Blasting through speakers for over twenty years, Lightning Bolt is a force to be reckoned with. Renowned for their aggressive and noisy approach to music and performances, they have made a name for themselves as unpredictable and relentless. Fantasy Empire is their eighth full length release and we are excited. And scared.
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Lighting Bolt have done a lot with their caustic noise over the years, and while they’ve taken us through many dissonant journeys and shown us just how many different shades there are to abrasive avant-garde, there’s always been something accessible running through their music. Call it the Animal Collective gene, because they certainly have it: more-so than that band in their ‘Spirit They’ve Gone’ Days and Black Dice through the years, Lightning Bolt have always been driving towards an end, a bit of cathartic joy that can only be found by trudging through a tunnel of noise. ‘Fantasy Empire’ is the same.
Also, it’s metal as fuck. The drums hint at this; their flirtation with blastbeats and their consistently intense pace is introduced with “The Metal-East”, which has a drum fill reminiscent of crust metallers Kylesa circa ‘Static Tensions’ -- though the vocals sound like Ruins doing a lo-fi album. Brian Gibson’s buzzing guitar is equally reverent to the m/ vibes, creating plenty of electric shocks, including the riffs of “Horsepower”, which keep cutting in and out, fucking with acoustics until our heads are well and truly sore.
As for the rest, the usual applies: fickle bursts of feedback, solos that fall off at the end like roads to nowhere, and the kind of crunchy aesthetic you can only get from a duo of drums and bass. “Runaway Train” is a slogan for Lightning Bolt: it’s catchy but gruesome, the hidden away evil twin of Tame Impala’s “Elephant”. Gross goodness.
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