changes things up a little every so often but basically this is a repetitive looped melody that carries on for way too long. Nice but not OMG

Track 2 (2:26) "The Orpington" starts things with an irregular house drumbeat and is followed by a blues guitar line that has some funk in it. The percussion goes haywire at a million miles an hour while the guitar remains unfazed in its nonchalant playing style. This is basically a little improv number that has no real purpose but gets really weird as it ends.

Track 3 (5:27) "A Day In The Park With Herbie" is completely different with a heavy bigbeat type drumming session with a drone type synth line in the background. It all changes and a funky bass enters the equation while the drums tame down a bit but still sound like something off of a hip hop album. It changes again and becomes some sort of nursery rhyme melody based in classical music with an obsequious drum behind it. This one is just weird really as it changes into a series of weird electronic noises, avant-garde guitar work and tinny percussion twangs but turns up to the same bigbeat mix that started it.

Track 4 (9:55) "Switch Way" is the second longest track and begins with a steady drumbeat and a synth funk reminiscent of "Head Hunter" era Herbie Hancock only a bit sped up. It deviates a bit from the funk by breaking into solos but pretty much continues the synth funk thang for the entire near ten minutes which is a bit too long.

Track 5 (2:30) "Treasure Section" has a strong trip hop type of groove but also has a jazzy horn (probably synthesized) along with quickly played staccato keys. Has a real catchy groove and is slightly hypnotic as it allows the jerky keys to relax so atmospheric ambience can flow in

Track 6 (0:33) "Wire Bop Pumpkin" is a super short drumbeat with jazz guitar

Track 7 (3:32) "Captain Kangaroo's Ether Hypnosis" is finally a track without percussion and is a weird electronic piece that has different sounds a sorta spooky riff that reverbs. It sounds like it's in a trippy sound chamber where sound is bended. Sounds like a blueprint for the countdown to Halloween series of 2015.

Track 8 (4:36) "In Search Of The Bigeminy Junction" is another funk track although with a very lo-fi production. Percussion is rather tinny with a guitar that is trying to be jazzy with a funky beat to it. It becomes more avant-garde. The percussion is looped and remains the same while the guitar gets wild and woolly. Basically sounds like BH is practicing next a metronome really.

Track 9 (2:14) "Cybernetic Chickenheads & The Scavenger Slunk Run" is an avant-garde noisy little bugger. Strange guitar is subdued and sounds like an angry cat with an unrelated series of drum rolls. There is also hyperactive keyboards that just go crazy and drown everything else out. It devolves into noise and musical gibberish. Great way to end it all.

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O: 42:39 (Volume 9)

Track 1 (9:23) "Bullfrog" begins with an energetic drumroll and then is joined by a fuzzy funky bass line and a fuzzy distorted bluesy guitar riff. It repeats in a repetitive loop and over four minutes in the guitar starts soloing more recklessly while the bass and drums continue to robotically carry on in the same manner. This is basically a nine minute plus jam type of track and although it's okay, it isn't anything terribly exciting either not to mention too friggin' long.

Track 2 (4:23) "Escher Relativity" has a very strange vibe as the given title implies. It is basically an energetic drumming pattern with a guitar intermittently cranking out some somewhat atonal riffs. The drumming sounds like a warmup to a further solo but continues the same and then suddenly it stops and everything changes. The drums become more subdued and a clean echoey guitar strums away for a while. While the guitar is very atmospheric and dreamy, the drums continue to crank it out as if existing in a different genre altogether although they are subdued as not to overtake the mellower aspects of the track.

Track 3 (5:18) "The Poison Hand" begins with "singing" synth notes that sound like a choral chant while electronic percussive sound bloop and bleep away. It abruptly changes into a steady mid-tempo drumbeat or sample maybe with improvised electronic keys tinkling away. Sounds like a rough draft of some initial idea. It then changes up the electronic drumbeat and key sounds again and keeps doing so every so often for the rest of the track. It's eventually joined in by the guitar and becomes more "rock" like albeit experimental rock. Nothing lasts long on this one and it gets even weirder and more outlandish. I like this one. It's highly dramatic and freaky.

Track 4 (16:52) "Robot Chicken" swallows up nearly half of this disc and sort of sounds like it continues where the last track left off. On this compilation BUCKETHEAD seems to love to engage in avant-funk rock tracks that last for a long period of time. This is yet another one of those with a steady drumbeat and what sounds like a keyboard that is distorted but it could be a processed guitar as well. Basically the drums stay steady while the melody carries on through variations. Actually it might be a guitar and keyboard alternating. Sometimes the melody changes into a familiar pop song like "Push It" by Salt N Pepa :o Overall this one is pretty cool in it's experimental improvisational way but the running time certainly seems excessive. Actually it sounds a lot like the electronica vs metal experiments on "Somewhere Over The Slaughterhouse" except without the metal. That meaning the riffs sound recycled somewhat.

