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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Australia


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Founded 2010 in Melbourne, Australia

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD is an experimental rock band from Australia with a stable line up of seven members. Stu Mackenzie, Joe Walker, Eric Moore, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Lucas Skinner, Cook Craig, and Michael Cavanagh all grew up and went to school in the Melbourne region. They started off as a loose jam crew, until the band once was asked by a friend to play at a local show.

During some time their music was dominated by a psychedelic garage and acid rock style. Gradually though they went on to widen the musical scope with the result of some progressive rock albums, for example 'Polygondwanaland' and 'Sketches Of Brunswick East'. Both were released in 2017, which must have been a very inspiring year for them. While covering diverse genres nowadays, every new album is appearing like another surprise bag. Above all their live shows are said to be distinctly energetic.

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.74 | 48 ratings
12 Bar Bruise
2012
2.91 | 45 ratings
Eyes Like the Sky
2013
3.72 | 53 ratings
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs
2013
3.06 | 51 ratings
Oddments
2014
4.14 | 93 ratings
I'm in Your Mind Fuzz
2014
3.88 | 66 ratings
Quarters !
2015
3.56 | 65 ratings
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
2015
4.27 | 130 ratings
Nonagon Infinity
2016
4.22 | 125 ratings
Flying Microtonal Banana
2017
3.86 | 90 ratings
Murder of the Universe
2017
3.72 | 74 ratings
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club: Sketches of Brunswick East
2017
4.33 | 149 ratings
Polygondwanaland
2017
3.69 | 80 ratings
Gumboot Soup
2017
3.67 | 75 ratings
Fishing for Fishies
2019
3.81 | 84 ratings
Infest the Rats' Nest
2019
3.85 | 94 ratings
K.G.
2020
3.56 | 92 ratings
L​.​W.
2021
3.67 | 69 ratings
Butterfly 3000
2021
2.86 | 35 ratings
Made in Timeland
2022
3.83 | 59 ratings
Omnium Gatherum
2022
4.00 | 52 ratings
Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava
2022
3.82 | 38 ratings
Laminated Denim
2022
4.12 | 46 ratings
Changes
2022

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 6 ratings
Live In Adelaide '19
2020
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live In Paris '19
2020
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live In Brussels '19
2020
3.50 | 15 ratings
Chunky Shrapnel
2020
4.16 | 12 ratings
Live in San Francisco '16
2020
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live in Asheville '19
2020
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in London '19
2020
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live in Melbourne '21
2021
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Sydney '21
2021
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Milwaukee '19
2021
4.33 | 3 ratings
Live at Levitation '16
2021
4.33 | 3 ratings
Live at Levitation '14
2021
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live in Brisbane '21
2022
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live at Bonnaroo '22
2022
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Red Rocks '22
2023

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.80 | 5 ratings
Butterfly 3000: Ocular Edition
2021

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 4 ratings
Teenage Gizzard
2020

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.33 | 3 ratings
Hey There / Ants and Bats
2010
2.33 | 3 ratings
Sleep / Summer!
2010
2.73 | 15 ratings
Willoughby's Beach
2011
2.00 | 4 ratings
Anglesea
2011
3.82 | 11 ratings
Cyboogie
2019
3.92 | 13 ratings
Honey
2020
3.38 | 8 ratings
Some of Us
2020
4.00 | 10 ratings
Straws in the Wind
2020
3.89 | 9 ratings
Automation
2020
4.00 | 12 ratings
If Not Now, Then When?
2020
2.47 | 8 ratings
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Tropical Fuck Storm: Satanic Slumber Party
2022
4.00 | 8 ratings
Ice V
2022

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 Omnium Gatherum by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.83 | 59 ratings

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Omnium Gatherum
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars We're not even a third of the way through the year and King Gizz is releasing its second album of the year--and it's rumored that a total of five are due to be released this year! Well, if it's all happy music like this one, I for one welcome it!

