It's hard to imagine any metalhead worth their salt resisting the meaty chug of "Organ Farmer," a song that plays out with the same punky thrash of the hardcore groups that would eventually inspired Metallica to give a hasty backbeat to Judas Priest-style NWOBHM. Likewise the absolutely enormous doomy trudge of "Superbug" feels almost more like a lost Electric Wizard track from one of their rockier records or perhaps like an Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats song with huskier vocals. "Self-Immolate" near the album's end has an absolutely killer opening riff before a brief nod to "Painkiller"'s iconic drum intro; this segues into a tough and mean thrash riff that is delivered with more sincerity than most of the more party-oriented end of thrash bands in the past ten or 15 years, sounding like Kill 'Em All-era Metallica with all the odd metrical articulations of Master of Puppets or ...And Justice For All.

Australian psych/garage/etc band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard took a foray into heavy metal with their new album Infest The Rats' Nest, and we wrote all about how metal (and trippy) (and good) it is. That's an excerpt above.

The band is on a North American tour with Stonefield and ORB as we speak, and that tour is about to land at NYC'S SummerStage in Central Park on Wednesday (8/28). Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Enter via the contest widget below for a chance to win tickets. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted with more info. Good luck!

Also below, all remaining tour dates are listed alongside a stream of the new album.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard -- 2019 Tour Dates
08/27 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
08/28 – New York, NY @ SummerStage Central Park
08/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
08/31 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/01 – Asheville, NC @ New Belgium Brewing Company
09/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
09/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
09/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Austin
09/06 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
09/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Nottingham
10/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow
10/02 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds
10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Victoria Warehouse Manchester
10/05 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
10/06 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg (SOLD OUT)
10/07 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
10/08 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique (AB)
10/11 – Cologne, Germany @ Carlswek Victoria
10/12 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle Berlin
10/13 – Luxembourg @ Rockhal Club Esch Sur Alzette
10/14 – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
10/15 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
10/16 – Zürich, Switzerland @ X-TRA
10/18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
10/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz

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