“NONAGON… NONAGON… INFINITY!” chants lead singer Stu Mackenzie on yet another blisteringly good track from the Aussie band. After sharing one of three chapters within this album back in April with ‘Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe’, we finally get a taster of what else is to come within this record.
‘The Lord of Lightning’ is a culmination of everything the band learnt on their impeccably brilliant 7th album Nonagon Infinity, and the ideologies surround this particular album. The bat-shit crazy riffs, heavy drum beats, the use of that always elegant harmonica and the introduction of the spoken word, creates a unique and utterly brilliant sound.
Not only did they share ‘The Lord of Lightning’ but they also shared an utterly bonkers 15 minute long video of the entire chapter, ‘The Lord of Lightning vs Balrog’, which tells the tale of an epic battle between the two mythical beings. Slight flash backs towards previous works such as ‘People Vultures’, with its riff acting as a backing track to the haunting spoken words, and ‘Im In Your Mind’ which acts as a brilliant track closer to ‘The Lord of Lightning’.
This chapter is arguably some of the best, and ultimatly mental work that the Aussie band have produced. Its an enthralling, upbeat and fast tempo listen which pleasures your ear drums with the delightful psych sounds, and with the addition of the battle between the two entities, we have a complete badass, psychadelic 15 minute ballad.
We really can’t wait for this album to drop, what the band have released so far has confirmed were in for an intense, but insane ride of psych beats and peculiar story telling.
‘Murder Of The Universe’ Track listing:
Chapter 1: The Tale Of The Altered Beast
01 A New World
02 Altered Beast I
03 Alter Me I
04 Altered Beast II
05 Alter Me II
06 Altered Beast III
07 Alter Me III
08 Altered Beast IV
09 Life / Death
Chapter 2: The Lord Of Lightning Vs. Balrog
01 Some Context
02 The Reticent Raconteur
03 The Lord Of Lightning
04 The Balrog
05 The Floating Fire
06 The Acrid Corpse
Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe
01 Welcome To An Altered Future
02 Digital Black
03 Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
04 Soy-Protein Munt Machine
05 Vomit Coffin
06 Murder Of The Universe
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