BUCKETHEAD — Pike 305 - Two Story Hourglass (review)

BUCKETHEAD — Pike 305 - Two Story Hourglass album cover Album · 2022 · Alternative Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
siLLy puPPy
BUCKETHEAD’s third release of 2022 is PIKE 305- TWO STORY HOURGLASS and features only two tracks that barely race past the 29-minute mark. The opening title track swallows most of the playing time with over 21 minutes leaving the second “Growing Gills” at just shy of 8 minutes.

The sprawling title track is a one of those common alt metal tracks with all instrumental guitar riffing sessions accompanied by thumping bass and drums. As with many of the more recent PIKEs of the same ilk, this one has an atmospheric backdrop that sort of steers the chord progressions as it drops in and out of the soundscape. While competent and not offensive to the ears, unfortunately this is like the gazillionth rendition of the same basic formula that takes a recurring theme and spirals out to an unnecessary playing time. Background music only. It goes on and on and on :/

“Growing Gills” is a bit feistier with heftier guitar distortion and a faster tempo. This one sustains pretty much the same chord progressions but changes the riffs up with alternating softer passages and the grungy faster ones. This one is a lot more interesting than the opener as it has different ways of mixing up the riffing sessions up with varying intensity. Also some cool slide action. Probably one of the heaviest tracks from BH in a while.

Overall not an outstanding PIKE but decent enough to call good. Above average but not excellent either. I’m sure another one is about to hatch so see ya next time!
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
3 months ago
If you want REALLY good BH music, go back to the 90s stuff and yeah that is a pretty cool album title!
Vim Fuego wrote:
3 months ago
I can't say much of his music does anything for me, but Two Story Hourglass is a brilliant name for an album!
Tupan wrote:
3 months ago
Yeah, some releases with a full band would even renew his inspiration for future Pikes.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
3 months ago
Me too! These Pikes have long gotten stale.
Tupan wrote:
3 months ago
I would love to see Buckethead playing with a band again!

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