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Old 04-08-2009, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bumblefoot-9.11

thanks to sweet_nothing for providing the link to download this album



Release Date: Nov 6, 2001
Label: Hermit



for those of you who may not know who or what Bumblefoot is, i'll fill you in. one of the definitions is a bacterial infection in animal feet(ew). the other is Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, one of the craziest guitarists today, rivaling those of Petrucci and Buckethead. Not only does he have the technical chops to be a virtuoso, he also has the zaniness and creativity the likes of Frank Zappa. This album is no exception. much of the songs on this album seem to be more of an excercise in creativity than just the standard shredder's "look how fast i can play!" music. Each song has a uniqueness to it, but it's still Bumblefoot. And for anyone wondering why he named this album 9.11, it was originally slated to be named Guitars SUCK, but the September 11th tragedy, Thal changed the name out of respect for the victims. He later donated all of the proceeds of the sale of the album to the American Red Cross.

All in all, i give this album a 9/10, for anyone who wants to hear some weird stuff or just likes different types of music


Fly In the Batter-The album starts off FUNNNKAAY. this song sounds like some nu-metal song from the 90's. while this may throw off some people expecting some guitar acrobatics, trust me, the solo's chaotic enough to satisfy.

Lost-off time and crazy, this song features xylophone along with guitar in one hell of a ride. then everything stops, and transitions into some kind of spoken word about being lost in the forest. there's a solo in the middle, but then it goes back into another spoken verse and the opening to finish

Raygun-While this has the sounds of a raygun being made by the guitar, and a lot of other stuff, this is essentially a blues song. What's that you say? A raygun and the blues?? Hell yes

Hole In the Sky-this is a 51 second song, and just a nice, calming transition. it's beautiful if i may say so myself.

Children of Sierra Leone-This song is very of ominuous and creepy, like a halloween ride that you just want to get off

Don Pardo Pimp Wagon-Compared to the previous one, this song is pretty damn upbeat. It just screams Theme Song Music, like "Welcome to the Bumblefoot Show!" this is a kickass song if you want to get into Bumblefoot, it has his strange guitar style along with a certain quirkiness that only he can pull off. There's enough soloing in this to turn your brain into sludge, at one point you hear the sounds of a cellphone being played with the guitar. Freaking Sweetness

Legend of Van Cleef-The Weirdness doesn't stop with this song. it has the sound of Knights during the middle ages, having retrieved the Holy Grail, being showered with praise and glory. uh, so yeah, it's a little epic.

Guitars SUCK-GREAT SONG! i don't know how i could state it any better. this shows Ron Thal's insane skills, starting with an insane tapping section using a thimble to get to the high notes. then out of nowhere it goes into a slide guitar solo that's both gentle and powerful at the same time. then right when you're all comfy and sh*t, it busts back into the ferocity, ending on a bluesy lick that makes you want so much more

Hall of Souls-The definition of a filler track. i'm not really sure how he plays this, but i can tell it's on a classical guitar. the title of this fits it so well, it feels as if you're going through a Hall of Souls

Top of the World- this features Frank Zappa's son, Dweezil Zappa on solo guitar. a sad song about a girl who can't take all the BS in the world, about to walk off the ledge and wanting to fly away, only to fall to her death

R2-With the strange song transitions, you gotta wonder if this guy's bipolar or something. This literally sounds like elevator music........F*CKING AWESOME ELEVATOR MUSIC!!

Time-Kind of a weird ending for this album, but not bad. really slow and basically how we're all on borrowed time. The ending is a riff that pretty much sounds angry and fades out


here's a few of the songs for anyone who wants to listen(these are the best vids i could find on youtube)
Fly in the Batter- YouTube - Bumblefoot - Fly in the batter (Live at Shredfest)
Lost- YouTube - Bumblefoot - "Lost"
Raygun- YouTube - Bumblefoot - "Raygun"
Hole in the Sky- YouTube - Hole In The Sky
Don Pardo Pimpwagon- YouTube - Bumblefoot - "Don Pardo Pimpwagon"
Legend of Van Cleef- YouTube - Bumblefoot - Legend Of Van Cleef
Guitars SUCK- YouTube - Guitars Suck - Bumblefoot
Top of the World- YouTube - Bumblefoot - Top Of The World
R2- YouTube - Bumblefoot - "R2"
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty good review. I'll check this out sometime.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah, and i just added a few links to the songs if you want to check it out now
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what, 46 views and only one reply?
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I recently found out about Bumblefoot, but haven't heard that much by him. This album sounds interesting, if anybody wants to send me a link or something that would be awesome. I've been looking foward to hearing more from this guy.
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well i posted some songs in the review, so you could check those out
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