The record, which will be the band’s 10th full-length effort, is said to be “concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet”, and you certainly get that vibe from its third chapter “Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe”.
The chapter, which you can stream in full below, is split into six songs, including ‘Vomit Coffin’ (which the band have been playing live recently) and the album’s self-titled track ‘Murder Of The Universe’.
“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie.
“It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too.
“Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”
Murder Of The Universe is set for release on 23rd June, and King Gizzard plan to release a total of five studio albums in 2017, which means there are still three new albums to come later this year.
Stream “Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe” below, alongside its track list and the full track list for Murder Of The Universe.
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‘Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe’ Track List
16. Welcome To An Altered Future 0:00
17. Digital Black 0:55
18. Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg 3:42
19. Soy-Protein Munt Machine 6:07
20. Vomit Coffin 6:34
21. Murder Of The Universe 8:53
‘Murder Of The Universe’ Tracklist
Chapter 1: The Tale Of The Altered Beast
01 A New World
02 Altered Beast I
03 Alter Me I
04 Altered Beast II
05 Alter Me II
06 Altered Beast III
07 Alter Me III
08 Altered Beast IV
09 Life / Death
Chapter 2: The Lord Of Lightning Vs. Balrog
01 Some Context
02 The Reticent Raconteur
03 The Lord Of Lightning
04 The Balrog
05 The Floating Fire
06 The Acrid Corpse
Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe
01 Welcome To An Altered Future
02 Digital Black
03 Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
04 Soy-Protein Munt Machine
05 Vomit Coffin
06 Murder Of The Universe