Buckethead Pike Album Reviews by Natternet

Below you'll find the most honest, accurate and unbias ratings of Buckethead's ongoing extensive Pike album series. These albums have been rated by Natternet, a Buckethead fan since 2002 who has heard Buckethead's entire known discography (currently standing at over 400+ albums).

There are also videos of each rated Pike with song samples which can be viewed by clicking each albums cover art.

These ratings are based on the classic 5 star rating system shown below.


⭐ 1-20 % = Poor 
⭐⭐ 20- 40 % = Below Average 
⭐⭐ 40-60 % = Average 
⭐⭐  60-80 % = Good  
⭐  80-100 % = Awesome! 

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Pike 1 'It's Alive'

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Pike 1 'It's Alive' ⭐⭐⭐3⁄4 (55%, Average)

1. Lebrontron  ***** (5)
2. Tonka  ***¼ (3.25)
3. Peeling Out  0  (0)
4. Barnyard Banties *​3⁄4  (1.75)
5. Crack the Sky   ***** (5)
6. The Hatch  ** (2)
7. Brooding Peeps   **** (4)
8. Picking the Feathers  * (1)

Rating = 63.5% Good (without including track 3) 55% (with Track 3)
Score = 22.25 out of 35 

Overall Pike 1 is a tale of two halves, 4 songs are instant favourites whilst the other 4 songs are instantly forgettable and ones you'll never revisit again.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 3 '3 Foot Clearance'

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Pike 3 '3 Foot Clearance' ⭐⭐⭐¾  (58.5%, Average)

1. Griffin's Spike  ****  (4)
2. Rammelzee – Hero of the Abyss   ***½  (3.5)
3. Floating Graveyard   ***¾  (3.75)
4. Ballad of Jerry Mono   ***  (3)
5. H.D Autopsy   ***¼  (3.25)
6. Droid Hunt   **¾  (2.75)
7. Battlefields   ***¼  (3.25)
8. Handprint Ornament   ****¼  (4.25)
9. Three Headed Guardian    ***¼   (3.25)
10. Harpoon the Goon   ***½  (3.5)
11. Critical Leg Assignment   **  (2)
12. Siamese Butterfly    *½  (1.5)
13. X-Ray   0

Rating = 58.5%, Average
Total = 38 out of 65 

Overall Pike 3 is a good album that was severely let down in the ratings by the final 3 tracks, dragging it down to an 'Average' score.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 6 'Balloon Cement'

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Pike 6 'Balloon Cement' ⭐⭐¾  (37.5%, Below Average)

1. Balloon Cement  ** ½  (2.5)
2. Red Water Colors   **¼ (2.25)
3. Transport Void    *  (1)
4. Thistle Museum   *¼ (1.25)
5. Alligator Eye Viewer  *¼ (1.25)
6. Veil of Tinfoil  ***¼  (3.25)
7. Chestplate   * (1)
8. Vast Mound    *½ (1.25)
9. Replacement Nail   ***¾ (3.75)
10. Shatter Shell   **½  (2.5)
11. Bridge to Borg   * (1)
12. Evaporate  *½  (1.5)

Rating = 37.5%, Below Average
Score= 22.5 out of 60 

I didn't enjoy this album when it first came out and after revisiting it for this review, my feelings towards it haven't changed. Other than tracks 6 & 9 this is an album that only a super niche (or bias) audience will enjoy.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 7 'Shores of Molokai'

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Pike 7 'The Shores of Molokai' ⭐⭐⭐⭐½  (70%, Very Good)

1. Intro (excluded)
2. Shores of Molokai   ****¼ (4.25)
3. The 5 Masters of Decapitation   ***¼  (3.25)
4. Henry's New Home   ***½  (3.5)
5. Counter Clockwise   ****¼  (4.25)
6. Stumps on Stilts   ***½  (3.5)
7. Mannequins are my friend  ***  (3)
8. Smile Without a Face   ***¼  (3.25)
9. Hatchet   **¾  (2.75)
10. Thermal Exhaust Port  ***  (3)
11. The Melting Man   ****¼  (4.25)

