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Enter Shikari Announce New LP; Debut First Single

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has announced the release of their next LP.  The new album will be titled The Spark and and is set to drop on September 22, 2017.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a new music video for the track “Live Outside.”  

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Video: Enter Shikari – Supercharge (feat. Big Narstie)

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Supercharge (feat. Big Narstie)” and is available as a stand alone single.  The band last released Mindsweep back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Enter Shikari – Supercharge

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Supercharge (feat. Big Narstie)” and is available as a stand alone single.  The band last released Mindsweep back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Tours: Enter Shikari (North America)

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has announced details for the North American leg of their upcoming “Take To The Skies” 10th Anniversary Tour. The band last released Mindsweep back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Video: Enter Shikari – Hoodwinked

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has premiered a new track entitled “Hoodwinked.” The band last released Mindsweep back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Video: Enter Shikari – Mindshift

Enter Shikari Mindsweep, released back in 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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The King Blues Announce Their Return

The King BluesLondon ska punks The King Blues have announced their return following a 3 year absence. The band announced their split back in 2012, just ahead of the release of their 4th LP Long Live The Struggle. The King Blues made the announcement via a post on their facebook page stating “Guess who’s back and pissed off again?”

The band’s first appearances will be as support on Enter Shikari’s UK shows. Check out the full details below.

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Enter Shikari Announce Remix Album Of The Mindsweep

Enter ShikariThe Mindsweep: Hospitalised and will be made available on October 30, 2015 on Hopeless Records in the US and on London-based Hospital Records in the UK. Vocalist Rou Reynolds explains:

“We’ve always been big on our B-sides and remixes. With every album, we’ve always tried to get a load of drum & bass remixes done. Hospital-wise, we did one with High Contrast around the time of our second album Common Dreads, for instance. While we were making The Mindsweep we started the idea of having a consolidated collection of just d’n’b tracks. Because The Mindsweep is such a varied album we just thought it’d be quite interesting to see what a drum & bass take on each track would be, and Hospital’s the one label that I personally have been into forever.”

The Mindsweep: Hospitalised will be available on CD, 2 x coloured vinyl LP, and download. It is available for pre-order. The first remixed track, “Anaesthetist,” can be heard below.

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Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari

The Mindsweep

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

There’s little denying it: Enter Shikari is one of this generation’s most intentionally ambitious bands.  The genre weaving UK quartet ardently refuses to settle on any singular style or influence.  Guided by an astute global awareness reaching from the towering office buildings of major metropolitan areas to the war torn wastelands of the middle east, Enter Shikari tackles some of the most relevant topics to any citizens of our increasingly connected world.  The band’s fourth full length, The Mindsweep, follows suit as an active manifesto, delivered with enough force and command to initiate meaningful dialogue about social change amongst listeners.

“This is an appeal, to the struggling and the striving, the stakeholders of this planet, this floating rock we call Earth, alas that means you,” pleads frontman Rou Reynolds, reinforcing the urgency in the line, “no time before… did we grasp the scope of this emergency.”  Of course, the peril of which Reynolds speaks is waking up from political apathy – a theme running strong through Enter Shikari’s career works.  Topics range from passionate denunciations of the clueless upper-middle class blindly adhering to the one percent’s privatization agenda (“Anaesthetist”), calls for the elimination of society permitted poverty, and an idealist’s future.  Messages of hope inspire amidst images of rubble on “The One True Colour.”  “Oh, how rich the soil, how wondrous the upheaval, it’s time to embark,” proclaims the band of the immense potential for rectifying society of its cancerous, self destructive state. 

From a sonic viewpoint, Enter Shikari can best be described as a multi-genre blend of alt-punk, post-hardcore, metalcore, trance and various electronics harmonized collectively as an alt-rock mashup.  While that might sound scattered, the band typically matches each strength within a context.  For instance, “The Last Garrison” opens as if on a battlefield – the crunching grind of a cutting breakdown screaming alongside an adrenaline spiking warcry.  “Welcome to the skirmish,” invites Reynolds, playing devil’s advocate as the clamour abruptly transforms into a wave of pulsing key-based synth.  Meanwhile, the contrasting styles of pseudo hip-hop vocals meet angelic clarity of “Never Let Go Of The Microscope” harken back to the glory days of P.O.D. and Evanescence, but with a brutal twist of the the knife.

The only flaw that may spike reservations for some comes from the spastic, back-and-forth pacing that misdirects songs like “Myopia.”  “I’m beginning to get glimpses of what is called real life, meaning misfortune,” Reynolds sings clean in epiphany, before diving into a verse dominated by harsh, aggressive hardcore accents and screeching, angular riffs.  The enraged intent clearly mirrors the lyrical anger, but at the expense of Enter Shikari’s otherwise eloquent activism.  “Price On Your Head” tips the scales into complete disarray with the two styles seemingly competing in unison, resulting in flashes of System Of A Down and Tool.  Fans may find themselves on fence in such moments – confused whether to embrace or reject what quickly becomes the rawest front that Enter Shikari has ever embodied.

Four albums in and Enter Shikari shows no sign of letting up.  The Mindsweep defines itself as the band’s most aggressive piece yet, bound together by Reynold’s erratic vocal range (ranging from the cleanest of clean to the most guttural of human expressions harkening back to their Common Dreads days).  Armed with an ongoing critique of the systemic inequality plaguing our society, Enter Shikari finds a seemingly endless well of energy to fuel their political passions.  It might not be an album geared for everyone (A Flash Flood Of Colour is a more accessible disc), but the content certainly applies to a universal audience.  More bands should dream big to the aspiring heights of Enter Shikari.

