Out of the Attic



by tellah USER (4 Reviews)
December 9th, 2016 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing in particular.

Brian Carroll’s post-2010 output, apart from Electric Sea (the heartfelt sequel to Electric Tears), is comprised entirely of albums from his massive Pikes series. Out of the Attic is the third Pike released in 2016, and the 222nd (!) entry overall. Following the standard most of the other Pikes adhere to, Out of the Attic solely features Buckethead accompanied by programmed percussion. It is also a concise affair, clocking in at just under 30 minutes. This particular record is a display of his guitar-centric alternative metal. Sonically, it’s very reminiscent of Cuckoo Clocks of Hell and Albino Slug, two earlier releases from Carroll.

For people that attempt (and fail) to keep up with his new music, it is widely understood that his ability to write decent riffs at this rate is inhuman. There’s a fair number of positive aspects about this album. It’s been a long time since the drums have come close to sounding organic. The snare drum is brighter and more dynamic, giving off a vibe that someone is behind the kit. For newer listeners, the guitar playing is also very impressive. From the blistering shred on “Out of the Attic” and “Dank Dungeon”, to the dissonant tapping sections on “Perilous Garden”, there are quite a few leads for the listener to digest.

This all sounds great, but with the rate at which these albums are being released, it’s safe to say that Out of the Attic will only be listened to by hardcore Buckethead fans. Unfortunately, for people that have heard even a small fraction of his output, there isn’t really anything exciting here. While the title track has brief flashes of quality nu-metal riffing, it just plods on and devolves into one of his worse 10+ minute jam tracks, even containing a section that sounds lifted from “Soothsayer”. Anything else interesting that occurs, like the cool hammer-on/pull-off riff in “Dank Dungeon”, or the fun killswitch play on “Giant Jellyfish”, are performed in an incredibly disjoined manner or overrun by recycled metal riffs (see: “Gloom”).

It’s hard to recommend Out of the Attic. While it has redeeming qualities, he’s cooked up better batches of songs in this vein many times before. The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, Kaleidoscalp, and even Albino Slug all have more thought put into them. Structurally, almost all the tracks are constructed very haphazardly. This Pike makes any long-time listener long for another collaboration with Brain or Travis Dickerson, which have produced great albums like Population Override, Bucketheadland 2, and Dragons of Eden. The potential found in most of the Pikes hints at consistency. Even if he condensed his yearly output to his pre-2011 levels, which was still quite prolific, there would be a massive upshift in quality.

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December 9th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5

i like the pike art a lot, anyone know if he does all of them himself?

also, "Perilous Garden" is by far the best thing here

December 9th 2016


I believe that all the Pike artwork is done by the Big B himself, yeah.

I just can't be assed to listen to everything he puts out. Pike-wise, that is. Even before the pikes, a lot of his stuff was hit and miss.

December 9th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5

there were definitely some pre-pike duds. But as a whole, I think there was a bit more quality control. I don't think I'll ever listen to all the pikes, but I pick out random ones when I'm in the mood.

December 9th 2016


This one is decent imo, haven't bothered checking up on him recently tho.

December 9th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5

it's not bad, I just find it quite boring

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