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Wonderful Rainbow

Lightning Bolt

2003

Wonderful Rainbow

Album Summary

Wonderful Rainbow is the third studio album by noise rock band Lightning Bolt. It is considered to be their most accessible album, featuring heavy but catchy bass guitar riffs and frenetic drums. This album is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, which describes the band as creating "a mix of sheer abuse and welcome diversity, for a truly challenging listening experience".

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Rating

2.38

Votes

3371

Genres

  • Rock
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A conversation from the mid-2000s: The White Stripes - "Ooooooo look how much noise we make with only two people." Death From Above 1979 - "But we make even more noise with two people so there!" Lightening Bolt - "Hold my pint..."

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I was downloading this as I boarded a plane so I could listen on the flight. It barely completed downloading before the door was shut and we were on our way. Without internet I had no inkling of what it was I was about to listen to. Somewhere over Idaho around the third “song” the plane encountered rough turbulence. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was going to be the last album I hear. The thought started making me giggle. And as the cacophony continued in my headphones the plane bounced more intensely and drinks were spilled and I giggled harder and odd uncomfortable looks were coming my way. If only I could be playing this over the plane’s PA... a vision that turned my giggling into open laughter. If you’re reading this then it would seem I survived both the flight and listening to this album. I was on the verge of awarding this my second ever 1 star rating. Then again, it did manage to give my flight a mad tea party vibe. I also really love the album cover. “Wonderful Rainbow” is a great title against the soundscape it presents. No, this will not be joining my lowest rated album even though I likely will never make it through the whole album ever again.

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2/10. Probably the least wonderful rainbow I've experienced. It was like someone took the noise of unplugging your earbuds in the middle of a song and made that into a whole damn album. There are definitely some bits where there is a bit of an interesting beat going, but not enough to redeem it in my eyes.

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This album was shown to me in 2014 by the weirdest, nicest guy I ever knew in College. Shoutout to you, Pat! A challenging listen at times, but the bass grooves are sick and really get me into a rythym. More accessible than a lot of noise rock haha. It probably should be a four, but I'm rounding up for positive memories and my bias for cool bass.

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Alright, but that's enough of that.

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5

SHACK has me locked in his bedroom. Help.

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5

Love this album. Lightning Bolt are one of the best live bands I've ever seen. Complete chaos. This is probably their best album too.

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I do like me some noise rock. Reminds me of hold your horse is, and they did come out only a year apart I suppose. I really enjoy the chaotic math rock rhythms, but there's some solid guitar work too. Gets a bit repetitive in places but overall good stuff, I was a little surprised it was on the list since it's not that well known and a bit niche

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This is bracing for a Tuesday morning. Crazy, inane, frenetic. Not an album I'd ever put on for fun, but a wild ride. I still bear the scars from seeing these guys at All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Not counting the time security made the crowd sit down; those guys are real killjoys.

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Never heard of them. Went in blind. Ooooh, yeah, vibes. Love this. Instantly reminded of And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. Not sure why you'd bother with the vocal track except as possibly a hint? It's def growing on me. Crown of Thorns had an AC/DC guitar riff vibe to it. Fun! Okay, yep. Def an Elaine album. Certainly not for everyone, but I'm down with a well-done noise rock album for background music.

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Don't know what it says about me but I'm able to focus on task at while listening to this. I'll listen again along with the genre.

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Pretty good & heavy. Some rocking tunes but got pretty annoying at times

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This kind of noise rock not my cup of tea, but these guys not bad. “2 Towers” was the standout for me.

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Wow. Unique. I thought a two-piece band but bass and drums not guitar and drums? How's that going to sound? Pretty cool actually. It's a lot of noise, which is a bit of a knock. But the bass is absolutely pumping; wouldn't have minded a bit more variety from the drums instead of just bash them as hard and as fast as possible. And just cut out the vocals, if you can call them that. It wouldn't be all the time, but I can see some situations where I'd go back and put this on. I found myself rocking out to 2 Towers on my second listen. I love the bass work on this album; not a lot else. Good offsets the bad, enough for an average rating.