Enter Shikari Full Album Stream

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new album.  The disc is titled The Mindsweep and is set to drop on January 19, 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Video: Enter Shikari – Sliprod

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track “Slipshod” and is taken from the band’s upcoming new album, The Mindsweep, which is set to drop on January 19, 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Enter Shikari – Never Let Go Of The Microscope

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Never Let Go of the Microscope” and is taken from the band’s upcoming new album, The Mindsweep, which is set to drop on January 19, 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour

Enter Shikari

A Flash Flood Of Colour

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

If you had asked me to describe Enter Shikari’s sound based on 2007’s Take To The Skies and 2009’s Common Dreads, I would probably make a few ‘dubstep’ sounds and shout a few loosely related words strung together in an exaggerated English accent. That’s all I could do, because unlike everyone else, I fail to see the supposed ‘sheer brilliance’ of a Post-Hardcore band that milk the same synthesiser samples time and time for all it’s worth. In all honesty, A Flash Flood Of Colour is an album I was initially going to avoid completely, but after countless people telling me to give it half a chance and trying to throw me against my will onto the Enter Shikari bandwagon, I thought I’d sit down with it and give it a proper listen. After all, if I was finally going to be on that bandwagon, I was going to be on there by choice.

For anyone that has ever said that this band is totally original in what they do, though, I’d say you’re a little far off the mark. Whilst Enter Shikari were all about the synthesised breakdowns, bass drops and indistinguishable lyrics long before Skrillex came trotting along with his computer in tow, I always thought of this band as one that went against the grain. With that in mind, I thought that the sudden boom in the popularity of dubstep would put them off over-computerising everything, but from the third track Sssnakepit to the very end, empty breakdowns and too many computer sound clashes overshadow the potential that this band have to make a great concept album. Much of the album lacks diversity, and I find it hard to distinguish one track from another without having my iTunes library open in front of me. In fact, Ghandi Mate, Ghandi could be a Super Mario tune on acid. Here was me thinking ‘Nintendo-core,’ as the brutal kids called it, died with MySpace. Remember MySpace?

Giving credit where it’s due, though, Enter Shikari have certainly thought outside the box this time and they’ve ditched what I always thought were pretty nonsensical lyrics – see my earlier point of shouting a string of loosely related words in a sequence. A Flash Flood Of Colour has allowed for some experimentation lyrically, rather than musically and the band have certainly taken a newly found political stand. Opener System… addresses the sociological, and perhaps more prominently, the economical problems of England through the use of a hard hitting metaphor, depicting the country as a cliff top house threatened by coastal erosion, ultimately a reflection of the recession. Rou Reynolds’ angst is well matched against cleaner cut, Depeche Mode-esque synthesiser melodies that quickly fade into …Meltdown, which works both as an extension on the first track and as a track in it’s own right. The song is slightly more pandering to the band’s core sound, but it’s delivered intelligently and for me, the two tracks sort of show two sides to a story, something I have to commend given the average age of Enter Shikari’s fan base, because if nothing else, at least they’re doing their bit to be educational.

Whilst I’m still a long way off being on the aforementioned metaphorical Enter Shikari bandwagon, I do have some new found respect for what they’ve done with this album. Reynolds has proven himself to be a competent lyricist and from his words is where much of the band’s new found maturity has derived from. It seems that behind A Flash Flood Of Colour, there’s a message, and it’s one that extends beyond the usual ‘brutal breakdowns and fucking shit up in the pit.’ I just haven’t quite got it yet.

Tours: Architects / Enter Shikari

ArchitectsBrighton, UK metalcore act Architects have announced that they will be heading to the US for an extensive Summer tour schedule alongside Enter Shikari.  The band  has also been confirmed to fill a spot on the Vans Warped Tour 2013 and South By So What?! 2013 festivals.  The band continues to support their recent full length, Daybreaker, released back in May 2012 via Century Media Records.  

Tour dates along with a new video for “Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat” can be found below.

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Video: Enter Shikari – Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide” from their latest full length, A Flash Flood OF Colour, out now on Hopeless Records.

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Video: Enter Shikari – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here” from their latest full length, A Flash Flood OF Colour, out now on Hopeless Records.

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Enter Shikari Give Way Free Live EP

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari has released a free digital EP titled Live In London NW5.  The EP features a recorded intimate live show recorded in London 2012 featuring five tracks.  The EP follows their brand new full length, A Flash Flood OF Colour, our now on Hopeless Records.

Download the EP from the band’s website.

   

Tours: Enter Shikari (North America)

Enter ShikariEnter Shikari have announced that they will tour North America for the first time since November 2010. The band will be joined by letlive. and At The Skylines on all dates.

The band will be promoting their latest release A Flash Flood Of Colour which was released last month. You can watch the videos for the tracks Sssnakepit and Arguing With Thermometers by clicking the links.

The tour kicks off on April 1st at The Masquerade, Atlanta GA and ends May 12th at The Social, Orlando FL. All dates can be found below.

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Tours: Enter Shikari / Haste The Day (US and Canada)

Enter ShikariUK’s Enter Shikari and Indiana’s Haste The Day are teaming in October for a tour of the United States and Canada.

The tour, which takes in a full loop of the continent over the course of six weeks, marks the end of a full 18 months of touring for Enter Shikari following the release of their second album ‘Common Dreads‘.  These shows will be Enter Shikari’s last US appearances before returning to the UK and starting work on their third album. It will also mark the return of drummer Rob Rolfe, who has been unable to play US shows with the band for over two years due to visa issues which have now been resolved.

Haste The Day are touring in support of their fifth album ‘Attack Of The Wolf King’ which was released on Solid State Records on July 29th. Read More…