• Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2019
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  1. Aug 16, 2019
    8
    Distinct from the previous album, Infest the Rats' Nest gives more of a heavy metal and still flabbergasting as ever. Even with nonsensical planetary bulls**t, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard has delivered in cold blood. Undeniably they can live up the nonexistent expectation of what heavy metal album could be.
  2. Aug 17, 2019
    9
    I absolutely loved this album to pieces. It's politically charged, environmentally conscious, and a slam front to back.
  3. 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 whole album even tells a cohesive story one track after another about the Earth and enviroment
  4. Aug 16, 2019
    9
    there is not too much to say
    Just an amazing "in your face, album"
    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH/10
  5. 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 of their discography. A brilliant detour for the band
  6. 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.
  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 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.
  8. Aug 20, 2019
    8
    Great album and project. An excellent concept album that will have a cultural impact for years to come.
  9. Aug 16, 2019
    10
    Their best since Nonagon. How they do it? No idea. One of the best thrash metal albums I've ever heard easily.
  10. 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
  11. Aug 26, 2019
    9
    Actually really fun thrash metal. And still sounds like king gizzard too. Great story line and lyrics as well.
  12. Aug 16, 2019
    10
    Stu again at his finest. Missing Ambrose but never the less phenomenal ....
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 75
    While the album may be directly compared to 2017’s Murder of the Universe, it’s arguably the most straightforward material they’ve written in some time. And 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.