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Buckethead Pike Reviews

A Review of Pike 39 – Twisterlend by Buckethead, released November 26th 2013

Good evening everybody, today we continue our glorious deep dive down the Bucketheadland rabbit hole with Pike 39, Twisterlend. So, Let's begin. Woo!!

Released as a free download on November 26th 2013, because you know, Buckethead's a saint, Twisterlend was the sixth album to be released in that month alone. Crazy. And judging by the song titles, it was gonna be a heavy one.

The album opens up with the 11.5 minute 'Closed Triptych' and, oh my. What starts as a seemingly standard rock song then transcends into a rip roaring shred solo that just builds and builds for 9 minutes. 5 star, Instant classic and a phenomenal start to the album.

Track 2 'Ghouls of the Sea' goes hard and is far more off the wall than 'The Closed Triptych' . A great flow to the song, it has everything from nubbing, killswitch tapping to super shred, all In the space of 4 minutes. Nice.

At just under 2 minutes, Track 3 'Canal System' is the shortest song on the album but gets everything in that it needs. Cool riffage, insane shred, fun short metal.

Next up is Track 4 'Forbidden Fold'. My second favorite song up to this point, it has an excellent flow that takes its time to breath between heavy riffage, and is excellently complemented by the drums, which are outstanding throughout the whole album.

Track 5 'Gloomy emptiness' is another short quality song, 2.5 half minutes that changes direction several different times without slowing itself down or losing flow. Good stuff.

Track 6, 'Bowling for Slaughters' was next. Multiple changes, excellent pinch harmonics and crazy ass tapping sequences. Big B leaving it all out there.

The album closes with track 7, the title song 'Twisterlend'. And it's more of the same. Well constructed madness that doesn't go too far off the rails and ends the album on a high note.

Overall, Pike 39 'Twisterlend' is a solid, thoroughly enjoyable and consistent album. The kind of album you'd probably rob a bank to. 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. And in all honesty, it's a Pike that really doesn't get enough praise.

After adding up my rating for each song, it came to an impressive 73.5%, which I'd categorize as Very Good.

So, what's your rating for Pike 39?
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 39 is 35. Then times it by 100.

Buckethead in shred god mode? Fuck yeah!

Pike 39 'Twisterlend' RATINGS (out of 5)
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)

Album length: 30:43

Total = 25.75 out of 35 (Album = 73.5%, VERY GOOD)


To get YOUR score = rate each song out of 5 stars, add up your total and divide it by the total score possible (which for Pike 39 is 35). Then times it by 100.

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

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