Mur­der of the Uni­verse Heav­enly

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Be­fore the swift but hardly ef­fec­tive punk-rock pogrom of 1976/’77, con­cep­tu­al­ist prog/ psych bands like Mel­bourne’s King Giz­zard & the Lizard Wiz­ard were ten a penny. Rock mu­sic history nerds (and those who were there at the time – if they’ll ad­mit to it) will re­call suc­cess­ful tricky-time-sig­na­ture bands such as Yes, ELP, King Crim­son, Peter Gabriel-era Ge­n­e­sis, and lesser-known prog-rock acts such as Greenslade, Camel, Gen­tle Gi­ant, Car­a­van, Fo­cus and Magma. All of which is to say that KG&TLW know well their source ma­te­rial, as this con­cept al­bum – the band’s 10th in five years, and the sec­ond of a pro­jected five sched­uled for this year alone – ref­er­ences so much of pre-1976 rock mu­sic that it’s im­pos­si­ble to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween trib­ute and bur­glary. king­giz­zardandthe­lizard­wiz­ TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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