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This was.... interesting. Not something I would listen to on my own, but the instrumentation and manipulation of sound is intriguing. Not necessarily my cup of superdupercaffeinated tea... but ... interesting. I definitely didn't hate it.

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2.4 - challenging album to get through. “Crown of Storms” was a standout for me. That said, the album’s heavy, dissonant and lack of melodic sound made it a tough listen. I like bitterness in the right time and place - but I couldn’t eat a whole meal of it. Similarly, I could enjoy one or two of these songs to upend my palate, but I think less is more works best for me here.

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A windblown furore of noise. The book describes it as being challenging to listen to. Couldn’t have said it better

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In Apple Music unter „Punk“ geführt, rechnete ich bereits wieder mit dem üblichen Schlimmsten. Weit gefehlt. Das ist geil! Und ich bin erst beim vierten Song. Es bleibt auch nach dem zehnten Song dabei. Das ist geil! 2 x laut (!) durchgehört, meine Ohren fiepen. Das ist geil! Wie soll ich heute Nacht pennen?

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Like that part on an album when the band are tuning up or something gets unplugged, but thats the entire album... Superb

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classoicccccc

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Noise/math rock.

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What a pleasant assault on the ears. I'd love to see these live just to watch the drummer. very tempted to give this a 5 but I think that might be a bit much.

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A barrage of sound but I found myself grooving to it. I don't always love noise rock but this was really good. 4/5 stars

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Scratched a very specific itch for me. 8/10

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If entropy liked rock and could sing, it would sound like this

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Completely new to me - never heard of these guys before. Fresh, I liked it

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Ça fesse!!! J'ai bien aimé l'expérience! Faut être prêt à écouter ça mais j'ai trouvé ça cohérent, tout les sons et délires que le gars sort d'une bass c'est fou! Bien aimé le drum, bref une découverte et je vais checker leurs autres albums Pas pour tout le temps ni en soupant mais des fois ça fait sortir le méchant !!

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wow, die zag ik even niet aankomen! lekkere bak herrie zeg..

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I love the density and noisyness of this album.

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Very interesting, a lot of noises here

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Equally influenced by jazz as noise and punk. Inventive and brutal.

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Toimi yllättävänkin paljon! Ehkä musta tulee kokeellisen rokin ja noisen ystävä!

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Sounds like my brain is getting completely disintegrated in an atomic blast... in a good way. You know how people say that metal music makes them feel strong, like they could punch an elephant? This makes me feel like I should go to the nearest gym and ask to get punched in the face by the buffest guy there (again, in a good way).

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Kann man das performen ohne die erste Reihe den Genuss eines Amphetamin-Schweiß-Sprinklers zu schenken? Raw 2.5

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This had some really interesting points but in general I find a little bit of the Noise Rock goes a very long way for me. The focalization (particularly the kind of nasally “Captain Beefheart sings The Blimp” only more incomprehensible” stuff I’d had enough of after about two minutes). I suspect it would all be a lot more effective live where the energy of performance could better carry the periodically discordant chaos.

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Grating to listen to but I have to admit the drumming was fantastic. 5/10

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Was not expecting to see Lightning Bolt, of all bands, on this list. Occasionally locks into a groove that doesn't really go anywhere. It's like if Death From Above 1979 decided to go as un-commercial as possible. When it hits, it's a massive burst of energy in static colors. Favorite tracks: "Dracula Mountain", "Crown of Storms"

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MAX volume required. As I've said before, I do like noise. 3 good record "Duel In The Deep" kinda hurt my ears though, don't listen to that one. It's sad cause I would've liked that one if it wasn't for the screeching.

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Mon genre de challenge. C’est très niché comm style. Ma fille me disait « Mais pourquoi? » en entendant l’album. Parce qu’ils sont capable de le faire! Il y a plusieurs riffs intéressant. C’est demandant comme écoute d’un album au complet, mais c’est le genre d’album que je vais ressortir dans des discussions avec des amis musiciens.

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C’est pas une écoute facile ça, mais je suis content de l’avoir fait. Ils ont beaucoup d’énergie. On voit les liens avec Death before 1979.

