Australian psych-rock giants King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are back once again with a new album, Infest the Rats’ Nest.
Over nine monstrous tracks, the prolific band explore stoner and thrash metal with gargantuan solos and frenetic, off-the-wall vocal performances. Their 15th studio album, it furthers the band’s penchant for thematic, conceptual albums such as the environmentally ruminative Fishing for Fishies and the twisted, fantastical Murder of the Universe.
“The A-side of the album is set in the near future and is about real shit going on right now—especially ecological disaster,” Mackenzie explained in a statement. “The B-side tells the story of a group of rebels who are forced to leave Planet Earth and try to settle on Venus.”
“Superbug” tells the story of a new virus threatening humanity while “Venusian 1” paints a picture of a lost civilization foraging on a ruined planet. “Forest desertified / Ocean wave amplify / Constant tornado sky / Black water, no supply,” frontman Stu Mackenzie yells.