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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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2.71 | 7 ratings
12 Bar Bruise
2012
3.43 | 7 ratings
Eyes Like The Sky
2013
3.71 | 7 ratings
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs
2013
3.29 | 7 ratings
Oddments
2014
4.65 | 18 ratings
I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
2014
3.55 | 11 ratings
Quarters !
2015
3.91 | 11 ratings
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
2015
4.93 | 15 ratings
Nonagon Infinity
2016
4.70 | 18 ratings
Flying Microtonal Banana
2017
4.00 | 12 ratings
Murder Of The Universe
2017
3.75 | 12 ratings
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club: Sketches Of Brunswick East
2017
4.37 | 21 ratings
Polygondwanaland
2017
4.07 | 14 ratings
Gumboot Soup
2017
3.64 | 14 ratings
Fishing For Fishies
2019
3.72 | 22 ratings
Infest The Rats' Nest
2019

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

4.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Adelaide '19
2020
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Paris '19
2020
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Brussels '19
2020

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2.50 | 4 ratings
Willoughby's Beach
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anglesea
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Cyboogie
2019

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 I'm In Your Mind Fuzz by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.65 | 18 ratings

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I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars While King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are known for the various genres and styles that they've taken on, it's generally I'm In Your Mind Fuzz that's considered the band's first truly great album where their style and sound was realised. This is a statement I completely agree with, as while the band had a few good tracks beforehand, this album is consistent in its quality, while also being one of the more eclectic albums in their career, having a decent mix of faster garage and krautrock influence, while also knowing when to tone down the energy to allow for some slower, prettier moments. With the fact that this is what I consider to be the true star of the band's core sound, it's about what you could expect from later albums to some degree, with a prominent focus on jamming and repetition shining through, but as is usually the case for the band, these qualities are utilised to a great degree of quality.

As is often the norm with these albums, it really starts off with a bang, this case in the form of an energetic 4-part suite that is what I consider to be one of the most representative of heavier side of the band as a whole, with kraurock inspired drumming backed up by rowdy garage rock and a whole lot of harmonica. I love the way this song is divided up so smoothly, transitions feeling absolutely perfect in relation to the structure of the song, especially the transition into the 3 minute guitar solo of I'm Not In Your Mind, a solo which I consider to be extremely fun to listen to, especially since the pace never drops for even a second thanks to that very consistent rhythm section. I love how the suite eventually comes around full circle on the final part of it to really hammer home the feeling of these first 4 tracks being one big song, especially since it does so much right, overall making this a go to song for me. Empty is a good way to follow up such an energetic song, being far more melodic and accessible, the flutes adding a nice layer of depth to everything, but I still do find it to likely be the weakest link here, getting a bit repetitive by the end. I feel that this would be more problematic if not for how the outro feels as if it is slowly collapsing in on itself, almost sounding as if some sort of tape recording is being worn out and coming to an untimely halt, which really nicely transitions into another quieter track. Hot Water is likely another one of the tracks I consider to be on the weaker side on the album, but that's only because there are some true masterpieces to be found here, and the relatively quick, consistent pace here is welcome as always.

Am I In Heaven? is one of the true stars of the show however, likely being King Gizzard at their most furiously noisy and wild, the opening acoustic opening quickly shifting into a wall of distortion with some yells being heard amongst the thunderous guitar and the equally intense drumming, despite the pinpoint consistency that it holds for the most part. This song just feels like a nonstop thrill ride and definitely is one of the songs that warrants this album being held in such regard by me, as it manages to progress nicely without sacrificing any of the insanity put on display to creat a truly infectious song that amazes me every time I put it on. The incredible constrast between this song and the 2 slow jams at the end of the album further solidify my love for the album, acting as both a great calm down period after such a massive high, and also for being as darn beautiful as they are, the melodies being absolutely amazing. Slow Jam 2 (Her and I) is able to end this album absolutely perfectly, containing the same verses multiple times, but having the fact be negligible with the way each repetition sounds more powerful and heartfelt than the last to the point where breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe the song. This song is undoubtedly what I consider to be the pinnacle of the band's slower, prettier work for how sincere and pure it sounds in its melody and lyricism without sacrificing the compelling instrumentation of the band.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favourite albums by a band who has a number of exceptional albums, having a great mix of energy and beauty while never letting one side of their sound to be the dominant force. Of course this would all mean nothing if the songs weren't well written, but this is definitely some of their best songwriting coming through as well, with almost half an hour of material that I'd consider an absolute masterpiece, and the rest being full of great stuff as well. I know that this is the album that made a lot of people fall in love with King Gizz, and I cannot blame them for a second, because this is some seriously great music.