LP 1 (40:21) 1. "The Dripping Tap" (18:17) the first 75 seconds of this sound as if the lead singer of ARCADE FIRE were singing karaoke over an instrumental version of some AL GREEN lounge song. But then the band takes a quick turn to convert to rip-roaring rock with that punk rock on speed drumming plowing through to mark the way. Multiple guitars and synths, even vocals, try to express their joy and excitement in a kind of ALLMAN BROTHERS way, jamming over Robo-Jaki (LIEBEZEIT)'s frenzied metronomic drum play. At 6:25 the Win Butler heavily-treated voice returns over a bit of a break from the instruments (they're just sipping from their drinks, toking from their bongs) but then they're all off to the races for round two. In the 12th-minute there is another brief lull from the instruments during which a chorus of vocalists organize themselves around a chant of "Drip drip from the tap, don't slip" which then goes on for a good three minutes before a swell of guitars breaks it off. Then a relative quiet of the lead instruments allows another vocal section before everyone is unleashed yet one more time for a display of frenetic passion. The final minute sees a recapitulation of the opening section only with the full rhythm section in rapid support. A good song if you're into these jam songs--if you like listening to the passionate solos of a variety of instrumentalists. (I, however, am no longer one of these.) (35/40) 2. "Magenta Mountain" (6:05) a bit of a THE FLAMING LIPS feel to this. Nice bass sound and b vox. (8.5/10)

3. "Kepler-22B" (3:13) a very catchy, groovin' R&B tune that makes me think that Tame Impala might have merged with Durand Jones & The Indications. One of my favorite KG&tLW songs of all-time. (9.5/10)

4. "Gaia" (5:11) a monstrously heavy beast, chugging along as if it were a djenty metal song. Even the vocal approach is right in line with the growl vocalists of those genres, all in the attempt at presenting our planet's persona from a testosterone-driven male perspective (which is an interesting prospect in and of itself). If tongue-in-cheek, it's hilarious; if serious, it saddens me. The band is certainly branching out into new territory with this one. (8.5/10)

5. "Ambergris" (4:27) another gentle, romantic R&B-like slow-dance groove with some awesome EW&Fire-like group vocals and wonderfully playful bass play and an awesome little microtonal guitar solo--so sexy! (9/10)

6. "Sadie Sorceress" (3:08) with a beat like a1990s Hip Hop classic, the boys take on the territory of the sacrosanct BEASTIE BOYS and do quite an admirable job of it as they do (though once again I hear much more of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's voice and rap style). (8.75/10)

LP 2 (39:59) 7. Evilest Man" (7:39) sequenced percussive computer notes are intermixed with the boys' full-on jam ensemble before clearing out for the Fender Rhodes chords that support a solo voce vocal performance that sounds like it comes from the 1970s. (13/15)

8. "The Garden Goblin" (2:57) a song that sounds so straight out of the psychedelic 1960s London Scene--until, that is, the synth solos. Everytime the vocal choir sings I picture The Buckinghams or The Lovin' Spoonful up on stage in Top of the Pops. (8.5/10)

9. "Blame It on the Weather" (2:31) feels like a continuation of the previous song (same instrumental sound palette and effected choral-vocals). Nice guitar durning the choral chorus. (8.25/10)

10. "Persistence" (3:48) another song that could've come from the cutting floor of a Justin Timberlake recording session in the 2000s. Nice early Tony Levin ChapmanStick-like bass line. (8.25/10)

11. "The Grim Reaper" (3:06) harpsichord and bass open before rap rhythm track takes the fore and the group rap takes over. The overall vocal tone sounds almost like Alvin and the Chipmunks. The intent of this might be more clear if I were into lyrics. The music is okay. (8.5/10)

12. "Presumptuous" (4:53) another song that sounds like (could very well be) a tongue-in-cheek Justin Timberlake parody. It's actually quite well done--has a great melody line, vocal performance and, when the full band joins in (about halfway in) nice overall groove and sound--a bit of SANTANA being channelled in the instrumental second half (some of it quite obviously intentional). (8.75/10)

13. "Predator X" (3:46) another foray into the realm of metal music. It just feels wrong--half-hearted and thus, tongue-in-cheek. I don't think this is a direction the band should continue pursuing. (8/10)

14. "Red Smoke" (4:22) I don't which band member is the voice of these teenage Arcade Fire vocal performances but he has my permission to try another shtick. (7.75/10)

15. "Candles" (4:34) pretty sound palette and arpeggiated chords to open before a "Shaft" cymbal-play signals a shift into another gear. The dreamy choral repetition of the word "Candles" is funny in a The Lonely Island kind of way. Sounds 1960s French while, of course, coming from a 21st Century perspective, thus, funnier than hell. (9/10)

16. "The Funeral" (2:23) a nice continuation of the sound and style of the previous song. (4.5/5)

Total Time 80:00

Whichever reviewers called this a "smorgasborg" of the band's new "greatest hits," they were spot on. I do not think that, overall, this album stands up to most of the songs on Changes or Laminated Denim's "Hypertension" or most of the stuff on Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, & Lava. Also, I don't know if it is the expressed or subversive intent of the band to make fun of old musical styles and artists, but it sure seems so--and would gain points for successful attempts at humor if it were so.