Track 5 (6:37) "Tunnel To The Light" thankfully changes things up. A distorted downtuned guitar riff crunchily creates a staccato riff while a keyboard performs acrobatics around it but nothing too wild at first but definitely in syncopation but then the floodgates open and it thinks it has joined Cirque du Soleil. The crunchy guitar only changes up occasionally while the high notes of the keys (or processed guitar) slink around like a downed power line in a mud puddle. This one has a strange impractical tension to it but becomes nice and "normal" at the end with the instruments playing nicely together. Pretty weird!

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F: 42:31 (Volume 10)

Track 1 (5:13) "Aldebaran Strikes Back" begins with a heavy trip hop type beat with epic horns backing it up and stuttering ghostly keyboards. Simulating the Star Wars experience a little as the background interacts with an epic melodic keyboard line. The drum remains steady and unchanging. After a couple minute a guitar solo erupts in a robotic way and fades in and out changing its dynamics.

Track 2 (9:35) "Down In It" is the longest track and follows in the footsteps of other monstrously long tunes on this massive release by gettin' all funky on us again. While a funk bass prances around, the guitar is bluesy and distorted. After the proper introduction, the bass gets super fast as does the guitar and gets all aggressive on us. It backs off and goes back to the mid-tempo into style. There are also some of those cool Hendrix styled "the sky is crying" type of wah-wah guitar licks and some great feedback moments. Overall this one outstays its welcome as it doesn't have enough variation to warrant its running time.

Track 3 (6:45) "The Ludovico Technique" is a very strange progressive electronic track with different synthesized sounds "talking" to each other. There is a deep bass drone and higher register riffs erratically tinkling away. A steady drumbeat joins in while a violin sound fills the spaces behind the other noises. It changes again to a pure ambient sound with no percussion at all and becomes some sort of chamber classical piece. Sounds sorta like something Mozart would have written. This carries on as it fades in and out for a quick millisecond and continues until the end of the track.

Track 4 (1:13) "Hole In The Feeding Tube" is a short jazzy track that sounds like glass jars being struck for percussion very rapidly while a jazz guitar strums along at a more relaxed pace.

Track 5 (6:45) "Aces Of Galaga" sounds like a Baroque piano run (a la Bach) with some other electronic noises competing for attention as they totally bloop and bleep out of sync with the music. The classical music gets overwhelmed by the electronica and a bass comes in and starts a funk riff. The electronica begin to sound more like a video game being played with some of the squeals fairly startling. Guitar solos even manage to find their way into the whole cacophonous din. It just gets weirder and weirder as the guitar solo sounds processed and the tempo is sped up and slowed down while the clunky electronic video game simulations unfold around them. Strange indeed. Game Over.

Track 6 (3:36) "Bot's Lament" sounds like another video game but less frenetic with only a single series of processed notes creating a bizarre avant-garde riff at a slow speed with some notes bending. Turns more into a dark ambient synth sound. Maybe a theme track for Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark? Nah, too weird for her. Would definitely go well on one of those dark ambient Halloween albums.

Track 7 (7:13) "Strange Visitation" starts off with a classic record scratching noise that then turns into a strange riff that sounds like a harpsichord. Rather X-Files feeling only much weirder. It's definitely a weird piano sound on a synthesizer but the scale is so exotic. After the piano tinkles on for a while it stops and a drone synth note sustains for a while, like for minutes actually up to the end of the track. Weird :o

Track 8 (2:07) "Evil Lurks Within" begins rather like the previous track did, that meaning an avant-garde atonal piano riff with a scary edge. It's accompanied by intermittent ambience and bangs. Short but sweet. A true contender for scariest track that BH has conjured up :/

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T: 42:29 (Volume 11)

Track 1 (2:56) "Binge Buddy Lounge" begins as a funky rocker with steady drums and a funk bass line. The guitar takes its time joining in but when it does it's a clean echoey series of chord plucking but eventually turns into a funk guitar counterpoint for the bass. It also engages in some light soloing while the bass line changes it up a bit. The guitar gets more bluesy.

Track 2 (4:21) "I Never Made It Without Biting (AKA Bloodblister Popcorn)" begins with a very slow drumbeat that slowly picks up speed and then a guitar strums a distorted chord over it while the drums remain energetic. As the drums continue, it does indeed start to sound like a popcorn popper as the same guitar chord strums and arpeggiates but remains the same notes.

Track 3 (1:10) "Electronic Zookeeper's Revenge" is a short electronic frenzy of bloops and bleeps with a steady hip hop type drumbeat. The electronic sounds start to dance to the beat.