Best tracks: I'm In Your Mind Fuzz suite, Am I In Heaven?, Slow Jam 2 (Her and I)

Weakest tracks: Empty

Verdict: I cannot think of a better starting point to get into the fuzzy, psychedelic world of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, containing a great balance of their various core sounds while also containing a handful of the band's absolute best songs. Definitely an album I'll heavily recommend to those who like garage or psychedelic rock, because this is without a doubt a great album in my mind.

 Infest The Rats' Nest by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.72 | 22 ratings

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Infest The Rats' Nest
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars In an unexpected, and honestly extremely cool change of pace, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard decided to almost entirely eschew the psychedelic roots of their core sound for Infest The Rats Nest, replacing it with the sound of pure thrash and stoner metal. This was especially promising given how consistently exciting the band's heavier albums were, the teaser single of Planet B solidifying such hype. After listening to this album a number of times, I can safely say the the excitement I had for this was founded, as this album is consistently engaging in its breakneck intensity and apocalyptic atmosphere, with each track feeling sufficiently different as to not making it a slog to get through, despite clearly taking extensive inspiration from classic thrash like Metallica.

As previously mentioned, Planet B definitely sets up the album incredibly well with fast paced drumming and classic, chugging riffs which really establish this aggression that's trying to be achieved, the intro leading into similarly unexpectedly deep vocals reminiscient of the vocals of Sleep. The rest of the song continues quite strongly in a similar fashion, not really doing anything new or crazy, but continuing amazingly as a powerful, aggressive thrash metal track that sets the stage perfectly. Mars For The Rich shakes things up with a more bluesy, hard rock kind of track, which reminds me of Black Sabbath's Hole In The Sky without sounding like a copy of it. The song has a cool, driving bassline and some really cool lyricism to go along with it all, coming together to make for one of the album's most memorable songs. Organ Farmer unfortunately represents the worst elements of thrash for me, focusing primarily on stuffing as many solos into a short track, with everything feeling very stilted, overall a very mediocre song.

I feel the album really kicks it into high gear from this point onwards with Superbug however, channeling the sound of stoner metal and creating an incredibly powerful 7 minutes, and definitely the heaviest moment on the album. What I find especially impressive about this is how it manages to maintain a slow, crushing pace throughout, becoming especially intense during each absolutely immense repetition of the chorus. While the Venusian songs are both good, it's the remaining 3 songs that really stand out. Perihelion brings further freshness to everything with its more grandiose presentation, culminating in a reprieve from the heavier nature of the album through the one moment of the vocals being higher pitched and more melodic, without completely sacrificing the identity of the album, making for a breath of fresh air, providing for a more engaging experience. Self Immolate is tied with Superbug as my favourite cut off this album, for embodying the cmoplete opposite of what Superbug did, being the most insane track here, seemingly never slowing in pace, the chorus merely making everything sound that much more wild. I think that it's always a great sign when a song can make me compulsively headbang along to it and sound so intense at the same time. Hell is the track that everyone seems to remember for one thing, and that's its final minute, not that I can dispute that, as it is definitely one of the absolute greatest moments on the album, having such insanely cool riffing that builds up in such a satisfying way to make for an equally as satisfying conclusion.

While not really much more than a classic thrash album in amny respects, I feel that the additional styles put on here, such as some hard rock and stoner metal elements provides this album for some great variety to break up the monotony that can be caused by too much of a singular heavy sound. I find this to be one of my absolute favourite albums from the band for being able to make such a faithful recreation of classic thrash without sounding like a carbon copy of it, not to mention actually being exciting all the way through like only the best of the best are able to do for me when it comes to this genre. While not the first place I'd point someone to when trying to get into this band, since it's so different to the rest of their material, it's nonetheless an album that I think is amazing in what it does, and would be getting a 5 stars if not for the fact that in a prog setting, this isn't what I'd consider an essential album.

Best tracks: Mars for the Rich, Superbug, Perihelion, Self Immolate

Weakest tracks: Organ Farmer, Venusian 2

Verdict: While not representative of King Gizzard in any major form, this is nonetheless one of my favourite albums in their discography for its consistency yet cohesive variety at the same time, making the album one that I find engaging from start to finish. It's something I strongly recommend to those who are fans of thrash metal, as I think you'll definitely get a kick out of this.

 Infest The Rats' Nest by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.72 | 22 ratings

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Infest The Rats' Nest
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars I really didn't expect to like this album and was a bit nervous for the band after the somewhat disappointing Fishing for Fishies. I had heard the singles and was not into it at all. I decided to purchase the album and upon first playback, I actually really enjoyed it. With each subsequent listen that enjoyment only increased. The great thing about this album is that despite being a dramatic departure from everything else they've done, it still sounds like a King Gizzard record. If I have to be critical, I can say sometimes the songs can sound a bit similar to each other. With that said, its an entertaining record front to back.

