Legendary progressive, and sometimes psychedelic unit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are taking a whole new spin on their music. The band has announced a new record called Infest The Rats' Nest due out August 16, which will only feature Stu Mackenzie on vocals, guitar, and bass, Joey Walker on guitars and bass, and Michael Cavanagh on drums. The band's other four members will be sitting this one out.
According to the band, the record will be influenced by Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and Overkill. Mackenzie elaborates on his love of heavy metal.
“In year 4 there was an older kid who was into Rammstein. 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.”
Check out two singles and the artwork below.