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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard “Murder of the Universe”

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Murder of the Universe

[ATO; 2017]

Rating: 8.7

All signs would suggest that Murder of the Universe, the 11th release from Australian psych outfit King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, should be a disappointment. It’s 21 tracks long. It’s a concept album centered around the creation of outlandish altered beasts. And it’s the second release in a year where the band has promised to release five albums, resulting in possible oversaturation and carelessness (update: they released their third album of the year today). Yet somehow, all of these negative precursors somehow propel this album to new heights, making for one wild listen.

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