Track 4 (4:04) "Delirium Chamber" begins with atonal tinkling on the piano and remains that way for a while but suddenly turns into crazy electronic noises bending their pitches as a thematic bass riff creates a soundtrack vibe. It changes it up again and sounds like underwater music of some sort. The bass returns with clicking sounds.

Track 5 (6:10) "Animatronics S√?¬©ance" is as strange as the name suggests. It has a sort of tribal electro-beat while a squealing electronic note slides. They dance together and when they pause a bubble pops sometimes. Of course, it totally changes into random electronica sputtering away but the drumbeat retains that tribal jungle call. It just gets weirder and weirder as it goes on.

Track 6 (3:14) "Slunk Funk" is, well waddaya think it is?!!! A freakin' funk track of course. Funk bass, funk guitar and drums! March on! I think we've heard this before rather recently in fact. Bluesy guitar with wah-wah and feedback. Too soon for this reprise. Next.

Track 7 (3:24) "Funeral For A Fiend" is an interesting synchronized riffing process. Sorta flamenco / Spanish guitar runs but very avant-prog as well. Strangely tuned guitars that do strange things. The tone is clean and the runs are rapid. A guitar(s) only track, this one. Cool. Almost sounds like the fast intro part to Rush's "La Villa Strangiato" only out of tune.

Track 8 (3:50) "Chicken Cleaver Duty" a drumbeat and ambience turns into a techno beat that gets attacked by another drumbeat and then both fade away while the ambience returns but a chaotic drumbeat comes back and recomposes itself into the techno beat with faint ambience in the background. An explosion occurs and all stops. Now we hear what sounds like chickens clucking only on instruments. The techno beat gets faster and then gets slower. A weird guitar solo takes over at the end with only some cymbal action.

Track 9 (4:05) "Sugar Booger Auditory Wax Candy" is a spooky Halloween sounding melody on synthesizer but not dark ambience like some of these. This one is more playful Adam's Family type of stuff. The guitar joins in and does fancy little licks with pauses in between. It remains a guitar only affair for most of its endurance.

Track 10 (4:25) "Random Order" is a pop dance number with heavy hip hop bass drumbeats and tinkly chimes providing a cute little melody. Well until it turns into a dark ambient drone with a smooth guitar but wait! It changes again into a keyboard riff and then a toy drum with jazz guitar and then??oh what's the point in going through the list. The given name of the track is just as it suggests. It's like a sampler of different styles totally unrelated but all existing in the weird BH universe. I love these kind of wild rides. It's like a musical kaleidoscope.

Track 11 (4:46) "Scabscratcher Shuffle (They Buried Him Alive)" continues the avant-jazz guitar with an intermittent tinny clang both punctuated by silence. The jazz guitar becomes more recognizable as a jazz riff and electronic percussion intermittently keeps a beat. The guitar builds up a cool swing and syncopation as if this is a real track only slightly muddied under the tone. It develops into a more bluesy form of jazz. A nice ending and a reminder that BH is a serious musician and not just an avant-weirdo who conjures up some of the strangest experimental sound collages ever. Great track.

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H: 49:44 (Volume 12)

Track 1 (3:12) "Animatronics Workshop" kicks off with funk bass, unenergetic drumbeat and a guitar that only wants to play half the time meaning it just supplements a few notes here and there. It's rather a half-funk number. The guitar becomes more agitated and adds more notes but it's like a the blues with only certain notes emphasized. The bass remains nonchalant but has a nice tone. The guitar turns into a jazzy blues lick by the end. Way cool!

Track 2 (10:48) "The Organ Grinder's Mishap.." takes us in a different direction with an energetic tom-tom drum and cymbals cranking out while a clean echoey guitar slowly strums away. After a couple minutes it completely changes gear and turns into a synthesizer plunking away like a popcorn popper with a single guitar chord repetitively strummed. After the plunking ceases, the guitar plays on alone but actually sounds like it might be a harp actually. But it stops and weird electronic noises come in and then it goes into a rather experimental ambient mode with occasional drum crashes. The layers of electronic effects increase and everything utilized to create tension. After a while it changes up and shrill notes start to blast away and then begin to sound like the theme track to the "Jaws" movie (or maybe "Psycho") and then it freaks out totally. It then becomes lullaby guitar music.

Track 3 (2:15) "The Last Tooth To Be Pulled" begins with upbeat drum driven synth funk with weird note slides on processed guitar that seem to be talking to each other. It stays weird and funky till the end.

