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Brian Patrick Carroll - Born 1969-05-13 (Huntington Beach, USA)

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

3.25 | 13 ratings
Bucketheadland
1992
4.08 | 19 ratings
Giant Robot
1994
3.20 | 11 ratings
The Day of the Robot
1996
3.70 | 32 ratings
Colma
1998
4.30 | 19 ratings
Monsters and Robots
1999
3.82 | 9 ratings
Some Where Over The Slaughterhouse
2001
3.10 | 10 ratings
Funnel Weaver
2002
3.63 | 11 ratings
Bermuda Triangle
2002
4.02 | 27 ratings
Electric Tears
2002
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pandemoniumfromamerica (with Viggo Mortensen)
2003
3.81 | 13 ratings
Bucketheadland 2
2003
3.79 | 9 ratings
Island of Lost Minds
2004
4.15 | 22 ratings
Population Override
2004
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
2004
1.05 | 2 ratings
Intelligence Failure (with Viggo Mortensen)
2005
4.06 | 12 ratings
Enter the Chicken
2005
3.83 | 10 ratings
Kaleidoscalp
2005
3.78 | 8 ratings
Inbred Mountain
2005
3.91 | 3 ratings
Chicken Noodles (with Travis Dickerson)
2006
3.93 | 8 ratings
The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock
2006
4.25 | 17 ratings
Crime Slunk Scene
2006
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pho' hu'ynh Hie^p 1 / Kevin's Noodle House
2007
3.00 | 2 ratings
Chicken Noodles II (with Travis Dickerson)
2007
3.00 | 2 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
3.25 | 9 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 | 2 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
3.82 | 3 ratings
Forensic Follies
2009
3.91 | 4 ratings
Needle In A Slunk Stack
2009
3.00 | 2 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 | 2 ratings
Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson)
2010
2.90 | 11 ratings
Look Up There
2011
2.46 | 7 ratings
Underground Chamber
2011
3.92 | 7 ratings
3 Foot Clearance
2011
4.00 | 7 ratings
Empty Space
2011
3.56 | 11 ratings
It's Alive
2011
3.92 | 5 ratings
Balloon Cement
2012
3.12 | 6 ratings
March of the Slunks
2012
3.04 | 9 ratings
Racks
2012
3.08 | 6 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
2.13 | 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
3.00 | 6 ratings
Outpost
2014
1.18 | 3 ratings
Celery
2014
3.00 | 4 ratings
Snow Slug
2014
2.17 | 5 ratings
Leave The Light On
2014
4.88 | 5 ratings
Pike 75 - Twilight Constrictor
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 76
2014
3.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 77 - Bumbyride Dreamlands
2014
4.91 | 3 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
3.74 | 4 ratings
Outlined For Citacis
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cycle
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
City Of Ferris Wheels
2014
2.35 | 7 ratings
Claymation Courtyard
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Hide In The Pickling Jar
2014
3.76 | 6 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
2.50 | 2 ratings
42
2014
3.04 | 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 | 8 ratings
Passageways
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 69
2014
3.67 | 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
3.00 | 3 ratings
Wishes
2014
3.59 | 11 ratings
Hold Me Forever In Memory of My Mom Nancy York Carroll
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Grand Gallery
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Coaster Coat
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
Geppetos Trunk
2014
3.86 | 3 ratings
Abandoned Slaughterhouse
2014
3.83 | 4 ratings
Ydrapoej
2014
3.19 | 8 ratings
Monument Valley
2014
3.86 | 3 ratings
Cutout Animatronic
2014
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Boiling Pond
2014
4.64 | 6 ratings
Factory
2014
1.58 | 7 ratings
Footsteps
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
43
2014
3.82 | 3 ratings
Yarn
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Backwards Chimney
2014
2.29 | 5 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
3.05 | 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 | 3 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
2.95 | 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 | 3 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
3.05 | 5 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 | 5 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
3.13 | 4 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
1.05 | 2 ratings
Cove Cloud
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Out of the Attic
2016
1.05 | 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
2.00 | 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 | 4 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 | 4 ratings
Pike 264 - Poseidon
2017
4.83 | 4 ratings
Pike 265 - Ride Operator Q Bozo
2017
3.86 | 3 ratings
Pike 273 - Guillotine Furnace
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
2.13 | 4 ratings
Pike 272 - Coniunctio
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 274 - Forneau Cosmique
2018
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 275 - Dreamthread
2018
4.00 | 1 ratings
5-13 10-31
2018
2.14 | 3 ratings
Pike 276 - Healing Inside Outside Every Side
2020
4.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 277 - Division Is the Devil's Playground
2020
3.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 278 - Unexpected Journeys
2020
3.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 279 - Skeleton Keys
2020
3.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 283 - Once Upon a Distant Plane
2020
3.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 281 - The Sea Remembers Its Own
2020
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 282 - Toys R Us Tantrums
2020
3.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 280 - In Dreamland
2020
3.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 284 - Through The Looking Garden
2020

