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Editors’ Notes

With Enter the Chicken Buckethead goes accessible—for him, anyway. Every incarnation of the Bucketed One appears here: guitar-shredder supreme, avant-garde noodler, demented circus clown. He even sings on a few tracks. The album is as schizophrenic as its creator, ranging from the heavy metal assault of “Botnus” to the (dare we say it) radio-friendly “Running From the Light” and “Waiting Hare,” the latter featuring the vocals of Serj Tankian of System of a Down who also produced the CD. He gets further help from metal screecher Efrem Shulz, Azam Ali of Vas, and, on “Three Fingers,” MC Saul Williams, who deadpan raps over a funk metal groove. Buckethead’s bizarre and irreverent sense of humor is also on display in such songs as “Funbus,” a campy, death metal shot at artists (and listeners) who take themselves too seriously. He does fire off a few of the lightning-speed solos for which he is revered in certain circles, but the emphasis is on the compositions and overall flow of the songs. He may be eclectic, but on Enter the Chicken, he also manages to be focused.

Customer Reviews

Buckethead and his friends put on a great show

In the vast and sprawling discography of Buckethead, and with all his side-projects and spin-offs, people can be intimidated as to where a good place to start is. I would recommend that for you look no further than Enter The Chicken. It has shorter-than-usual and constructed songs with great vocals, ranging from the System Of A Down feel with 'We Are One' featuring Serj Tankian, who appears on a few tracks, to the thrash metal instanity of 'Funbus' the beautiful 'Coma' and the downright haunted and twisted "The Hand." The shred-happy 'Nottingham Lace' is the true gem on this album however, which is your gateway to the deeper tracks Buckethead has to offer on other albums. I recommend to download any of the aformentioned tracks, but the album as a whole is a real must buy.

Enter the styles

Bon album. Le côté complètement déjanté de Buckethead s'exprime surtout par la multiplicité des genres. Malgré un côté un peu trop pop pour les fans habituels, il est agréable de voir se produire un tel prodige avec des artistes d'une qualité exceptionnelle. Ainsi, le Waiting Here du trio Tankian, Buckethead et Halligan, par exemple, tranche entre des harmonies vocales d'une douceur de velour avec un refrain sur un riff digne des Red Hot ou de Audioslave. Des perles comme celle là, l'album en contient plusieurs, mais il demeure malgré tout loins d'être parfait. À essailler tout de même.

HEY

iTUNES WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? you took off half of bucketheads albums!!!! now theres no way for me to get any of those great albums without paying like $50 for a japanese import!

Biography

Genre: Instrumental

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Buckethead is one of the most bizarre and enigmatic figures in American underground and experimental music since Parliament-Funkadelic birthed their bevy of cosmic characters in the mid-'70s. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist best known for his virtuosic command of the electric guitar, Buckethead is one of the instrument's most recognizable contemporary innovators, his rapid-fire riffing, near-robotic fretwork, and idiosyncratic lead lines combining elements of Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrian Belew,...
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