King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have already pretty much mastered that pulsing garage rocky sound, but they are still aiming to release five (yep, five) albums in 2017. Murder Of The Universe is the second, and it seems to be aiming to summon up the spirits of the 70’s hard rock gods, even going so far as to divide the record into three so-called ‘chapters’. Epic. Out on Heavenly. The sticker smells like vomit.
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- HVNLP140X / Limited glow in the dark vinyl LP edition with scratch and sniff sticker and 32 page booklet.
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8/10 Sut Customer review, 26th June 2017
Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's latest effort (their second this year) Murder of the Universe is a swirling mass of dark riffs infused with science fiction style synthesizers. The album is split into three distinct chapters, the first of which being The Tale of the Altered Beast.
The band show off their flow within this chapter with each song moving seamlessly into the next with their signature krautrock sound, each instrument battling with the others which makes this chapter an especially intense listen. Through the whole of the album we are treated to the contrasting and calm narration of Leah Senior who is signed to Flightless records. Here she tells the story of a human who discovers a half man half animal type creature with a murderous appetite. They are perused until they submit to the idea of being altered and merge with the beast.
The second chapter consists of an epic battle between the Lord of Lighting and Balrog, again with narration included. This chapter is more focused musically in comparison to chapter one. The rapid time signatures and thick bass lines drive this chapter and make it the most exciting on the album. The final chapter puts this listener in the middle of what sounds like a science fiction film. Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe tells the tale of a cyborg who longs to be human, so much so he creates a being capable of all human functions and becomes one with it which ultimately leads to him vomiting so much that he destroys the universe, hence the name of the album. Narration this time around comes from the cyborg himself in the form of a Stephen Hawking style robotic voice.
On a whole the album is great, the narration makes for an interesting listen and those classic King Gizzard riffs that all fans are now accustomed to drive this album from start to finish with plenty of wackiness in between. For fans of science fiction and the apocalypse, this one is for you. If you liked 'I'm In Your Mind Fuzz' and 'Nonagon Infinity' you will almost certainly enjoy this narrative-driven album.
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