King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe

Murder Of The Universe

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 22 tracks 25.00
12" Vinyl Album 22 tracks 19.99
CD Album 22 tracks 10.99

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard announce their new album 'Murder of The Universe' out on Friday June 23rd via Heavenly Recordings.

Formats:
HVNLP140X - Glow in the dark vinyl edition with scratch and sniff sticker. (£25)
HVNLP140 - Standard black vinyl edition.
HVNLP140CD - CD edition.

The vinyl comes with a 32 page booklet & the CD with a 28 page booklet. Plus, a charcoal scratch and sniff sticker.

All records come with a download card.

“As soon as the dust settles you can see an new world / In place of where the old one had been...”

A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Murder Of The Universe is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man, the death of the planet....the murder of the whole goddamn universe.

“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely Apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”

Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, Murder Of The Universe inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. It may take years for its true importance to be appreciated. There are simply no capital letters large enough to convey the EPIC nature of this collection.

Their tenth album in five dizzying years, the first eight tracks of Murder Of The Universe alone sees songs doing battle with one another (‘Altered Beast’ Pts I to IV and ‘Alter Me’ Pts I to III), as man, beast and automaton collide in a death grapple. Flesh and bone meets mud and metal as the listener is treated to funereal fugue pieces (‘Some Context’), primordial drone-sludge (‘The Reticent Raconteur’), demonic doom-chants (‘The Floating Fire’), cyborg-narrated kosmiche workouts (‘Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg’) and technicolour Outback proto-metal (‘Vomit Coffin’).

A disorientating experience, the album hinges on three distinct chapters that rise from larval beds, and whose lyrics should be carved in stone, squeezed from moss, discovered in ancient runes. And all the while a passing cast of characters imbue the tale with both human and non-human emotions.

Snippets of their breakthrough records I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout in ghostly shadow form to haunt their latest sound. In years to come King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will be judged not by their separate albums, but by a body of work where themes, melodies, motifs, riffs and ideas resurface and recur, each album peeling back a layer of the onion to glimpse at past and future alike.

Their albums should be treated as portals through which you can move from one to the other. Songs sync together, records can be played in loops and past ideas recur or are reprised, and then woven into new textures. “These ideas aren’t necessarily contrived,” says Stu “sometimes they just happen.”

Formed in 2010 in Geelong, fifty miles outside of Melbourne (where they now reside) as a jam band off-shoot of a variety of other projects, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut album 12 Bar Bruise in 2012. Currently the most productive band on the planet, they are a once-in-generation group who play a heady combination of psychedelia, prog rock, freakbeat, jazz, heavy metal and Krautrock at a breathless punk pace; theirs is a high-velocity sound, each album a transportative diversion down a slippery worm-hole steered by seven minds sharing one on-going journey.

Those who have seen them live will attest that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard can go toe-to-toe with any of those forefathers that keen ears might hear shades of embedded deep within Murder Of The Universe: Aphrodite’s Child, Mahivishnu Orchestra, Hawkwind, King Crimson, The Doors, 13th Elevators, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Amon Duul II.

Whether recording albums that connect into an infinite loop of sound (2016’s Nonagon Infinity), jazz-leaning pieces of the exact same length (2015’s Quarters!), surprising all-comers with a bucolic collection of sun-drenched pastoral folk-pop comedown music (2015’s Paper Mache Dream Balloon) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard do not do things by halves. Their creative pudding is over-egged and all the better for it.

Murder Of The Universe follows hot on the scorched black heels of Flying Microtonal Banana (March 2017), which saw the band customise their own instruments in order to explores those spaces between existing tones – microtones. Charting at No. 2 in Australia it is one of the most far-out collections to trouble the lower regions of the album charts in the US and UK too.

Beyond Murder Of The Universe, the band will next release a jazz-based, improv- leaning collection entitled Sketches Of Brunswick East, whose name alludes to both Miles Davis’ Sketches Of Spain, the notion of sketches as outlines for ideas and all- round sketchy behaviour. Two more albums will follow that in 2017. But that is a story for another day....

