Bucket Full Of Teeth - IV (Cover Artwork)

Bucket Full Of Teeth

Bucket Full Of Teeth: IVIV (2005)
Level Plane Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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When former Orchid members Brad Wallace and Will Killingsworth started Bucket Full Of Teeth, they said they intended for it to be "generic power violence." Well, with the release of IV, the band's first full-length, they have completely surpassed that intention. Simply put, this album is insane. .

When former Orchid members Brad Wallace and Will Killingsworth started Bucket Full Of Teeth, they said they intended for it to be "generic power violence." Well, with the release of IV, the band's first full-length, they have completely surpassed that intention.

Simply put, this album is insane. The whole thing feels like a journey through the head of a bi-polar sociopath. At times it is livid and dangerous, ready to attack anyone who approaches, while at other times it is euphoric and introspective, able to appreciate the more subtle and beautiful aspects of life.

IV opens with "Imperfect Vibrations," a track compiled of fuzzy noises that are faded into the background. This 44-second feedback leaves your ears completely unprepared for the ambush that follows. "Capitol Distracts And Imprisons" explodes with perhaps the most Orchid-like moment on the album. Hyper-speed grind beats and quick, sliding guitars scream under the roar of disgruntled vocals. About a minute into the song suddenly dips off into clean guitar before ending with some Converge-styled chugging.

From there the album moves into its first pensive moment with "The Dream Continues," a track made up solely of electronic-sounding wind and subdued, screechy sound effects. After this, the album continues its reflective to spastic dichotomy. Songs like "A Morbid Gathering" and "Comfort Made Us Passive" are vitriolic and devastating despite their small moments of restraint, while songs like "The Path," "Confessions," and "Embrace The Current Time" are instrumental tracks that act like the eye of the storm with their softer, more relaxed feel. Then, at the end of the album Bucket Full of Teeth crank out "A Hopeful Sound" and "Let Us Resonate," both of which are contemporary thrashy hardcore interjected with elements of 70's hard rock.

What is truly impressive about this album is not that it is able to harness two completely different sounds (hardcore and electronic ambience) but that is able to blend them seamlessly. The production and programming on this album are amazing as they allow for songs to merge into one another and for bits and pieces of sounds to interpose in areas you would never expect.

The only problems with IV are that the album leaves you wanting more with its sixteen minute running time, the vocals seem to lack almost all sense of melody and can get too deep and cartoonish at times, and the band dips into moments of "generic power violence" every so often.

If this truly is Bucket Full of Teeth's final release, as they have claimed, at least they have gone out on top. This album is one of the more innovative and extreme heavy albums I have heard in a long time.


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Kenjamin (May 5, 2005)

there is no way that i am going to listen to you tell me that panthers are better than ampere, bucket full of teeth, wolves, or transistor transistor. Nope. not even close.

maverick (May 5, 2005)

Cougars > Panthers.


Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

wills a cool guy. my band did our demo at his studio in amherst. this bands amazing. orcid too,

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

"you like Panthers? ewwwwww"

panthers = best thing to ever come out of Orchid.

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

This band is fuckin' sick.

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

the album leaves you wanting more due to its 16 minute running time...hahahhahahahaha awesome.

burntorangepeel (May 4, 2005)

Great band name.

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

i was just about to review this cd too. good job.

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

i know they don't play lots of shows, i just would like to see it if they did.

Nietzsche (May 3, 2005)

I Really, really, really like this.
I'm really surprised no one reviewed I,II, and III. Bucket Full Of Teeth is so fucking different on every release. These guys have to start playing live shows.

Sally_Field (May 3, 2005)

Good review.

Good album.

Good times.

Kenjamin (May 3, 2005)

to the person who said he/she wants to see them live, they've played something like 4 shows and have no plans to play anymore. yea bummer.

inagreendase (May 3, 2005)

This is cool stuff. It's been said before, but they do the atmospheric/grind alternations way better than the Locust.

kenfuggit (May 3, 2005)

Score is for Powerviolence.

Current Masters of the PV:
Mind Eraser. Any questions?


Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

what i've heard of this cd fucking rules, i'd like to see this band live.

Kenjamin (May 3, 2005)

you like Panthers? ewwwwww

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

seriously I think I like every band associated with orcihd ever and especially will's projects.

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