Track 4 (10:16) "Alektorophobia" is a tripped out ghoulish electronic haunting that has a startling dramatic electronic bass crash that comes and goes. Perfect for Halloween! A steady drumbeat kicks in after a while. It abruptly changes into a weird galloping electronic sound with other synthesized notes adding a strange melody but after a while changes back into a sort of bigbeat type sound with heavy drumbeat and melodic synth line. It continues to get freakier with reverbing notes and then atonal polyphonic touches. It stays weird and freaky. This one is horrifying but i love it anyway.

Track 5 (2:57) "Electromagnetic Interference" begins with a bunch of clicking sounds and a talking "something" while jazz guitar is played in the background. Extra percussive things included. Track 6 (3:33) "The Sticker On Endorphins" is a strange series of electronic notes that sound like a 70s primitive video game. Melodic patterns do emerge briefly at times but mostly a drone type of note that comes and goes.

Track 7 (1:19) "One Last Breath" has tinkling guitars with note bends which simulate breathing i guess.

Track 8 (15:19) "Monsta Kreep-A-Thon Mk. II / The Revenge Of Mutant Slunkzilla" turns out to be another lengthy funk-a-thon with wickedly wild bass slapping away with a killa processed guitar tone that makes the monstas come out. Monsta funk is where it's at after all. Yet another lengthy funk attack on this endless multi-disc release. This one stays funky as the bass remains a constant perpetual loop with different segments but always recurring. The guitar has permission to go for broke and creates some wild ass acrobatics within the confinements of the funk riff. It goes on far too long but the guitar manages to keep things interesting despite the length. A nice background track but not OMG or anything of the sort.

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E: 45:01 (Volume 13)

Track 1 (45:01) "The Butcher's Last Dance"

is the grand finale of the 13 volume monster release with one ginormous one track lasting 3/4 of an hour. It begins with a rather unexciting electro-drumbeat and a few guitar slides but then it changes into a military march drum style with the guitar doing bluesy lick acrobatics around it. The guitar lick is replaced by either a keyboard or a totally processed guitar but basically doing the same thing. OK, it's clear now that the guitar is simply changing tones and timbres and effects but basically juggling the same duties over the military percussive march. Sounds like "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" actually. The guitar parts get weirder and wilder.

Ten minutes in and the military march percussion continues as well as the guitar doing it's antics around it. There is no bass to be heard or any other instruments. This is BH jamming on guitar around a monotonous metronome type of percussive style. Very impressive stuff as he gets funky, he gets down and dirty in the soloing department and dishes out all kinds of feedback and bluesy fury often in the Jimi Hendrix tradition. Around the 15 minute mark, this is all going strong as the march never ends and neither do the guitar gymnastics which get quite wickedly freaky at times.

Twenty minutes in, same military march but the guitar effects are getting more bizarre and bordering on electronica bloops and beeps but enough guitar twang keeps it grounded in the guitar world but it makes me wonder sometimes as everything becomes more atonal and video game sounding. There is even a very warped solo around "It's A Small World After All," you know, the Disneyland attraction. The guitar stops soloing and starts arpeggiating chords instead in a squeaky clean tone. The drum march continues unabated.

Thirty minutes in and it seems the military march is here for the entirety of this last disc finale but the guitar parts are getting more adventurous in not only unconventional soloing techniques but more reckless in distortion, tempo, timbre and are now aiming for the most bold and daring freakiness allowable by law. At this point i'm diggin' the guitar parts but the percussive parts are becoming quite annoying and monotonous. The dichotomy has never been more clear at this point! Perhaps this is a lesson in how humankind has cut itself off from the nature rhythms of the universe. I dunno. Just sayin'!

Forty minutes in and guess what? The military march remains unchanged. The guitar parts have become unrecognizable as guitars as they not only ratchet up extreme speeds but create a surreal counterpoint to the monotonous percussive march. Never before have i heard two musical parts drift so far apart but i guess a half hour of pounding in a marching rhythm gives liberty to do such? By the time we get close to the end, the guitar sounds like a motor engine revving up at great speeds.

This is actually a brilliant strategy for a huge behemoth of a track but not exactly something that invites a repeated listen very often. However given the circumstances it does make this 13 CD release go out with an extraordinary bang.

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Total Time: 9 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds! Whew!!!!

