Single Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 'The Lord Of Lightning'

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Only four months has passed since the psych-rock group released their ninth studio album Microtonal Banana, and they show no signs of slowing down. Merging dystopian themes with an exhilarating prog rock atmosphere, they released 'The Lord of Lightning', which features the second chapter of their highly anticipated tenth studio album Murder Of The Universe

Resembling sounds that seem reminiscent of a Black Sabbath track, Stu Mackenzie tells a story that depicts a battle between a heroic figure known as ‘The Lord Of Lightning’ and the ‘Balrog’. This conceptual story draws on themes presented in their powerfully looping Nonagon Infinity and builds on the post-apocalyptic nature portrayed in that album. The track straps listeners in for a hypnotic five-minute ride through scorching riffs, roaring drums and infectious vocals that never fail to lack energy. It’s fair to call the track a psychedelic rollercoaster, dipping and spinning at every corner, it rarely gives those listening a chance to take a breath.

Consisting of an impressive seven members, the band's ability to evolve their hallucinogenic sound and remain creatively unique is just as remarkable. 'The Lord Of Lighting' has all the hallmarks of a traditional King Gizzard song; mind-bending, multi-dimensional and satisfyingly wild. This is a band at their peak, and they show no signs of falling from that level.

Written by Mitchell Bazley