Lightning Bolt

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Lightning Bolt is an American noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, composed of Brian Chippendale on drums and vocals and Brian Gibson on bass guitar. The band met and formed in 1994, when the members of the then-trio attended the Rhode Island School of Design. The band signed to Load Records in 1997, and released their self-titled debut two years later. In total, Lightning Bolt has released seven full-length albums, numerous vinyl singles, and appeared on several compilations. Lightning Bolt were listed 8th in Metacritic's Artists of the Decade 2000-09.

Lightning Bolt are known for their guerrilla-style live performances, where they typically play on the ground rather than a stage, with the crowd gathered around them. The band's sound is typically loud and aggressive, though the group cites composers Philip Glass and Sun Ra as compositional influences.

Their song St. Jaques has been used as the main theme for the Fox ADHD block.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Lightning Bolt Lightning Bolt 2
2001 Ride the Skies Lightning Bolt 2
2003 Wonderful Rainbow Lightning Bolt 2
2005 Hypermagic Mountain Lightning Bolt 3 2
2009 Earthly Delights Lightning Bolt 2
2012 Oblivion Hunter Lightning Bolt 2
2015 Fantasy Empire Lightning Bolt 4 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Barbarian Boy Lightning Bolt 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Lightning Bolt / Forcefield Lightning Bolt / Forcefield 1
2006 Ultra Cross Vol. 1: Guitar Wolf vs. Lightning Bolt Guitar Wolf vs. Lightning Bolt 1
2006 ウルトラ クロス VOL.1「GuitarWolf vs Lightning Bolt」 Guitar Wolf vs. Lightning Bolt 1
2011 The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt 1
2012 I Found a Ring in My Ear Lightning Bolt 1
2012 20 Lightning Bolt 1

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