What can i say about IN SEARCH OF THE, the ultimate multi-disc release? There is more than enough OMG outstanding material to be discovered here. There is also a lot of mediocrity as well, however, i think the joy of the treasures certainly outweighs the tracks that may not constitute greatness yet certainly don't qualify as unlistenable. After sitting through this in its entirety it is quite clear that many of the eggs that would later hatch and constitute the never-ending Pike series were first laid here on this expansive set of experimentalism. In the end this behemoth of a release is just too bloated for an essential label but certainly is a notch above merely good. 3.5 sounds fair and each of the 12 volumes can easily be heard on YouTube but personally i love this one enough to actually seek out the physical copy. No clucking kidding, folks! And DO remember to give me a puppy treat for this one ;)

Rounding this down on PA because very experimental but not very progressive

 Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson) by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson)
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Yet another collaborative effort of BUCKETHEAD in 2010 and the fifth overall with TRAVIS DICKERSON. While this one is primarily a DICKERSON album, the chicken lover has received equally billing. This one is mostly a bunch of unreleased tracks from previous sessions of the "Dragons Of Eden" and "Population Override" albums as well as sessions from the other musical collaborations of the bands Thanatopsis, Axiology and Gorgone sessions. Because of the different sessions involved, this one has many drummers credited. BUCKETHEAD handles bass and guitar, DICKERSON plays keyboards and the drum duties are divided up between Brain, Ramy Antoun and Pinchface.

LEFT HANGING follows in the footsteps of the other BUCKETHEAD & DICKERSON collaborative effort that also included Brain (who is on this album but receives no equal billing) in that it continues the jammy jazz-fusion psychedelia of the "Dragons Of Eden" album. Back are the jazzy chord progressions and the psychedelic 70s mellotron sounding organ runs as well as the fusion bombast of the three respective drummers on board. Noticeably absent from this one is the haunting chamber rock cello added on "Dragons" which gave that a more distinct and unique sound. LEFT HANGING sounds more like a typical jazz-fusion outfit from the early to mid-70s at the zenith of the prog rock heyday.

Unfortunately this one isn't quite as interesting because it sounds too traditional compared to "Dragons." Everything is played excellently with BUCKETHEAD not only delivering some mean guitar workouts but some funky slappin' bass runs as well. DICKERSON dishes out some nice contrast of mellotron drenched organ runs along with more funky keyboard runs a la Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters" era. Despite sounding like this is some long lost artifact from the 70s, it sounds authentic and organically constructed as all the musicians seamlessly jam and play off each other with ease. Despite the fact these tracks were all recorded during different sessions, they all connect fairly well and actually add more flavor to the overall feel of the album.

As someone who is well versed in jazz and jazz-fusion of the 60s and 70s, LEFT HANGING is by no means a top notch sort of album in that rich field of cross-pollination however this is a very engaging album that is excellently performed, nicely produced and elegantly retro to boot. Jazz-fusion is a type of subgenus that has a varying spectrum with some leaning heavy on the jazz side and other on the rock. I would say that BUCKETHEAD & DICKERSON are definitely closer to the rock side of things on LEFT HANGING with tight steady rhythms that for the most part are absent of strong syncopation and other overtly aspects of jazz. However the chord progressions and some of the dynamics are definitely out of the jazz playbook. The percussion is more of a simple rock beat and fails to engage in a jazz context. This is a fun album to listen to but i'm not as fond of it as "Dragons Of Eden" however there are a few surprises that will shock you!

3.5 but rounded down

 Captain Eo's Voyage by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.11 | 8 ratings

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Captain Eo's Voyage
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars After a reference to CAPTAIN EO on the album "A Real Diamond In The Rough" titled "The Return Of Captain EO" which refers to the 3D sci-fi film by Michael Jackson, BUCKETHEAD revisited the idea with a whole album, his 29th, titled CAPTAIN EO'S VOYAGE with lots of references to Jackson's life. This album also begins the trend of releasing albums first digitally and then following them up with a physical format at a later date. The album also signified a departure from the TDRS record label and is performed only by BUCKETHEAD on guitars and Dan Monti on bass, drums and production. Yep, that even appears to be Michael Jackson on the album cover. The movie was associated with Disneyland which is another weakness for BUCKETHEAD whose whole idea for BUCKETHEADLAND was constructed. He has been purported to spends lots of time in the Magical Kingdom and on this release he pays tribute to both artists and theme park in one shot.

This one is on the mellower side of things but sustains a fairly strong drumbeat. Overall CAPTAIN EO'S VOYAGE is a rather psychedelic rock type of album with echoey guitars, snail's paced bass lines and intricate compositional developments that go beyond the usual mellow BH album styles of simple repetitive chord progressions that outstay their welcome. This one has more variety between tracks as well as dynamic shifts between the mellower aspects of BH's music and the more rockin' out however nothing on here approaches metal whatsoever. This is strictly a slowed down form of rock with psychedelic and even post-rock elements along with the occasional funk bass line. The tracks are instantly catchy and melodic while the guitar licks and solos are on the bluesy side of things. This one is cool in that the guitar, bass and drums seem to be happy existing in their own world instead of simply following a leader.

