Lightning Bolt
Ride The Skies


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (17 Reviews)
January 24th, 2010 | 8 replies | 5,418 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Keep your children away.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Not much can really put a cap on the superb energy of Lightning Bolt. Ride The Skies is the album that started to begin the massive acclaim that now is in possession of Lightning Bolt, and it remains consistent to their sound. While it doesn't surpass Wonderful Rainbows supreme execution of their sound, or Earthly Delights pure consistency, what Ride The Skies does do is offer the listener a couple of highlights and insights from a band worthy of praise. Although it doesn't quite match their forefathers, it does have quite the highlights.

For those who are unfamiliar with their sound, it's mostly categorized by the fact this bass n drum band sounds like a metal band. Brian Gibson's bass is detuned, distorted, and creatively altered and sounds like a shredding chainsaw. Other than the finger tapping exercise that consumes most of “The Faire Folk”, most of this and future albums by Lightning Bolt are consistently washed over in distortion, with the 'bass' buzzing and jumbling throughout the record. The drums try their best to back it up, and in doing so, clobber around the entire drum set, making sort of a messy effect. Basically, Ride The Skies is a gigantic mess, but oh what a glorious mess it is sound-wise.

Among this raw, virtuositic mess sound there are a couple of highlights song-wise as previously mentioned. “Into The Mist 2” consists of bass twiddling, free jazz drums, and hacksaw distortion, creating a wild ride into the sound of Lightning Bolt. “The Faire Folk”, as already mentioned, is the one place where the bass in Lightning Bolt sounds anything like, well, a bass, and keeps up with toe tapping, fast pace, building up to a fuzzy climax. “Forcefields” is the clear highlight of the record though, creating a bombastic, banging introduction to the album. “13 Monsters” relies on an oddball time signature, militant drums, and distorted vocals seemingly counting in an incomprehensible way, flushing out a unique way to push a samey sound.

Ride The Skies has it's lowlights as well, like the incomprehensible noise of the closing duo “Wee One's Parade” and “Rotator” that, unlike the rest of the record, sees almost no construction other poorly executed dissonance. Both tracks just twiddle their thumbs in, what is rare amongst this band, pure noise. Despite that, while Ride The Skies and Lightning Bolt aren't for everyone, they do pull off their maniacal, stone-head, complex sound incredibly well. If your a fan of bizarrely-tuned and metallic sounding bass and messy, jazz-metal drums, done in a couple of different formats, then maybe Ride The Skies might be for you, but for those whose tastes consist of normal things, such as not this, well they should stay far away form this band altogether.



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O.J. Simpson
January 24th 2010



408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like this band.

WeepingBanana
January 24th 2010



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ahh i love lightning bolt. still need to get this though

NebSnurb
January 24th 2010



535 Comments


Lightning Bolt is one of the greatest bands ever.

TheEnforcer
January 25th 2010



270 Comments


Good review and ^ ^ agreed.

JJmcJizzle
September 28th 2011



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree with the summary. I am a child and I think lightning bolt are awesome and when I have a child I'll make sure he hears lightning bolt.

foxblood
October 5th 2011



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man this was the album back in the day. i always liked this album more than their others

foxblood
October 28th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah rules

WeepingBanana
December 19th 2012



10046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THIRTEEN MONSTERS!!! THIRTEEN MONSTERS!!!



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