King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #440 / 737
User Score
Based on 782 ratings
2019 Ratings: #84
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August 16, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Flightless, ATO / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aren’t just exploring their musical capabilities – they’re telling a story.

80
Exclaim!

This latest addition to the group's ever-growing discography sounds more like Metallica than they ever have before.

80
AllMusic

King Gizzard aren't sugarcoating anything, either musically or thematically, and that makes for their most timely and political album yet. It's also one of their most musically compelling and impressive, too, and that's saying a lot.

80
PopMatters

On Infest the Rats' Nest their garage rock roots are almost imperceptible, as they commit so heartily to thrash metal and produce an album placed firmly at the top of its genre.

80
The Needle Drop

King Gizzard takes a successful swing at thrash metal on their second album of 2019.

80
Spill Magazine

Extremely loud, frantically fast and guaranteed to melt its fair share of faces off, Infest The Rats’ Nest sees the band at their most hardcore, delivering old school heavy metal thunder with a vengeance.

75
The 405

Even with a jarring pace and social commentary that is a bit on the nose and yes, dorky, Infest the Rats’ Nest is admirable because it has fun amid foreseeable chaos.

75
Consequence of Sound

While it feels like a minor misstep in comparison to much of their catalog, it finds the band crafting forceful and ferocious, mosh pit-friendly rippers that are politically and socially relevant.

70
Clash

Like most King Gizzard records, it runs out of steam in the second half, but when ‘Infest’ rips it rips as hard as some bands who have been making this music for decades.

67
Pitchfork

As heavy as the album is, it feels slight in the context of the band’s catalog, lacking both the unpredictable detours of their biggest rock-outs and the insidious melodies of their more pop-focused work.

65
Under The Radar

Infest the Rats' Nest can sometimes feel like a band playing at the harder edges of its sound just because, but when it comes together on tracks like "Mars for the Rich" or "Venusian 2," who really cares.

60
Dork

Their latest sees King Gizzard as if they were an 80s heavy metal band, and the results are comical and slightly disturbing.

60
Upset

Influenced by the band’s respective teenage obsessions with 80s thrash metal, the new album combines haunting flutes and sexy solos with deep, dark heavy riffs - making for a thrilling rock'n'roll romp through inter-galactic dimensions.

60
NME

Unfortunately, incessant genre-hopping can make even great bands seem directionless and, as the album reaches its mid-section, the material does start to wear thin.

50
Loud and Quiet
Setting aside sub-par, masturbatory ecological musings, the album is best embraced as total fanboy worship at the altar of Judas Priest, Slayer, early Metallica, and Kreator.
PipePanic
97
My house is now destroyed. My town is now in flames. My dad is now a pile of bones.

And I couldn't be happier.

Are the critics on crack? This isn't just a one-note idea, this is King Gizzard going the fuck off! Goddamn was this worth the wait! I tried so hard not to listen to the leaks, but goddamn was this album as satisfying a listen as any i've had this year so far. This album, from the bottom and top of my heart, absolutely and unequivically WRECKS!

From the thunderous drum work, to the ... read more
Inglume
41
Really wanted to like this. But I end up agreeing with the dickhead critics this time. This is an album of thrash metal cliches that don't end up leaving any impression on me. Cool cover though.

And yes, I copied exception's Fishing for Fishies review nearly word for word to describe how I felt about INFEST THE RATS' NEST, cause Hot Take: this was passable, but very run-of-the-mill.

Personally, I loved their previous album, Fishing for Fishies. Was it a bit cheesy? Admittedly, yes, but it ... read more
amw100
76
King Gizzard's is dive into thrash is one of the most interesting turn of events i've seen so far this year, i was pleased to witness them maintain this new sound in a respectful way even if a lot of the end product is not very memorable.

dream pop album up next guys?
okcomputer12127
87
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's 15th album INFEST THE RAT'S NEST is the band's answer to metal. At first, I was a little bit worried that they were taking a step in this direction. I mean, I am not the biggest metal fan, so I was actually surprised by how good this album was. Like this is probably one of their best albums yet. Like the vocals fit so perfectly into songs like 'Planet B' and 'Hell' which is probably some of the highest points on the song. 'Venusian 1' is probably the only ... read more
JoaoSantos
81
Maybe this is a bit generic (not really familiar with the trash metal genre) but I certainly had fun listening to it. It's an abrasive and chaotic album, I can feel the energy pouring out of it. It's nothing impressive but I simply can't get enough of it.
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Year End Lists

#13/The Needle Drop
#23/Gigwise
#35/MOJO
#38/Sputnikmusic

Track List

  1. Planet B
  2. Mars For the Rich
  3. Organ Farmer
  4. Superbug
  5. Venusian 1
  6. Perihelion
  7. Venusian 2
  8. Self-Immolate
  9. Hell
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