Startling third album by hardcore bass/drums duo from Rhode Island

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Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow

This is probably the most accessible of Lightning Bolt’s three albums, though in relative terms it makes The White Stripes seem like Westlife. Brian Gibson’s bass manages to cover all the necessary functions of free-rock-metal guitar?imagine a cross between the Boredoms and Slayer?while Brian Chippendale’s drums are restless but always manage to nail the rhythm when required. Vocals are indistinct (“All the world’s in flames”) but the music is purposeful and powerful, never more so than on the terrible grandeur of the climactic “30,000 Monkies” with its endless crescendi, and the floundering “Duel In The Deep”.