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4 stars BUCKETHEAD - PIKE 87 - Interstellar Slunk 46th album out of 60 in 2014 and 116th overall All sounds brought to you by Buckethead and all instrumental This has 4 tracks that clock in at 30:52

"Barney Peeled Out" (5:41) starts out hard and heavy and totally electrified with a speedy guitar solo accompanied by drums whizzing up and down the scales with hammer on pyrotechnics and then turns into a heavy metal riff but jumps back into guitar solo wankery. It continues this way with no bass heard at all. It's just guitar solos with drums. The solo just goes on and on and increases intensity while the drums lazily keep the beat and then towards the end finally pick up bursts of speed at times. Pretty cool energetic load of wankery here although a little aimless

"Coral Castle" (12:51) begins with highly distorted guitar chords and this one is much slower being in the mid tempo range but then guitar solos erupt over the grungy mix. The track then takes a stroll down time sig alley and changes the timing up every few measures. The bass is super down tuned and sounds like the strings are barely tightened up at all! The bass and guitar proceed to play out of sync with each other as the guitar solo starts whizzing around with nary a care of the rest of the music. It then becomes bass led but the bass is also very bizarre in how it changes up riffs itself at the drop of a hat. In the middle it gets weird with a deep bass groove accompanied by schizoid guitar madness that sounds like the guitars are talking in an alien language which of course is a technique Steve Vai has used in his career. The talking guitar evolves into a swing jazz type of feel and then jumps into a bizarre solo. This one is totally swinging and avant-groovy. Kinda liking this one a lot. It's totally nuts!

"Flat Fleet" (8:58) starts out with a chugging bluesy metal groove riff that has some guitar solos join in every so often. After a while some frenetic electronic sounds join in and the guitar solos get more energetic and unhinged while the riff chugs along. There are some electronica freak outs that pop up occasionally. The guitar solos begin to become more extensive and complex although rooted in a bluesy style. It all pulls back and becomes simple bluesy metal for a while and then allows the guitar to get carried away again

"0.5" (3:22) is completely different than the rest of the tracks. It begins as a dark ambient track with a hypnotic electronically processed something that reverberates and repeats as it's pitch raises. Very bizarre and trance inducing

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |


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