Rating = 70%, Very Good!
Score= 35 out of 50 

Solid album. An enjoyable listen from start to finish. No bad tracks. Highly recommended.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 8 'Racks'

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Pike 8 'Racks'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐  (61%, Good)

1. The Snow Rabbit  ***  (3)
2. Telekinite    ***½  (3.5)
3. Asbury Park Boardwalk   **½  (2.5)
4. Castle of Dr Cadaver   **¾  (2.75)
5. Sunbursts   *****  (5)
6. Chamber of Slunks   **¼  (2.25)
7. Spiderwall   *½  (1.5)
8. Coffin for a Penny   **¾  (2.75)
9. Fomahaut   **¼  (2.25)
10. The Patrolman   *****  (5)

Rating = 61%, Good
Total = 30.5 out of 50 

Pike 8 has it's highs and lows, but when it reaches those highs (track 5 &10) its outstanding. At 61% it just reached a 4 star rating.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 9 'March of the Slunks'

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Pike 9 'March of the Slunks'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐  (62%, Good)

1. Magellan's Maze   ***½  (3.5)
2. Burying Toys   ***¼  (3.25)
3. Malbert's Strut   ***½  (3.5)
4. Happy Landings   **¾  (2.75)
5. The Robot Who Lost It's Head   ***½  (3.5)
6. Thud   **  (2)
7. Satellite Invaders   ***¾  (3.75)
8. The Other Side of the Island   ***¼  (3.25)
9. Ghost Coop   ****  (4)
10. The Raid   **¼  (2.25)
11. Vault   **¼   (2.25)

Rating = 62%, Good
Total = 34 out of 55 

A similar rating to Pike 8, Pike 9 is solid throughout. Unlike Pike 8 it doesn't have any 5 star songs but is a slightly more enjoyable listen from start to finish.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 10 'Silent Picture Book'

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Pike 10 'The Silent Picture Book'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  (80.5%, Awesome)

1. Dweller by the Dark Stream  ***½  (3.5) 
2. Blind Cyclops  ****  (4) 
3. Flea Market  ***  (3) 
4. Three Steps  ***  (3) 
5. Beam of Omega  ****  (4) 
6. Whiribird   ****¾  (4.75)
7. Ropelight   *****  (5) 
8. Flashes   **  (2) 
9. Melting Man Part 2   *****  (5) 

Rating =80.5% (5 star Awesome)
Score = 32.25 out of 40 (not inc. track 8)

 

A 5 star classic! With two 5 star songs and three 4+ star songs. Awesome!

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 11 'Forgotten Library'

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Pike 11 'Forgotten Library'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐  (63%, Good)

1. Disintegration   ***¼  (3.25)
2. Corpse be Animated  ***½  (3.5)
3. Faded from View    ****  (4)
4. Yellowed Pages    *½  (1.5)
5. Beginning Putrification   ****¼  (4.25)
6. Decay   ***½  (3.5)
7. Forgotten Library   **  (2)


Rating = 63% Good
Total = 22 out of 35 

Overall Pike 11 'Forgotten Library' is a solid album, has a great flow and an excellent mix of Neo classical, heavy metal, blues and acoustic guitar. With 'Faded from View' and 'Beginning Putrification' being the albums stand outs.​

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 12 'Propellar'

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Pike 12 'Propellar'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (65%, Good)

1. Propellar   ***¾ (3.75)
2. Rooms of Shells   **½  (2.5)
3. Meeting of the Mummy   ***½  (3.5)
4. The Poultry Show  ****¼  (4.25)
5. Launched   ***¼  (3.25)
6. Dome   **¼  (2.25)

Rating= 65% Good
Score= 19.5 out of 30 

Overall Pike 12 is one of the more diverse pikes out there covering everything from funk to blues to rock to ambient and more. Sometimes having so many different genres going on can take away from the album, but it definitely works here and makes it an overall enjoyable listen. There's no bad tracks and there's plenty on display to binge on.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 14 'The Mark of Davis'

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Pike 14 'The Mark of Davis'  ⭐⭐¾   (38%, Below Average)

