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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe album cover
3.83 | 108 ratings | 4 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

- The Tale of the Altered Beast:
1. A New World (0:57)
2. Altered Beast I (2:23)
3. Alter Me I (0:45)
4. Altered Beast II (4:28)
5. Alter Me II (1:25)
6. Altered Beast III (2:14)
7. Alter Me III (1:26)
8. Altered Beast IV (5:10)
9. Life / Death (0:59)
- The Lord of Lightning vs Balrog:
10. Some Context (0:16)
11. The Reticent Raconteur (1:05)
12. The Lord of Lightning (5:07)
13. The Balrog (4:29)
14. The Floating Fire (1:54)
15. The Acrid Corpse (1:00)
- Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe:
16. Welcome to an Altered Future (0:55)
17. Digital Black (2:46)
18. Han-Tyumi the Confused Cyborg (2:21)
19. Soy-Protein Munt Machine (0:30)
20. Vomit Coffin (2:19)
21. Murder of the Universe (4:09)

Total Time 46:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Stu Mackenzie / vocals, guitar, synths (Roland Juno-60, Yamaha DX-7, Yamaha Reface YC), Mellotron, bass, producer
- Joe Walker / guitar, synths (Yamaha Redface YC, Roland JX-3P, Roland Juno-60)
- Cook Craig / guitar
- Ambrose Kenny-Smith / harmonica, Yamaha Redface YC synth
- Lucas Skinner / bass
- Michael Cavanagh / drums
- Eric Moore / -

- Leah Senior / spoken word

Releases information

Artwork: Jason Galea

CD Flightless ‎- FLT033CD (2017, Australia)

LP Flightless ‎- FLT033 (2017, Australia)

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Murder of the Universe ratings distribution

(108 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Murder of the Universe reviews

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars This was album number two from 2017 for this band as they delve into darker music and themes and this is their heaviest album at this point. We get three stories loosely connected in that we are dealing with A.I. Technology and apocalyptic future events. They take this scary and real subject to some funny places mind you. Lots of narration which I actually like and Han-Tyumi the character on the final story speaks for himself and is hilarious. Man if your a music nerd and are into concept albums and themes and characters that span albums you need to get into this band. Han-Tyumi pops up on "Robot Stop" from "Nonagon Infinity", "Tezeta" from "Sketches Of Brunswick East", "Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet" and "The Fourth Colour" from "Polygondwanaland" along with "Automation" from "KG" and more. Mellotron is credited on here, just saying. The stories range from 12 to 20 minutes in medley form with plenty of energy.

So this follows the pattern of the three GIZZARD albums I've already reviewed and I just feel this is my least favourite of those four. Even though this is heavier they've been here done that and I feel it's a step down from the three before it I have already reviewed. In order I rate "Flying Microtonal Banana" first followed by "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and "Nonagon Infinity" then "Murder Of The Universe". I still need to get to "Polygondwanaland" and I know it will be right up there. I normally lean towards heavier music but not with this band. "The Tale Of The Altered Beast" is the story of a man fused with machine and is a 20 minute medley. I love the female narration. Same with Han-Tyumi speaking and wishing he was human again so that he could die and be sick and this climaxes with "Vomit Coffin" a killer track just before the final title track ends the story.

Such an entertaining record and easily 4 stars for my tastes but will it end up in my top five when all is said and done?

Latest members reviews

3 stars I was very excited to make this review, I haven't listened to this one in a while, and I think letting it sit for a while has helped me gain more appreciation for it. However... I think this album still has some major issues, it's certainly not all bad, but not my favourite by any means. This album ... (read more)

Report this review (#3052821) | Posted by GameSwitcher | Thursday, May 9, 2024 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Review #123! 'Murder of the Universe' is a rock opera of sorts, narrated by a girl with a formal British accent. It is supposedly based on a Sega Genesis game called 'Altered Beast'. I'm not going to talk about every song on this album, just each side. Side one (could this be considere ... (read more)

Report this review (#2935082) | Posted by Boi_da_boi_124 | Thursday, June 22, 2023 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This album is as ambitious as its predecessors in the final chapter of the Nonagon trilogy. It most surely is the heaviest and most proggy of them all. Although still undoubtedly very much King Gizzard. This album is from 2017. I simply have to mention it's one of the 5 outputs of this band in ... (read more)

Report this review (#2757333) | Posted by WJA-K | Monday, May 30, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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