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Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

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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.'
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. This is a great record, if it is a record.
  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. Essentially, the Brians don't really need to innovate that much anymore and instead are just fine-tuning their craft in glorious ways.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Lightning Bolt consistently sound like no one else. [Dec 2005, p.105]
  5. Uncut
    80
    Their heaviest to date. [Nov 2005, p.108]
  6. Underneath all the scuzz and spasm, though, they're a groove band, hustling a hard-edged experimentalism you don't have to work hard to enjoy.
  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: 45 out of 75
  2. Negative: 29 out of 75
  1. md7md7
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    A bloody F@#$ing Trip. Great Heights and on and on and on. It lasted an hour it felt like 10 minutes. Really Nice. It appeals in both ways: A bloody F@#$ing Trip. Great Heights and on and on and on. It lasted an hour it felt like 10 minutes. Really Nice. It appeals in both ways: difficul and experimental opposed by simplicity and appealness of their sound. Expand
  2. funkink
    Apr 16, 2006
    10
    relentless. I'd never listen to anything else, that is, of course, if i can sew my ears back on and scoop my spattered skull from the relentless. I'd never listen to anything else, that is, of course, if i can sew my ears back on and scoop my spattered skull from the wall behind me. Expand
  3. SeanP.
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    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, 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. sroberts
    Oct 31, 2005
    9
    youll either really like the production or hate it. L bolt excel as a live band so raw production is a good idea
  5. Matt
    Nov 5, 2005
    3
    I give it 3 points because this music has its place in the music world. But I don't hear the melody, and it grates on me a lot. Might I give it 3 points because this music has its place in the music world. But I don't hear the melody, and it grates on me a lot. Might have been a bit better with stronger vocals. Expand
  6. MarkR
    Oct 30, 2005
    1
    Intense is not the same as good. Where are the hooks and the melody that u can return too?
  7. jubjubpoooop
    Oct 25, 2005
    0
    hated it!

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