1. Ricochet  ***  (3)
2. Nebula   ***  (3)
3. The Canals   ***  (3)
4. Chickenphant   *¼  (1.25)
5. Dry Ice Screeches   ¼  (0.25)
6. Death Star Surface  **½  (2.5)
7. Tree of Lanterns   **  (2)
8. Elephicken   ¼  (0.25)   

Rating = 38% Below Average
Total = 15.25 out of 40 

The first 3 tracks are a decent listen, but from track 4 onwards the quality dips horrendously, with the production value almost non-existent feeling as though they were recorded on a 1998 mp3 player in the next room. If not for tracks 1-3, this would be a DUD.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 23 'Telescape'

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Pike 23 'Telescape'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¾   (78.5%, Very Good)
 

1. Pyramids Rising  *** (3) 
2. Between Sea and Sky  ***¼ (3.25) 
3. Land Drawings  ***¾ (3.75) 
4. Launch Pad  ****½ (4.5) 
5. Telescape 1   ***** (5)
6. Telescape 2   **** (4)

Rating = 78.5% Very Good
Score = 23.5 out of 30

Pike 23 is easily accessible, there's not a weak track on the album and as far as the albums flow, enjoyment and uniqueness, it's one of the better Pike albums Buckethead has ever produced.​ Narrowly missing out on 5 stars, but on another day, perhaps!

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 24 'Slug Cartilage'

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Pike 24 'Slug Cartilage'  ⭐⭐⭐½  (51.5%, Average)
 

1. Four ton chandelier   **¾  (2.75)
2. Scowl Owl   ***  (3)
3. Previous Plate   ***½  (3.5)
4. Chip of Red   ***¼  (3.25)
5. Pine Sap    **¾   (2.75)
6. Smudge Mad   **½  (2.5)
7. Zebra Stripe   **½  (2.5)
8. Slug Cartilage   **  (2)
9. I, Wasnail  *  (1)

Rating = 51.5%, Average
Score = 23.25 out of 45

Overall Pike 24 starts off pretty decent with its first 4 tracks but fades towards the latter part of the album. There's far from any 4 or 5 star songs and there's no guitar solo's at all, not that every album needs them, but this one definitely did.
As a heavy metal Pike, Buckethead has done far better. As background music whilst working out, it works. As a metal album to sit down and enjoy, not so much.


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 26 'Worms for the Garden'

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Pike 26 'Worms for the Garden'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  (80%, Awesome)
 

1. Worms for the Garden ***** (5)
2. Ridge Roll **** (4)
3. Owl on the Road ***¼ (3.25)
4. Learned the Land  **** (4)
5. Molt ***3⁄4  (3.75)

Rating = 80%, Awesome
Score= 20 out of 25 

Worms for the Gardens is a top notch album that has an excellent, consistent flow. An album for those that like Buckethead's heavier side, this one is right up there with the best of them. The title track is an instant 5 star classic!

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 30 'Mannequin Cemetery'

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Pike 30 'Mannequin Cemetery' ⭐⭐⭐⭐  (62%, Good)
 

1. Melted Glasses  ***½  (3.5)
2. Purse of Holes   **¾  (2.75)
3. Cobwebs in the Calf   ***¼  (3.25)
4. Faded Fingernail Polish  ***  (3)
5. Hat that smells like an Old Bookstore  **¾  (2.75)
6. Where Rings were   ***  (3.25)
7. Piles of Parts   ***½   (3.5)
8. Shoes without Socks   ***¼  (3.25)
9. Mannequin Cemetery   **¾   (2.75)

Rating = 62%, Good
Total = 28 out of 45 

Overall, Pike 30 Mannequin Cemetery is definitely one for metalheads, and although it doesn't have the wow factor or any 4 or 5 star songs, its solid and consistent throughout. With tracks 1 & 7 'Melted Glasses' & 'Piles of Parts' being the standouts.
Personally I find the songs far more enjoyable when played on their own, mixed in with other pike songs, rather than listening to the whole album from start to finish. Because by the end, the songs might start to feel like their “much of a muchness”.


