18 May 2016

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard / Nonagon Infinity (album review)

The surfedelic cosmic vibrations that emanate from Aussie six(ish) piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and their almost bi-annual album releases are one of life's few constants. They've released 2 albums a year for some time, some of them embracing prog, or the slower contingent of psychedelia, but some of them see King Gizz crank their psyched-out sound up to 11 and hammer through an album's worth of batshit psychedelia. 2014's I'm In Your Mind Fuzz is a work of brilliance because it occupies this sphere, and 2013's Float Along, Fill Your Lungs is also like this. I'm really quite chuffed, because their latest effort, Nonagon Infinity is absolutely batshit crazy and very much the maddest record King Gizz have done since Mind Fuzz.

Robot Stop blows the lid off the whole thing at the top of the album; acid-wash vocals ripped through psychotically take up the first 10 seconds of this record before the band launch themselves into this ridiculously fast space jam that doesn't really slow down in pace til the very end. In fact, the whole album is at this lightning fast, and it doesn't really allow you space to take a breath, you're just dragged into this lightning quick psychedelic neverworld and not really given an option as to whether you can leave or not.

The seven minute long Evil Death Roll is very much a similar affair, with two drummers going for it, heavy wah-wahing guitars and a bassline that propels it along at a pace, whilst Wah Wah is a crazy 2 minute breather that still has the feeling that it's going to explode any moment. The two singles from this are big highlights, Gamme Knife is absolutely crazy, with it's howled vocals and then People Vultures equals it in terms of sheer madness.

The whole of this album is a fast-paced psychotropic trip, and well, whilst it feels a tad repetitive at times, it's a brilliant snapshot of one of the best psych bands in the world in full mind-blowing mode. Nonagon Infity is a brilliant blast of surfy psychedelia and it's one of the best albums you'll hear this month.


Words: Calum Cashin