Buckethead
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell


4.5
superb

Review

by Lambda USER (66 Reviews)
December 30th, 2007 | 18 replies | 9,652 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A superb album.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Buckethead is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He is extremely diverse as an artist, playing everything from country to techno to metal. On The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell, he is playing almost entirely the latter. This album is filled with heavy riffs and solos. Also, Brain is featured on this album, and his drumming is exceptional. The double bass pedals are amazingly fast and his drumming blends in with Buckethead's guitar and bass playing perfectly.

If you're like me, and like the music in metal but don't much care for the screaming vocals, than this album is for you. This album is entirely instrumental; there are no vocals whatsoever on this album. There must be at least fifty riffs on this album, maybe more. This makes it so that the songs all sound different from one another, despite them all having the same idea behind them. (Granted, there may be a few exceptions to this.)

As I said before, the album is filled with heavy riffs. However, these riffs differentiate from one another. Buckethead's guitar sounds superb here. On the opening track, Descent Of The Damned, a clock is heard ticking and then the song explodes into madness. Brains' drumming is incredible, and before long Buckethead's crazy playing comes in and an amazing solo is heard. I also really like the end riff to this song.

The bass on this album is just as good as the guitar, however. This is noticeable on songs like The Treeman and Yellowed Hide. I believe Buckethead played bass as well as guitar on this album, so hats off to him for that too.

Another great thing about this album is the song titles. They fit the songs perfectly and sound cool too. I mean, Spokes For The Wheel Of Torment, One Tooth Of The Time Train... come on! Those are awesome titles, and they really do match the songs perfectly.

If by now you're thinking, "This album is all metal, I'm not gonna like it." then think again. There is one track on here that breaks up the steady flow of mad distorted riffs and that is The Black Forest. I think this song is played entirely on an acoustic guitar, and if it isn't, it sure sounds like it Granted, it still sounds demented, but the electronic drumming and bizarre riffs do a great job to break up the album.

Brain's double bass pedalling is completely insane. In fact, not just the double bass pedalling is, everything on the album he does is. If you don't belive, listen to Bedlam's Bluff, The Treeman, and pretty much just about any other song on the album.

This album has periods of silence that last about a second in some songs. This is oftentimes to change a riff or simply there to give you a moment's rest in this maniacal journey. Also, the production quality is excellent. Everything sounds awesome and the drum and guitar volumes are perfect relative to one another.

Buckethead does have some incredible solos on this album. Moths To Flame has an incredible beginning and near the middle of the song Buckethead has an awesome solo. Also, the aforementioned Descent of the Damned and Arc Of The Pendulum have incredible solos as well.

A stand-out track on the album for me is Beaten With Sledges. The low melody parts and riffs used in this song (such as the one that starts around 0:44 and another one that starts around 1:57) are brilliant and fit the song perfectly. Also Brain's drumming and Buckethead's playing are superb here as usual.

Overall, this album is incredible. Every song on here has something to like about. Buckethead's guitar and bass playing are absolutely incredible and so is Brain's drumming. If you like metal music and don't much care for the screaming vocals than this album is for you. If you're a Buckethead fan than this is album for you. Every track on this album is awesome.

4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
blackened07
December 30th 2007



949 Comments


Just about everything buckethead has done is classic IMO.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2007



7924 Comments


at least 50 riffs? hahahaha

Doppelganger
December 30th 2007



3124 Comments


Fifty riffs in one album, Coke.

Review is eh. Some of your grammar is off and the structuring of your paragraphs is odd, ex. the third paragraph.This Message Edited On 12.30.07

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2007



7924 Comments


It just seems so arbitrary and random.

Doppelganger
December 30th 2007



3124 Comments


I was being sarcastic

Skyler
December 30th 2007



1084 Comments


I don't know about you guys, but the number of sweet riffs in an album is how I
determine my final score.

Alright review. You should try and void using adjectives like "amazing" and "fantastic"
to describe things, because it really doesn't tell anybody anything.This Message Edited On 12.30.07

Shattered_Future
December 30th 2007



1539 Comments


Am I the only one who thinks that the drums were programmed on this album? They sure sound like it...

Review's alright. Odd phrasing at points, and it's a bit fanboyish. There is no way this is a 5/5...Buckethead rapes the same chromatic diddly patterns over and over throughout this album. Granted, it's cool, but it starts to wear down after the 7th or so track.

Kage
December 30th 2007



1173 Comments


[QUOTE=Shattered_Future]Buckethead rapes the same chromatic diddly patterns over and over throughout this album.[/QUOTE]
You're so wrong.

omgwtfboogie
December 31st 2007



211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is very, very repetitive. When you're away from it for too long it flashes in your mind as one blurry swirl of notes and programmed drums. It's alright, but without the dynamics of most of his other albums it just doesn't cut it.

Lambda
December 31st 2007



2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know for a fact that the drums are not programmed. Brain did the drumming on this album. It says on the inside jacket of the album and on Wikipedia.

Wizard
December 31st 2007



18773 Comments


It just seems so arbitrary and random.

I feel the same way about this album too. If you know a thing or two about guitar, Buckethead isn't even close to the status of
one of the greatest guitar players of all time


This Message Edited On 12.31.07

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Lambda
December 31st 2007



2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually, I play guitar, and he is one of the best. He can chicken pick, 8 finger tap, play 17.5 notes a second, and he is very good technically.

Listen to Electric Tears and watch the Young Buckethead videos.

Wizard
December 31st 2007



18773 Comments


I don't care how fast he is or how technical he is, 'Best Guitarists' are all a matter of taste. Im not saying your opinion is wrong because, you back it up well, I just enjoy a bit more flavour in my guitarists thats all. I still give him props though for being a hell of alot better than me hahaha!

Shattered_Future
December 31st 2007



1539 Comments


[QUOTE=Kage]You're so wrong.[/QUOTE]

Eh, sure sounds like it. I don't care how avant-garde or cutting edge his music is...fact of the matter is that this album has a bunch of the same feel to it. It would do him good to release an album that goes through a ton of the styles he is capable of, if he hasn't done so already.

Lambda
January 1st 2008



2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He has, listen to Giant Robot, Enter The Chicken, and The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock

Wizard
January 1st 2008



18773 Comments


Giant Robot was craptacular IMO. I think his newer stuff sounds alot more appealing.

omgwtfboogie
January 1st 2008



211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The man needs to limit his output, he could be considered truly great as a song writer if he didn't release so many mediocre songs. As it stands, he does releases slews of mediocre songs and most of his recent recordings are all the same vein. Trim down the catalog dammit.

PuddlesPuddles
September 5th 2012



4699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You have a point, but I also can't look at your 2.5 without gagging (what up, 2008)



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