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 35 'Thank You Ohlinger's'

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Pike 35 'Thank You Ohlinger's'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (66%, Good)
 

1. Thank You Ohlinger's  ***3⁄4  (3.75)
2. Unopened Boxes   ***  (3)
3. Way in the Back    ***¼  (3.25)
4. Manila Envelopes   ***½  (3.5)
5. Alphabetical Order   **½  (2.5)
6. Window Clip   ***½  (3.5)
7. Shoe Lock   ***¼  (3.25)
8. Telling Number   ***½  (3.5)

Rating = 66%, Good
Score= 26.25 out of 40 

Overall the word solid would be the best way to describe Pike 35. It's definitely an album of riffs, with only one short solo on the entire album. Even though it might not have any 4 or 5 star classic songs, there's not a bad track on the album, and from start to finish it's enjoyable and consistent in its delivery.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 36 'The Pit'

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Pike 36 'The Pit'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (68%, Good)
 

1. The Pit Part 1   ***3⁄4  (3.75)
2. The Pit Part 2   ***¼  (3.25)
3. The Pit Part 3   ***½  (3.5)
4. The Pit Part 4   ***  (3)
5. The Pit Part 5   ***  (3)
6. The Pit Part 6   ***¼  (3.25)
7. The Pendulum   ****  (4)

Rating = 68%, Good
Score= 23.75 out of 35 

Overall Pike 36 is solid and consistent. Good drums, great tone with heavy riffage that's really helped by it's reverb effect. The album starts off strong, slightly dips towards the middle but certainly not by much, and picks right back up to end on a high note. An enjoyable album indeed.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 37 'Hollowed Out'

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Pike 37 'Hollowed Out'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (68%, Good)
 

1. Low Rolling Hills   ***¼  (3.25)

2. Lobster Hands   ***½  (3.5)

3. One Foot in Front of the Other   *** ½ (3.5)

4. Sideways Jaw Trap   ***¼  (3.25)
5. Mosquito on Stilts   ***  (3)

6. Trading Post ****  (4)

7. Cyborg Parking   **¾  (2.75)

8. Hollowed Out   **** (4)


Rating = 68% Good
Score= 27.25 out of 40 

Overall, Pike 37 is one of the better flowing Pike albums released up to that point. There's no bad tracks, and the production, drums and guitar tone are particularly excellent​

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 39 'Twisterlend'

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Pike 39 'Twisterlend'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐½  (73.5%, Very Good)
 

1. The Closed Triptych ***** (5)
2. Ghouls of the Sea ***½ (3.5)
3. Canal System ***½  (3.5)
4. Forbidden Fold ***½  (3.5)
5. Gloomy Emptiness ***¼  (3.25)
6. Bowling for Slaughters ***½  (3.5)
7. Twisterlend  ***½  (3.5)

Rating = 73.5% Very Good
Score= 25.75 out of 35

'Twisterlend' is a solid, thoroughly enjoyable and consistent album. Heavy riffs intertwined with maniacal shred like only Buckethead can deliver. The Closed Triptych is easily the best track and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint. It's a Pike that really doesn't get enough praise.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 40 'Coat of Charms'

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Pike 40 'Coat of Charms'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐½  (73%, Very Good)
 

1. Hall of Aluminum   ***¼  (3.25)
2. Coat of Charms  ****  (4)
3. Jettison Part 1    ***¾  (3.75)
4. Jettison Part 2    ***¼  (3.25)
5. Jettison Part 3    ***   (3)
6. Jettison Part 4    ***½  (3.5)
7. Jettison Part 5    ***½  (3.5)
8. Jettison Part 6    ***¼  (3.25)
Jettison suite as a whole   *** ¾ (3.75)

Rating = 69% or 73%, Good  (with Jettison rated as 1 song)
Score= 27.5 out of 40

Overall Pike 40 has no weak points, is consistent throughout and an enjoyable album from start to finish. Definitely an album that has to be enjoyed as a whole rather than breaking up songs individually.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 45 'Coats of Claude'

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Pike 45 'Coats of Claude'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (66%, Good)
 

1. The Coats of Claude  *****  (5) 
2. Ghost in the Rocking Chair   ***  (3) 
3. Animatronic Party Goers   **¾  (2.75) 
4. Dancing Backwards   *** ¼  (3.25) 
5. Forked Beak   ***  (3) 
6. Dimly Backlit Eyeballs   ***  (3) 
7. Headless Reflection   ***  (3) 

