King Gizzard Murder-of-the-UniverseBlink and you’ll miss King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

Apart from wowing North America on their current tour, and having their name mangled by Eddie Izzard on N.P.R. (Izzard, Wizard, Lizard, Gizzard: geddit?) Murder of the Universe is the Melbourne act’s 10th album since 2012. So much for ‘lazy musicians’, then. MOTU is a psyched-up stomp through visions of the apocalypse. A female narrator opens the album intoning: “As soon as the dust settles/ you can see/ a new world/ in place of where the old one had been.” Cue kookily molten riffing and quintessential ‘evil madman’ vocal stylings as King Gizz propel us through four variations on the track Altered Beast, before diving into tracks like Soy Protein Munt Machine, Han Tyumi the Confused Cyborg and Vomit Coffin.

“We’re living in dystopian times… it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “Some scientists predict the downfall of humanity is as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change.” Dipping into any and all musical genres and hooked up to a healthy sense of the absurd, Gizz are here with their deathray ready to destroy Metropolis, and you, dear listener, are tied to the tracks. Four (!) more albums are rumoured to appear in the next 12 months. Hop on here, buy the ticket and take the ride.

Jonathan Alley

Murder of the Universe is out now via Inertia.

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