If the music industry adopted a FIFA-like approach to ranking a country’s musical output, Australia would largely appear in the top quarter due to the ever-continuing global success of one Kylie Minogue. In that instance, the emergence of Midnight Juggernauts’ sophomore effort, ‘The Crystal Axis’, would serve as a positive-yet-modest contribution; for they have factored together an album that has a habit of sounding like Giorgio Moroder at the controls of the Hadron Collider with Depeche Mode loaded in one end and a tribute to them in the other. In essence, this album sounds remarkably like the Basildon goths at their most notable, awash with plenty of heavy, brooding synths and dark lyrics that, while more stylish then your everyday eighties-influenced chart botherer, ultimately lacks imagination.

By Nathan Westley

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