Hypermagic Mountain - Lightning Bolt
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  • Summary: The abrasive bass/drums duo of Brian Gibson and Brian Chippendal return with a follow-up to 2003's 'Wonderful Rainbow.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. For an elite cadre of sound warriors, the disc perfectly bridges Slayer's demonic metallic riff majesty with the maniacally convoluted dynamics of French prog-rockers Magma. [Dec 2005, p.216]
  2. The compressed, cleaned-up ferocity of Hypermagic Mountain is a leap of refinement in every way, a sign that the band, while lushly unripe, is ripening gracefully.
  3. What blessed bastardry is this? It's bloody brilliant, that's what it is.
  4. Even with its brief lapses, Hypermagic Mountain is Lightning Bolt’s most accomplished effort to date, one-upping 2003’s Wonderful Rainbow with a fresh sense of maturity.
  5. 80
    Lightning Bolt consistently sound like no one else. [Dec 2005, p.105]
  6. 80
    The world's heaviest band turn out to have metal's lightest touch too. [Nov 2005, p.137]
  7. Hypermagic Mountain absolutely trounces nearly every other act in its general stylistic area. Regrettably, however, the duo’s fourth album lacks the formal and emotional peaks and valleys that encourage listening and re-listening to albums in other less hectic and punishing genres.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 74
  2. Negative: 29 out of 74
  1. RonJeremy
    Oct 26, 2005
    Anyone who doesn't enjoy this album has a small penis.
  2. true
    Feb 6, 2006
    it's happening. my ears have lost all elasticity. every other album i own is a pile of second-rate joan-baez-influenced pussy-footing around the point. "But what is the point?" i hear you ask, you poor innocent. DERH! DERH-DERH-DERH- D-D-D-DERH! (that's from track four). makes death from above seem like your little sister's casey-casem mix tape. oh no... Expand
  3. SeanP.
    Mar 7, 2007
    I've seen polarized views, but this is definitely the apex of what i've seen. 5.6 overall customer rating, pockmarked with 0s, 1s, 9s, and 10s. Haha, and as it should be, because this is absolutely a love-it-or-hate-it work of art. You're either on its wave-length, or you're denounce it as trash halfway through the first song. I'm the former, and i will not be able to live without owning this music. My girlfriend is the latter. So be it. Lightning Bolt has accomplished its mission. A cult they remain. And boy am i glad to be in that cult. Expand
  4. DrGoob
    Oct 29, 2005
    When I first got this album, I thought it was the worst, most unlistenable noise I had ever heard. I couldn't even listen to it the whole way through. Since I try to give everything a chance before I decide to hate it, the next day I came back to it, even though I dreaded having to listen to something so crap again. And it was awesome . I spent the next hour alternately rocking out to the dense, sweaty riffs and beats and laughing my arse off at the sheer crazyness of it. So make sure you give this album a chance, and it will reward you well. It's also awesomely good for annoying uptight neighbours and roommates. The only downside is that your friends and family will think you've gone insane the first time they hear it. Expand
  5. MarkS
    Jan 16, 2006
    This isn't music, it's noise. And it's "indie" for a reason.
  6. jubjubpoooop
    Oct 25, 2005
    hated it!
  7. MattD
    Dec 19, 2006
    Proof that hipsters will buy into anything.

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