King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

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One of the most prolific bands of late, KGLW release their second album of 2019; Infest the Rats’ Nest embraces the intensity of thrash metal, combining it with an apocalyptic threat

King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

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Flightless Records

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August 16, 2019

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King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

One of the most prolific bands of late, KGLW release their second album of 2019; Infest the Rats’ Nest embraces the intensity of thrash metal, combining it with an apocalyptic threat

King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard are mutants of the music scene, with their ability to jump through musical genres just as easily as Mystique can change her appearance. Here the Gizzard have once again mutated themselves into a legit metal outfit showing us just how technically talented musicians they are and surprising probably near enough all of us with just how heavy their latest venture is.

Infest the Rats’ Nest begins with headbanging call to arms, ‘Planet B’. An anthem for a doomed planet on the brink of no return (A.K.A. Earth), as frontman Stu Mackenzie war cries us to, “open our eyes and see’” with a Hetfield-voice awakening an inner passion and rage that only metal can convey. King Gizzard charge us onwards with the planet avenging chant, “there is no planet b,” infused with forceful guitar riffs that energise you like Metallica’s ‘Battery’.

‘Organ Farmer’ runs through the motions and has all the tempo changes of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’. With another headbanging drum composition complimented with the sharpest of metal riffs that Jeff Hanneman would have been psych’d to hear.

The storytelling lyricism within ‘Mars for the Rich’ describes a time where Mars has become a haven for the rich and privileged and the poor have been left on Earth to rot away, summed up in this lyric, “Mars for the privileged / Earth for the poor”.

‘Perihelion’ is another track that demands attention, describing a distant future where mankind is forced to flee planet Earth and search for a new planet to colonise; “space is the place for the human race / chasing the race for the new place”.

They're not even playing, King Gizzard are harnessing the powers of bands like Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest with a heavy influence of Metallica and Slayer's baby. This baby abomination created this atomic warhead of an album, like Godzilla, King Gizzard have gone nuclear and infused these great musical giants with their own formidable craft, giving us futuristic thrash metal. They have a very clear message for us; change our destructive nature or be destroyed.

See KGLW tear it up at the below live shows:

30.09.19 – Rock City – NOTTINGHAM
01.10.19 – Barrowlands – GLASGOW
02.10.19 – The Academy – LEEDS
03.10.19 – Victoria Warehouse – MANCHESTER
05.10.19 – Alexandra Palace – LONDON
06.10.19 – Tivoli Vrdenburg – UTRECHT
08.10.19 – Ancienne Belgique – BRUSSELS
11.10.19 – Carlswerk Victoria – COLOGNE
12.10.19 – Columbiahalle – BERLIN
13.10.19 – Rockhal Club – ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE (LUXEMBOURG)
14.10.19 – L’Olympia – PARIS
15.10.19 – Alcatraz – MILAN
16.10.19 – X-Tra – ZURICH
18.10.19 – Sala La Riviera – MADRID
19.10.19 – Razzmatazz – BARCELONA

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