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Album Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Omnium Gatherum

Updated: May 4, 2023

For a group that has already triumphed so much, the horns are sounding again for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Omnium Gatherium comes as the band’s first double album, a feat that seems slightly infantile after they dropped three albums in 2017. This new release, Coming out April 22nd, is the latin term for ‘a collection of miscellaneous people or things’. The name comes very heralding as this double LP is a collection of unreleased songs from when the band was recording in isolation and also new songs from live recording sessions.

The album begins with “The Dripping Tap”. This 18 minute 17 second track is an emulsion of all the different styles KGLW has portrayed through the years blended into one. It marked the first recording session post isolation/social distancing for the band. On the matter

singer/guitarist Stu Mackenzie says, “It was insanely fun. We were like, ‘holy shit- this is what we do! This is how we play!’ It had been so long I’d forgotten. We jammed and recorded all that day. That’s why ‘The Dripping Tap’ is so epic”.

Omnium Gatherium imposes from the beginning just how vast the journey the listener will go on just from track 1 track 2’s “Magenta Mountain”. The vibe went from “jammy” to “neo-pop psych”, liken to sounds heard on Butterfly 3000 (2001). Other notable track are Evilest Man,

While this album almost sounds like it could be a greatest hits album, new and old King Gizzard Fans should be delighted. They continue to find new ways to push themselves and elevate their sounds. While they are back to recording at Gizz HQ they have continued the hybrid recording method when apart to streamline some of their process. No doubt we will continue to get yearly albums.

Rating - 4.5/5

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