With this album King Gizzard takes some of the unique aspects of their sound seen on previous albums, and put a layer of thrash metal on top of it. Along with this, some songs explore the stoner/doom metal genre. Infest the Rats Nest succeeds in actually being heavy and not just being loud like a lot of modern metal falls victim to. Also on this album, the band introduces the double kick and the vocals are much more harsh sounding. Just based on listening, its clear this is a somewhat loose concept album. What I can gather is that the earth has become somewhat uninhabitable due to pollution and climate change and the rich and wealthy are retreating to an apparently now terraformed mars while the poor are doomed to die on earth. Eventually the poor folks decide to try going to Venus and upon arrival, they instantly engulf into flames on the surface of the planet.

Planet B starts things off right out the gate with an intensity that is kept up throughout the album. The lyrics on this album and song particularly really draw me in and tell a fun story that really keeps my interest throughout. The second track Mars For The Rich is my favorite by a slim margin and is damn near impossible not so sing along to. Towards the end of the song there is a really sweet bass and drum breakdown section that leads to the main riff kicking back in and it really hits well. Organ Farmer follows and its another faster paced intense song that unfortunately doesn't leave much of a lasting impression on me. I had to re listen to it for this review, and while i'ts definitely a lot of fun, it's not quite as memorable as most of the other songs.

Superbug is another standout track and is one of the more stoner/doom style tracks pulling some aspects of Sabbath and Sleep with its slower pace and sludgy guitars. The thing I love about this track is how it builds up and progressively gets heavier over its duration until the end where its basically just a wall of sound. Venusian 1 has a really cool doomy feel to it. You can hear the signature gizz guitar tones all over the solos of this track but by far my favorite part is the end where it has the line:

"THERE IS ONE PLANET V"

And thus the next chapter of the story starts. Perihelion is another incredible track that's probably on par with Mars for the Rich to me. The main riff is my favorite of the whole album and the chorus is another that I just cant help but head bang to. Venusian 2 is the heaviest track on the album and it really gives the feel of chaos needed for the story. It leads into Self Immolate which is another thrash track similar to Planet B and Organ Farmer and is supposed to be the moment in the story where they land and burn up on the surface of Venus. This is another track where I can say that it doesn't do anything we haven't already heard in past tracks on the album. Like Organ Farmer it is a lot of fun and you can find me singing along to the line "I have gone insan-o, I lust for volcano." But when I think of this album, its not gonna be one of the first tracks to come to mind. However, on the closing song Hell, the band manages to reach the peak of the album in the final minute. The first few minutes are more chaotic thrash similar to Venusian 2, but in the final minute the band pulls out a NASTY riff that fades in until the whole band joins creating the heaviest (and damn coolest) moment on the album.

This album is really awesome and definitely among my favorite Gizz albums. It's a nice fun listen at its short 35 minute run time and one that I frequently revisit.

4 Stars

 Infest The Rats' Nest by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.72 | 22 ratings

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Infest The Rats' Nest
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Coming out of Melbourne, Australia, the catchily named KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD has proved itself as a prolific act that has been impossible to ignore as the band has weaseled its way onto prog sites, metal review columns and pops up just about everywhere these days with its unique blend of alternative psychedelic rock with pop hooks, metal leanings and garage rock sensibilities. The year 2017 proved to be the most ambitious of all with five albums released but in 2019 the GIZZARD dropped two more bombs onto the world and further expanded its genre bending tendencies once again.

INFEST THE RATS' NEST is the band's 15th album since its formation in 2010 and takes its sound boldly into the world of thrash metal, a place only scantly hinted upon on the predominantly psychedelic prog that has graced the previous albums. With a seemingly infinite amount of inspirational mojo, the GIZZARD eschews the psychedelic indie rock sounds of the past and instead turns to classic Metallica, Slayer, Exodus and Overkill for inspiration and instantly finds the band appearing in heavy metal databases worldwide to the chagrin of metal purists who just can't accept these crossover acts as legit metal entities but nonetheless, INFEST THE RATS' NEST is a bona fide thrash metal album albeit with stoner garage rock tendencies chock full of guitar riffing heft and double kick drumming.

