The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell

The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Studio album by Buckethead
Released April 20, 2004
Genre Heavy metal, experimental rock, avant-garde metal
Length 52:16
Label Disembodied
Producer Dan Monti
Buckethead chronology
Population Override
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Enter the Chicken
Alternative Cover
Alternative front cover, used on some editions of the album.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell is the thirteenth studio album by guitarist Buckethead. It was released on April 20, 2004 via Disembodied Records. The album contains seventeen songs, and is considered by fans to be Buckethead's heaviest offering to date.

The album includes the song "Spokes for the Wheel of Torment" which is one of the few Buckethead songs a music video was made for.


Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Descent of the Damned"   3:07
2. "Spokes for the Wheel of Torment"   2:17
3. "Arc of the Pendulum"   2:32
4. "Fountains of the Forgotten"   3:22
5. "The Treeman"   3:40
6. "Pylegathon"   2:35
7. "Traveling Morgue"   3:18
8. "One Tooth of the Time Train"   3:27
9. "Bedlam's Bluff"   3:15
10. "Beaten With Sledges"   2:52
11. "Woods of Suicide"   3:28
12. "Yellowed Hide"   3:37
13. "Moths to Flame"   3:13
14. "The Ravines of Falsehood"   3:11
15. "The Black Forest"   2:12
16. "Haven of Black Tar Pitch"   3:19
17. "The Escape Wheel"   2:52
Total length:


  • This album is commonly mistaken for the unreleased album Super Diorama Theater.
  • The song "The Ravines of Falsehood" is an expansion of the tracks "Slaughter Zone Entrance" and "Slaughter Zone Exit" from Bucketheadland 2.[citation needed]
  • The album shares its name with the alternative title to the 1977 horror film Last House on Dead End Street.
  • The song "Woods of Suicides" is likely a reference to the comic book series The Sandman, in which the Woods of Suicides are an area in Hell. Artist Dave McKean, who worked with Buckethead on Monsters & Robots in 1999 drew early sketches for The Sandman. The area in Sandman was itself a reference to Dante's Inferno.
  • The two songs "Spokes for the Wheel of Torment" and "Beaten with Sledges" are commonly mistaken for the other because of a mistaken tag circulating around fans. This comes from a Torrent which mislabels all but two of the songs of the album.[citation needed]
  • The song Pylegathon is most likely a reference to Phlegyas, the boatman who transports Dante and Virgil across the river of blood in Dante's Divine Comedy.

Spokes for the Wheel of Torment

"Spokes for the Wheel of Torment"
Song by Buckethead from the album The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded John Merrick Recorder
Genre Heavy metal, experimental rock
Length 2:17
Label Disembodied
Writer Buckethead, Dan Monti
Producer Dan Monti
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell track listing
"Descent of the Damned"
"Spokes for the Wheel of Torment"
"Arc of the Pendulum"

"Spokes for the Wheel of Torment" is the second song from the album and one of a few that have a music video (the other were "The Ballad of Buckethead" from the album Monsters and Robots, "We Are One" from Buckethead's 2005 album Enter the Chicken, "Pyrrhic Victory" by Thanatopsis, and "Viva Voltron", for the animated series Voltron).

Music Video

Stylized image of Buckethead in the song's video clip
The "Tree Man" from Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych

The music video was directed by Syd Garon and Eric Henry featuring additional artwork by long time Buckethead collaborator Bryan "Frankenseuss" Theiss. The video is based on the famous triptychs by Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Last Judgement, the Paradise and Hell, and The Temptation of St. Anthony.

The music video starts showing a place that looks like hell where Buckethead has a lute and is carried by a flying beast which releases him. Buckethead ends in the hands of the "Prince of Hell" from the The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych.

Buckethead gets eaten by the creature and his head, the lute and the two arms fall, getting themselves stuck on a tree where Buckethead starts to play a part of the song. While he plays, a lot of people getting killed are shown in several ways and a bird is picking body parts. Then the "Tree Man" from the same triptych is shown and the camera changes to the upper part of the triptych where all is on fire.

Buckethead keeps playing and when the song finishes the screen goes black and the credits appear showing the triptychs by Hieronymus Bosch. After the credits the camera pulls to show the credits were on a circular shape. During this time, parts of the song "Traveling Morgue" from the same album are played. The screen goes black again and the words "Beware, Beware, God Sees" appear.

The clip was shown at some film festivals around the world, such as the Sydney Film Festival,[2] amongst others.[3]

The music video has been officially made available in 2006, as part of the Anxious Animation DVD release[4] as well as Buckethead's own video compilation Secret Recipe.


  • Buckethead - guitars
  • Dan Monti - programming and producer
  • Syd Garon - director
  • Eric Henry - director
  • Bryan "Frankenseuss" Theiss - additional artwork
  • Hieronymus Bosch - paintings
  • Scott Halford - photoshop
  • Dan Meagher - photoshop
  • Gina Festagallo - photoshop
  • Cristie Henry - photoshop


  • Buckethead — Taxidermy, embalming, and clock repair.
  • Bryan "Brain" Mantia — drums.
  • Dan Monti — Producer, engineer, mixing, programming.
  • Robert Hadley - Mastering.
  • Bryan Theiss - Artwork.
  • P-Sticks - Artwork (back cover, inside portrait of library).
  • Steven Morrison - Title inspiration.[5]


  1. ^ Westergaard, Sean (2004-04-20). "The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell - Buckethead". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ 52nd Sydney Film Festival[dead link]
  3. ^ 2005 bitfilm festival[dead link]
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (2006-06-13). "Anxious Animation | DVD | DVD". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Images for Buckethead - The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 

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