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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava album cover
4.00 | 59 ratings | 3 reviews | 36% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mycelium (7:35)
2. Ice V (10:15)
3. Magma (9:06)
4. Lava (6:41)
5. Hell's Itch (13:27)
6. Iron Lung (9:04)
7. Gliese 710 (7:48)

Total Time 63:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Stu Mackenzie / bass, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, vocals, vocoder, Mellotron, ocarina
- Michael Cavanagh / drums & percussion, synthesizer
- Ambrose Kenny-Smith / synthesizer, acoustic guitar, percussion, keyboards, vocals
- Joey Walker / synthesizer, percussion
- Cook Craig / keyboards
- Lucas Harwood / keyboards, synthesizer, bass

Releases information

Cover: Jason Galea
Label: KGLW
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
October 7, 2022

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava ratings distribution

(59 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
4 stars Must be a fetid year Down Under as the King and Wizard are churning 'em out with no less than five studio albums are being released in 2022 (not to mention several live albums).

1. "Mycelium" (7:35) horrible drumming. Not a song I like at all--feels very immature and haphazardly constructed around a simple/childish riff. (11/15)

2. "Ice V" (10:15) kind of cool song though the sound levels of the component parts of the drums bug me. The groove reminds me of West Coast Canterbury Funk ŕ la Brian Ellis or Starving Daughters. Over its ten minute length, the infectious groove thickens and has plenty of time to get your dancin' feet charged and activated. (17.75/20)

3. "Magma" (9:06) another pleasant CAN-like jam most notable for its bass, guitar, and flute play. Vocals at 4:00 establish a new dimension before the rhythm section goes back to it's Kosmische groove. The lead guitar play in the second half is nothing new, souring the song's welcome, until, that is, the choral vocals return for the final minute or two. (17/20)

4. "Lava" (6:41) flutes play gently as the rest of the "orchestra" sound as if they're warming up. I actually like it! Sounds kind of primordial, in a civilized human kind of way--though I'm also remined of the cacophonous beginning to "A Love Supreme" before everybody comes together and gels. At the 90 second mark everybody straightens up and sits back to watch/listen as the percussion crew establishes a baseline rhythm and speed for the others to begin adding their contributions to: choral vocals and spacey guitars (that remind me of POPOL VUH) At 3:50 guitars and flutes launch into some heat-rising spiral while everybody beneath trances within their Jonathan Goldman-like breathing rhythms. This could honestly be a great song for the facilitation of psychotropic breathing. A top three song for me. (9.25/10)

5. "Hell's Itch" (13:27) There's a little MOTORPSYCHO in this band despite its groove jam tendencies. A very nice groove to sink into with some entertaining contributions going on within, over, and below. Bass and drums are rock solid and well mixed for this one. The airy choral vocals are interesting if a little more challenging to understand, but they remind me of some of the nice pop vocal harmony vocal arrangement from the 1960s (though not, of course, the lyrics)--like THE BYRDS from around 1967. Another top three song. (27/30)

6. "Iron Lung" (9:04) finally the talents of the drums are fully on display--and all of the drum sounds are balanced and mixed perfectly within the rhythm track. So many incidentals occurring within the sonic field that a few times I found myself startled and looking around Plus, the searing guitar play on this one and kinetic lead singing in this one are fully charged, really get my adrenaline pumping. The spirit of bands like Arcade Fire and The Jam/The Style Council are so alive in this music! Packed so full, such great enthusiasm gelling from every which way, this is my favorite song on the album! (19.25/20)

7. "Gliese 710" (7:48) opens with some glitch-jazzy music over which some ARCADE FIRE-like choral vocals over the bluesy jazz groove. Cool vocal and lyric over some rather dull SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT-like music. (13/15)

Total Time 63:56

I have to admit that this is probably my favorite King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard album that I've ever heard. With music like this (and more great Motorpsycho music) I might still be persuaded to become a Space/Psychedelia devoté.

B+/4.5 stars; an excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is the first of the three albums they will release in October 2022. Absolute madness indeed. But King Gizz isn't only prolific. They also are musically excellent and eclectic. Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava gives us 7 long tracks. The shortest is Lava at 6'41". The longest ... (read more)

Report this review (#2845191) | Posted by WJA-K | Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Probably the most prolific band to come in the 2010s and had made a big name for themselves would have to be King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. They have released over 20 albums in 10 years with each year or so they would release a completely new album that showcases the band trying completely ... (read more)

Report this review (#2844924) | Posted by Dapper~Blueberries | Sunday, October 9, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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