Jonas Hellborg: Child King


Child King



Octave of the Holy Innocents (Day Eight Music DEM 032)

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Jonas Hellborg (bass), Buckethead (guitar),

Michael Shrieve (drums)


Composed by Jonas Hellborg


Recorded: New York, 1994


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

The trio of Jonas Hellborg, Buckethead and Michael Shrieve makes some interesting music on Octave of the Holy Innocents. They should. They are quite interesting people. Hellborg is a delightful enigma. He is impossible to get a fix on. You cannot tell when he is angry or happy. Shrieve is historically important. He was the youngest player at Woodstock when he held the drummer's stool for Santana. And Buckethead? Well, that's just a case study. There seems to be a relative consensus that he is one of the most creative electric guitarists on the scene today. But why wear a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on your head and hide your face with a mask? Does he get free chicken for doing that? Free masks? I can't understand the purpose of wearing either a bucket or a mask. But why wear both? Perhaps it sets him free. Paging Dr Phil! Paging Dr Phil!

Many Buckethead fans were intrigued with his performance on Octave of the Holy Innocents because it is a rare opportunity to hear him on acoustic guitar. Known as an electric thrasher, he is anything but on "Child King," which is more about rhythm and less about melody. The melody is there and is a clear enunciation of the possibilities of Arabic scales. It takes you to ancient lands. But it is the thudding drums, riding cymbals and the precise rhythmic syncopation of Buckethead's guitar and Hellborg's bass that do the transporting. I wonder in recording sessions, does Buckethead put the bucket and mask on?

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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