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Buckethead Pike Reviews

A review of Pike 26 – Worms for the Garden by Buckethead - released September 13th 2013

Good evening everybody, today we're back for another dive down the rabbit hole that is Buckethead's Pike album series, with Pike 26 'Worms for the Garden'. So, let's begin. Woo!!

Released September 13th 2013, Pike 26 was the 4th of a whopping 6 albums to be released that month, and marks the first time since Pike 13 that the album was sold with its original cover art and printed CD, designed by Bucketheads (censored) P-Sticks.

The album kicks off with it's title track, the 18.5 minute 'Worms for the Garden'. What starts off with heavy metal riffage breaks into a 16 minute solo that showcases Buckethead's guitar mastery. Despite being 18.5 minutes it never loses it's momentum or creativity and never gets tiresome. An excellent 5 star song that clearly the rest of the album could never top but alone is worth the price of admission.

Track 2 'Ridge Roll' keeps the album moving along nicely with some excellent head banging excellence. Going one from glorious riff to the next. Any of the riffs involved could easily make up their own track, but Buckethead spoils us by putting them all into one 3 minute song. Highly enjoyable.

Track 3 'Owl on the Road' carries on where Ridge Roll left off with some mean riffage that morphs into funky foot stomping licks and bass noodling. Even though it's the shortest track on the album at 2 minutes long, it does everything it needs to do.

Track 4 'Learned the Land' is a mix of heavy distorted riffs and cool funky interludes. The second longest track on the album, it's another fantastic solid headbanger and probably my second favourite song on the album.

The album concludes with track 5 'Molt'. With some Dimebag Darrell-esque metal riffage and squeals mixed in with some super shred solo guitar, it's another solid track on what is a solid album.

After adding up the rating I gave for each track, It came to a whopping 80%, which I'd categorize as Awesome. Overall, 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. And that is why you should listen to 'Worms for the garden'.

So, what's your rating for Pike 26?
To work out what percentage you'd give the album, rate each song out of 5 stars, add up your total and divide it by the total score possible, which for Pike 26 is 25. Divide your score by 25, then times it by 100.

Pike 26 'Worms for the Garden' RATINGS (out of 5)
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)

Album length: 30:10

Total = 20 out of 25 (Album = 80%)


To get YOUR score = rate each song out of 5 stars, add up your total and divide it by the total score possible (for Pike 26 = 25).  Then times it by 100.

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

PIKE 1 Buckethead
CS 118


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