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
Length 56:44
Label Load (LOAD #78)
Producer Dave Auchenbach
Lightning Bolt chronology
Wonderful Rainbow
(2003)Wonderful Rainbow2003
Hypermagic Mountain
(2005)
Earthly Delights
(2009)Earthly Delights2009

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 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'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". Pitchfork. 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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