This one is pretty cool in the fact that it adds new ways to incorporate the clean echoey guitars and keep the tracks sounding distinct from each other. Whether it has any connection to the actual movie is beyond me since i've never seen it (and most likely never will) however this album has a playful feel to it and somehow it seems to fit with the theme. While this will never go down as my favorite BH album by any means, this one is a pleasant roller coaster ride, albeit a gentle one for those who get motion sickness too easily. Despite these mellower ones not topping my BH faves list, i have to admit that they are a nice recalibrating effect to put the others in perspective therefore even the ones i like lesser seem to have a purpose. This one may not excel beyond the original "Colma" album in performance but it's not a bad try.

3.5 rounded down

 Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain) by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain)
Buckethead Prog Related

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars While BUCKETHEAD was releasing more albums under his own name exclusively he was also continuing to release collaborative efforts as well. In 2010 he and his friends Bryan "Brain" Mantia on drums and Melissa Reese on keyboards unleashed three collaborative releases. Two of these were massive boxed sets where all three got equally artist billing whereas the third one is only attributed to BUCKETHEAD and BRAIN since it doesn't feature Melissa Reese despite it fitting in with the other "Kind Regards" boxed sets. The album titled BRAIN AS HAMENOODLE is yet another experimental album that focuses on minimalistic bass and drums. I have no idea what the title refers to although i suspect it has something to do with the fact that previous albums were titled "Chicken Noodles" and the HAM part refers to Brain's personality in some way. This is pure speculation.

The album starts out with some girl uttering gibberish that ends with the term HAMENOODLE and then the funk session begins. This whole album is basically BUCKETHEAD slapping away on the bass and BRAIN pounding on the drums. Surprisingly despite the limited instrumentation this one has a lot of differing styles. While the opening "Meet Hamen" has a clear funk vibe, the following "Brad P" is more laid back with a slow groovin' bass that lets the percussion to have a hyperactive spastic attack. All in all this one reminds a bit more of the band Ruins only more on valium and without the zeuhl. After all that band has done many albums with nothing more than bass and drums and constantly finds new ways to invent that sound. Unlike that band there are no vocals to be found here. Only progressive rock meets funk workouts where some segments work better than others.

The comparison to Ruins is more than just a fleeting feeling. The extended jams that range from calm and placid to full-on freak outs is exactly the kind of freaky stuff that Tatsuya Yoshida would come up with. This album allows BUCKETHEAD to fully raise his freak flag on the bass and he nails it doing the craziest things as he does on guitars. BRAIN is equally competent on the drum set and is a master of changing things up. He has been rather reserved on many of his collaboration albums but on this one he really lets loose with a nonstop series of rhythmic assaults that seamlessly meld with the bass. While this isn't quite energetic enough to be considered metal there are energized moments that pass as heavy rock but for the most part this one remains in funk rock mode with other excursions into the avant-garde and beyond. Better than it sounds but not the kind of stuff i'm going to seek out many repeat listens either. Unlike a typical Ruins album, it doesn't quite have the zany zeal and over-the-top aesthetics that make their albums so much fun.

 Spinal Clock by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.04 | 5 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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2 stars For his second release of 2010, BH went a totally new direction with his 28th album SPINAL CLOCK which has been purported to refer to the chicken lover's back injury that occurred earlier in the same year of release. This album is unlike anything else in BH's vast canon and is the beginning of BH becoming a one-man show. All nine tracks are basically avant-garde banjo tracks although BH also includes guitar, bass and percussion and handles all musical duties solo. This was also the beginning of his artist direct to fan phase where he only issued 300 personally signed copies and then by popular demand extended that to 500 however, the album has never been released and is another case of U-toob being your best friend.

"Lafayette's Landing" begins with a droning buzz that sounds like a progressive electronic album is in the works. It slowly ratchets up the brooding atmosphere when finally a banjo emerges after an established bass line leads the way. This is some seriously slow moving activity here as the bass line gently thumps away and the banjo intermittently plucks out a lick or two and then vanishes into the darkness. Likewise "Whale On This" follows suit with a heady strange minimalism and extends on for almost 10 minutes by basically just shifting from weird to classical tune riffs to even Americana folk but it all seems rather pointless as if this were nothing more than trying out an instrument in the music store to test its playing ability. In between these snippets is often just noisy percussive nothingness that ruins any sort of flow.

This one is fairly disappointing because i would've hoped that some banjo music could be taken to unthinkable arenas in the chicken lover's hands but this one is basically alternates between droning pulses of repetitive bass lines and random parades of sounds that include periods of percussion, bouts of silence and other non-linear types of sound delivery. I'm pretty opened minded and crave BUCKETHEAD's experimental albums more than anyone but this one is not executed very well at all. Yeah, it sounds like one of those pointillistic type albums that reminds me of Karlheinz Stockhausen in many ways but this one is so minimalistic as to be rendered fairly pointless and devoid of any listening pleasure. Nice try, BH but this one will surely go down as one of your most bungled efforts. Even the the spastic banjo licks and nice melodic meandering at the end of "Spinal Cracker" are too little too late. Recommended only if you want weird for weird's sake with nothing tangible to grasp.

