King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle McCluskey USER (11 Reviews)
May 14th, 2016 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The psych/garage-rock outfit have perfected their craft, establishing their magnum opus, as well as one of the most thrilling front-to-back experiences that the subgenre has to offer.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: yeah, they actually named themselves that--and yeah, they're, somewhat surprisingly, really good. The Australian psych/garage-rock seven-piece are certainly not without their peers--they're among a fleet of bands like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segal that have fronted a full-fledged revival of the subgenre over the past decade--but their latest offering displays them stepping away from the pack and into a thrilling new realm of their own. On Nonagon Infinity, they've managed to hone in their sound by striking a perfect balance between immediacy and experimentation within the context of psych/garage: the piss-drunk punk at your local basement show, and the academic-type stroking their chin in the confines of their lonely apartment, are both going to have a damn good time with it.

As it eagerly bursts forth from the floodgates of the album's first moments, the unrelenting energy that permeates its run-time is immediately revealed--as well as just how inviting it sounds. They're absolutely a loud, noisy band, but cacophony and sonic-experimentation are not in their modus operandi here. Instead, the focus is on energy : the riffs are blistering, the hooks are joyously catchy, and the drums are busy and ceaseless. It's music with the capacity to satisfy even the shortest of attention-spans. What makes Nonagon Infinity noteworthy however, is that it blends this accessibility with smatterings of welcome experimentation--unorthodox melodies, odd time-signatures, and unconventional song-structures are frequently injected throughout--imbuing the band's ear-catching, head-banging tendencies with depth and intricacy. And importantly, they're able to integrate these convolutions subtly, not in such a way that might in any way detract from the air-tight cohesion this thing possesses. In fact, if you're not listening closely, their consistent toying with psych/garage conventions could soar above your oblivious, gleeful head. The result of this dichotomous union is enthralling, and lends itself well to attentive, as well as cursory listens.

It's worth noting that throughout the 9 tracks (spread over 42 minutes) of this record, King Gizzard take no more than few brief moments for breaths, and even then it's to give an instrument prominence or launch the band in a new direction. This includes the transitions from song to song, as each one segues seamlessly into the next--suggesting that rather than individual songs, these are actually meta-movements that make up one massive piece. What's more, there's a number of reoccurring motifs the band return to throughout the album, further strengthening the coalition of tracks here. And as if that wasn't enough, try enabling the "repeat album" feature on your device: you'll find that the last moment of the record transitions perfectly into the first; the aptly-titled album can be looped ad-infinitum, without interruption.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's ability to haul you from your barstool to the front-row of the crowd is also what may prove to be the Achilles' heel for some, upon close inspection of certain movements. Sprinkled throughout, there are undeniably moments wherein riffs or hooks can overstay their welcome and grow stale. Thankfully they aren't prevalent though, and the amount of unexpected detours that the band takes is generally able to compensate for these shortcomings. Another complaint is that the record definitely lacks in terms of vision and scope--it never really transcends itself, sonically or lyrically--but it could be just as convincingly argued that they're a band that understand the purpose and limits of their niche: it's music purely for the sake of unbridled enjoyment. And that, they most certainly provide.



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wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2016


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet album, though I wouldn't really call garage rock a "micro-genre", it's more of a subgenre if anything.

kylemccluskey
May 14th 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're not entirely wrong, I was debating this issue myself while writing this. I guess I was content slapping that title on because I'm talking about music that is both garage-rock and psych-rock simultaneously, as there's been a pretty hefty resurgence of that specific style over the past while. but yeah it's definitely subject to argument, I may edit it yet.

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zaruyache
May 15th 2016


17037 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

rock'n'roll

jtswope
May 15th 2016


5305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been jamming this a lot lately.

Ebola
May 15th 2016


2564 Comments


Need to check this, I have a buddy who loves these guys.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2016


7467 Comments


fun album, albeit i can't help thinking that every song has pretty much the same tempo.

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2016


1685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Found this to be pretty boring, lacks depth

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Ebola
May 15th 2016


2564 Comments


this is fun but it's kind of samey-sounding

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2016


13498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tiring listen

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jtswope
May 20th 2016


5305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"this is fun but it's kind of samey-sounding"



Sort of the point though since the songs all blend pretty seamlessly as one movement. But each track has its own little flavor.

Nomos
June 1st 2016


1351 Comments


Jesus christ guys, catch them live if you can. Just wild. Best mosh pit I've ever been in.

kylemccluskey
June 1st 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice

Nomos
June 1st 2016


1351 Comments


They absolutely slayed. Said it was the biggest show of the tour! So cool.

Undertow
June 9th 2016


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a straight ahead garage album that kicks ass from start to finish that sadly just seems to fire all cylinders a little too much. I'd like to see these guys build more off this specific style in the future.

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2016


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first four tracks off this are so damn good.

iloveyouall
June 28th 2016


6319 Comments


Sting Beemo and the Meemo Teemo - Tryahrd Overload

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2016


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey, that's my favorite band

schoonda
August 21st 2016


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys rule so hard live

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BeyondCosby
October 4th 2016


1473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, this album rips. More people should be talking about this.

schoonda
October 4th 2016


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're doing pretty well for themselves, selling out shows in the UK and a few US shows



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