Viggo Mortensen
Pandemoniumfromamerica


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (145 Reviews)
April 15th, 2010 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Viggo Mortensen. Buckethead. At first glance, you may wonder what these two people have in common with each other. One is a New York born actor who is most famous for playing Aragorn in the fantasy movie series The Lord of the Rings, while the other is mysterious, California born guitar virtuoso, who has released a total of over 31 solo albums since 1992. While it seems that these two share nothing in common, it is in fact that nothing could be farther from the truth; since 1992, both these artists have been coming together and creating some of the best avant-garde spoken word albums to ever come into existence. With Mr. Mortensen's hauntingly poetic prose and Buckethead's well known eccentricities, the two are truly a strong pair to be reckoned with, a fact that can be easily solidified with their 2003 album Pandemoniumfromamerica.

Listening to Pandemoniumfromamerica could definitely rank as one of the most eclectic, outlandish things a person has ever heard; each song has an identity of it's own, along with a myriad of odd instrumentals and samples that are far from your conventional music fare. As "Holyhead" borrows the main soothing guitar melody from the song "All In The Waiting" on Buckethead's Electric Tears (the same guitar line also makes an apperance on the title track "Pandemoniumfromamerica"), it also displays the eerie, echoed chants of Mortensen along with samples of falling rain, a blend of elements that creates a tension, anxiety-filled atmosphere. The song "Leave It" features the unique and easily recognizable keyboard work of album producer Travis Dickerson, who along with Buckethead's soulful blues guitar playing create a seethingly melodic instrumental. Travis Dickerson isn't the only guest on the album though; most of the songs on Pandemoniumfromamerica feature a multitude of different artists. Take for example the song "Maybe", a spacey, almost noise influenced at time piece, that puts the vocal and piano talents of fellow The Lord of the Rings actors Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood on full display. For an even further push into The Lord of the Rings territory, the song "They Ate Your Family" is a distorted guitar led track that even has Viggo reciting Elvish lines from the movie; a risk that seems to not only perfectly fit the song, but the overall feel of the album.

While Pandemoniumfromamerica may not grant instant satisfaction for some, the appreciation garnered from repeated listens will guarantee this album longevity only reserved for the best of albums. While Viggo and Buckethead may not have much in common outside of their music, when these two come together, the creative forces are something to be reckoned with, as anyone who gives Pandemoniumfromamerica a listen, will easily attest too.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2010


24480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Teetering between 4.5 and 5 rating. I've had this for awhile but only started listening to it a few weeks ago, but it has stayed in my rotation since. It really is too strange to describe, so my suggestion would be give it an immediate listen!



Also, this is technically my 60th review!

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Midian

Crysis
Emeritus
April 15th 2010


17363 Comments


Viggo Mortensen is a good actor. I hate Buckethead.

intothepit83
April 15th 2010


2316 Comments


I heard this somewhere before, and for a spoken word album, it really grabs you

Inveigh
April 15th 2010


26525 Comments


I think Viggo actually had a tiny bit part in Battlefield Earth, as one of the maingy humans.. at least that's the word on the street.

LepreCon
April 15th 2010


5451 Comments


I need to hear this, Viggo's a pretty under-appreciated actor despite being in such a high-profile series of movies as well as a few lesser known ones

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2010


24480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a weird yet rewarding listen

intothepit83
April 15th 2010


2316 Comments


history of violence is the shit

Jips
April 15th 2010


1146 Comments


the fuck is this?

im intrigued


sba4life
April 15th 2010


364 Comments


I had no clue he was Danish. I will have to check this out.

Lambda
April 15th 2010


2654 Comments


@Crysis You hate Buckethead? LOL. How can you hate Buckethead?

YouAreMySilence
April 15th 2010


3727 Comments


wtf?

Crysis
Emeritus
April 15th 2010


17363 Comments



@Crysis You hate Buckethead? LOL. How can you hate Buckethead?

I don't hate him because I think he's bad at guitar or anything I hate him because his albums are pretty dumb.

Trundle
April 15th 2010


2539 Comments


wow, viggo mortenson is a musican, AND HE WORKS WITH BUCKETHEAD?

......it's going to be biblical.

Jebull
April 15th 2010


1340 Comments


um.. WHAT??

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2010


32190 Comments


Viggo was damn good in Eastern Promises

Need to check this out

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2010


24480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have a weird feeling you would really like this

EVedder27
April 15th 2010


6088 Comments


One is a New York born actor who is most famous for playing Aragorn in the fantasy movie series The Lord of the Rings


holy shit wtf

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2010


24480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't make sure if you're mocking me or the people that are going OMG WTF.

EVedder27
April 15th 2010


6088 Comments


the latter

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 15th 2010


3741 Comments


dude tore it up in a history of violence



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