King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #38 / 926
User Score
2016 Ratings: #21
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

King Gizzard's inventive sound, giant hooks, and hard-as-titanium playing make Nonagon Infinity not only their best album yet, but maybe the best psych-metal-jazz-prog album ever.

90
Drowned in Sound

There may be reference points aplenty throughout Nonagon Infinity and its creators make-up but King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard sure know how to put their own spin on things. And in doing so have created their finest body of work to date.

80
Uncut
This prolonged concentration has resulted in by far King Gizzard’s most cohesive record to date – a hyper-detailed punk opera that few of their peers have matched for intensity, ambition or sheer derangement.
80
The Guardian

There is a sense of urgency to this latest offering, as if last year’s fey and breezy LP Paper Mâché Dream Balloon acted as a process of blissed-out creative rehab.

80
musicOMH

A whirling dervish of an album, and a culmination of all their previous hard work, Nonagon Infinity is the sound of a band at their wigged out best.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Nonagon Infinity’s sound is bordering on the extraterrestrial - it sounds like they’ve given kautrock an intense, life-threatening electric shock, while simultaneously floating through 41 minutes (or your entire lifetime, dare you interrupt the endless loop) with the elegance and unpredictability of a kite in the sky.

80
Exclaim!

With unprecedented urgency and a heaviness that King Gizzard have never quite served up before, Nonagon Infinity is no doubt an attention snagging experiment, but despite being a calculated novelty, it never feels like a gimmick.

80
Pitchfork

When it’s running at peak velocity—which is like, 90 per cent of the time—Nonagon Infinity yields some of the most outrageous, exhilarating rock ‘n’ roll in recent memory, on par with modern psych-punk touchstones like Comets on Fire’s Blue Cathedral, Thee Oh Sees’ Carrion Crawler/The Dream and Ty Segall’s Slaughterhouse.

80
NME

If Tame Impala-offshoot Pond forgot to take their Ritalin, they’d probably end up making something like this.

70
No Ripcord

At first, it seemed as if King Gizzard’s stylistic motifs weren’t meant to be taken that seriously, but on their latest, Nonagon Infinity, the band wear their idiosyncrasies loud and proud.

charlie17
86
I'm still waiting for the first track to end. It's been 4 days.
RakkSmells
95
...so I thought, what if I made a review that looped for infinity? And that's exactly what I just did. Here it is.

Nonagon Infinity is what it is. An album where every track fades into each other nearly seamlessly, and it loops right back to the very start at the end. (Apart from an annoying second of silence on the Spotify version.) Are King Gizzard able to pull it off? They're King Gizzard, of course they are! The ENTIRE album slaps endlessly. It's loud, and it's fun, and it's a real ... read more
PipePanic
100
Nonagon Infinity opens the door. Nonagon Infinity opens the door. Wait for the answer to open the door. Nonagon Infinity opens the door.

Yep. You read that rating right. I've officially given into the Gizzverse. And who can really blame me? This album is like a damn drug! It's a explosive, gigantic, mesmerizing, epic, enchanting, never-ending mountain of prog-rock goodness that is the heavy gift that keeps on giving. It's a dusty, evil and endlessly entertaining record that has got a firm hand ... read more
Inglume
68
Most used sentence of the day: "NONAGON INFINITY OPENS THE DOOR."

In anticipation of INFEST THE RATS' NEST, I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look back at Nonagon Infinity, the album that got me (and many others) into King Gizzard. I must say, for an album that's incredibly repetitive and loops on and on and on, this actually holds up quite well! This is a psychedelic rock BANGER!

King Gizzard's fusions of psychedelic rock are wild, fascinating and imaginative, ... read more
redbded
88
8.8 - Amazing

(Insert Nonagon Infinity opens the door joke here.)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is a group that I’ve known about for quite a bit now, and I was always intrigued by them. I mean, first of all, the name King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is one to take note of, and I kept hearing about them releasing 5 albums all in 2017, which completely blew my mind. Out of interest, I just listened to probably their most acclaimed album yet, Nonagon Infinity. And yeah it’s ... read more
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Added on: March 10, 2016