B/four stars; a very nice addition to any prog lover's music collection--especially if you like upbeat, tongue-in-cheek parodies of older musical styles--rated up for volume, quality, and variety.

 Laminated Denim by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.82 | 38 ratings

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Laminated Denim
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The Australian psychedelic jam band whose mission, as they seem to have taken upon themselves, is to spread joy and cheer across the globe has graced us with five studio albums in 2022. Thank the Universe for King Giz! Long live the King!

1. "The Land Before Timeland" (15:00) a jam that sounds like Daevid Allen & Company playing over the CAN rhythm section contains a bit too simplified, drawn out themes and riffs for my enjoyment. In fact, I find the presence of the harmonica and high-pitched rhythm guitar chords actually annoy me. It's not until the final synth-drenched two minutes of READIOHEAD-like sound that I find myself interested and engaged. (25/30)

2. "Hypertension" (15:00) from the beginning this one is very different from the album's opener: with a very Afro-pop rhythmic base (deep bass, syncopated drumming, rhythm and lead guitars going idiosyncratically at the same time), in short, there's just a lot wider range of information coming into the listener throughout every bar of this song than the previous nearly-one-dimensional song. The lead guitar solo in the fourth minute threatens to drive the song into monotony but then he spreads his wings and the rest of the band is then able to return to their funkier explorations within the wide parameters allowed by the original groove. We return to the choral-vocal at the 5-minute mark while the band temporarily pulls back, leaving a more spacious soundscape over which the singers can have our fullest attention, but, by the end of the sixth minute, we're back to the multiple tracks of individuality noodling their way around in their happy-go-lucky way while creating a fairly perfect weave. In the eighth minute everybody finds themselves synching up in a fairly "stuck" pattern for a bit--which gives perspective to the individuals' relative freedom the rest of the song. Though the drums have become fairly metronomic by the end of the eighth minute, the basses continue to fly around their fretboards with relative ease and freedom, which is nice, while everybody else seems to have fun picking up any and every sound and instrument they whimsically desire to try. The eleventh minute feels similar to some recent MOTORPSYCHO guitar-centric jams while the joyfulness of the second half of the twelfth reminds me of something PARLIAMENT or CAMEO might have done and the thirteenth has some Edge-y U2-ishness, while the fourteenth seems to go the way of XTC and SEVEN IMPALE before coming back to the flute and choral vocals for the end. So much fun and exuberance! A early flawless epic jam. (29.5/30)

Total Time 30:00

A-/4.5 stars; two excellent prog jams that, together, don't quite account for a full album of music; thus, rated down for brevity.

 Changes by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.12 | 46 ratings

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Changes
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

5 stars The fifth and final album release of 2022 from Australia's Kings of Joy and Creativity. Here the band resuscitates seven leftovers from previous albums--all of which happen to use the same chord progression (same key)!

1. "Change" (13:03) a very pleasant, engaging and relaxing laid-back tune with whispered choral vocals.Despite several tempo and dynamic shifts, the song feels the same from start to finish. An interesting stop-and-restart at the end of the seventh minute results in a fun JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE-sounding rap section over some 1970s Canterbury pop music. Very cool! This is a surprising section which doubles up the surprise by being one of the more charming sections of the song (and album!). At 9:40 we have yet another stop-and-restart bridge of reverbed chorus vocals over Fender Rhodes which turns into another happy-go-lucky sing-a-long vocalise section. So infectious! Then, at 11:28, everything stops again before sounding as if it's going to go Canterbury again but then, surprise, heavy drums, bass, and fuzz guitar strumming lead us through another "bup-di-da-do-be-du-do-do" section to the end. Some really great, happy and engaging parts. (23/25)

2. "Hate Dancin'" (3:16) opens with the same chords from a Fender Rhodes sounding like we're about to start hearing either Ace's "How Long" or 10CC's "I'm Not in Love"--but then the whisper "I still hate dancin'" vocals and drum entrances let us know it's something quite different--and something way more fun and upbeat. (9.25/10)

