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NONAGON INFINITY

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.23 | 161 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I have their first twelve studio albums and decided to review my favourite five from those then get to the rest later. I've already reviewed "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" from 2014 their first great record. "Quarters!" is probably my sixth favourite sitting between that album and this one "Nonagon Infinity" from 2016. I feel like they took the best stuff from "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and tried to better it here. So the first four tracks on "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" were like a high energy medley then they slowed it down pretty much the rest of the way while here we get a lot more medley type stuff going on with most of these blending into the next, and more often than not this is high energy music. I kept picturing the band onstage playing this with a Hall full of young people all bouncing up and down song after song. A lot of youthful exuberance with this band although they certainly have their lighter, more mellow records.

Man the music here is so catchy and uptempo with the band seeming to be having the time of their lives. The title of the song generally gets repeated a lot along with multi-vocal shouts at times throughout the high energy tunes. The harmonica, guitar and on one song the organ usually lead the way as soloing over top but it's that two drummer rhythm section with the bass that really drives the music.

"Gamma Knife" is right up there as far as favourites go and yes he says "Gamma knife" a lot but again so catchy and energetic and the harmonica is on fire. I like the guitar 3 minutes in as the drums roll in and out. "People-Vultures" and "Mr. Beat" are both so catchy and energetic, yes I'm a broken record here but those are two great tracks. My favourite might be that heavy closer "Road Train" where we get some heavy drums and distorted guitar to open as vocals join in. Such a powerful rhythm section. Gotta love that sound just before 3 1/2 minutes with the riffs as it builds. So good! I haven't even mentioned "Robot Stop" and "Evil Death Roll" two killer tracks and there's more.

A solid 4 stars but I prefer "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" to this one.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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