Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia

Album Review by Emma Kilday | 23 Apr 2008
Album title: Dystopia
Artist: Midnight Juggernauts
Label: Charisma
Release date: 19 May

This impressive debut from the Australian three piece has a lot to live up to after Justice proclaimed them their favourite new band earlier this year. Their support slot for the French boys not only gained Midnight Juggernauts vital exposure to crowds the world over, but also seems to have taught them a thing or two about producing great music. Dystopia is full of enormous orchestral melodies and explosive anthems that span the divide between rock and dance music. The first half of the album offers mainly melodic synth-pop but gradually builds to a supersonic crescendo with the rapturous 20,000 Leagues and the blasting fanfare of Scorpius. Despite the fact that Road to Recovery sounds so like Justice it is actually quite unnerving, it's a stellar achievement for a band so fresh on the scene to create something this epic while avoiding sounding cheesy. [Emma Kilday]