King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matty CONTRIBUTOR (59 Reviews)
October 12th, 2022 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gimme the Mushrooms, Time to Leave...

What’s there left to say about King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard that hasn’t already been said before. The productivity of this band is completely off-the-rails, and their creativity seems to know no bounds. With this record the aptly titled ‘Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava’ sees KGLW constructing longer songs that vary from their proggy-jam rock that defined their previous record ‘Omnium Gatherum’ to more-jazzy psychedelic cuts that ebb-and-flow through the rockier cuts. Coming off ‘Omnium Gatherum’ and ‘Butterfly 3000,’ I began to feel that KG were running out of steam with Butterfly being a bit underwhelming and Omnium feeling bloated and overlong, but this new record really takes the best parts of some of their most recent work and combines these elements to my excitement. While still a bit bloated at over an hour long, the tracks flow a bit better and connect well sonically creating a more cohesive record than the previous two.

Every track on this thing clocks over at least six minutes so each track has a lot of content, jamming and quirkiness to get through. The opening track “Mycelium” is equal parts quirky, equal parts impressive instrumentally with some very nice guitar melodies. The lyrics on this thing are as deranged as usual but are a bit more interesting and unique especially with lines like “Bursting beams of hopping rabbits/Organs bleed with sucking maggots/Metallic teeth, ancient goblet/Increase the dosage with a droplet.” “Ice V” follows this track as the first and only single released prior to album drop and sets in at a lofty ten plus minutes in length. Lyrically, the story is basically incohesive, but the words used, and their delivery is priceless and perfectly entertaining. Plus like many KG tracks, the instrumentals are super fun and enjoyable and while this track does go on for a little too long, it does justify its length with some very great drum work, guitar work and vocal performances.

My favorite track on here “Magma” follows and delivers more quintessential KG nuttiness. The song is defined by a couple long verses and an eccentric bridge but most importantly, this thing feels massive from the production choices to the buildups in the instrumental compositions; it’s a very massive, grandiose sounding song. The track “Hell’s Itch” is also one of my favorites with the lyrics pertaining to a case where you have an unsatisfiable itch except amplified and personified to KG levels. Lines like “If I only could locate this bug/Oozing under like a slug/I'd slice my skin to get within/Lacerate my own linchpin/Nominate my next of kin/Destroy myself with no chagrin” really accentuates the over-the-top nature of this song's story. The band continues the eccentricity with the instrumentals being layered very nicely and matching the bombast of the lyricism.

The closing track “Gliese 710” is the only track I’m not super fond of in terms of structure and instrumentation with its eight-minute runtime feeling like it unlike many of the other songs on this record that match that length. While certainly not a bad track, it doesn’t wrap the album up as nicely as a track like “Iron Lung” or “Magma” would in my opinion. This record certainly is an improvement over the previous couple of outings with much of the material feeling very complete and well-fleshed out in comparison. The lyrics continue their signature kookiness and the vocal performances by Stu and Ambrose are nuanced and fun as they normally are. While I’m looking forward to the other three records being released this month, I find it hard to believe that KG can top the quality of this release.

Top Tracks:

“Magma”
“Mycelium”
“Hell’s Itch”
“Iron Lung”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2022


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a quick write up on this thing, whatever it is.

SlothcoreSam
October 12th 2022


6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band meeting to name the album.

"Hey guys, what's the first word that pops into your mind when I say..........."



Fill in the blank.

I think it was life.

SlothcoreSam
October 12th 2022


6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The new 2 track album is pretty great also!

WatchItExplode
October 12th 2022


10447 Comments


These guys release music so fast. I only catch every third album. Going to listen to this one today

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2022


18849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hell's Itch is such a jam

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2022


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

-These guys release music so fast-



Every time I think I'm ahead of them and can go back to their first records to dive into, they release new stuff haha



-Hell's itch is such a jam-



It really is, one of my favorites for sure!

tectactoe
October 12th 2022


7267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Another fine and perfectly serviceable release from these guys. They are nothing if not consistent.

Veldin
October 13th 2022


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Laminated Denim is out now and Made in Timeland has just been added to streaming services for the first time. This album slaps and I enjoy all of it. Gives me Hot Rats vibes throughout. Love the flute playing!

Ashtiel
October 13th 2022


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prob my favorite Gizz since Infest the Rats' Nest. i'm a sucker for a good jam-oriented album and these guys are at their best when they really let loose on a series of fun ideas than trying to drag out one musical idea for a whole record. damn talented dudes who i have nothing for respect for tho. "Magma" and "Iron Lung" bring the grooves.

WatchItExplode
October 13th 2022


10447 Comments


Iron lung got me going for sure

sonictheplumber
October 14th 2022


17533 Comments


guessing more garage fuzz psych eh

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2022


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's got a bit more edge than I anticipated but those fuzzy psych elements are definitely there

rufinthefury
October 14th 2022


3952 Comments


I'm going to see these guys tomorrow and the last album I heard was Infest the Rat's Nest. Now there's fucking 8 more albums. Fuck

Frost15
October 14th 2022


2708 Comments


Wtf? How many albums can these guys write in a single year?
Completely bollocks.

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2022


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Time to go on a binge my friend lol

rufinthefury
October 14th 2022


3952 Comments


Oh I'm binging right now lmao

rockarollacola
October 17th 2022


2167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I just don't understand how productive these guys are. Their output and quality are simply unprecedented

Artax36
October 17th 2022


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ice V is incredible, whole album is excellent.

Pho3nix
October 17th 2022


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The only highlights here is the album cover and 'Iron Lung'

rufinthefury
October 17th 2022


3952 Comments


these guys are great live. basically a jam band which I kinda expected. Super tight



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