Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour – Review

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Back in 2007, the still relatively unknown (at least in the US) four-piece UK band, Enter Shikari, released their debut record “Take To The Skies.” Given the bands unorthodox influences of both electronica and post-hardcore, the bands remained quietly (unjustly) under the radar, until they released their sophomore record “Common Dreads” which featured blatant political motives and a noticeable change in lyricism. The result catapulted  the band into the center stage of the States and prepped the band for three years of constant tours, newly written music and a rapidly growing fan base. With 2012, and a rash of additional compilation albums behind them, the band has signed to Hopeless Records to handle their US distribution (indie labels do it better) and has finished their junior record, which was handled this time around by producer Dan Weller, entitled “A Flash Flood Of Colour.

Enter Shikari has undergone a significant change with every effort they release and this one is no different. From the start of the “System…” where the band eases into their first new material in three years, Rou Reynolds and the rest of these surly Brits sow together a lyrical string of raps about a massive impending change — which overflows into the anthem vocal backing and swift, dub-step littered song “…Meltdown.” Following in step with such hardcore acts has Gallows, the spunky, spit-flinging, bravado is all over “A Flash Flood Of Colour,” as the band adopts an aggressive Americanized version of dubstep, stepping away from the melodic trance and electronica featured on previous efforts. The signature wubwubwub does give the record more satisfactory bite, and contrasts when the band decides to lighten up the post-hardcore with a bit of electronica/melodic indie rock like on the bipolar track, “Arguing With Thermometers” — even if there are times that the shouting bunch sound eerily similar to the blow-hard vocal secretions of BrokeNCYDE.

On the other hand, Enter Shikari have wrote some of the most intellectual and persuasive, political and humanitarian passages of recent post-hardcore memory, such as the enlightened quip “Previous wars make billionaires out of millionaires. Today’s wars make trillionaires out of billionaires. Tomorrow’s wars will fuel generations of hate” from the albums only real reprieve from the harsh dubstep, the ethereal acoustic track, “Stalemate.” Not to mention the raging diatribe, said in a charming British accent, that acts as the glue to the effects-laden “trancecore” song “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” which not only places Rou’s shouts front and center, but also samples a repetitive Super Mario jump sound byte for most of the verse.

Sure the album jumps around, forcing different styles in at random like an impatient jumbo puzzle solver mashes incorrect pieces so he can view the smeary remains, but it’s the experimentation and the hardcore/indie duality, wrapped in a electronica blanket that make most of my gripes with the record disappear.

The album title couldn’t be a more apt description of the bands frame of mind for making this record. A rainbow of emotions, musical deliveries, and music styles patch themselves together for “A Flash Flood Of Colour,” and whether it’s the rush of brash hardcore and wobbly dubstep, like in “…Meltdown” or the remarkably docile and beautiful ethereal effects, soft singing, and the lush lyrical picture featured on the album closer “Constellations,Enter Shikari has showed how wide and encompassing an impression a group of four guys from Hertfordshire UK can leave on the musical world. Even if most listeners will lump them in a genre-confining hardcore box and never give them a shot. [Staff]

Score: 4 (out of 5)

Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Genre: Post-Hardcore/Electronica
RIYL: We Are The Ocean, Letlive, Asking Alexandria

Track Listing:
1. System…
2. …Meltdown
3. Sssnakepit
4. Search Party
5. Arguing with Thermometers
6. Stalemate
7. Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
8.Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here
9. Pack of Thieves
10. Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
11. Constellations

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