3. "Astroturf" (7:33) now we're in the territory made familiar to me by 2020's debut release by Catalan psych pop band MAGICK BROTHER & MYSTIC SISTER. Even when the vocals enter and take over I feel as if we're in the Mediterranean--this time in Milan with THE WINSTONS. Horn hits, live flutes, and squirrely synth solo flourishes make for an even more interesting funked up tune. Fun drumming throughout but especially in the show-off section of the sixth and seventh minutes. (13.25/15)

4. "No Body" (3:42) being slowed down and spaced out gives the chords a bluesy feel. The slow, single-voice-delivered vocal does little to change the more introspective feel of this song. Has a little BEATLES feel to it--if The Beatles ever put a little more emphasis and/or faith in their instrumental sections. (8.5/10) 5. "Gondii" (4:56) now I feel as if I'm listening to THE BUGGLES from their 1980 debut album, The Age of Plastic. Even when the choral vocals enter and take over they're not so far from the heavily treated vocals of Trevor Horn or Vocoder Geoff Downes; the biggest difference are the live drums as opposed to the machine-driven ones Horn and Downes used to drive or support their own songs (mostly click tracks). (8.75/10)

6. "Exploding Suns" (4:40) a very cool, very spacious down-tempo jazz feel similar to music by bands like KOOP or THE WINSTONS. I love the whispered-in-your-ear lead vocals, echoed snare hits, and delicate Fender Rhodes note fills as well as the multiple synth solos. Oddly, this is probably not my favorite song on the album but, critically, I believe it to be the most masterfully produced--it's just the coolest! (9.75/10)

7. "Short Change" (2:50) a kind of party outro for the album to end in a celebratory bang. Fun but could've been better. (4.25/5)

Total Time 40:00

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music and one feckin' happy album--something we need so much more of in these woeful times.

 Live in San Francisco '16 by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Live, 2020
4.16 | 12 ratings

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Live in San Francisco '16
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Up to and including 2019 this band had released 15 studio albums but no live records. In 2020 they released eight live albums including the one I'm reviewing, then six more in 2021 and two so far in 2022. So some homework is required before buying their live stuff as these guys cross so many styles of music. I'm sure there's a live one that best suits you. "Live In San Francisco '16" is without question a record full of tracks I really like and the other one I want to track down is "Live In Adalaide '19" with those "Flying Microtonal Banana" tracks and the "Polygondwanaland" tunes. This one though was recorded live at The Independent" on May 25th to an approving crowd.

We get thirteen songs, five tracks from "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and five tracks from "Nonagon Infinity" both top five albums from this band for me and a big reason why I love this double disc recording. The other three tracks on here include "Trapdoor" from "Paper Mache Dream Balloon" which fits that energetic style. On disc two we get two old favourites in "The River" from "Quarters!" and "Head On/ Pill" from "Float Along-Fill Your Lungs". I like that in between those two tracks they placed "Evil Death Roll" which connects the two discs as we only get those three songs on disc two while we have ten "on fire" tracks on disc one. The band must have been tired after this one.

Disc one ends with four straight "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" tracks all blending into one another. The other track from that record is between the opener "Robot Stop" and "Big Fig Wasp". After "People-Vultures" Stu says in a droll "What's goin' on?". "The River" to start disc two is a fan favourite, a jazzy affair but the biggest cheer is for the closer "Head On/Pill" when those opening guitar sounds fill the air. A 22 1/2 minute trip. Somehow "Cellophane" ends up in there. There's a couple of places where we get a lot of energy from the band like at 6 1/2 minutes then later at around 19 minutes.

This is a must for fans of "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and Nonagon Infinity" and I like that this is from the one concert as we get that same vibe throughout.

 Changes by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.12 | 46 ratings

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Changes
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WJA-K

5 stars Alright, another new King Gizz record this October. I'm a Gizzhead, I admit. I have least liked virtually everything they published since around 2014. 'Changes' is no different.

