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Praxis

Praxis - Metatron - 1994 Play

Metatron is the third album of Bill Laswell and Buckethead's project Praxis. This album concentrates on the core band of Buckethead, Brain and Laswell, rather than featuring a large number of guests like the earlier albums.

This album includes calm interludes like the songs "Cathedral Space" and "Double Vision", as well as some mysterious voice samples like in the song "We Are Not Sick Men!" and some of Buckethead's typical noises that are well known. For example in the song "Armed (TSA Agent #5)" Buckethead plays the melody of "Jingle Bells" with a distorted sampler guitar; also, the song "Warcraft (Bruce Lee's Black Hour of Chaos)" features kung fu inspired screaming.

Praxis - Sacrifist - 1994 Play

Sacrifist is the second album of the Bill Laswell led project Praxis, released in 1994 on Laswell's label Subharmonic.

Originally, the album was intended to be a Rammellzee project, but soon was converted into the second Praxis album, after suggestions made by John Zorn.[1]

The line-up features the core Praxis trio of Laswell, guitarist Buckethead and drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia. Additionally, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell (of Parliament-Funkadelic), both also featured on the debut album, return for one lengthy track each: "Deathstar" includes Collins' "free-form bass explorations" and "Crossing" features Worrell's "psychedelic improvisation on a distorted Hammond organ".[2] Vocals are handled by Mick Harris from Napalm Death and Scorn as well as Yamatsuka Eye from Boredoms. John Zorn added some saxophone parts. Some songs also contain sound samples from other places. For example, both the intro and the outro of the song "The Hook" are from the Japanese cult classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

The music itself is a mix of noisy speed/thrash metal with short interludes of dub music and hip-hop.

Praxis - Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) - 1992 Play

Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) is the first album by Bill Laswell's everchanging "supergroup" Praxis. This first album features Buckethead on guitar, Bootsy Collins on bass and vocals, Brain on drums, Bernie Worrell on keyboards and DJ AF Next Man Flip on turntables and mixer.

Transmutation features a wide range of musical styles, all mixed together to make a very diverse and unique album. Styles such as heavy metal, funk, hip hop, ambient, jazz and blues are blended together to form a strange style of avant-garde, with extended guitar and keyboard solos, and highly improvised passages.
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