King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: PetroDragonic Apocalypse; Or, Dawn Of Eternal Night: An Annihilation Of Planet Earth And The Beginning Of Merciless Damnation [Album Review]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
PetroDragonic Apocalypse; Or, Dawn Of Eternal Night: An Annihilation Of Planet Earth And The Beginning Of Merciless Damnation
KGLW [2023]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is back with their 24th album, PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation. This concept record delves into fantasy lore, featuring witches, the struggles of humanity, and the destructive forces of a dragon, all set to the backdrop of King Gizzard’s return to a heavier sound.

From the opening track, “Motor Spirit,” it becomes evident that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have wholeheartedly embraced the ferocity and intensity of thrash metal, as listeners first heard on their 2019 album Infest The Rats’ Nest. PetroDragonic Apocalypse takes that introduction and amplifies it, resulting in a full integration of high-octane relentless riffs, thunderous drums, and blistering guitar solos that pay homage to iconic bands such as Metallica and Slayer. The lyrics skillfully weave a comprehensive story, immersing listeners in a medieval environment that enriches the album’s sonic assault.

The band’s ability to seamlessly transition back into the realm of thrash metal is truly remarkable. Tracks like “Converge” and “Gila-Monster” exemplify their proficiency in crafting both catchy and aggressive songs that are bound to ignite mosh pits and incite headbanging frenzies. The musicianship displayed throughout the album is impeccable, featuring lightning-fast guitar work, pummeling basslines, and an unrelenting rhythm section that keeps the adrenaline pumping from start to finish.

Despite departing from their usual sound, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard manages to infuse their distinctive touches into PetroDragonic Apocalypse. Songs like “Witchcraft” and “Flamethrower” contain classic King Gizzard psychedelic moments, such as exuberant “whoo-hoo” vocals or worldly synthesizer runs, offering brief respites amidst the relentless onslaught of thrash metal. These elements serve as a reminder of the band’s versatility and their aptitude for incorporating diverse influences into their music.

PetroDragonic Apocalypse stands as a testament to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ability to push musical boundaries and expand their sonic territories. While some fans may have been caught off guard by the band’s first foray into metal, there are no surprises here. PetroDragonic Apocalypse is a much bigger beast! The album triumphantly showcases their unwavering creativity and passion for the genre. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the band or a metal enthusiast seeking fresh and exhilarating music, PetroDragonic Apocalypse is an album that demands your attention and delivers an power-fueled experience from start to finish.

“Motor Spirit” / “Converge” / “Flamethrower”

Black Sabbath / Motörhead / Iron Maiden

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