Album Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

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Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 

Album: Polygondwanaland

Genre: Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock

Rating: 7.5/10

Very few bands would set a goal to release five albums in one year like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has. Then again very few bands are like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Okay, no one is like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but what seemed like a flat out crazy idea is turning out to be the most sane idea for the Australia based band. Why wouldn’t they release five albums in one year? Even if these albums were flops it’s still astonishing that in between touring these guys are able to create five albums worth of material in one year. Do these guys ever go home? Do they sleep? Maybe they truly are magical entities like their name suggests.

The band’s fourth album of the year Polygondwanaland is another victory. It’s as Psychedelic, Prog heavy, and bizarre as we want our Gizz to be. Though it may not be as hypnotizing as their first album of the year Flying Microtonal Banana, or as conceptual as the following album Murder of The Universe, it still has that sense of zany psychedelia with much focus and dedication. The balls out jam sessions of elevator music on LSD that were present on their previous and third album of the year Sketches Of Brunswick East force their way into Polygondwanaland, but this time around they demand our attention instead of humbly providing music for background. Along with lead singer Stu Mackenzie’s usual otherworldly lyrical content that for the most part was absent on that previous record is back in full force and is more cryptic than ever. What exactly is the crumbling castle he speaks of on the opening track Crumbling Castle, a ten minute odyssey that can be in the running for best Prog Rock song of the year. Whatever he’s going on about he definitely adds narrative to this other dimension the instrumentation puts us in, and from there on the bulk of the songs all run together with very little room to breathe, and it’s pulled off effortlessly.

This album may not be as obnoxious or hallucinogenic as some of their previous work, but it solidifies the band’s leading status in the world of Prog Rock. We’re less than two months away from the end of 2017, and the band has one more album to release to make good on their promise. Can they do it? There’s no doubt in my mind.

 

Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: November 17, 2017

 

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