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)

3.00 | 1 ratings
SIGIL Soundtrack
2019

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

2.95 | 3 ratings
KFC Skin Piles
2001
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Rising Sun
2011
2.00 | 1 ratings
Mirror In The Cellar
2018
3.00 | 2 ratings
Missing My Parents
2018

BUCKETHEAD Reviews


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 Pike 284 - Through The Looking Garden by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.05 | 2 ratings

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

3 stars BUCKETHEAD is as predictable for releasing albums as much as his musical tastes and stylistic shifts with one year resulting in hundreds of releases and some years zilch. While 2020 hasn't hatched the most eggs, there have been a few lately and next in the never-ending procession of the PIKE series is PIKE 284 - THROUGH THE LOOKING GARDEN and is a title i have absolutely no friggin idea what it is supposed to represent :D

This PIKE is normal in that it only plays around the 30 minute mark but unusual in that it only showcases a single title track. It also seems after the odd out of order releases of the numbering system that the PIKE series is back on track. This one is the usual instrumental affair with BH playing everything and once again no chickens were harmed in the making of it.

Despite this one sounding like dozens of other PIKEs that start slowly and then build up into alternative metal style with similar sounding riffs and by the book motifs, the PIKEs of the last year or two have gotten better in the production department with crisp clear sound effects bleeding into the overall atmosphere and THROUGH THE LOOKING GARDEN is no exception.

While the riffs and musical flavors are been there done that, this PIKE features more atmospheric counterpoints and a few more guitar slides and other tricks. The tempo ranges from slow to midrange and the album never really gets to fired up with space rock guitar solos being the most feisty moments to occur. The riffs are cyclical with a never-ending repetition of the same chord progressions and although this is long, it's not exactly progressive.

After reviewing every single BUCKETHEAD album and the other 283 PIKEs, it's getting harder to get excited when the albums are just variations of each other in many regards. I wish BH would be as unique and creative like in the beginning when every album was explosive and bursting with creative mojo. Like many of these, PIKE 284 just seems to be content with being one more edition in the series rather than standing out. It's all well done and the music isn't bad at all. Like many PIKEs this one makes great background music but doesn't really rise above and beyond the call of duty to make a truly excellent experience although there are some great guitar solos towards the end.

 Pike 280 - In Dreamland by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.05 | 2 ratings

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

3 stars As we approach Thanksgiving 2020 in the USA i suddenly have a bizarre notion. I've reviewed every single BUCKETHEAD album as a solo artist under that moniker (and the BUCKETHEADLAND one). I feel like i've become fused with this mystery man behind the mask below a KFC hat. Have we become psychically connected like Voldemort and Harry Potter? If so which one am i? LOL. These are the existential quandaries of the universe i ponder on a daily basis. No wonder i'm socially awkward :/

The great mystery of what happened to PIKE 280 has been solved and released after PIKEs 281-283 and finally appears in November 2020 with the extended issue title IN DREAMLAND. This one features four tracks and clocks in at 30 seconds shy of 30 minutes. This is one of those mellow acoustic rock albums that Mr Chicken Lover has released so many of. Gawd, i really wanna call him Clucky Nogger.