While death metal and black metal have spiraled off into a million directions and into highly evolved complexities, thrash metal has remained rather pure in comparison and the GIZZARD deliver a tasty little interpretation of the classic thrash metal years that date back to the 80s and early 90s although INFEST also finds traces of industrial metal heft a la Rammstein or White Zombie and alternative mood swings into Tool territory at moments. This new metal sound originated on the single "Planet B," the opening powerhouse that was a stand alone track but somehow inspired the band into crafting an entire album of similar sounding tunes. The biggest surprise is that this album has become one of the band's most successful of all and has virtually guaranteed another strong decade to come.

Musically, INFEST THE RATS' NEST is very much a retro tribute to the great thrash bands of yore. The sound delivered here is a mix of Overkill stomp grooves, Metallica induced palm muting techniques for that classic galloping sound along with guitar solos that erupt out of nowhere but there is a veritable garage rock quality to this as none of these guys are exactly virtuosos so don't expect a Marty Friedman ripping solo quality or even the more sophisticated classically infused Metallica riffs. This is basic thrash by the numbers albeit exquisitely performed and catchy to the max. All in all this will appeal to those on the fringe of the metal universe rather than those already deeply indoctrinated into the long rich history of thrash metal that has remained strong for over three decades now.

While many bands want to be all things to all music appreciators, KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD succeeded to a certain degree while it took a big chance with INFEST THE RATS' NEST in the fact that there was a lot of risk of alienating fans of the psychedelic rock albums. However i would venture to guess that one should have no fear that the band has gone Opeth in reverse by dropping its psych qualities in favor of the more bombastic metal style presented on this album. After all, on tracks like "Mars For The Rich" there are still psychedelic keyboard elements that creep into the flow of things and the overtly alternative feel prevents this from feeling "too" thrashy. There's even a harmonica that makes a cameo on several tracks and the bluesy rock roots of the 70s are still strong, just simply cranked up to 11 at various moments. This is a decent album for sure but honestly this isn't anything to get wildly excited about either. With all the references to thrash greats like Overkill and Metallica, i'd rather listen to their output any day, however good on the GIZZARD for breaking out of their comfort zone.

3.5 rounded down

 Polygondwanaland by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.37 | 21 ratings

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Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is a band that's been in a constant state of eclecticism, each album taking on a sound that's always at least slightly different to past albums in terms of style, especially notable in their 5 album run of 2017, with a plethora of ideas, ranging from jazz rock to microtonal, krautrock influenced compositions. Polygondwanaland marks the band at their most proggy, employing heavy use of polyrhythms and tight interplay to create a complex, yet often calm and beautiful listening experience. As is standard with King Gizzard, this album is in many ways, a simplified, most accessible take on the style that is being performed, often heavily utilising repetition to create a psychedelic atmosphere, creating a prog album that manages to be deceptively complex while retaining the core identity of the band.

One of the aspects of this album that I really enjoy, it being the main thing that really got me to appreciate this album, is the structure of it. While initially, it seems like they merely put the epic at the front of the album followed by a collection of songs, each group of 3 songs past this point make up a suite with their own feel and lyrical themes. This all said, Crumbling Castle is nonetheless a clear highlight of the album and one of the best King Gizzard songs, period. The rhythmic focus of the album is immediately made clear with the intro of this song, yet the band's typical sense of melody is still in full force throughout, the track ebbing and flowing between soaring choruses and more low key, psychedelic moments, complete with incredible performances across the board, especially on drums. In typical fashion of the band, despite this being a prog epic, there is still a lot of repetition throughout the track, focusing less on making an explorative piece and instead turning to continuous building upon established elements until it all comes crashing down into an extremely noisy, heavy last couple of minutes. What I like about this track is how despite the fact that there are numerous instrumental passages throughout, it still remains an incredibly memorable song due to the motifs used throughout.

The next 3 tracks mark my favourite of the 3 suites on the album, being consistently atmospheric and relaxing, especially the absolutely perfect chorus. I love the transition from this first section into a callback to Murder of the Universe through the brief spoken word section, before this all melts away and leads into a section where everything gradually gets more intense with layers upon layers of guitars and synthesisers, constently driven by the excellent rhythm section, all before settling back down into the final third, which is very similar to the first part. Despite this constantly spacey atmosphere being the dominating force of the suite, it's also a clear example of a deceptively complex approach to writing, as once you actually properly focus in on the instrumentation, you really realise how much is going into this incredibly tight interplay between each member of the band. The next suite goes for a darker, almost occult sounding atmosphere, the song feeling far more rigid and tentative, which is executed very nicely, as the song is able to find a groove just enough to have a really great flow, especially when thinking of the amazing bassline of Loyalty, which is the best song on the album other than Crumbling Castle. I like the variety this brings to the table without ever breaking the cohesion of the album, and I feel as if it makes for a truly engaging experience.

