Before we even start, we know! We couldn't fit the whole damn title in the header. Blame Wix...That said, what follows is a review of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's new album PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation.
Without doing much research on the matter, we think that King Gizz might have just won the Guinness World record for longest album title. Now does that mean its any good? We have yet to be disappointed so far from what we've heard of their 23 other albums. So with that all in order, let's get into it.
For those who may not know, PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation is a concept album and another dipping of the band's toe into the thrash/metal world. The first was 2019's Infest the Rats Nest, they've returned to the genre for a song here and there, but this marks the band's return to a genre they found they loved so much on Rats Nest.
The album begins wholesale by absolutely knocking the listener's teeth in with the guitar riff and solo stuffed "Motor Spirit". With "Motor Spirit" and the ensuing manufactured thrash chaos, the Australian six-piece pretty much show they can do your genre better than you do. The Psychedelic rockers have always been up for exploring genres, but this is a full-fledged transformation into a Gremlin that's been fed after midnight and it craves metal.
This type metal used to be more of our cup of tea but not so much these days. But to be honest there's something great about it when King Gizz does it. Again, it just shows how immensely talented this group really is. The way we look at it is that this King Gizz material is better than anything Metallica has put out in over 20 years so why not get your thrash/metal fix from a band that does it on the side?
Stu Mackenzie and Co. put a lot of collaborative work to build the fantasy lore at play in the lyrics on this album. And according to Mackenzie, the group came to the album fresh every day with nothing on their slate and worked from there every single day and wrote a song a day. Every musician is different in how they go about the writing process and writing a song a day is certainly one way of doing it. Mackenzie via press release states "I'm not a tortured artist, I'm more of a mad professor". With this rocking product we couldn't agree more.
Rating - 5/5