Hypermagic Mountain

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

Hypermagic Mountain is the fourth album by American noise rock band Lightning Bolt.

Background[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 is a clear continuation of the sound they established on their previous albums, featuring a very dense sound composed almost entirely of distorted, often-processed bass guitar; loud, fast drums; and indiscernible vocals buried in the album's mix. 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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
NME 9/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[10]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[12]
Uncut 4/5 stars[13]

Hypermagic Mountain was met with near-universal acclaim, with an average of 88 out of 100 based on 23 reviews on Metacritic.[3] The same site rates the album at number 42 on the all-time highest rated albums,[14] and as the fourth best album of 2005.[15] Stylus Magazine's Rogue Strew hailed the album as "another stride toward the perfection of [Lightning Bolt's] prog-noise esthetic",[16] 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."[17] Pitchfork Media's Brandon 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."[10] Joe Martin, in CMJ New Music Monthly, said that the album's "craft-refinement has an exhilaration all of its own".[18]

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Licht, Alan (December 2005). "Lightning Bolt". The Wire (262). Retrieved January 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (2005). "Deep Cover: Lightning Bolt". CMJ New Music Monthly (136): 50. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Hypermagic Mountain by Lightning Bolt". Metacritic. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". AllMusic. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Alternative Press (209): 216. December 2005. 
  6. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Blender (42): 137. November 2005. 
  7. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Entertainment Weekly: 89. October 28, 2005. 
  8. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Mojo (145): 105. December 2005. 
  9. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". NME: 45. November 5, 2005. 
  10. ^ a b Stosuy, Brandon (October 18, 2005). "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Metacritic. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (December 22, 2005). "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". PopMatters. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  12. ^ Willcoma. "Lightning Bolt – Hypermagic Mountain". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". Uncut (102): 108. November 2005. 
  14. ^ "All-Time High and Low". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 8, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Best Albums of 2005". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 5, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  16. ^ Strew, Rogue (October 24, 2005). "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on February 20, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  17. ^ Richter, Aaron. "Hypermagic Mountain – Lightning Bolt". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  18. ^ Martin, Joe (2005). "Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain". CMJ New Music Monthly (136): 41. 

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