Prolific Aussies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their plans for their second full-length of 2019.
Titled ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest’, it’s set for release on 16th August via Flightless Records, and is described in a press release as “by far The Gizz’s hardest and heaviest album to date”.
Arriving just six months after their last record, ‘Fishing For Fishes’, ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest’ draws on “the mid/late 1980s golden period of thrash metal – Metallica and Slayer, certainly, but also lesser-cited bands such as Exodus, Kreator and Overkill”. Blimey
“In year 4 there was an older kid who was into Rammstein,” explains vocalist and guitarist Stu Mackenzie. “I made friends with him and we put together a performance at our school assembly where we headbanged to ‘Du Hast’. I got whiplash, which I thought was pretty cool. That was my introduction to heavy metal, and soon Rammstein led to Metallica, Metallica led to Slayer, Slayer led to Kreator and Sodom. The German bands really kicked my ass and scared the hell out of me too. Later on, when I picked up a guitar I realised that shit was too hard to play, so I got into rock ‘n’ roll and garage. That was liberating.”
The album was recorded by a ‘pared-down’ version of the band’s line-up, with Stu and guitarist Joey Walker sharing all guitar and bass parts alongside drummer Michael Cavanagh.
The track listing of the album reads:
1. Planet B
2. Mars For The Rich
3. Organ Farmer
5. Venusian 1
7. Venusian 2
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are set to hit the UK later this year, when they’ll play a short run of shows climaxing with a huge show at London’s Alexandra Palace.
30 Nottingham Rock City
1 Glasgow Barrowlands
2 Leeds Academy
3 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
5 London Alexandra Palace