The record starts off with the longest track, called Change. It lives up to its name as the changes are abundant during the 13-minute track. All around a central theme. But the best of the track comes after it finishes. Because then will gradually find out that all the following tracks relate back to this one. 10/10

Hate Dancing has the same chord progression as Changes has but still sounds like an entirely different track. Very light and fun, but oh so well played. Just listen to how the bass and drums drive the track forward. 8.5/10

Astroturf is funky as heck and maybe my favourite track of this album, continuing the chord progression. 10/10

No Body slows things down considerably. Naturally, with the same chord progression. Gotta love the drums, the base and the beautiful guitar solo. 8.5/10

Gondii has electronica in abunance. It's mesmerizing to understand all tracks are sharing the chord progression. Pleasant enough. 7.5/10

Exploding Suns is as laid back as can be. Great atmospheric track. 8/10

Short Change is a fun reprise of Change to end this album 8.5/10

For me, this is a 5-star album. It is great. It's bold. It is delicious.

 Gumboot Soup by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.69 | 80 ratings

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Gumboot Soup
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Gumboot Soup" was the last of five studio albums released in 2017 and they did it just under the wire for dramatic effect. This is like a compilation of b-sides and leftovers from the first four records released earlier that year. So yes this is all over the place as far as styles of music goes as we get the microtonal stuff, the light jazzy tunes and some heavier tracks. The fun part is guessing what albums these were originally meant for.

"Sketches Of Brunswick East" is my least favourite from that year, that lighter, jazzier sound like the opener "Beginner's Luck", "Barefoot Desert" or "The Last Oasis" all ones I could do without. Top three includes "Greenhouse Heat Death" which is a fairly heavy, seventies sounding piece with vocals. Maybe from "Flying Microtonal Banana". Just love this track. Same with "Muddy Water" also sounding like it's from the banana album and my second top three. Final top three is "The Great Chain Of Being" sounding like it's from "Murder Of The Universe" all the way. Heavy with those character vocals. I'm pretty happy with those three and there's some others I don't mind but this is a 3 star record in my world.

 Changes by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.12 | 46 ratings

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Changes
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars This year we have gotten 5 albums from our favorite band from Australia. Not only that, but they have all been consistently well-made. Made In Timeland is a unique progressive electronic album filled with fun 15-minute movements that are quite delightful. Omnium Gatherum is a jack-of-all-trades album that features a lot of different styles from jammy psych rock to heavy metal to even hip hop. Ice, Death was an incredible jazz fusion album that I think held that style of theirs to even more high regard. Laminated Denim struck me the most with that fun yet relaxing jams that continued some ideas from Made In Timeland and Ice, Death but added new stuff to make things even more phenomenal. Now we get into their last record for this year, their 23rd album, in fact, Changes. I am surprised the band can put out high-quality records like hot cakes, heck 5 this year is a jaw-dropping amount, just as much as they did 5 years ago in 2017. This band works fast and does things incredibly well. Within this October trilogy we have gotten the more jammy side of King Gizzard, but never the more compositional workings they can certainly deploy. Within Changes, that, no pun intended changes that. These are recordings of songs they have written from 2016 through today, and with that, we get a variety of eras the band has explored through the years.

It all starts with the track of Change. This 13-minute, the tranquil melody is extremely good. Within the 13-minutes you get some very tasty mellow space rock movements that are all chilled out in their approach to music. This keeps up for most of the 13 minutes until at the end it ramps up the heat and becomes a lot more jammy, yet it feels extremely natural and focused. It also has some pop elements, which even as a Prog fan I appreciate. I think it's fun to cool your head with some more poppy elements once in a while. It even has some rapping too, really making King Gizz a band that can do any genre of their choosing. Pop? No problem. Hip Hop? Sure why not. Psychedelic rock? You know it, baby. This song is a great example of how you can still be progressive without doing blatantly progressive music, sometimes it's good to do some more accessible elements. I think as said by the great Neal Morse, "I like to have simpler things break up the epics." I agree with that mentality, and I think King Gizzard agrees as well.

If the first song didn't tell you to shut up and have fun then this song will. Hate Dancin' is best described by the lyrics, "No more caring about what other people think, let 'em kick up a stink." It is a song not meant to be too artsy or too wild and crazy, it is meant to be a very fun pop song for the world to enjoy. While my inner progressive rock fan is telling me this song sucks, my outer self loves this song. It is way more than a generic modern-day pop song, no I find it to be something more. It is a song that is happy because the band is happy, and if the band is happy, I am happy as a result. It doesn't tell you to be happy for happiness's sake, because why should it tell you to be happy when the song itself is filled with joy? This is really how I see bands like Moon Safari or Cheeto's Magazine create their music. They make these fun, whimsical, and jovial songs that aren't just happy for artificial brownie points but are happy because the band is happy. Hate Dancin' is like that but in a pop form rather than a progressive rock form. I do love this song, it is just so fun.