There's really not much to say about these. He's done quite a few at this point. Lazy slow tempos with clean guitar riffs, mellow atmospheres frosting the horizon with a bass and drumming section that merely accompanies the lazy processions of arpeggios and unambitious guitar licks. Yep, it's all been done before but these newer ones are much better for some reason as the production has been much improved and a nice backdrop atmosphere is like a zephyr wind that the melodies ride upon. Sleepy time is upon us.

Yeah, this has been called lullaby music and it's certainly not my favorite style of BUCKETHEAD's rotisseries of genre mashups but like i said'. these newer ones just work a tad bit better than the older ones and i can only surmise that is due to production upgrades. Glad mr BH is using the proceeds for a good cause. Not my fave yeah but for those into the mellower side of Clucky Nog, then this one is for YOU! Just don't expect any chickens to lay any eggs over this. For that they need BH to break out da funk! OK, nothing more. Next.

 Pike 282 - Toys R Us Tantrums by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
2.00 | 1 ratings

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

— First review of this album —
2 stars Seventh installment of BUCKETHEAD's PIKE series in the year 2020

Consists of six tracks that clock in at 28:28

PIKE 282 - TOYS R US TANTRUMS follows PIKE 281 but PIKE 280 is still missing

Like all PIKEs, all instrumental with everything played by chicken dude

The title track begins with a metal swagger and a nice off-kilter riff that really kinda sounds like a tantrum in a toy store! There are some nice changes in this one. No it's not one of those genre skipping types of tracks, just nice dynamics, tempos and other subtle changes that make it fun.

"Gramercy Park" continues the same metal riffing with the same tones and timbres but also has one of those sweeping backdrop atmospheres. The track engages in a robust rhythm section with a nice secondary guitar part providing sustaining note sweeps.

"Statue For Bootsy" which refers to the legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins and pretty much continues the established sound. I was hoping for something more funky and in the vein of Funkadelic or Parliament but it's just a generic riffing session and doesn't bring Bootsy to mind at all. Rather long and tedious.

"The Kids That Rain Lightning" once again follows suit with a similar mid-tempo alt metal approach with crunchy distorted guitar riffs and a wailing guitar atmospheric generator along with a subtle synth sweep in the background. Everything's starting to sound the same at this point. Ready to dose off.

"Plaid" is the mellowest track on board with a slow dreamy intro. Arpeggiated guitars and no percussive accompaniment. The final straw for checking out of a rather undynamic PIKE experience. Not sure why BH fans love to hear these recycled riffs ad nauseam. At least it's short.

"Redeem Team Live" comes originally from the "Albino Slug" album from 2008. This was a great era for BUCKETHEAD before he started releasing gazillions of generic music that only differed slightly. Unfortunately "Albino Slug" isn't my favorite album. In fact this PIKE is sort of a recycled version of that album and about as mediocre.

Just my opinion but this one is fairly boring. One of those quantity over quality PIKEs.

 Pike 281 - The Sea Remembers Its Own by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 281 - The Sea Remembers Its Own
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Sixth installment of the BUCKETHEAD world of PIKES in 2020 released on Oct 4th, 2020

Five tracks that add up to a second shy of 28 minutes

PIKE 281 - THE SEA REMEMBERS ITS OWN has been released after PIKE 283 which means PIKES 280 and 281 are still M.I.A. Like all PIKEs, this one is totally instrumental.

'Reflection On The Clouds' is a nice alternative metal mix with a robust riffing frenzy however it seems this one is primarily inspired by the Bumblefoot song 'Don Pardo's Pimpwagon' from his '911' album, a track that featured Matthias Eklundh as a guest guitarist. Just different enough not to be a ripoff but i know my guitarists!