Rating = 66% Good
Score= 23 out of 35 

Pike 45 begins with a 5 star classic which the rest of the album could never compete with. That being said, the remaining tracks are all solid and enjoyable.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 48 'Hide in the Pickling Jar'

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Pike 48 'Hide in the Pickling Jar'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (65%, Good)

1. Hide in the Pickling Jar    *** ¼  (3.25)
2. Countersunk    *** ¼   (3.25)
3. Squirrel on a Perch   *** ¼  (3.25)
4. Sabertooth Saw    *** ¼   (3.25)

Rating = 65%, Good
Score= 13 out of 20

Pike 48 is a pure jam album. It doesn't have a single solo but there's plenty of slow head banging riffage to make up for it. None of the songs are near 4 or 5 star classics, but don't let that put you off. If you like hearing Buckethead getting loose, jamming and having fun, then you'll like this one.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 51 'Claymation Courtyard'

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Pike 51 'Claymation Courtyard'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  (82.5%, Awesome!)
 

1. Claymation Courtyard  ***¾ (3.75)
2. Disintegration Mirrors   ***** (5)
3. Chainsaw Slide   **¾  (2.75)
4. Eerie Canal   ***** (5)

Rating = 82.5% Awesome!
Score= 16.5 out of 20 

Instant 5 star classic! A four song album, two songs of which are easy 5 star classics! 

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 54 'The Frankensteins

Monsters Blinds'

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Pike 54 'The Frankensteins Monsters Blinds'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¾  (75%, Very Good!)

1. Boris   ***¾  (3.75)
2. Kar   ***½  (3.5)
3. Loff   ****  (4)

Rating = 75% Very Good!
Score= 11.25 out of 15 

Overall Pike 54 is a pure jam album. And whilst jam albums ain't everyones cup of tea, when Buckethead does it right, he nails it. All 3 tracks are really helped by their backing, rhythm, bass and drums which are all on point. And changing the tempo of each track assures the album doesn't become one long tiresome jam. This certainly isn't one of those wow albums, but it is a fun one that you can put on and enjoy. So, mission accomplished.


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 58 'Outpost'

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Pike 58 'Outpost'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¾  (76%, Very Good!)
 

1. Outpost   ****  (4)
2. Minor Domo   ****½  (4.5)
3. Electric Umbrella   ***  (3)
4. Pressed Pennies   ***½  (3.5)
5. Look Through   ****  (4)
 

Rating = 76% Very Good!
Score= 19 out of 25 

Pike 58 from start to finish is easily one of the more enjoyable Pike albums out there. Going from foot stomping funk to futurism, it has tons of personality and feels one of the more unique Pike albums alongside the likes of 'Telescape', where, by the albums end you can't help but say 'that was different'.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 64 'Aquarium'

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Pike 64 'Aquarium'  ⭐⭐⭐¾  (57%, Average)
 

1. Aquarium  **¼  (2.25)
2. Without Form   **½  (2.5)
3. Attention Electric Cyclone   ***  (3)
4. Beyond the Windmill   ***¼  (3.25)
5. Hooper Feeding Mash   ***¼  (3.25)

Rating = 57%, Average
Score= 14.25 out of 25 

Overall, Pike 64 feels really disjointed, it doesn't flow well as an album and the drums are really all over the place. But even though it starts off fairly weak with its first two tracks, it picks up as the album goes along and has good points like tracks 4 & 5. None of the songs are even close to being 4 or 5 star tracks and therefore it might not be an album you'll revisit that often.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 72 'Closed Attractions'

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Pike 72 'Closed Attractions'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (82%, Awesome!)
 