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO 'MURDER OF THE UNIVERSE' ON SPOTIFY

Reviews

“Man, beast and machine lock horns on Aussie septets 10th.”
Uncut Magazine 8/10

“An ambitious project, King Gizzard succeed in fully absorbing you into their wild, bizarre universe.”
DIY Magazine ★★★★

“Following ‘Microtonal Banana’, this sprawling 21 track album is broken down into three distinct chapters concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet.” Louder Than War 8/10

“‘Murder of the Universe’ sees the septet hack a distorted hole in the fabric of our times, stepping into Choose Your Own Adventure worlds where heroes battle mutating nasties.”
“It’s comfortably among their best: pummelling psychedelic punk, but with lo-fi frazzle swapped for an expansive, metallic wallop”
Dork Magazine ★★★★

‘Whilst it may seem like overkill for a band to be releasing their twelfth project since 2011, it's simply not the case for the Melbourne septet. An intense, ingenious and utterly insane listen, 'Murder Of The Universe' is another brilliant addition to King Gizzard's already stellar and ever-expanding discography.’ 8/10 - Clash
‘It almost drowns in a pool of its own vomit-themed ambition and it's an odd feeling to be left with, At the end of hearing it several times over, it inspires a feeling of discombobulation, unease, an uncertainty I'd delve back into it again imminently, but man, I'm glad that it happened. A listener left, an "Altered Beast", hungry not for flesh, but for the year's third serving from King Gizzard.’ 7.5 - The Line of Best Fit

‘Murder of the Universe is a decidedly dark reflection of today’s angst and insanity. There is a bright side however, Given its harrowing descriptions of terror and upheaval, it makes the real world seem tame by comparison.’ 7.4 - Paste Magazine

‘Their new album, Murder of the Universe, is the second of five planned albums for 2017, and after hearing it, one thing is clear about this band. The only thing more thrilling than the relentless, crazy ideas they tackle is the excitement and ease with which they pull them off. Murder of the Universe is another near-perfect punk concept album, a trio of short sci-fi vignettes that rock with fury and hilarity.’

‘Prepare for all the fiery guitar solos, vocal howls and whoops, and the ever-present double-drummer attack and honking harmonica you could ever need. Overall, Murder of the Universe is an audacious, wild masterwork by a band who can never rest.’ 8.5/10 - Under The Radar

‘Murder of the Universe’ stands out because it perfects what makes the band special, rather than moving anything forward. Those tired of the joke might not be interested, but for the kind of person that religiously rewatches Black Dynamite, it’s glorious.’
8/10 - Loud & Quiet


‘Like Nonagon, Murder of the Universe’s motorik-punk momentum whisks the band through interlocking sections as if they were levels in a video game. It veers into stylistic netherworlds (prog-jazz contortions, bluesy harmonica blowouts, synth-funk breakdowns) like secret bonus coin zones en route toward explosive, boss-match-style climaxes that serve as resets for the album’s recurring melodic motifs.’
‘In true madcap Gizzard fashion, the band’s proggiest album turns out to also be their most visceral and vital. Murder of the Universe may be built from the band’s now-familiar krautpunk battle plan, but their ability to execute outsized architectural complexity at manic, warp-speed velocity is no less astonishing.’
Pitchfork - 8.0

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (HVNLP140X)
  1. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - A New World
  2. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast I
  3. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me I
  4. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast II
  5. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Me III
  6. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Beast III
  7. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me III
  8. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast IV
  9. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Life / Death
  10. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Some Context
  11. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Reticent Raconteur
  12. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 1)
  13. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 2)
  14. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Balrog
  15. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Floating Fire
  16. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Acrid Corpse
  17. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Welcome To An Altered Universe
  18. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Digital Black
  19. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
  20. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Soy-Protein Munt Machine
  21. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Vomit Coffin
  22. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe
12" Vinyl Album (HVNLP140)
  1. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - A New World
  2. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast I
  3. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me I
  4. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast II
  5. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Me III
  6. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Beast III
  7. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me III
  8. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast IV
  9. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Life / Death
  10. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Some Context
  11. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Reticent Raconteur
  12. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 1)
  13. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 2)
  14. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Balrog
  15. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Floating Fire
  16. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Acrid Corpse
  17. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Welcome To An Altered Universe
  18. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Digital Black
  19. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
  20. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Soy-Protein Munt Machine
  21. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Vomit Coffin
  22. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe
CD Album (HVNLP140CD)
  1. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - A New World
  2. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast I
  3. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me I
  4. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast II
  5. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Me III
  6. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Beast III
  7. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Alter Me III
  8. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast IV
  9. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Life / Death
  10. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Some Context
  11. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Reticent Raconteur
  12. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 1)
  13. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning (Pt 2)
  14. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Balrog
  15. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Floating Fire
  16. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Acrid Corpse
  17. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Welcome To An Altered Universe
  18. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Digital Black
  19. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
  20. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Soy-Protein Munt Machine
  21. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Vomit Coffin
  22. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Murder Of The Universe

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