Next up we have Astroturf and from the lyrics, I can interpret this was written during Fishing For Fishies, but the sound is very in line with Butterfly 3000. Due to those two factors, I get a strange sense of nostalgia for this song. It is weird but incredibly well-pronounced in the musical department. We get a mix of some R&B and synthpop mixed in with the band's psychedelic nature. This combination makes for more fun music to be had. Not only that but they try more conventionally odd instruments in the mix of the more pop sound, such as flutes and horns. It does bleed out a jovial sentimentality in me, and because of that, I cannot deny its greatness.

If you thought Change was chill, then you have heard No Body. While not as long, it is so much cooler than what Change offered, and for its benefit, it works well. What I love about this song is the bass work of both Stu and Lucas. They deliver some fresh and almost dream-like work here that goes towards the more trippy psychedelic atmosphere even more than usual. It is lightweight but has some good weight to it. It is at a perfectly reasonable length too, being 3 minutes long, which allows the listener to get attached to this style of music and possibly seek more stuff out from it. It is a very chill song that doesn't overstay its welcome, and I like that.

I think though the album does have one rather weak moment and that is Gondii. I am a fairly reasonable fan of the more synth-pop sound the band can deliver, after all, I did praise Astroturf for that aspect, but with Gondii I think it is a little bit of a poor man's take on the genre. I think my main problem is that the electronic music being made here doesn't sound as good as I think they hoped it'd be. It honestly reminds me of that weird 80s revival from the late 2010s where every art project was trying to look and sound like the 80s and either succeeding in what that era of music had, or just sounding way too stale despite that decade having some amazing sounds and bands. I think this song has that problem, and while I do not hate it, I don't love it either. If anything, it is the weakest link this album has to offer.

Though we do get some remedies for Gondii with Exploding Suns, which, mind you, continues that the path Change and No Body had, but refined them a bit to make for a great song. It is so calm, collected, and pretty in its sound, really letting the air breathe around the instruments as the sounds just wash you away in a nice sea of tranquility. If anything it is the most chill song the band has made, and with that I expect it to be on a lo-fi compilation playlist soon. I joke, but this song is relaxing. A mind laxer for these trying times.

The album ends with a reprisal of sorts for Change but in the form of Short Change. It may be 2 minutes but these end the album with a bang. It is a wild song, with lots of sounds, intensity, and immaculate finishing movements that, while not being the longest closure for a King Gizz record, add another layer to this album's sound and makes not only for closure for an album that was pure bliss for the most part but closure for a good year of King Gizzard releases. It is wild, it is great, and it is just fun.

That is what this album is, pure fun. No strings attached, just pure bliss and energy, from the more relaxed and chill type of fun to the wild parties. It makes its pop sounds in a way that they aren't just happy sounding, but happy feelings as well. This is the trademark for optimism right here for this very great band. I highly suggest checking it out, heck I think it can serve well as a good starter for anyone looking to get into King Gizzard. It is a great end off for this year of King Gizzard music, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 Polygondwanaland by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.33 | 149 ratings

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Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars It's pretty crazy that this album has had 344 versions of it released to the public. 344! This was released in 2017 and the other four records they released that year have 19-25 versions of them. You can see this on Discogs and yes I scrolled through them thinking this must be a mistake. A very popular album and maybe their most favoured recording by the masses although 2016's "Nonagon Infinity" certainly rivals it on this site and on the RYM site where it is their highest rated followed by "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" then this record and "Flying Microtonal Banana" which is still my favourite.

I feel the band really discovered something when they went to microtonal instruments. Not that this is new or anything but man they have perfected it. The abundance of crisp beats, twangs, pulses bouncing all over the place is pretty cool. On this record I really commend the band for the contrasts where we get all these things going on with urgent sometimes robotic vocals then they'll switch to a softer and warmer sound including the vocals that is just so uplifting.

"Polygondwanaland" is the first KING GIZZARD album that actually grew on me which is good because after two spins I'm scratching my head as to why everyone likes this thing. Yes this is their most proggy record and it took some time. There are two absolute classic GIZZARD tracks on here in "Crumbling Castle" and "Inner Cell". The first is 10 1/2 minutes long with repeated themes and so catchy. Funny how I hear a hint of Steven Wilson's voice on "Inner Cell". Such a relaxed start then the serious vocals join in. There's one of those uplifting moments before 1 1/2 minutes as the chorus arrives. So good!

