REVIEW: ‘Megalithic Symphony’ – AWOLNATION

“Megalithic Symphony” by AWOLNATION

This is a bit of a shock to me as it’s a big shift from my normal musical listening genres.

I’m not even sure how to describe the genre of AWOLNATION. I want to say heavy metal but it’s different to that. If I were to say “orchestral metal” that might sum it up or maybe the title of the album sums it up even better!

The song that introduced me to them was “Sail”. I heard it on Jim Gellatly’s show but I knew I’d heard it somewhere before and forgot to investigate. How to describe it?

Epic! Punchy! Ballsy! In. Your. Face!

I advise warning your neighbours, cranking up the volume before hitting play and just wait for your energy levels to soar.

I eventually figured out where I’d heard it before. It was on one of those amazing Halloween light shows by Thomas Halloween.

I then downloaded the full album and was expecting to not like the other tracks as I have found in the past I have liked a song by an “unusual” artist but then find the remainder of the album not quite to my taste. I wasn’t quite ready for another surprise but one came pounding out my speakers. I really, really liked it!

“Wake Up” starts off a bit shouty with an good dose of strings and then when the chorus kicks in the song almost transforms itself and you kind of just want to dance along.

If you like big chorusy ballads with a hint of “Hey Jude” then you have to listen to “All I Need”

The award for song “worthy of being in a cult musical classic” goes to “Guilty Filthy Soul”

If Calvin Harris had been more into moshing rather than deejaying then I’m sure he would have produced something along the lines of “People”…

…and if George Michael had less “Faith” and more balls he might have sang “Jump On My Shoulders”

Finally, if you want your energy levels to soar again then “Soul Wars” is the one to help with that.

An absolute change for me…but change is good and I like it!

I suppose it’s not to everyone’s tastes – it’s not ordinarily to mine and I can’t stop listening…so if you feel like surprising the beJesus out of yourself – give it a listen.

What do you think? Are you an AWOLNATION fan? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @PopAndTalk

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