When I received the promotional material for this review on Australian genre-leaping powerhouse King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Omnium Gatherum it was stated that this would be the band’s most substantial work. Hard as that may have been to believe it was true. Omnium Gatherum marks the band’s return to the studio since the pandemic and is a veritable tour de force.
Stylistically this album is career spanning and the sounds and styles of many varying Gizz albums can be found somewhere within its tracks. The fuzzy guitar freakouts reminiscent of Im In Your Mind Fuzz, the synth pop sounds of Butterfly 3000, interspersed electric jazz piano and bass in the vein of Sketches of Brunswick East, and the heavy thrash metal sounds of Infest the Rat’s Nest are all present on Omnium Gatherum. Furthermore, beyond all these varied influences the band adds a dash of hip hop drums and even rapping to their vast sonic recipe.
All in all Omnium Gatherum is a Frankenstein’s Monster of an album created from the limbs of every Gizz album that has come before. To make a record that is both a return to various roots and a stylistic expansion is a herculean task, and yet the band accomplishes it on this record. The results are phenomenal and there is something on this album for any fan of any era of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s prolific career