King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Announce New Album, Share 13-Minute Video for One-Third of Album

Murder of the Universe Due Out June 23 via ATO

Apr 11, 2017
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Prolific Melbourne psych-rock adventurers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have already stated their intentions to release five albums this year and they already released one, Flying Microtonal Banana, back in February via ATO. Now they have announced their second album of 2017, Murder of the Universe. The album is split into three chapters and the band have shared a 13-minute video containing the entire third chapter, "Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe." Watch it below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the band's upcoming tour dates. Also, the band will be making their worldwide TV debut on Conan on April 17.

Frontman Stu Mackenzie had this to say about the album in a press release: "We're living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it's hard not to reflect that in our music. It's almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures - vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It's about new non-linear narratives."

Murder of the Universe Tracklist:

Chapter 1: The Tale of the Altered Beast

A New World
Altered Beast I
Alter Me I
Altered Beast II
Alter Me II
Altered Beast III
Alter Me III
Altered Beast IV
Life / Death

Chapter 2: The Lord of Lightning Vs. Balrog

Some Context
The Reticent Raconteur
The Lord Of Lightning
The Balrog
The Floating Fire
The Acrid Corpse

Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe

Welcome To An Altered Future
Digital Black
Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
Soy-Protein Munt Machine
Vomit Coffin
Murder of the Universe

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Tour Dates:

U.S. Tour Dates:

4/11 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall^
4/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore^
4/14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
4/18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas^
4/19 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom^
4/21 - Indio, CA - Coachella

^ with ORB

International Tour Dates:

5/5 - 6/8 - Madrid, Spain - Sound Isidro 2017
5/31 - 6/4 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival 2017
6/3 - London, UK - Field Day 2017
6/5 - 6/8 - Marina di Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew 2017
6/8 - 6/10 - Porto, Portugal - NOS Primavera Sound 2017
6/9 - 6/11 - Nimes, France - This Is Not A Love Song 2017
6/13 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
6/14 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
6/15 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
6/16 - 6/18 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival 2017
6/16 - 6/18 - Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby 2017
6/22 - Paris, France - Cabaret Sauvage
7/21 - 7/23 - Byron Bay, NSW, Australia - Splendour in the Grass Festival 2017

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