The title track is less robust and focuses on a more atmospheric mid-tempo procession with typical hard / soft dynamics that implement arpeggio action and cranks out some of the newer production techniques of newer PIKES. Unfortunately this one is too familiar for its own good. Sounds like a dozen or so tunes and doesn't stand out. It's also the longest track and outstays its welcome at nearly 8 minutes long.

'Underneath' is a bit more interesting with an undulating guitar riff that provides a dark restless sensation with a bit of surf rock sensibilities. Now this one actually sounds like something new! Now only is the guitar interesting but the interaction between the bass, drums and atmospheric keyboards is quite pleasant as well.

'The Triangle's Mind' is another mid-tempo rocker with jangly guitar riffs, light breezy drumming and bass. I have to say that i'm loving the tones and timbres on the newer PIKEs and this one has some countrified dusty desert spirit emerging from the guitar riffs but unfortunately the drumming sounds a little bland and could use some sprucing up. It's OK but falls flat in the end.

'Cauldron's Calling' brings some much needed metal life into this otherwise sleepy but not comatose PIKE. It begins very sleepy but just as i'm about to yawn it explodes into a pyroclastic guitar stomping session of heavy distorted staccato which allows the distortion to bleed into the cracks. Followed by some innovative guitar shredding this exemplifies BH's most interesting guitar innovating antics. This one is by far my favorite track here but woefully ends shortly after 2 minutes. I would've preferred an entire album like this. Wah!

 Pike 283 - Once Upon a Distant Plane by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 283 - Once Upon a Distant Plane
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars BUCKETHEAD's 2020 return hasn't exactly been up to the level of previous years but he's certainly been cranking out more products than the average artist with five releases so far this year along with a something fairly new which is a bunch of singles. Always finding a way to be a bit off kilter and a major headache for databases, the chicken lover has hatched a new egg from the coop in the form of PIKE 283 - ONCE UPON A DISTANT PLANE but the wild thing is that this follows 'Pike 279 - Skeleton Keys' so it's clear that a bunch of PIKEs have hatched but not been completely finished and BH is releasing them out of order.

This is another around 30 minute PIKE with six tracks and fits right in with pretty much a majority of those in the PIKE serious. It's all instrumental, heavily steeped in alternative rock / metal and finds the prolific one playing all the instruments. Also like many PIKEs these days, it has a been there / done that familiarity that doesn't really allow it to stick out from the incessant flow of PIKEs of the last 10 years.

The opening title track runs over ten minutes and easily swallows up a third of the playing time. While familiar sounding it is a bit different in that is mixes the slow lullaby styled slower PIKE tunes with the heavier alternative ones in that it has a slower mid-tempo procession with spaced out atmospheric backing with crunchy guitar heft with echo effects. Melodically it sounds like a gazillion releases before but on the production end of things it's much more refined in how a warm atmospheric haze oscillates in the background.

'The Cosmic Mirror' pretty much follows the same way. Introductory echoey spaced out guitars find electric guitars slow build up. The familiar melody and dynamics doesn't make this one stand out much. 'Space Beyond Question' is a bit more interesting with a nice groove and then sounds like a banjo part followed by some cool guitar distortion and unique drum interaction. This is the kind of track i keep sticking around to listen to the next PIKE however these interesting gems are too far and few between these days. This is one of those tracks that changes up tempo, dynamics, timbres and time signatures and the kind i love best from BUCKET-Bro. Sounds a bit like something that could've been on 'Monsters And Robots,' one of my top BH picks.

'The Miner's Lamp' is another satisfying groovy metal track that quickly transmogrifies into an avant-garde space sequence then to funk metal and then back to the clean guitar avant-prog weirdness and then back to a bombastic metal groovy stomp sequence. It's just as innovative and basically based on the blues but very cleverly done. Another winner! The final two tracks showcase another new phenomena as of 2020 with BH adding a track or two of live tracks that appeared on previous PIKES.

