Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
- Nicola Meighan
- 16 October 2009
Bodacious noise lords Lightning Bolt pound elemental heaven and hell on Earthly Delights, their mind-melding fifth album. Whether summoning 50s rock’n’roll via the nightmarish turmoil of wah-wah (‘Guardians of Sound’), or thrashing out hypnotic psych-rock (‘SOS’), the Rhode Island duo – Brian Gibson (bass) and Brian Chippendale (drums) – are colossal.
All manner of aural surprises prevail: there’s a thrash-metal hillbilly hoe-down (‘Funny Farm’); a primordial percussive marvel (‘Transmissionary’); and some unlikely respite in the glimmering exoticism of ‘Rain on the Lake I’m Swimming In’. Don’t cower from the Bolt’s hot bedlam: there’s gold in these here slabs of clamour.