Lightning Bolt
Earthly Delights


4.5
superb

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
September 16th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Earthly Delights really is, an Earthly Delight

See, when people talk about noise music, two styles of noise come up. There's the atonal, squealy, harsh stylings of guys like Merzbow and then there is the static drenched punk-metal hybrid of bands like Unsane and Slug. Lightning Bolt fall into their own special little niche, as they can't really be described as punk or metal nor can they be described as just random noise. They incorporate a multitude of genre's into the guise of regular, old noise rock. Earthly Delights is the latest release from the Rhode Island duo, and it's definitely their second best yet. While it may not match up to the critically acclaimed "Wonderful Rainbow", it comes damn near close. The two Brian's, Chippendale and Gibson, have crafted their own little style of noise that anyone can get into. If i haven't convinced you already to check this out, then read furthur....

Earthly Delights is definitely a strong album throughout. While it does follow the basic Lightning Bolt Formula (i.e. catchy sing-song melodies, pounding, rhythmic instrumental sections), the songs are stretched out and have incorporated some jamming a la Phish or 2003-Era Primus. Over the chugging riffs and technical drumming is psychedelic, noisy, textured jams during the instrumental sections. These jams throw curveballs here and there, whether it be unexpected volume changes on one track or swirling ambience on another. Lightning Bolt show they can change it up a little bit without compromising their style. They add more metallic riffage and even some old-school Rock 'N' Roll solos for good measure. This album definitely rocks harder than anything they've don before, and Lightning Bolt have made it evident that even groove can still be incorporated into the loudest and harshest of noises. Funny Farm for instance, invokes a catchy country vibe while still being atonal enough not to let the fans think the band has sold out. Hell, there's even some clean playing on Earthly Delights, which i believe is a first for the band. They definitely made the music more accessible without managing to completely ruin that Lightnig Bolt sound.

Chippendale and Gibson are two excellent players in their own right. Gibson plays a high strung bass like a guitar almost as if its a tribute to Cop Shoot Cop(who did the same thing years before). He gets so many sounds and tones out of that thing you forget for a while that it even is a bass. Even being as technically accomplished as he is he still never forgets to make his bass playing so damn groovy. Gibson never gets technical on the level of, say, Psyopus, but he does get his tech on to satisfy all of the peopl who spend their lives masturbating to complexity. His noodling invokes thoughts of jazz, hip-hop, metal and even techno. Chippendale is the other half of Lightning Bolt on drums. His wild manic drumming goes up their with greats like Charlie Zeleny, Weasel Walter, and even Gene Hoglan. Ths time around he's even diversified his style by adding tribal percussion. When Chippendale plays, he puts on a vibe that he's just jamming out in his garage but he really is tight and rhythmic. His use of catchy drum rhythms and his insane improvisational skills makes for an all out noie fest.

Basically, Earthly Delights is almost perfect. Chippendale and Gibson have showed us that they really are the perfect musical match for each other. Everything they play compliments what the other person is playing. The album is really strong with each songs but the early sections are weaker. Thankfully, it picks up with the stronger second half and some better songwriting. Earthly Delights is truly a magnificent piece of work. Make sure to see them for their insane live show too. 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Urinetrouble
September 16th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

told you i'd review this. my best work yet. Lightning Bolt are seriously insane live.

pizzamachine
September 16th 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

P-p-p-p-pos'd! And the album screams cool.

Bleekill
September 16th 2010


832 Comments


Yeah they are amazing live

Urinetrouble
September 16th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, gonna figure out what i wanna review next. thanks for the pos. and i thought i went deaf after seeing them live.

where do you guys rank this album in lb's catalog?

dylanthedesertpea
September 16th 2010


587 Comments


man this sounds cool. i've been meaning to check these guys out for a while now. oh and about half way through the 3rd paragraph you need an 'e' on 'peopl'. pos'd though

DBlitz
September 17th 2010


1690 Comments


goood album

couldwinarabbit
September 17th 2010


6996 Comments


...you just called merzbow random noise. You better change that before bitchfork sees.

Going to see them in toronto soon. I`m so pumped

Urinetrouble
September 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

b4k is one of the worst users on here

WeepingBanana
September 17th 2010


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this album kicks ass. LB are such a great live act and i'm pretty sure they can do no wrong

Plutonio
September 24th 2010


474 Comments


"...you just called merzbow random noise. You better change that before bitchfork sees."
I'd rather hear Merzbow be bashed than a great amount of noise artists, tbh.

cratos76
October 5th 2010


85 Comments


saw one of their live show in youtube,it was innnnnnntense,i will be checkin this out,....and does merzbow make only this unbearable noise........

AnotherSurf
December 13th 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I wonder how sore these dudes are after playing there set?

fuckthatnoise
December 13th 2011


1479 Comments


just started getting into these guys. havent heard this one yet but wonderful rainbow and ride the skies own.

WeepingBanana
December 14th 2011


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wonderful Rainbow>Hypermagic Mountain>Earthly Delights>Ride The Skies>Lightning Bolt

there ya go

TheBarber
May 28th 2014


1978 Comments


bumping the forgotten badasses

Digging: Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love

WeepingBanana
May 28th 2014


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

wow my ranking has changed hard

TheBarber
May 28th 2014


1978 Comments


what's it now?

WeepingBanana
May 29th 2014


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i think i just like Ride the Skies a lot more now, so just put that above HM and ED

TheBarber
May 29th 2014


1978 Comments


It's that good?!

WeepingBanana
May 29th 2014


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it has some pretty blah songs but also some of their best songs



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