Megalithic Symphony

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Megalithic Symphony
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Studio album by Awolnation
Released March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15)
Recorded Red Bull Studios, AWOLSTUDIO, Avatar Studios, Main and Market, Gymnasium, Fireside Sound Studio
Genre
Length
  • 52:52 (standard edition)
  • 2:08:21 (deluxe edition)
Label Red Bull
Producer
Awolnation chronology
Back from Earth
(2010)Back from Earth2010
Megalithic Symphony
(2011)
Run
(2015)Run2015
Singles from Megalithic Symphony
  1. "Sail"
    Released: November 8, 2010
  2. "Not Your Fault"
    Released: October 17, 2011
  3. "Kill Your Heroes"
    Released: June 5, 2012
  4. "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT"
    Released: 2013
  5. "People"
    Released: 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press 2.5/5 stars[8]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[9]
Rock Sound 9/10[10]
The Times Confused/10[11]

Megalithic Symphony is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Awolnation, released on March 15, 2011 through Red Bull Records. The album is the band's first full-length release, following the release of the extended play Back from Earth (2010). Megalithic Symphony has since peaked at number 84 on the United States Billboard 200 and at number 57 on the Austrian Albums Chart. As of March 2015, the album sold 581,000 copies in the United States.[12]

On February 29, 2016, the RIAA certified Megalithic Symphony platinum.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Aaron Bruno, except where noted.

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Megalithic Symphony" 0:58
2. "Some Sort of Creature" 0:27
3. "Soul Wars" (Bruno, Eric Stenman) 3:37
4. "People" (Bruno, Stenman) 3:58
5. "Jump on My Shoulders" 4:08
6. "Burn It Down" (Bruno, Jimmy Messer) 2:45
7. "Guilty Filthy Soul" (Bruno, Messer) 3:34
8. "Kill Your Heroes" (Bruno, Brian West) 2:59
9. "My Nightmare's Dream" 0:27
10. "Sail" 4:19
11. "Wake Up" 3:03
12. "Not Your Fault" 4:03
13. "All I Need" (Bruno, Messer) 3:38
14. "Knights of Shame" (Bruno, Cameron Duddy) (fades out at 11:49, untitled hidden track starts at 13:51) 14:57
15. "Shoestrings" (Amazon Bonus Track) 3:10
16. "I've Been Dreaming" (iTunes UK Bonus Track) 2:58
17. "Swinging from the Castles" (iTunes US Bonus Track) 3:04
Deluxe Disc
No. Title Length
1. "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT" 2:41
2. "Some Kind of Joke" 4:52
3. "Everybody's Got a Secret" 3:42
4. "Soul Wars" (Live in Salzburg, Austria) 4:23
5. "MF" 3:17
6. "Swinging from the Castles" 3:02
7. "I've Been Dreaming" 2:58
8. "Shoestrings" 3:11
9. "Not Your Fault" (Robert DeLong Remix) 5:52
10. "People" (Thomas from Ghostland Observatory Remix) 5:41
11. "Burn It Down" (Innerpartysystem Remix) 4:56
12. "Guilty Filthy Soul" (Samantha Ronson Remix featuring Wale) 4:18
13. "Jump on My Shoulders" (Thomas from Ghostland Observatory Remix) 4:06
14. "Sail" (Borgore Pop the Sweating I'm Sailing Remix) 4:38
15. "Sail" (Dan the Automator Remix) 4:34
16. "Sail" (Feed Me Remix) 3:29
17. "Sail" (TDE Remix featuring Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul) 4:00
18. "Sail" (Unlimited Gravity Remix) 5:49

Lyrical content[edit]

Some Sort of Creature[edit]

In a live Facebook Q&A session, Aaron described 'Some Sort of Creature' as something he truly experienced. "What you hear on that track, a sort of segue track, is really what actually happened, um, and that's really all I can describe, you know, it's me speaking to myself because I didn't want to forget this thing I saw you know, and it's all right there in the song." [13]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,000,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog no.
United States March 15, 2011[31] Digital download Red Bull n/a
March 29, 2011[32] CD RBR1086
Belgium July 1, 2011[33] Digital download n/a
France
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom
Belgium July 4, 2011[34] CD RBR1108
France
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom
United States December 9, 2011[35] 2xLP RBR1134
Australia April 13, 2012 Digital download n/a
New Zealand
Australia May 25, 2012[36] CD Unknown
New Zealand May 28, 2012[37] Unknown
Deluxe Edition (First Issue)
Belgium January 25, 2013[38] Digital download Red Bull n/a
France
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom
Deluxe Edition (Second Issue)
Australia November 15, 2013[39] Digital download Red Bull n/a
United States November 19, 2013[40]
United Kingdom November 25, 2013[41]

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