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Kolejny przyklad tego jak lista potrafi odpowiedziec na notatke czlowieka, dwa dni temu niespodziewany traczek od Chicago, ktory mial byc pradziadem noisowego rocka, a dzisiaj dostaje undergrundowy noise na picka, wonderful rainbow jest trzecim krazkiem zespolu, a raczej duetu lighning bolts w ktorego sklad wchodza basista Brian Gibson i drumowy wokalista rowniez Brian, ale Chippendale, chlopaki z wschodniego wybrzeza hameryki, jesli Chicago bylo praszczurem noisa to tutaj jest juz w pelni rozwiniety koncept czystej nieczystosci dzwieku i ogolnego szalenstwa, bo tak najlepiej mozna okreslic takie drumowanie, ktore jest jednak polaczone z basem tak ciezkim jak chwytliwym, ciezko przykladac wage do liryki, bo wydaja sie one improwizowanymi onomatopejami w wiekszosci, z 10 trakow na tych 41 minutach, jedynie dwa sa w miare spokojnie zagranie, to jest otwierajacy hello morning i tytulowy wonderful rainbow, natomiast pozostale 39 minut krazka, to czyste szalenstwo dzwieku jednej gitary i kompletu drumow, nie byl to latwy odsluch, ale jednak wydaje mi sie, ze tak unikalnego brzmienia ciezko bedzie zapomniec, a podobno jest to najbardziej przystepny dla sluchacza material zespolu, wiec co sie musi wyprawiac na reszcie dyskografii, a banda nadal tworzy i podobno ma status kultowej wsrod koneserow noisowego brzmienia, najbardziej plejkowymi trakami sa jak dla mnie dracula mountain i 30k monkies, kolejny ciekawy i odkrywczy albumik listowy

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I think calling this noise rock is a bit unfair. The first time I heard this, I started thinking of this as just noise. Now, there are some moments where it does get very repetitive, and a BIT more melody would be more helpful. But as a whole, it's pretty good. A whole album does get a little... on the nerves. A song or two on shuffle is a nice palate cleanser, but 45 minutes worth? Nope.

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Insane that this is just bass guitar and drums. There were some cool ideas here, but the charm kinda wears off quick. It's not bad, it just seems very one-dimensional. Worth checking out, though!

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Not my specific cup of tea, but I appreciate the skill behind the music!

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Nice to have something that's kind of in my wheelhouse, that I'd not heard of. This was OK but nothing amazing

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Tää oli ekalla kerralla aikoinaan päräyttävämpi kokemus. Mut kyl edelleen toimii. Täytyy arvostaa biisien rakentumista ja tiettyä hienovaraisuutta, vaikkei se ihan päällimmäisenä tule esiin.

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An intense migraine for 41 minutes and 44 seconds. Not as bad as it sounds; well it's better than being bland. Best Tracks: Assassins; Dracula Mountain; Crown of Storms

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Noise Rock is a different kind of genre, it certainly is not for everybody. I would not place it as one of my favorite genres but I do enjoy this album. "Assassins" feels like a Muse interlude or filler track. It is good it just is all build with no resolve. Honestly that entire sentiment tracks for the album, "2 Towers" is seven minutes of build which is anxiety inducing. The back half of "On Fire" was good minus the vocals on that. "Longstockings" is a great track until the scratchy breakdown at the end and again minus the strange vocal parts. I want to love this album and at the same time I want to hate this album. Some of the noise was a little too much for me and other parts were amazing. It sounds like a lot of different artists most of the time I was getting Muse and I also heard some RHCP elements in there too and some others that I can't place but know. It is also a fairly quietly mixed album and I had to bump up my volume to hear it clearly.

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I was expecting to hate this and surprisingly didn't. Not really something I could listen to for extended periods of time but it was pretty good. 3.5 stars

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IT'S VERY NOISY ISN'T IT?! I DID need to hear this before I died. Not sure if a quiet Sunday morning outside was the right time, but I hear you Lightening Bolt.

