2015 Honorable Mention Pick 11

Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey, 2015)

The heirs apparent to the full tilt sonic assault of The Jesus Lizard with manic drumming, blasted post-apocalyptic bass, and fucked in the head vocals.

If all the tunes were fully off the hook like the first tune (clipped below) I would be jumping and down but the creativity of the arrangements takes a small step down as the album progresses.

The drummer is the star of this band, man that guy can play.  And when locks in with that disgusting bass sound, say for example in the tune Mythmaster (the second clip below), you know that things in America will be all right when cats are blasting like this.



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