Wednesday 19 February 2014

Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain

'Hypermagic Mountain'
Lightning Bolt

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Black Pus, The White Mice, Hella

If you haven't heard of Lightning Bolt, I can safely declare the following: a)you've been living under a rock and/or b)you're some kind of hideous sewer mutant with no soul. Lightning Bolt are the genre defying duo who've been churning out the most danceable, aggressive noise rock you're liable to come across for nigh on two decades. Seemingly sugar coated in childish artwork and lyrics, the band's music is just as whacky and colourful, albeit with a hefty sonic punch. Hypermagic Mountain is my personal favourite release by Lightning Bolt, as it's basically everything I could want from an album. It's fun, catchy, weird as hell and packs a bit of a bite. The fuzzed out, effects coated bass dives in and out of Brian Chippendale's masterful drumming (that man is possessed or part octopus, I tell you what) and heavily delayed and distorted vocals. My standout track would have to be Megaghost (though 2 Morro Morro Land is a close second) - it's an absolutely monstrous track that really does showcase the heavier, more manic side of the band. The chugging bass and blistering snare abuse are Lightning Bolt taking their rhythmic noise to it's most logical extreme. I'd like to think most of you on this blog have listened to this band at least once, but FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, if you have not heard this band, get into this right now, you will not regret it.

1. 2 Morro Morro Land
2. Captain Caveman
3. Birdy
4. Riffwraiths
5. Megaghost
6. Magic Mountain
7. Dead Cowboy
8. Bizarro Zarro Land
9. Mohawkwindmill
10. Bizarro Bike
11. Infinity Farm
12. No Rest for the Obsessed


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