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This album was kind of weird. Some of it was a 4, a lot of it was a 2 at best. It was just all over the place.

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This noise rock band is loud, aggressive and in your face. I was surprised to read that it consists of only two members, a drummer and a guitarist. It was also surprising to read that they cite Philip Glass and Sun Ra as influences. But after listening more closely I can hear Glass’ repetitive driving rhythms and Sun Ra’s psychedelic improvisations, all amped up on speed of course. Despite the chaotic onslaught of noise I was surprised at how listenable this was. I won’t seek this out normally but if I’m ever in the mood for some noise this is quite good.

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One thing you can be sure of is that no one's ever gonna sue these guys for plagiarism! They're brutal to listen to but I like their attitude, their relentless unlistenable determination and the fact they can create this wall of noise with just a bass and drum kit. Then of course there's the singing.... I'm glad 1001 picked what is considered their most "accessible" album. A step up from Napalm Death.

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When I hear this album, the LAST thing that comes to mind are rainbows… i thought I was really going to hate this album, and surprisingly - I didn’t. It is loud and noisy, but there is something interesting about it. I am glad that I got a chance to hear it. I don’t know if I would ever decide to listen to it again one day voluntarily… 3/5.

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A little much

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Not in latest (2018) book.

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A little too out there for my taste. Interesting sounds, but not for me.

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apprezzo le sperimentazioni, meno il rumore

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I tried. I really, really tried. I’m not a punk fan. Like at all. But I really tried with this one. If each song was maybe no more than 2 minutes, then this would be ok. But I don’t need 3 plus minutes of headache inducing music that only gets louder when the headache is getting worse. Maybe if I was in one of those destruction room bars where you can just break a bunch of shit to vent your frustration. But this didn’t do it for me, not one iota. But at least it’s not, shudder, Nightfly

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Very much like a fistful of Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed into a bowl of pickled herring.

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This gets a second star because I thought the drumming was excellent.

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This album was too noisy for me. Tracks like "2 Towers" and "Crown of Storms" would attempt to get interesting, and then the amount of chaos would ramp up. No thanks.

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This was definitely interesting but really not my style. I have a lot of love for the experimental aspect of it though but I will not revisiting.

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I didn’t really like it

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Very noisy. Some of the noise am actually sounded nice though.

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Loud. 5/10

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Hmmm. I didn't really enjoy this nor did I find it very interesting in its unpleasantness. I found it temporarily and only slightly more interesting when I learned that this is just drums, bass, and vocals. But then my interest waned again. But I'm not mad that it exists. If this is their most accessible album, I'm a bit curious about the others. Those might be more interesting.

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Noise rock. "Noise" is defined as "a sound that lacks an agreeable quality or is noticeably unpleasant or loud." When explaining the raison d'être for noise rock, guitarist Steve Albini of Big Black said, "Anybody can play notes...the point here is stretching the boundaries." I would point out that a hug is something pleasant, but stretching the boundaries makes it strangulation. Stretching the boundaries is not always good. I like notes. There were some moments of interest in this, but I would have enjoyed a "best five minutes" version.

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This album made me realize I may not like punk as much as I thought

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2.5 overstayed its welcome and got a little annoying by the end but not the worse thing i've ever heard.

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uselessly confused

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I never felt more like I had a hangover when I didn't have a hangover when I listened to this.

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Not sure when I'd be in the mood for this. Frenetic.

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If I wanted to hear 40 minutes of angry, unpleasant noise then I could just tell my wife she really DOES look fat in those jeans. But who am I kidding, that would be 3 days of unpleasant noise. 2 stars, only because a couple of songs had some redeemable qualities. I just hope the boys in that band wear ear protection.

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Jees onpahan noisekin koettu. En osaa oikein arvostella tätä, ei oo mun juttuja man mut ihan siistiä. 2/5 maku, josta en ole vielä oppinut pitämään.

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There were parts of this that were fun, interesting sounds - these guys can clearly play their instruments - but they didn't take it anywhere worth listening to. Very little coherence, nothing behind it. Noise rock is a very apt name. 2/5 as it had quite a few moments of interest, but definitely nothing more than that.