 Shadows Between the Sky by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.33 | 11 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars The year 2010 was a pivotal one in the twenty year career of the bizarre entity known as BUCKETHEAD. As the naughts proceeded Mr. Chicken Lover began releasing more and more albums under his own moniker with four being released in 2009. The very next year he would through this prolificacy explode as he would he would not only release three albums but also release an innocent little untitled album that was also known as "Happy Holidays From Buckethead" around Christmas time as a limited edition but unknowingly would launch the entire Pike series to follow. SHADOWS BETWEEN THE SKY, his 27th album is the first of the year and after a couple of strange avant-garde xenochrony type releases, BH reverts back to the same style as "A Real Diamond In The Rough." Like most of the albums released in this period, BH is joined by Dan Monti on bass and drum programming with Monti and Albert handling the production duties.

This is another fairly mellow album that could be compared to the "Colma" album of 1998. It is primarily constructed with clean guitar riffs, bass and percussion. Unlike previous albums of its ilk, this one has traces of flamenco as heard on the title track and more energetic percussive outbursts as well giving it more vim and vigor than other examples of BH's mellow musical journeys. While there are some great dark tracks like the slowcore "City Of Woe" which almost sounds like a spaghetti western that has been thawing after a cryogenic deepfreeze, many tracks such as "Rim Of The World" and "Sea Wall" are pretty much the mellow BH by the numbers routine with somewhat nonchalant clean guitar melodies that sort of have a verse / chorus structure and offer really nothing new in the vast BH palette.

"Sled Ride" is pretty cool as it is more upbeat with echoey guitar riffs, a nice atmospheric haze softening it out with energetic drums that offer more than a lazy march to the melody type of scenario. "Scenario" is proof that a truck can be mellow and still interesting as it has variations in its development and has nice riffs, echo effects and overall production dynamics. It is neither showy nor energetic but has captured the spirit of what it's trying to accomplish. Overall SHADOWS BETWEEN THE SKY is a mixed bag for me. There are some decent tracks but there are just as many okay but not outstanding ones. It's not a bad album to throw on when you're in a mellower sort of mood and fans of BH's slower material will love this one a lot more than i do but i have to admit that for his mellower albums that this one is decent if not consistent.

 Needle In A Slunk Stack by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars File under: loony bin weirdo music - the sequel (add the metal please)

On his 26th album and 4th and final of 2009, the chicken lover known as BUCKETHEAD did something rare and followed up one style of an album with another of the same. NEEDLE IN A SLUNK STACK (derived from the famous phrase 'needle in a haystack') directly follows in the predecessor "Forensic Follies" footsteps and once again utilizes xenochrony using recycled samples from previous releases, however unlike the "Follies," this one includes original drum tracks unlike the recycled percussion. The individual tracks are listed on Wikipedia for which albums they borrow their elements from but the lion's share come from "Inbred Mountain," "The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock," "Slaughterhouse On The Prairie" and "Island Of Lost Minds." Like the last album this one features BUCKETHEAD on guitar, Dan Monti on drum programming and the painstaking production tasks performed by Monti and Albert.

Stylistically this one is actually quite different because of the fact that the percussion is totally original allowing the samples of guitars, electronica and other accoutrements to layer over the beat which allows a more free flowing style rather than the rather strangely stilted staccato flow of "Forensic Follies." That is not to say that all that freakiness doesn't emerge here and there but there are more periods of "normal" BH sounds! Overall this one is simply less choppy (relatively speaking) and even has full on metal attacks such as on "Carcass Cable" on all the way through it is entirety which while the guitar riffs are recycled contain enough heft to create decent head banging tracks. To make this one work differently than the previous there is a lot of effort placed on the drum programming which i have to admit is handled quite beautifully with intricately precise time changes that are incredibly executed with full metal fury.

