BUCKETHEAD - PIKE 68 - ASSIGNMENT 033-03 27th album out of 60 in 2014 and 98th overall All sounds brought to you by Buckethead and all instrumental This one has 6 tracks that clock in at 29:04 Tracks pretty much all blend into each other
“0” (4:54) begins with a thunderous rolling chugging riff that quickly changes into industrial metal, then funk metal, then psychedelic keyboard rock, then noise, then thrash metal, then a guitar solo, then electronica…..whew! Ok, this is one of those that changes it up every few measures into something completely new and it seems like no genre rock is left unturned as there’s downtempo, ambient, progressive metal, thrash metal, lounge music and more!
“3” (4:40) continues the same ending melody line and then keeps it melodic for a while. Unlike the beginning track which was ALL over the place changing tempos, melodies, genres and pretty much every aspect of music itself, this one keeps a steady beat and melodic development for the most part. It does change things up with tempo, sound dynamics and electronic embellishments but is much more consistent in keeping the atmosphere rolling in a linear way although it does begin to meander more about half way through with extreme clashing of musical elements whether they be techno with metal guitar solos or whatever strikes BH’s fancy
“3” (5:31) continues the BUCKETHEAD show with mellow electronic keys and then suddenly jumps into oddly timed guitar riffs and then off to a solo then drum rolls then wild heavy metal riffs with electronic freakiness and so forth and so on. It’s back to changing it up every few measures alternating the most mellow with the most brutal passages and always making it sound ominous and menacing
“-“ (4:44) imperceptibly continues the bizarre agglutination of musical elements that form a monstrous musical Frankenstein where snippets of this and snippets of that are stitched together. The usual elements continue: metal guitar riffs and solos, electronica, various percussive beats, chilling ambience etc
“0” (4:22) does change things up with an electronic funky beat but then it becomes downtempo electronica with a church organ and then changes it up again. More all over the map deliveries
“3” (4:48) continues the madness with changes every few seconds contrasting super slow and mellow with the fast and brutal
This is basically a musical collage which is not unique in the PIKE universe, however some of them stand out more than others for whatever reason and this one doesn’t quite hit me like some of the others. The elements are randomly placed next to each other and there is really no continuity on this whatsoever. This is truly music for the schizophrenic insane. While i do like this kind of stuff, i’ve just heard better versions of it at this point