1. Closed Attractions  ****  (4)  
2. Mecha Slunk Roller Coaster   ****½  (4.5)
3. Stump Cars   ****  (4)
4. Lantern Alley   ***¾  (3.75)
5. Antler Hill   ****¼  (4.25)

Rating - 82%, Awesome!
Score= 20.5 out of 25

Overall, when it comes to feeling and emotion, Pike 72 is one of the best pike albums out there. The flow of the album is excellent and every song delivers something different whilst sticking with it's overall chill vibe. I have to admit that not all of Buckethead's slow chill albums do it for me, but this one definitely does.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 76 'Caterpillar'

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Pike 76 'Caterpillar'  ⭐⭐⭐¾  (57%, Average)
 

1. Reprint   ***  (3)
2 Fountain   ***  (3)

3 Hot Wheels   **¾  (2.75)

4 Caterpillar  ***½  (3.5)

5 Mr. Toad's Wait Time   *½  (1.5)

6 Ring   ***¼  (3.25)

7 Dream Machine   *¾  (1.75)

8 Skizzy's Hot Rod   ***¾  (3.75)

Rating = 57% Average
Score= 22.5 out of 40 

Overall, Pike 76 was as an album that was full of potential but didn't quite reach it. Some guitar solo's certainly would've helped, but the album doesn't have any. And after a while It's slow plodding rock soon becomes much of a muchness. I can definitely see why some people will enjoy this one far more than I do, but with the exception of the final track, it didn't quite get me going enough or get my foot stomping like it was intended to do. Or like the final track did.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 99 'Polar Trench'

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Pike 99 'Polar Trench'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¾  (77.5%, Very Good)
 

1 The Light in the Fog  ****¼  (4.25)
2 Polar Trench   ****¼  (4.25)
3 Heiro   ***¼  (3.25)
4 Glyphics   ***¾  (3.75)

Rating = 77.5% Very Good
Total = 15.5 out of 20

Overall, Pike 99 is a highly enjoyable listen. The opening track leads you to believe the album is going one way but then it completely shifts direction into all out Hendrix style assault, and it works. And even though the 4 tracks are primarily jam based rather than structured compositions, they're excellent jams, well paced and well executed.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 118 'Elevator'

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Pike 118 'Elevator'  ⭐⭐⭐¾  (59%, Average)

1. 10th Floor  ***  (3)
2. 11th Floor   **  (2)
3. 12th Floor   ***½  (3.5)
4. 13th Floor  ***¼  (3.25)
5. Flower and Headcheese Festival   ***  (3)

Rating = 59% Average
Score= 14.75 out of 25 

Overall, Pike 118 isn't one of Buckethead's stronger Pikes by a long way. The drum tracks on the album are especially unremarkable and at times are flat to the point of hurting the songs.
Whilst I don't feel that any of the tracks are particularly bad, in fact there's some really good moments, they're just okay but not songs I revisit often.


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 126 'Tourist'

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Pike 126 'Tourist'  ⭐⭐⭐¾  (55%, Average)

1. Glow Worm   ****¼  (4.25)
2. Tourist   ***  (3)
3. Ticket to Extinguish   ***  (3)
4. Bookend Alley   **¼  (2.25)
5. Break for the Slide   *¾  (1.75)
6. Storage   **¼  (2.25)

Rating = 55%, Average
Score= 16.5 out of 30 

Overall, Tourist starts off strong with it's first 3 tracks before veering off course and getting lost somewhere between the countryside and inbred mountain. The opening track is fantastic, and tracks 2 & 3 are enjoyable. But the remaining 3 tracks are nothing we haven't heard before and not ones you'd revisit again, especially considering he's done far better in the same style many times before.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 127 'Paint to the Tile'

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Pike 127 'Paint to the Tile'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐½  (72%, Very Good)

1. Paint to the Tile  ****  (4)
2. Rattle   ****  (4)

3. Shell   ***¼  (3.25)
4. Faire Realm   ***  (3)
5. Imprint 1  ***¾  (3.75)

Rating = 72%, Very Good!
Score= 18 out of 25 

Overall, Pike 127 is one of the more enjoyable, better flowing and more diverse pike albums out there, having everything from chill to rock to alt rock to blues. Whilst the songs are good by themselves, the real enjoyment lies in listening to the album as a whole. This is a Pike that's not often talked about, but needs to be.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 157 'Upside Down Skyway'

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Pike 157 'Upside Down Skyway'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐½  (73%, Very Good)
 