The title track is another favourite as beats, guitar and bass do their thing in atmosphere before these robotic vocals arrive. This is contrasted with softer vocals then the chorus where it picks up a little. A cool tune with mellotron too. "The Castle In The Air" is another catchy piece with some guest spoken female words early on being replaced by male vocals as it all intensifies. More of the same on "Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet" and mellotron too. Just a killer piece with interesting vocal arrangements. Love this band! Man the final five songs kill and take this to 5 star territory. Take your pick? They are all great "Loyalty", "Horology", Tetrachromancy", "Searching..." and "The Fourth Colour". I adore the electronics to open "Loyalty", just sayin'.

There is a story here as one of the drummers Eric Moore did not play on it but is credited with "managment" on tracks 1-10. Hmmm. So right now I have "Flying Microtonal Banana", "Polygondwanaland", "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and "Nonagon Infinity" as my top four KING GIZZARD albums in that order and I need that fifth one which I know will happen.

 Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.00 | 52 ratings

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Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

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 à 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.

 Laminated Denim by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.82 | 38 ratings

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Laminated Denim
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

5 stars Who can complain about more King Gizz in their lives? A band with such a consistently good discography with works of all varieties. They never leave me bored, and they haven't now. This is their 2nd studio release this month after their mouthful of a record Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, And Lava. In this album, we get a sequel to their once vinyl exclusive I.D.M. album, Made In Timeland, a 30-minute album with two 15-minute songs. Much like that album, we have a 30-minute record with two 15-minute songs, however, they continue their more jammy sound from Omnium Gatherum (specifically in The Dripping Tap) and Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, And Lava, combing their psychedelic progressive rock sound, with a bit of a space rock or krautrock tint to their lense. Believe it or not, this is one of the strongest and most masterfully done Gizzard records I have heard so far in their career, strangely enough.

The first of only two songs, The Land Before Timeland, introduce you into this world the band has made up and takes you on a tour through lush guitars, harmonies, drummings, and melodies that wrap you around this rather calm yet still jammy song. What I love most about this is that even with the calm demeanor you can still feel the rising action. As the song progresses things get faster, more chords are introduced, and this jovial sense of wonder gets refined more and more. It doesn't blow down the doors at the end, but there is a clear sense of movement and change within the music. I just adore the mood this song has. It is so fun and bouncy that it just makes me get into a good mood. This applies to most King Gizzard songs but here is how they capture it and let it ride and rise through this 15-minute jam makes me, in my mind, clap with joy. This is an aspect that I dig with the original Made In Timeland album and while things felt within the same song, you can tell things changed despite the consistency. Here they also do that but even better. It doesn't even feel like 15 minutes, it is like taking a nice long shower and getting out as if time hadn't passed at all. It is almost spooky how a good long song does that. What a song, and it isn't even the only one.

With the rising action of The Land Before Timeland, we jump into Hypertension, which is also fantastic. Here you can fear their energy just pouring, but still retaining the beauty and happiness the last song portrayed. I love King Gizzard due to how no matter what genre they twist and turn to they will always keep the mood up consistently. Never once in their discography, from their garage rock era to their brief ventures in synthpop did I feel their vibes and energy lose their weight. I think here they are capturing that energy into a photograph and stapling it in their photo album because I can just feel it all with this song. Fast-moving guitars, unique drum patterns, eccentric vocals, extremely satisfying bass patterns, and even some keyboards were added in for good measure. Every aspect here plays a role, and the roles they play are so well done that the band can play a game of chess blindfolded and still win. They are just that well performed. That ending too of those choir singing-like synths just raises the bar further and further until it falls apart and we get back into the fun-filled jams until that also falls apart with an immediate release of tension that builds up throughout the record. I'd say that is a great way to end this boisterous record.

Funny how one of the shortest King Gizzard albums turns out to be one of, if not the best albums they have put out. Just two songs and it's already one of my favorite albums of this year. It is such a fun listen that does not take very long in establishing itself in my brain. It is fast, jovial, and some of the best works the band has put out in this month, if not in this year, if not in their entire careers. I recommend listening to this. Grab a pair of headphones and just let the music wash you away with those groovy grooves and those beautiful arrangements.

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