Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights (4 stars)

Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights

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.


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