'Ghosts Of Broken Eggs' originally appeared on 'Pike 101 - In The Hollow Hills and is basically a slow bluesy rocker that showcases some guitar soloing. Nothing super exciting compositionally speaking but well performed. The second live track is the title one from the more recent 'Pike 274 - Forneau Cosmique' which begins with a clean space rock guitar but quickly erupts into the now classic alternative metal groove from countless PIKEs. BH basically solos around a rather ho hum metal riff. These types of BH tracks are undynamic and not really my favorites but the track is competently performed and decent if you haven't heard a gazillion almost identical examples.

Overall PIKE 283 will be remembered more for being released before PIKEs 280-282 in the wild rollercoaster ride of 2020. Two tracks: 'Space Beyond Question' and 'The Miner's Lamp' are excellent top notch BH material and although the rest of the album isn't OMG excellent creatively speaking, this is a fairly consistent PIKE in its content and presentation. Good but not really the best of the best.

 Pike 279 - Skeleton Keys by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 279 - Skeleton Keys
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Another day, another egg hatchling for BUCKETHEAD as he leaves the sanctuary of the coop in BUCKETHEADLAND to unleash a slew of new PIKEs onto a world that hasn't seen much activity from him in the last couple of years.

PIKE 279 - SKELETON KEYS is the third release of 2020 and contains a mere four tracks that just inch over the 29 minute mark. After the mindf.u.c.k of PIKE 278 with no comic book insignia and the question of whether it was a PIKE (not to mention it came out BEFORE Pike 277), the mystery seems to be over as PIKE 279 continues the now traditional comic book format.

SKELETON KEYS is pretty much a by-the-numbers PIKE in many ways however BUCKETHEAD has gotten much better unifying his disparate styles into his musical meanderings. This one is pretty much based in his usual alternative metal riffing however the funk is expressed in a heavier grooviness. The melodies are a bit more sophisticated than previous years and there are pseudo-proggy breaks that alternate between clean guitar space rock and crunchy metal madness. "Eyes of the Wind" is a fairly typical alt metal track whereas "Dancing In The Snow" is much more varied with heavy and softer transitions.

"Maskatron Roper Day of the Robot (Dedicated to John Saxon)" follows the alt metal path but also engages in those chicken strut type riffs. The production has become much more subtle in the last couple of years with eerie background atmospheres lurking beneath the heavy rock veneer. There's some great guitar work in this one as well with different layers of riffing and more interesting than usual chord progressions and rhythmic breaks.

The title track is the longest at just shy of 13 minutes. Unsurprisingly it maintains the heavy alt rock guitar distortion and riffing frenzies although it starts off on the lighter side of the alt rock universe. This is basically a mid-tempo alt metal rocker that doesn't deviate from the basic motif of metal riffing on slowmo. Not bad but not outstandingly brilliant either.

This PIKE is decently done but doesn't get my BH juices flowing either. I guess i've become spoiled with the frenetic genre-jumping technical workout albums that i just find these to be a tad mediocre. Maybe it's time to employ a vocalist to animate some lyrics. This type of music needs some counterpoint and a vocalist would be the perfect solution. Maybe this is for karaoke where you improvise the words! LOL.

 Pike 278 - Unexpected Journeys by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Pike 278 - Unexpected Journeys
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars BUCKETHEAD seems to have returned from a deep slumber where he was in the coop in BUCKETHEADLAND getting his mojo worked on. After over two decades of hatching hundreds of eggs, the chicken lover shocked his fanbase in 2019 with no a single release with the sole exception of a compilation of tracks that became the Sigil Soundtrack. 2020 has seen thus far only the release of "Pike 276 - Healing Inside Outside Every Side" which was one of those recycled slow ballady types lullaby albums, the type of which i'm not too fond of because they basically are an endless loop of been-there-done-that cliches.

