Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    Each time they break free of their own locked groove, achieving mood-elevating uplift via genius structural shifts, or wig-flippin' solos spiritually comparable with Hendrix or Neil young. [Jan 2013, p.98]
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    Some of the tracks are dead ringers for math rock, but in Bishop and Chasny's hands that ornate form attains gut-level thrust. [Sep 2012, p.64]
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    Together they achieve a level of fervent interplay that's exhilarating to hear. [Nov 2012, p.81]
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    It showcases both sides of the trio's prowess: Rangda's ability to improvise dynamically and also to compose compelling, creating mysterious tunes that cross genres with ease and acumen.
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    False Flag was a raging, hairy monster of an album; Formerly Extinct is its subtler, more intricate, better groomed (but no less wild) cousin.
  6. Oct 5, 2012
    79
    With Formerly Extinct, Rangda not only prove themselves to be a going concern as a band, but that they might just be starting to really hit their stride.
  7. Oct 26, 2012
    70
    Bishop's well-established fascination with Eastern music and mysticism proves a ready foil for Chasny's expansive, psychedelic Americana. [No.92 p.57]
  8. 70
    With Formerly Extinct, Rangda evolves into something distinctly more maniacal but also clear-eyed, adopting an image of both experience and youthful-mindedness.
  9. 70
    This album has more use for intertwined guitar lines that adhere to Eastern scales, and strong but light-footed rhythm.
  10. Oct 10, 2012
    60
    Formerly Extinct is a little over-cooked, and the album would have benefitted from being left a little more raw at its core.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    8
    A unique, and powerful album. Great guitar interplay and some ridiculous drumming. A few songs drag a bit, but overall a very enjoyable andA unique, and powerful album. Great guitar interplay and some ridiculous drumming. A few songs drag a bit, but overall a very enjoyable and good album. Full Review »