King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – ‘Murder of the Universe’
3.9Overall Score

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard (who for the sake of ‘me typin’ fingah’ will now be called KGTLW) have released another bloody album and this one is a three-part Murder of the Universe. So I did what any human worth their salt would have done and loaded up a bong, sat back and let the Aussies try to take me to another dimension.

If you’re unaware of what KGTLW are capable of, here’s a quick rundown. They are capable of writing an entirely acoustic psyche album as well as a murderous distortion-laden brain fucker, and release them both in the same year… This is who we are faced with on their latest album and it finds them in glorious form.

The three part album takes on a feeling of destruction, of death, of growth and rebirth – it is an assault on the senses, most notably one’s sense of imagination. The first is ‘Tale of the Altered Beast’ and sets the scene of a planet in turmoil and with a close view to its demise ahead (prophetic, perhaps). The second takes on a more challenging subject as life and death battle for control in ‘The Lord of Lightening vs. Balrog’ – a truly spellbinding volume, indeed. The third and final installment titled ‘Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe’ feels like it belongs on the stage with its emphatic pouring of sonic tidal waves.

If you allow it, the album will give you the opportunity to experience a fantasy realm awash with fury-filled creatures, tales of deathly destruction and fire births, all set to a fast-paced sound of what I imagine a dying planets last yelps sound like. It is both inspirational and terrifying.

Basically, it is a King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard album turned to 11 and with the rpm turned up even higher, and you SHOULD not listen to this while on drugs.

Out now via Heavenly Recordings

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