Remember when you would be listening to “sacrifist”,”monsters n robots”,”giant robot”,ect and thought “man,he should just go for it and take it up even one MORE notch!”,well he finally said screw it and out popped “cuckoo clocks of hell”!think of this as the closest thing to a deicide/pantera/slayer/praxis hybrid you’ll ever experience(‘praxis’cause there’s still a bit of perfectly intertwined and humourous funk that chimes in hither and thither on most the tracks)this seriously IS every bit as good as any death metal album I’ve heard-alot of the riffage is so much like the early guitar of cannibal corpse,cryptopsy,cradle-it’s just so true to the style itself.the second best part have to be the amazing metallic drummings of brain.you may not even recognize him except for a few classic parts where he “jumbles it up” a little.at times his drums sound like fear factory’s raymond herrerra,ex-pantera drummer vinnie paul,ect and his bass drums are right up to par with any of the speedier metal-this dude is versatile as hell!anyways,this is a classic and a must-have for any bucketfan,and anyone who thought buckethead just was unable to be TRULY heavy absolutly needs to check this stuff out.here’s to hoping ol’ bucky will play this at next years ozzfest!!!
Buckethead’s latest is another surprise twist. This time he points his guitar downward, plunging aurally into territories previously explored only by Dante and Hieronymous Bosch. The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell is a grinding, twirling sonic assault that swings at you like six pendulums before they inevitably collide in the middle.
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ok….now i’m a HUGE fan of GUITAR MUSIC……..from bumblefoot…to mattias..to greg howe…to shawn lane…etc…you get my drift for those who truely know…now there’s many people that concider this to be “THE HEAVY METAL ALBUM”…OR ..”MATH METAL..(spastic ink, etc..)”………i have one thing to say…..this album is so ahead of it’s time you wont realize it till you truely analyze everything you’ve listened to down to it’s molecular structure…this my friends….. is “SCIENCE METAL”…YES…science….i dont hear anything metal about this album…yes it’s hardcore…but not heavy metal…dont get this twisted..this is genious…pure genious..the word genious get’s thrown around alot …but you have to be very very cautious and really think about that word and who you give that title to……this is GENIOUS…..
SCIENCE METAL….yes…that’s what this is.. the new age has begun… accept it..free yourselves of all misconceptions..
Buckethead has released an awesome album in “The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell.” This is a very unique album in that so many different styles are represented on this album from metal, to funk, blues, etc.. Buckethead is an extremely gifted guitar player and posesses great technical ability. He is right up there with today’s virtuosos (i.e. John Petrucci) and can shred with the best of them, but what I love about Buckethead is that he chooses to explore and experiment with the guitar rather than getting caught up in one category, whether it be mindless shred (which can be great), releasing the same album every year, (cough, Malmsteen) or whatever.
If you are a fan of unique guitar playing or great guitar playing for that matter, by all means pick up this album. Buckethead is truly a refreshing guitarist who is not afraid to mix it up on this album.
I can’t believe none of the other reviews even mentioned the drum machine. I can understand how a casual listener may not notice, because it sounds like real drums except it is all programmed. There is no soul to the drumming. There is lot of fast double bass which brian doesn’t play. Brian just had a say in HOW it was programmed. Trust me, I’m a drummer.
Anyways, I just had to get that off my chest. Well, this is Buckethead doing his HEAVY metal album. This, album is more brutal than his others. Unfortunately, Buckethead is best at hard rockin’ funky stuff. But hey, the bucket cannot be denied, he still knows how to keep ya entertained. This album doesn’t have any silly commentary like his most popular albums, this is a serious outing, although still quite eccentic. The playing consists of a lot of shredding and a lot of chugging guitar.
I wouldn’t recommend this album to a new listener to Buckethead, not even if you’re a metalhead. This just isn’t Buckethead’s thing. It sounds a little forced, this album is “THE HEAVY METAL ALBUM.” Plus, the drumming is very mechanical and tiresome after a couple songs. As a beginner, start with the straight-ahead rocker, “Giant Robot” or the more techno/hip hop influenced, “Monsters and Robots.” Both albums are masterpieces.
Please, let me tell you that the 3 star rating is based on Buckethead’s potential as judged on his other albums. This album is much better than 99% of pop music.
This album is definitely better than Bucketheadland 2. It’s chock-full of powerful, funky metal. With the sort of double bass drumming on this album I don’t mind a lot of it being drum machine. I’m in it for the guitar and the grooves. Sometimes this album is a little scattered and suffers from a sort of easily distractedness on the part of Bucket, but its solid Bucket thrashing his bucket off. If you liked Population Override and Electric Tears, be warned this is nothing like those albums. There seems to be three types of Bucket albums, hard serious albums (cuckoo), melodic slow albums (Tears), and silly annoying albums (BHL2). This one is worth buying.