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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the Australian psychedelic rock band features heavy metal influences.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 16, 2019
    80
    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.
  2. Aug 16, 2019
    80
    Their consistently unpredictable high standards keep the rest of us interested as well, and have turned them into something pretty special.
  3. Aug 20, 2019
    80
    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.
  4. Aug 22, 2019
    75
    By no means is Infest the Rats’ Nest the best ‘heavy’ album of the year, that honor is shared by Lingua Ignota and Baroness. But it’s not crazy to suggest that Infest the Rats’ Nest is one of the most valiant efforts of 2019, one that has only furthered the wondrous mystery of Melbourne’s beloved band.
  5. Aug 20, 2019
    70
    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. Like the modern thrash revivalists, King Gizzard combine youthful energy with enough of their own inimitable style to make this excursion into the cobwebbed world of thrash fresh and interesting.
  6. 70
    Frontman Stu Mackenzie nails a Hetfield-esque gurgle from the galloping, squiddle-spattered opener Planet B, and it’s hard to resist the rat-a-tat riff and stuttering vocal of Self-immolate or the insistent turbo-Sabbath churn of Mars For The Rich.
  7. 60
    Things do pick up with messy, closing tracks ‘Self-Immolate’ and ‘Hell’, but these are proficient rather than remarkable moments. Ultimately, it’s not enough to prevent ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’ from feeling like a case of “look what we can do!” rather than a record fully realised.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    The fellas go from frolicking and boogying about birds to a chugging and churning trash metal extravaganza that belongs in the upper tier ofThe fellas go from frolicking and boogying about birds to a chugging and churning trash metal extravaganza that belongs in the upper tier of their discography. A brilliant detour for the band Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Stunning. king gizzard doing thrash in their very own style, one of the best record in their discography. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2019
    10
    Not usually a fan of this kind of music but **** me this thing goes HARD. I'd give it an 11 if I could.
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    9
    Actually really fun thrash metal. And still sounds like king gizzard too. Great story line and lyrics as well.
  5. Aug 16, 2019
    9
    Definitely the best metal album this year. All the tracks go super hard, heavy riffs with signature psychedelic touch from the band. The wholeDefinitely the best metal album this year. All the tracks go super hard, heavy riffs with signature psychedelic touch from the band. The whole album even tells a cohesive story one track after another about the Earth and enviroment Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2019
    9
    there is not too much to say
    Just an amazing "in your face, album"
    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH/10
  7. Aug 20, 2019
    8
    Never listened to anything by King Gizzard before, also didn't listen to any of the singles for this album. This album **** goes hard thoughNever listened to anything by King Gizzard before, also didn't listen to any of the singles for this album. This album **** goes hard though and I can tell you wholeheartedly that the mediocre reviewers are talking out their ass. It's a blast throughout and sounds bloody phenomenal, great job.

    also, the videogame is not bad either.
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