1. Caterpillar Invasion   **¼  (2.25)
2. Skull Rock Cove  ****  (4)

3. Suspension Bridge   ****  (4)

4. Upside Down Skyway   ****¾  (4.75)

5. Kendo Training Port   ***  (3)

6. Braking Zones   ***  (3)

7. Insects   ****½  (4.5)

Rating = 73% Very Good!
Score= 25.5 out of 35 

Overall, other than the albums fairly weak opening track, Pike 157 is solid with 4 out of the 6 remaining tracks being what I consider to be 4 star songs and above, those being 'Skull Rock Cove' 'Suspension Bridge' 'Upside Down Skyway' and 'Insects'.
For whatever reason, Pike 157 has never quite gained the recognition it deserves among other big name Pikes, possibly because the tracks feel more like jams than structured compositions? But, make no mistake, this Pike is top notch!


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 162 'Four Forms'

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Pike 162 'Four Forms'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼  (67%, Good)
 

1. Midnight Sun   *****  (5)
2. Four Forms   ***¾  (3.75)
3. Collapse Surface   ***¼  (3.25)
4. Open Warp   ** ¾ (2.75)
5. Dripping Castle   ****¼  (4.25)
6. Ricochet Laser   **¼  (2.25)
7. Thing from the Sea   **¼  (2.25)

Rating = 67% Good
Total = 23.5 out of 35 

Overall Pike 162 is an enjoyable listen especially when exploring it's futuristic cyberpunk themes.
'Midnight Sun' 'Four Forms' and 'Dripping Castle' are the clear standout tracks, with the remaining songs being decent enough but not ones that'll leave a lasting impression like the glorious 3 tracks mentioned.


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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 166 'Region'

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Pike 166 'Region'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (89%, Awesome)

1. Region  ****  (4)
2. Castle Stairs   ****  (4)
3. River of Liquid Fire   *****  (5)
4. Clock Striking   ****¼  (4.25)
5. Ancient Desert   *****  (5)


Rating = 89% Awesome!
Total = 22.25 out of 25 (Album = 89%, Awesome!)

Overall Pike 166 from beginning to end is as close to perfection as you'll ever get. From the guitar tone to the solo's to feeling, everything is on point and faultless. Take any one of the 5 songs off this Pike and put them on another Pike and more often than not, it'll be the best track on there. Pike 166 is easily one of the best Pikes and albums Buckethead has ever produced, and it might even be THE best. It's certainly in the conversation.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 173 'The Blob'

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Pike 173 'The Blob'  ⭐⭐⭐¼ (49%, Average)

1. Blob Enters the Room   **¾  (2.75)

2. Blob Digs a Hole   ***  (3)

3. Blob Goes Upstairs   *¾  (1.75)

4. Blob Finds Ancient Scroll   ***¼  (3.25)

5. Blob Gets Drink of Water   **¼  (2.25)

6. Blob Goes to Sleep   *¾  (1.75)

Rating = 49%, Average
Score= 14.75 out of 30 

Overall, Pike 173 is far from being a solid pike. With the exception of track 4 'Blob Finds Ancient Scroll' the songs are fairly unremarkable. There's some nice ideas sprinkled throughout but unfortunately the majority of the tracks don't reach their full potential. 'The Blob' is not a Pike I've revisited often and after re listening for this review, it's probably not one I'll go back to anytime soon.

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Full Song Breakdown here

Pike 209 'Rooms of Illusions'

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Pike 209 'Rooms of Illusions'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (87%, Awesome!)

1. Rooms of Illusions Part 1   ***¾  (3.75)
2. Rooms of Illusions Part 2   ***¾  (3.75)
3. Rooms of Illusions Part 3   ****½  (4.5)
4. Rooms of Illusions Part 4   *****  (5)
5. Rooms of Illusions Part 5   ****¾  (4.75)

Rating = 87%, Awesome!
Score= 21.75 out of 25 

Overall, Pike 209 'Rooms of Illusions' is Buckethead at his absolute finest. A true musicians album, it's easily one of the best Pikes Buckethead has ever released, especially when it comes to long compositions and rhythm, emotion and melody. A 29 minute suite that grows and grows and evolves with each track. Glorious.

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Full Song Breakdown here