The more psychedelic side of the band really shines in this final 3 tracks however, displaying the instrumental interplay to its full extent, with choruses that focus on keeping a constant pace, never seeming to let up, as synths fade in and out in initially small amounts while multiple vocal tracks overlap and the drumming switches between being extremely rigid and then all of a sudden freaks out. What I find most gratifying about this is how it never sounds out of place. The only time where anything sounds as if it's not an absolutely perfect fit for this album is the fnial track The Fourth Colour, which is an explosive psych rock song brimming with energy. While this may initially seem like an odd choice to close off the album, I believe that it works well to convey the joy that the protagonist of this story feels, and everything still sounds close enough to the bulk of the album that I don't even think it's a major problem.

I believe that out of all of King Gizzard's forays into different genres and styles, this is one of their most successful, as it perfectly encapsulates the genre, while maintaining the core identity of the band. Being a prog lover, I obviously don't mind if music becomes quite wanky or overly technical at points, but it's nonetheless refreshing to hear prog that's so accessible without resorting to sounding like cheesy pop or alternative rock. I'd definitely put this quite high up there in terms of what album one should first listen to if they want to get into the band.

Best tracks: Crumbling Castle, Polygondwanaland, Loyalty, The Fourth Colour

Weakest tracks: Inner Cell, Searching...

Verdict: Accessible, psychedelic prog that never sounds like it's merely prog-lite, instead carrying a serious punch when it needs to, but mostly sticking to an incredible atmosphere that just carries you away. Definitely one of the first places I'd send someone who enjoys prog if I want them to get into the band.

 Polygondwanaland by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.37 | 21 ratings

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Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Misenum

5 stars Polygonwanaland is one of the best albums to come out of the last decade and is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's most progressive album to date. It was released for free by the band and is definitely worth downloading. The album features ten pieces that seamlessly flow into one another. These tracks tell a loose story that makes references to other albums by King Gizzard. The album features heavy use of polyrhythms and synthesized soundscapes. It rapidly shifts from frenetic drumming to more mellow psychedelic soundscapes. The contrast keeps the album fresh throughout as no track overstays its welcome. The rhythm section does an excellent job of moving the music forward. The drum work on The Fourth Colour is incredible.

Highlights: Crumbling Castle, Polygondwanaland, Searching... and The Fourth Colour.

 Flying Microtonal Banana by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.70 | 18 ratings

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Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars To celebrate King Gizzard being added to the archives, i'm going to review my favorite Gizz album. On this one, the boys experiment with micro-tonal instruments creating one of their more progressive albums that's able to keep a very uniform dark sound throughout. Much of this lies in the very tasteful production that sets this album apart notably in the drum and guitar department.

Rattlesnake starts things off with a sort of King Gizz signature with its repetitive lyrics similar to what has been used on past songs such as "Trapdoor." Lets make it clear, I don't use the word "Repetitive" with negative connotation because it works. I wasn't a huge fan initially but there's a lot of really interesting details scattered throughout that made it a grower for me. The album only picks up momentum from here and doesn't slow down. "Melting" stars to show what this album is all about showcasing the microtonal guitar sounds this album is filled with. I love how it has a gloomy mood while still having a very driving rhythm section.

"Open Water" is a contender for my favorite track on the album. It has these chugging drums throughout and a tinge of middle eastern vibes in the guitar that I always appreciate (obligatory Rajaz shoutout). Sleep Drifter continues the mood with dark whispery vocals. This song does an interesting thing towards the middle where all the instruments besides the guitar quiet down and slowly build back up for a very cool interlude. For "Billabong Valley," Ambrose (the keyboard/harmonica player) takes lead vocals. Its another very forward moving song for about the first half until it slows down to a really cool slower doomy jam section that does some really interesting effects with the Harmonica. Despite being on the shorter side of songs, "Anoxia" is another highlight for me. Right out the gates it comes out with a badass guitar-led intro that comes back in even heavier for the chorus.

Continuing the Doomy vibes is "Doom City" which switches between a somewhat less sludgy stoner metal style riff, and the driving rhythms seen throughout the album. They have a big playout near the end with the main riff. Within this, there's a nasty distorted harmonica solo that I cant help but love for its unconventional use of the instrument. Nuclear Fusion is arguably the most progressive track and it boasts a real hang banging groove during the verse. Closing the album is the short title track with its very tribal sound that is hinted at throughout the album.

5 Stars without a shadow of a doubt. There's so many memorable melodies in every song that this has just become a go-to album for me. This is unique, accessible modern prog at its finest. And believe me, it doesn't forget to rock.

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