But even with the release of 2005's Hypermagic Mountain (as well as a book, DVD, split, and three CDRs), some of the ultra-hip have dismissed the monolithic power of the Bolt -- probably because they're now name-dropping Wolf Eyes. That's a fool's decision. The duo from Providence, Rhode Island continues to use blast-hammers and a Tasmanian threshing machine to churn out unheralded musical density at nuclear volumes. And it's buckets of fun too! Far from being the prog-metal outfit that bloggers once declared them to be, the Bolt functions more like an update of the sweaty R&B rave-up.
But it doesn't matter what or whom the group reminds me of; Lightning Bolt is -- without the tiniest smidgen of hyperbole -- the greatest live band in modern America.