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
    False Flag was a raging, hairy monster of an album; Formerly Extinct is its subtler, more intricate, better groomed (but no less wild) cousin.
  5. 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.
  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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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  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 and good album. Full Review »