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Awolnation: Megalithic Symphony

Abduction rock comes good.

Sammy Hagar. Lemmy. Dave Davies. Reg Presley. It seems having a close encounter has been the ass-probe of death in rock career terms. But Awolnation, the hook-heavy synth rock collaboration of Aaron Bruno from Under The Influence Of Giants and Blind Melon’s Christopher Thorn, are bucking the anti-Spock rock trend.

They’ve got one single about UFO abduction and one with a video featuring an alien snow monster into the US Alternative top five, and made a rather cracking debut album full of death-ray pop hits.

Megalithic Symphony succeeds by making a positive of its esoteric oddity, shamelessly coming on by turns like a malfunctioning android Hall & Oates (Guilty Filthy Soul), a goth Linkin Park (Soul Wars), an electro pop-metal Beatlemania (Burn it Down), a torch ballad by the winner of the Venusian X-Factor (All I Need) and a mutant amalgam of Pendulum and Len (Wake Up).

Then it crams about six songs into the 10-minute pop epic closer Knights Of Shame, like Muse if they gave a toss about playlists. Beam ’em up.

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle (opens in new tab).