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Album Review

Yet another unsigned band joining the ranks of artists making names for themselves by self-promotion on the Internet via the MySpace website, Enter Shikari released their debut album, Take to the Skies, which featured several of the band's singles and EP tracks, albeit in re-recorded versions. Enter Shikari were not afraid to test their music on a live audience, however, managing to sell out London's Astoria Theatre, and prior to the release of Take to the Skies they had built up a loyal-enough following to ensure a high chart entry when the album was finally released. Imagine an album that was a mixture of hardcore trance and nu metal and you would have an idea of Take to the Skies. "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour..." was one of the download-only singles, and featured Roughton "Rou" Reynolds' throaty vocals, screaming a lyric that is total incomprehensible. Perhaps just as well, for when one could understand the lyrics, as on "No Sssweat," there was rather a lot of swearing — along with threats of violence, too, and you might just believe this band would actually carry out such threats. "Today Won't Go Down in History" was considerably softer, beginning almost melodically, and "Return to Energiser" had an almost danceable trance backing track — although yet again Reynolds' vocals drowned out almost everything else. Meanwhile, the track "Adieu" was a gentle acoustic ballad with the volume turned right down; it actually made a pleasant change and finally altered the pace.

Customer Reviews

Shikari WILL go down in history

Even having heard 8 of the songs before the album was out, I have to admit this is probably one of my favourite albums of all time. It flows perfectly, sticking to their gig style with their self-titled 'Enter Shikari' first and 'Ok Time for Plan B' last. Interestin to see 2 slower songs, Adieu and Today Won't Go Down In History, but both fit nicely in and give a moment to relax from the rest of the hard hitting tracks. No Sssweat is probably the most impressive of the new tracks on the album. Enter Shikari- 10/10 Mothership- 9/10 Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour- 8/10 Labyrinth- 9/10 No Sssweat- 10/10 Today Won't Go Down in History- 7/10 (Its still good, but compared to the rest..) Return To Energiser- 8/10 Sorry You're Not A Winner- 9/10 Jonny Sniper- 10/10 Adieu- 9/10 Ok Time for Plan B- 9/10

What a dissapointment!!

All the old recordings are sooooooo much better. After seeing this lot live I bought the demos and loved them. When I found out they were releasing this album I looked forward to it only to be dissapointed. All the classics like sorry your not a winner and jonny sniper have been re worked and lack the energy the demos have. It all sounds too clean if you know what I mean. To all you scene kids I am not bashing Enter Shikari as I love them, I just dont like this album. Stick with the demos. Maybe buy the album to support them though. Sorry guys.

Best Album of 2007 So Far...

Finally, after a tonne of EP's and demo's, Enter Shikari release an album! Despite being sceptical as to whether it would be worth even listening to, mainly due to the fact that I expected all old material to be on it, it really is a stunning debut attempt. Old songs have had re-recordings, and the new ones are nothing short of spectacular. Also, this epic flows right from the very start, with only a few seconds of silence on the whole album. Songs just link up with each other, and I have to say, this linking works exceptionally well. For those of you who have not yet heard of Britains fast rising band, Enter Shikari have a musical sound like the resulting child of a one night stand between Bullet For My Valentine and The Prodigy. It's metal meets rave, and boy is it sweet. For fans of: Bullet For My Valentine, DJ-whoever. Download: Johnny Sniper, Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour, Labyrinth.


Formed: 2003 in Hertfordshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Post-hardcore outfit Enter Shikari formed in Hertfordshire, England in 2003. Founded from the remnants of the group Hybryd, the original lineup was comprised of vocalist Rou Reynolds, guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow, bassist Chris Batten, and drummer Rob Rolfe. In June 2003 Enter Shikari issued the demo EP Nodding Acquaintance, which they sold at gigs and via their website. The success of two additional self-released EPs, Sorry, You're Not a Winner and 2004's Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour,...
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