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Bizzare album. Not everyone's cup of tea... Not sure it is mine either, but I did enjoy listening to it more than expected. 2/5

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Zwischen 2 und 3. Tendenz eher zu 2.

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This caused me a tremendous amount of anxiety. Like I had to hurry up and finish the album because I needed to be somewhere. Not an enjoyable listen at all. Fantastic bass and drum skills. Really these guys are good, but it's just too chaotic to be an enjoyable listen. There are those songs that have super chaotic intros or devolve into chaos at the end but have an actual song in there. This album is a 21 min chaotic intro that devolves into 21 more minutes of chaos.

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męcząca

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I am not super into Lightning Bolt, but they are quite a force.

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Nah, not for me.

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a bit sloppy, but I get that they're trying abstraction

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Not my thing at all. Very loud/abrasive.

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Sounds like a complete mess

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I listened and all I got from this was kill John Lennon. So to try and distract me from my murderous thoughts I’m going to dip my tiny hand into some curry powder and fist the neighbours dog. There’s a good boy shacky

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If that’s their most accessible album, I hate to think what the others sound like!

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It's just noise.

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Made it through 2 songs

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Maybe I don't understand it but it sounded like noise, not music

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Album lacking melody, harmony was bad. This type of off-rhythm instrumental metal is not my thing at all.

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That's not music, just 40 minutes of noise.

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Boooooooooooooring

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Нда

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What were his criteria when it came to choosing the 21st century albums to make the list?

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Ik zou willen dat ik 0 sterren of een negatief aantal sterren kon geven.

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Ik sta best open voor wat harde beukende muziek maar hier hoor ik werkelijk niks in. Zo a-ritmisch en a-tonaal dat dit echt niet langer dan een paar minuten vol te houden is.

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Dit kan je met goed fatsoen toch geen plaat noemen die iedereen gehoord moet hebben. Na 1 nummer was ik al klaar. Blegh!

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Had to immediately turn down the volume after the 1st song started. So far not off to a great start, didn't like the 2nd track. I'm more a fan of lyrics and singing which these songs so far don't have much of. Not to say that I don't enjoy instrumental songs, I just haven't been feeling this album so far. 2 Towers didn't need to be 7 minutes long, it feel like the same part repeated for 5 of those minutes. No progression at all, very boring. Fast forwarded through the last couple songs and wasn't impressed. Not my kind of style.

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Fuck that

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Loud. Very loud. The album title is misleading. Anyway, not in the mood for this - maybe a different day, but it's painful.

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First "did not finish" of 1001. Awful noise rock.

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Really got to be in the right mood to listen to this band. "Noise noise noise noise!" It was okay to get a taste of it but really nothing I would show to anyone. Not sure how or why they made it on this list.

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So...ummm...this one is not for me... There were isolated, fleeting moments where I thought, "Oh, okay, I can get into...nope, nevermind!" Otherwise, it was all, "Nope and nope."

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Lasted 2 tracks. The genre is noise rock but to me it's just a fuckin noise. 1

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I’ll not be listening to this again any time soon!

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Appalling rubbish.

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Not at all pleasant...

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Fucking atrocious.

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Nope. Absolutely not.

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Noise rock. Básicamente ruido

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That was a very bad album.

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It sounds like someone is trying to beat the radio shack for more information. Either that or a gang of toddlers got ahold of their parents instrument's. Probably listenable if you're into that sorta thing. This album has about ten seconds of listenable music. But I assume that's just when the babysitter walked in. Don't worry he left quite quickly

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Unrelenting shit. They have eight albums of this! "Hello Morning", the first song on the album, is ALL you need to hear of this band's entire catalogue.

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Hi ha experimentacions auditives que potser no caldria incloure en la categoria de música. Aquí dos estudiants d'art juguen a epatar l'oient amb un mur de soroll que no inclou cap gest de creativitat ni inspiració. A alguns els hi sembla una genialitat, i surt en una llista suposadament creïble com aquesta, així que els nois poden donar-se com a guanyadors de la pantomima

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