The Adoration of the Lamb

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Bucketrider recorded their first album in January 1996, but it received its first proper release in 1999 at the same time as Guignol's Band. By then the group had moved from a trio to quintet lineup and from a jazz trash-core to avant-garde jazz-funk. Thus The Adoration of the Lamb provides a glimpse at the group's early days, when they only consisted of guitarist David Brown, drummer Sean Baxter, and alto saxophonist Tim O'Dwyer. Listeners are presented with 19 tracks for a total duration of 37 minutes. Think of Mr. Bungle playing in a Fire Music meeting. O'Dwyer can make his sax weep and scream. When not taken by a crunching death metal riff, Brown likes to develop a tone poem from a three-note line reminiscent of John Coltrane circa Ascension. Baxter's versatility is what holds this album together, yet listeners are far from the delights of Guignol's Band and Le Baphomet. For fans who are working their way backwards into the group's discography, the metal screams and grunts of the first few tracks will be hard to take. On the other hand, those into groups like Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, or even Naked City, will easily develop a taste for this album and hopefully move on to Bucketrider's more ambitious works.