No-one can accuse Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard of resting on their laurels.
The psychedelic rock seven-piece gained mainstream recognition in 2016 with Nanagon Inﬁnity’s fast pace, fantasy ﬁlled lyrics and ‘70s inspired production.
The boys could have taken a break, but instead they decided to set themselves the epic task of releasing ﬁve albums in 2017.
This is the second of the planned ﬁve-LP run, after the group released the well-received Eastern inspired Flying Microtonal Banana in February.
This record is a complete 180 on the last record, and like its terrifying cover art, the music is inspired by progressive metal and doom metal.
It is new ground for what has already been an innovative band, but it comes off as an experiment that did not quite work.
Some bits come off better than others, especially the epic Lord of Lightning, an screamer where frontman Stu McKenzie channels the best of ‘70s hard rock, from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath.
There are moments of brilliance across the short running time, but too few of the songs really seem fully formed to give this multiple listens.
It is impressive they managed to release a record just a few months after their last, but this one could have beneﬁted from a few more song-writing sessions to improve the quality.
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