Hypermagic Mountain

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Hypermagic Mountain
Studio album by Lightning Bolt
Released October 18, 2005
Recorded Providence, Rhode Island
Genre Noise rock
Experimental rock
Length 56:44
Label Load Records – LOAD #78
Producer Dave Auchenbach
Lightning Bolt chronology
Wonderful Rainbow
(2003)
Hypermagic Mountain
(2005)
Earthly Delights
(2009)

Hypermagic Mountain is the fourth album by the noise rock band Lightning Bolt. It has a very dense sound composed entirely of distorted bass guitar and loud, pounding drums.

Production[edit]

The band and their sound engineer, Dave Auchenbach, recorded the album in a house in Providence, Rhode Island directly onto a 2 track DAT master tape.[1] The album's artwork was drawn by Brian Chippendale; the album's title was not decided until after the artwork was finished.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Collective 3.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[5]
Stylus Magazine A−[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[7]
The Stranger 4/4 stars[8]

Hypermagic Mountain was met with near-universal acclaim, with an average of 88% based on 23 reviews on Metacritic.[9] The same site rates the album as #42 on the all-time highest rated albums,[10] and as the fourth best album of 2005.[11] Stylus Magazine's Rogue Strew hailed the album as "another stride toward the perfection of [Lightning Bolt's] prog-noise esthetic",[12] while Prefix Magazine's Aaron Richter called it Lightning Bolt's "most accomplished effort to date, one-upping 2003’s Wonderful Rainbow with a fresh sense of maturity."[13] Pitchfork Media's Brian Stosuy similarly described Hypermagic Mountain as the band's "most well-oiled album", but criticized that "somewhere in the middle a lack of variety creates a dull patch."[14] Joe Martin, in CMJ New Music Monthly, said that the album's "craft-refinement has an exhilaration all of its own".[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "2 Morro Morro Land" – 3:43
  2. "Captain Caveman" – 3:19
  3. "Birdy" – 3:06
  4. "Riffwraiths" – 3:03
  5. "Megaghost" – 6:01
  6. "Magic Mountain" – 4:55
  7. "Dead Cowboy" – 7:58
  8. "Bizarro Zarro Land" – 4:47
  9. "Mohawkwindmill" – 9:38
  10. "Bizarro Bike" – 5:18
  11. "Infinity Farm" – 2:46
  12. "No Rest for the Obsessed" – 2:10

Album personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Licht, Alan. Lightning Bolt (#262, December 2005). The Wire. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  2. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (2005). "Deep Cover: Lightning Bolt". CMJ New Music Monthly (136): 50. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ BBC Collective review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  7. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  8. ^ The Stranger review
  9. ^ "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  10. ^ "All-Time High and Low Scores". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Best Albums of 2005". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  12. ^ Strew, Rogue. "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  13. ^ Richter, Aaron. "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  14. ^ Stosuy, Brian. "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  15. ^ Martin, Joe (2005). "Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain". CMJ New Music Monthly (136): 41. 

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