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 
⭐⭐ 1- 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' ⭐⭐⭐½ (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 an album that only a super niche 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 3.5
3. Asbury Park Boardwalk 2.5
4. Castle of Dr Cadaver 2.75
5. Sunbursts 5
6. Chamber of Slunks 2.25
7. Spiderwall 1.5
8. Coffin for a Penny 2.75
9. Fomahaut 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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