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Lightning Bolt unmasks its nastiness on 'Fantasy Empire'

Lightning Bolt unmasks its nastiness on 'Fantasy Empire'

The Providence, R.I., duo Lightning Bolt defies category and even personal identification – drummer Brian Chippendale is prone to wearing serial-killer masks in concert. Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson have built a formidable reputation as a live act, frequently setting up in the middle of the audience and spraying mayhem in all directions. But up till now, the band hasn't quite been able to match that jaw-dropping sense of spectacle and fury on album. Its records can be exhausting listens, buried in mulch, but "Fantasy Empire" (Thrill Jockey) cleans things up a bit without reining in the intensity. "The Metal East" knocks down the gates, with...

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