Always one to mess with our minds and make database entries a complete headache, BH followed up with a new release titled UNEXPECTED JOURNEYS but with no comic book insignia in the left top corner to indicate it was a part of the PIKE series, we were left to wonder WTF. This album was instantly referred to as PIKE 278 - UNEXPECTED JOURNEYS but where was PIKE 277? Ugh. Going along with the flow this seems to have been adopted whether rightfully so or not as a bonafide PIKE so PIKE 278 it is. Now that may very well be the intention of an album titled UNEXPECTED JOURNEYS, huh?

This is in regular PIKE fashion hovering around 30 minutes (28 actually) and is one of those alternative metal styled albums that takes crunch alt metal riffing and adds a bit of pseudo-prog to the mix. The opening "Familiar Spirit" is aptly titled as it evokes countless prior PIKEs of this same style whereas "Where The Sun Sails And The Moon Walks" offers an alternating mix between clean dreamy guitar led space rock with heavier crunchier rock riffs that could easily fit in on AC/DC's "Back In Black" album. Like every other PIKE this is vocal free with only BH playing guitars, drums, bass, keys, whatever.

"BooBoo Got His Black Belt" continues the alt metal craze only adds more electronic wizardry however this track definitely sounds like a gazillion other PIKEs from the past. "The Caterpillar's Trail" is the lengthy beast on this one just shy of the 9 minute mark. It's a nice slinking space rock track that employs typical PIKE melodies both acoustically and with clean soft tones of electric instruments. Nothing new but pleasant as usual. Definitely too long for its own good. "G.H.S. Live" as the title suggests is really a live track! It's sort of a stomping groove beginning that gets all weird. It's a good move because it shows how BH can animate some of these tracks into crowd pleasers.

Overall, a mixed back like most PIKEs. Some great moments, some generic ones and some that have already been done to death. Personally i think the last live track is the best of the lot but nothing on here is bad or unlistenable just average in the sea of PIKEs. Needs a little more oomf than the PIKE has to deliver and thankfully that's saved by the "G.H.S." track which doesn't appear to be on any album in a studio format at least under this name. The chicken man has returned from the coop with many new hatchlings to promote. Bring em on, BH!

 Pike 277 - Division Is the Devil's Playground by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Pike 277 - Division Is the Devil's Playground
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Despite his prolific output in recent years, the chicken loving BUCKETHEAD has all but disappeared in the last 3 years with a very scarce output with 2019 seeing no releases in PIKES and 2020 resulting in a scarcity of product but then again unpredictability is the name of the game with this bizarre musical wonder who has hatched some of the weirdest musical specimens of all time.

PIKE 277 - DIVISION IS THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND finds BH releasing his 277th installment of the PIKE universe unusually after the release of PIKE 278 but when all is weird it's just a blip in the reality index. This is probably one of the shortest PIKEs of all with 7 tracks clocking in a the 23:49 timeline. While PIKE 276 was all about new age and ambience, PIKE 277 gets back to the BH that i love the best, namely getting wild, weird and unpredictable!

Basically this shorty PIKE is only 7 tracks each titled with a Roman numeral. "I" shows BH is back into his more exciting experimental antics with super fast and crunch heavy metal riffs, progressive time signature outbursts and electronic accoutrements. While not ridiculously original in the PIKE series, BH has mastered the art of production with nice sound effects to echo his guitar playing and electronica freakery. The first track also has a nice anthemic melody to kick things off.

"II" features a sizzling virtuosic solo along with a metronome type of steady percussive beat but of course starts shapeshifting into strange amoeba shaped sounds and then back to stampeding thunderous metal riffage. It's a veritable medley of BH-isms. Me like! So much better than lullaby albums in my world. Oh yeah, don't forget to get funked because there's plenty of that here too :D

By the time "III" hits it's obvious why track titles are meaningless because so are beginnings and endings to individual tracks. The whole PIKE is one of those amorphous monsters that flows as a continuous change-em-up-and-often offerings. Basically we get heavy metal (thrash, classic, progressive, neoclassical) along with funk, space rock, electronic weirdness and other forms of WTF! There's basically no rhyme or reason to which style emerges and for how long it lasts but that's what makes these PIKEs so much fun!