This is obviously one for the most adventurous of musical rollercoaster riders in BUCKETHEADLAND. These unorthodox xenochrony effects would even leave its inventor Frank Zappa wondering what kind of sonic assault he has been subjected to however like lots of bizarre avant-garde music, this one is based on an underpinning of blues riffs, funk or whatever and then dropped out leaving only the strangest elements to be heard. The metal riffing tracks are the easiest to digest but there is certainly more flow in this one. Personally i find this stuff fun to play guitar around since the "normal" elements have been subdued, it's a free-for-all for creative improvisation sessions. While i wouldn't expect to want to hear another album so soon after one of similar ilk, NEEDLE IN A SLUNK STACK approaches the sampling process in a totally different way which displays the different forks in the road by simply replacing the sampled percussive parts with totally original ones. Another underdog i've adopted in my collection of the weirdest and sickest music to be heard! Not as out there as "Forensic Follies" but not far behind :)

 Forensic Follies by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 2 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars File under: loony bin weirdo music

Anyone familiar with the eclectic world of BUCKETHEAD should expect anything in his long canon of musical wonderland however even within this unusual musician's bizarre something emerges that is even unusual for him. One of the strangest albums to be unleashed was the third album of 2009 titled FORENSIC FOLLIES which takes the avant-garde and experimental to new extremes. This was another one of those albums that was sold only at live shows and features Dan Monti on bass and drum programming as well as Monti and Albert sharing production duties which is a major part of what makes this album so unique.

The album primarily relies on xenochrony which is a studio-based technique that was invented in the 60s by Frank Zappa who learned how to extract different musical elements from previous albums and find a new way of putting them together on a future release. Perhaps the most famous of these was "Joe's Garage" and "Thing-Fish" which were just as weird and misunderstood as FORENSIC FOLLIES seems to be. There is a whole list of which tracks were borrowed from on the Wikipedia page of this album and the list is long but it seems like the lion's share is divided between "Island Of Lost Minds" and The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock."

While listening to this one, it is by no means apparent that these sounds are sampled from previous material as the sound samples are so short and staccato that it's all rendered unrecognizable. It is however a veritable trip into the psycho-ward as this free form flow of noise, guitar bloops and bleeps, power chords and other electronic effects seems rather random yet at times patterns of sanity emerge. This album is truly experimentalism for experiment's sake only and although i'm the biggest proponent of unleashed creativity flowing wherever it has free rein, i'll readily admit that this one may not have the most staying power after an initial listen.

Having said all that, FORENSIC FOLLIES has a wickedly turgid charm all its own. It's not that it's formless per se. There is an admirable attempt to keep a rhythmic flow going with the percussive drive whether it be from the drum programming or the methodology of stitching the samples together. There is even funky underpinnings at times. This is the kind of stuff i love throwing on when i'm in the most adventurous musical moods. This is avant-garde weirdo music like no other and for that bold and daring move i support this freak show in full glory. Basically this music isn't meant to be made for emotional connection and earworm burrowing effects. This is for those moments when you just wanna get all freaky wit yer badass self! In that regard, this is pretty brilliant and i support this underdog 100% although i admittedly have to be in the right mindset to subject myself to this however i do have an appetite for such madness ;p

 A Real Diamond in the Rough by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.83 | 17 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars With the release of his 24th album and 2nd of 2009, BUCKETHEAD dedicated this one to his legal representative Stan Diamond and thus is titled A REAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. Yet another album with BUCKETHEAD handling guitar duties, Bryan "Brain" Mantia on drums and Dan Monti on bass. He also handles the drum programming on some tracks. Like many of his "tribute" albums, this one is a warm sentimental collection of tracks that focus on emotion inducing stripped down melodies that are calm and reflective rather than bombastic and experimental. The album is much like earlier albums "Colma" or "Electric Tears" that take a journey into the placidity of atmospheric melodic tracks. Unlike those there a few upbeat guitar parts with heavy distortion and more energetic riffing. The production is crystal clear.

Tracks like "Dawn Appears" are as slowed down and ambient as the name suggests and have clean guitar parts, snail's-paced tempo and very melodic developments. Others like "Separate Sky" offer more variables that add greater dynamics including more rocking out and fuzzed out feedback. "Sundial" is a nice peppy series of popping echoey guitar lines that without percussion creates an interesting effect for its short duration. "Squid Ink" relies as much on the heft of percussion as it does on the ultra clean textures of the guitar riffs and clean production techniques. "Formless Present" takes the slowing down to the ultimate level providing a sample of slow core guitar riffing while "The Return Of Captain EO" takes on a heavy bluesy rock style.

For the most part A REAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is could hardly be called a rock album at all and focuses on chilled out clean guitar oriented tracks that slowly mediate rather than pulverize. There are nice tracks to be heard on this one but for me there are too many slower tracks that sound as if they could've been leftovers for previous albums of the similar style and even when BH rocks out, it feels purposefully held back. On top of that the album doesn't flow to my liking as the placement of certain tracks doesn't make sense in the big scheme of things. Fans of BH's mellower albums will probably dig this more than i do and as i stated, there is plenty of decent material here but there also seems to be a lot of recycling going on in the creativity department as well.

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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