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Album Review: Operation Rolling Thunder - III + Win A Copy On Vinyl

Album Review: Operation Rolling Thunder - III + Win A Copy On Vinyl

Tuesday 9th November, 2010 11:34AM

‘111’ is the debut album from Dunedin’s fraternal noise duo Operation Rolling Thunder, named after an infamous tactic employed by the US Air force in Vietnam. Whereas one specialised in mass aerial bombardments, the other specialise in highly atmospheric, instrumental rock music that is capable of shaking the earth or drifting skyward. As with many two piece bands, the guitar is the centrepiece of their sound. It is played with great melancholy one minute and with overdriven tension the next (as in the interlude ‘Astraphobia’). Whenever the drums breakout in the mix, firing off namesake-appropriate crescendos (‘The World’s Greatest Lie’ or the thunderous ‘Behaviour in the Presence of Strangers’), they prove to be a force of nature capable of more than just keeping time.

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