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NONAGON INFINITY

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.23 | 161 ratings

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WJA-K
4 stars You really have to applaud King Gizzard for their creativity and boldness to push the envelope. But it's one thing to have a creative idea, another to pull it off. And again something entirely different to create a beautiful and memorable album. KG&tLW did just that. They created an amazing record.

This record basically consists of one big suite of 45 minutes. At the same time, it's 9 individual tracks with their own sound. Another layer on top of the complexity is that the record plays as an infinite loop. Having it on repeat, it's a record with no beginning and no end. It goes on and on. Indeed: nine tracks playing infinitely. Nonagon Infinity.

King Gizzard absolutely have ambitious compositions, display experimentation, and musical virtuosity on this one. Labelled as garage rock or psychedelic rock, there are many progressive elements to be found. This record is a blast for many prog fans.

Robot Stop opens the album with a blast, switching time signatures effortlessly. King Gizzard tells you what you are in for, right from the start. 8.5/10

Big Fig Wasp continues the energy of the first track. Gotta love the drumming and guitar parts. 8/10

Gamma Knife brings a different swing to the table, still with the energy of the first tracks. Again switching time signatures back and forth without losing the focus and drive. 8.5/10

People-Vultures takes from the themes of the previous tracks, but still is a piece of its own. However, it's where you are looking for a bit of a change of pace. The end of the track is foreshadowing this. 8.5/10

Mr. Beat is joyful and ingenious at the same time. Funky in a Gizzard way, with again interesting time signatures. 8.5/10

Evil Death Roll brings us back to the major theme of the album. A fast driving riff guides us and around the midway of the track, expands and even gets a bit spacey. Ending with a sprint to the finish line. 8.5/10

Invisible Face starts with a continuation of the theme of the album before it moves into a spacey part and seamlessly transforms into the next track 8.5/10

Wah Wah brings us another time signature, but with the recognizable riff. It is a very energetic outing. 8/10

The record ends with Road Train. The most straightforward Motorhead-style rocker on the album. As straightforward as King Gizzard can be that is. There's a change of pace near the end. And it sets us up for the loop as it flows into Robot Stop smoothly. 8/10

This is a 4-star album in my book.

WJA-K | 4/5 |

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