BH shows off some of his best guitar work in a long time on DIVISION IS THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND. Not only is his fiery passion alive and well but after countless of meh PIKEs that recycle the same old crap, this one is HOT and fueled with a sense of rejuvenation. This one isn't boring for one minute. It's quite intense and stuffed to the gill with creative energetic outburst. At 23 minutes this is just the right length and although there are plenty of recycled ideas from the past, somehow they are all presented here in a slightly new fashion.

 Pike 276 - Healing Inside Outside Every Side by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2020
2.14 | 3 ratings

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

2 stars It's amazing how prolific BUCKETHEAD was just a few years ago after having released more than 200 albums in just a couple years but that started to taper off a couple years ago and surprisingly he didn't release anything new in 2019 except for the 'Sigil Sountrack' which was a compilation of tracks from various Pikes. Finally in March 2020 he has released his twenty-millionth album (i may be slightly off on that one) titled HEALING INSIDE OUTSIDE EVERY SIDE and even though it doesn't say it on the album artwork, apparently this is considered PIKE 276 officially speaking.

Well, after over a year since 'Bucketheadland 10 31' which was released on Halloween 2018 i was expecting the chicken lover to rekindle his mojo magic that made some of his earlier albums so amazingly great. It seems he took to the road and went on a lengthy live circuit tour to reconnect with fans after spending so many years in the coop. Unfortunately it seems that BUCKETHEAD is simply regurgitating all of the ideas that he has presented ad infinitum with nothing new under the sun. This is one of those dreamy slow-tempo acoustic pop rock albums. This one has six tracks and clocks in just over 30 minutes. The album was led off by the single 'How Much Does A Thought Weigh' but the entire album pretty much sounds just like this opener.

This is very much in the vein as over a dozen of this style of album that began way back with 'Colma' and has run its course a long time ago. I'm sure many will eat this up as it is beautifully recorded and presents a nice safe sonic zone to bliss out in but seriously, how many of these albums are needed? What's the point? It seems the chicken lover has totally run dry of ideas but every time i consider such a notion he'll pop out a doozy of interesting experimental metal, so this is just a teaser i suppose to announce he's back but personally i find this rather boring as it's been done too many times and much better on the earliest examples of this style of music. To each their own but for me, meh.

 Colma by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.70 | 32 ratings

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Colma
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Review by patrickq
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2 stars Since Buckethead recorded these songs for his mother, who was recovering from colon cancer, I thought the title of this album must be a portmanteau of "colon" and "coma." Turns out Colma is a cemetery city in California. So that makes sense, right?

Colma was my introduction to the artist's music. Prior to that I had known Buckethead as the guy who released an album every week, and I wondered whether this was the same guy who temporarily took Slash's place in Guns & Roses. Turns out it's the same guy. So I kind of expected this album to be shredded cheese, like Yngwie Malmsteen in a serious time crunch.

Well, I was way off. Colma is a new-age album,* and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's a showcase for pensive, slightly jazzy guitar. For the most part, it's electro-acoustic, with lots of digital delay on the otherwise mostly clean guitar, and mostly programmed or looped drums. There's even scratching on a few tracks, with mixed results. Half of the songs don't include drums; "Big Sur Moon" is just Buckethead and his heavily-delayed guitar, la the Edge. "Wishing Well" is primarily two guitars, maybe something like Steve Howe. And the final four songs ("Wondering," "Watching the Boats with My Dad," "Ghost (pt. 2)," and "Colma") also eschew percussion.

On the plus side, Colma has nice melodies, is expertly executed, and hangs together as an album. And "Machete" rivals similar efforts by Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. But as a whole, the album doesn't stand out among the thousands of solo instrumental albums released by guitarists in the 1980s and 1990s.

*Colma is actually much new-agier than Howe's The Grand Scheme of Things, which hit #15 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart in 1994.

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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