Nonagon Infinity

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Nonagon Infinity
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2016 (2016-04-29)
StudioDaptone Studios in Brooklyn, New York[1][2]
Genre
Length41:45
Label
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard chronology
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
(2015)
Nonagon Infinity
(2016)
Flying Microtonal Banana
(2017)
Singles from Nonagon Infinity
  1. "Gamma Knife"
    Released: 8 March 2016
  2. "People-Vultures"
    Released: 4 April 2016
  3. "Mr. Beat"
    Released: 11 April 2016

Nonagon Infinity is the eighth studio album by Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. It was released on 29 April 2016 on ATO Records.[1] The album is designed to play as an "infinite loop" where "the record can be played front-to-back-to-front-to-back and the sound won’t break."[3]

The album "controversially" won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2016, with some accusing the ARIA of miscategorizing Nonagon Infinity.[4]

Several tracks on the album, including the first, feature use of microtonal tuning, a technique explored further on the band's follow-up, Flying Microtonal Banana. The phrase "nonagon infinity" is also referenced in the lyrics of "The Lord of Lightning" off 2017's Murder of the Universe.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound9/10[7]
Exclaim!8/10[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
NME4/5[11]
Pitchfork8.0/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Record Collector4/5 stars[14]
Uncut8/10[15]

Upon its release, Nonagon Infinity received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 83, based on 14 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

Writing for AllMusic, Tim Sendra claimed that the band's inventive sound made Nonagon Infinity "not only their best album yet, but maybe the best psych-metal-jazz-prog album ever".[6]

Director Edgar Wright has since cited the album as one of his favorite albums of all time, stating that "you could be forgiven for thinking you were hearing one long extended track, but my God does it rock."[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stu Mackenzie.

No.TitleLength
1."Robot Stop"5:22
2."Big Fig Wasp"4:54
3."Gamma Knife"4:21
4."People-Vultures"4:45
5."Mr. Beat"4:56
6."Evil Death Roll"7:14
7."Invisible Face"3:01
8."Wah Wah"2:54
9."Road Train"4:18
Total length:41:45

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Nonagon Infinity adapted from liner notes.[17]

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Production

  • Wayne Gordon – recording
  • Paul Maybury – recording (tracks 2, 4, 7)
  • Michael Badger – vocal recording, mixing
  • Stu Mackenzie – additional vocal recording, additional mixing
  • Joe Carra – mastering
  • Jason Galea – artwork
  • Danny Cohen – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 152
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 92
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[21] 4
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[22] 14
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 16
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 23
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[25] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Katzif, Mike (21 April 2016). "Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 'Nonagon Infinity'". NPR. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (21 April 2016). "Stream King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. ^ Shane Barnes (29 April 2016). "King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: So Post-Music Not Even the Lead Singer Can Describe It".
  4. ^ Moskovitch, Greg (25 November 2016). "Aussie Heavy Bands Are Slamming King Gizzard's ARIA Win". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Nonagon Infinity by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Nonagon Infinity – King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ Gourlay, Dom (29 April 2016). "Album Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  8. ^ Schulz, Cosette (27 April 2016). "King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity". Exclaim!. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  9. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (21 April 2016). "King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity review – Aussie psych-rockers return with urgency". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity". Mojo (271): 96. June 2016.
  11. ^ Bartleet, Larry (4 May 2016). "King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – 'Nonagon Infinity' Review". NME. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  12. ^ Berman, Stuart (4 May 2016). "King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  13. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity". Q (359): 113. June 2016.
  14. ^ Moores, JR (June 2016). "King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity". Record Collector (454). Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  15. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity". Uncut (229): 77. June 2016.
  16. ^ "The Quietus – The Fabulous, Most Groovy: Director Edgar Wright's Favourite Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  17. ^ Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Nonagon Infinity album
  18. ^ "Australiancharts.com – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  21. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Chart history – Top Heatseekers". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  22. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Chart history – Top Alternative". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  23. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Chart history – Independent". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  24. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Chart history – Top Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  25. ^ "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Chart history – Top Tastemaker". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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