by Robert Bell
Buckethead, the incognito guitar wizard whose identity is a secret ... Or, hold on just a sec ... OK, I thought the whole big mystery with this guy was that he wears a bucket on his head and a mask on his face and we didn't know who he was. But it says right there on the Internet that his name is Brian Carroll, born May 13, 1969. So, uh, mystery solved, I guess.
Anyways, despite the fact that, unlike Steve Vai or Joe Satriani, he actually doesn't want people to see his face, Buckethead is a wickedly vicious shred-meister, with serious bona fides in the normally disparate worlds of prog rock, metal, funk metal, butt rock and skronky avant-garde free jazz what-have-you. How many other guitarists can say they've played in bands with Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Axl Rose? Probably nobody else but Buckethead.
So if you're a fan of weird, challenging music and/or you like having your brain annihilated by heavy guit-artillery, here's your Monday night.