Rating:
9.0
Buckethead - Enter The Chicken
25 October 2005


01. Intro
02. We Are One
03. Botnus
04. Three Fingers
05. Running From The Light
06. Coma
07. Waiting Hare
08. Interlude
09. Funbus
10. The Hand
11. Nottingham Lace
12. Shen Chi [2008 reissue bonus]


A Buckethead collaboration album featuring many different vocalists. Also included is the previous web-only track Nottingham Lace.

Tracks # 1-7, 9-11 recorded at John Merrick Recorder
Track # 8 recorded at the Serjical Strike Dungeons
Vocals for tracks # 1-4, 6-10 recorded at the Serjical Strike Dungeons
Mixed at the Binge Factory
Mastered at Buzzbomb Studios

Ⓒ2005 Serjical Strike Records, Inc.


Never judge a book by its cover. Buckethead might look silly in that KFC bucket of his; however, underneath the mask there is perhaps the most interesting guitar virtuoso the rock world has ever seen, constantly delivering quality left-field, abstract or plain crazy releases. Enter The Chicken is so far the latest addition to the Buckethead menu and it is easily one of the best albums of 2005.

Enter The Chicken is a healthy dose of silliness to the perpetually depressed and dark metal world. Why does being experimental always have to equal being gravely serious? Instead, Buckethead and his troupe of guest vocalists make music that is adventurous and fun. It is this sense of adventure, as well as Buckethead's ingenious guitar solos, that gel the otherwise radically different tracks on this album. In fact, every single track here is wonderful in its own unique way. The band is capable of tackling every possible style, whether it is the technical thrash metal of "Botnus", the New Age ethno-pop of "Coma", the vicious death metal of "Funbus", the delicate indie-rock of "Running From The Light" or the funk-metal-meets-opera of "Hand". One can never be sure what weird antic is right around the corner. Hell, they even stick a Captain Beefheart sample in there!

Enter The Chicken is an example of healthy experimentation that is both musically challenging and quite accessible. Although I prefer Buckethead's pure electronica records, this album still deserves my honest recommendation. If you're looking for an unconventional take on metal, this is as good as it gets!


 



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Introspekrieg - 12.10.2006 at 07:31  
Buckethead's Colma and Electric Tears are amazing. I'm a huge fan of his ambient stuff and look forward to hearing some of his faster and heavier exploits.
propaganda666 - 04.05.2007 at 01:33  
i just bought Electric Tears and Giant Robot and both are simply amazing. i am a hugh Buckethead fan.
Passenger - 19.10.2007 at 22:09  
This album is occasionally genius. The rest of the time, it does nothing for me. Also a bit unbalanced, but it's understandable, considering the ammount of experimentalism and different genres it tries to cover.
Frankenchrist - 22.11.2008 at 16:02  
I like chicken.
Paradox0 - 24.04.2009 at 22:38  
As usual, buckethead delivers us a bucket of err his bucketheadness. My favourite tracks where Coma and Three Fingers. Running from the light was kind of strange that it seemed like something for some pop radio but I guess it just showcases his variety.
Mattybu - 18.06.2011 at 21:56  
I like this album, but Buckethead has better. I'd put Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot, Colma, Giant Robot, Acoustic Shards, Kaleidoscalp, and a few others over it.

Favourite track is Botnus.
tuerda - 05.09.2011 at 07:35  
Buckethead is consistently awesome, creative, experimental and full of style. I believe he among the best active musical acts in the world, but most of what he does really has no business being on metal storm. Try colma, population override, decoding the tomb of the bansheebot, or the dragons of eden (my own personal selection: each one is very much unlike the others) to get an idea of just how incredible he can be.

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