King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Unleash Aggressive New Single ‘Gila Monster’
Watch the video for the lead single from the band’s forthcoming metal-focused album, PetroDragonic Apocalypse.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard told fans their next album would be “heavy as fuck” and from the sound of new single “Gila Monster” it appears the band will make good on that promise. “Gila Monster” is the lead single from PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, a double album set for release via the band’s KGLW label on June 16.
PetroDragonic Apocalypse is the Australian rock band’s 24th studio album and finds the group revisiting the thrash-metal sounds prominent on their 2019 concept album, Infest The Rats’ Nest. “When we made Rats’ Nest, it felt experimental,” explained King Gizz’s Stu Mackenzie. “Like, ‘Here’s this music that some of us grew up on but we’d never had the guts or confidence to really play before, so let’s give it a go and see what happens’. And when we made that album we were like, ‘Fuck, why did it take us so long to do this?’ It’s just so much fun to play that music, and those songs work so well when we play them live. So we always had it in our minds to make another metal record.”
Mackenzie joined forces with the band’s other metal-lovers, Joey Walker and Michael “Cavs” Cavanagh, to write material with a similar sound as Rats’ Nest but in a completely different way.
“We worked on it the same way we started our Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava album last year,” added Mackenzie. “We wrote a song a day, and we came into the practice space with no riffs, no tunes, no ideas, and started from scratch. And we jammed, and recorded everything, and pieced the songs together from that. I’d sketched out the story the songs would tell, and I’d portioned it out into seven song titles, with a short paragraph of what would happen in the song. I guess we kind of made the record backwards.”
In addition to the seven songs on the album proper, vinyl and audiobook editions come with bonus track “Dawn Of Eternal Night” featuring Leah Senior. PetroDragonic Apocalypse follows a series of three LPs released last October and a press release noted the prolific band’s 25th album is nearly complete. The next record after PetroDragonic Apocalypse is also a seven-track concept album and work on both LP started around the same time. King Gizz also employed the improvised, one-song-a-day process for the yet-be-announced album.
“Gila Monster” should be somewhat familiar to King Gizz devotees as the band premiered the song live on March 4 and have since played nine additional versions in concert. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard tapped SPOD to create the “Gila Monster” video. “I wanted to shoot Lord of the Rings 4 but also make a video game, so I mixed both mediums and came up with this majestic journey for truth and power in a cursed world,” stated SPOD. “I mixed 3D animation, modeling & live footage in a 3D video game program to create this marvelous voyage of man & beast. Friend or foe?”
Watch King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s “Gila Monster” video below:
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PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation Tracklist
- Motor Spirit
- Gila Monster
- Dawn Of Eternal Night feat. Leah Senior (Audiobook, Vinyl Exclusive)