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This Hertfordshire, England–based post-hardcore quartet keeps lashing out with upstart fervor in its third studio album, A Flash Flood of Colour. “System . . .” opens the album with a call to fight for the future. This is continued in “. . . Meltdown”, where Rou Reynolds yells “This is going to change everything!” before the song erupts with skittering beats, chaotic industrial noise, and a clash between distorted keyboards and rumbling bass. Over all this, Reynolds rails against the U.K.'s failing economic system with more bite in his voice than on previous recordings. “Arguing with Thermometers” takes the Korn approach of fusing screamo with hard dubstep—though here a bouncing britpop guitar follows the singing melody. “Stalemate” features acoustic guitar, subtle rhythms, and softened vocal harmonies musing heavily on the unfair distribution of wealth and war in the East; it's a relevant addition to the protest-song canon.

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Music's great, lyrics... aren't

I'll get the negative out of the way first. Shikari have been talking about people being brainwashed into political views they don't agree with for the last 2 and a half years, and by now it seems they're doing the same thing. There's nothing wrong with political awareness, but the same lyrical theme for 2 albums and a whole bunch of singles in between is getting tired, and somewhat hypocritical, I see a lot of young people with no clue about politics and the economy just blindly repeating phrases from songs like "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi". After promising that Common Dreads would be the only politically themed album, a change is in order to keep listeners interested.

That said, the music itself is top-notch. The band have really played to their strengths on this album, effortlessly fusing the firey aggression of Take to the Skies with the more hip-hop and dubstep influenced electronics and vocal styles from Common Dreads. It's great to hear just as many sections completely devoid of electronics as there are ones which are solely electronic, this is arguably their most diverse album to date. An almost stadium rock-like sound is achieved on Search Party and Pack of Thieves, and parts of Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here and Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide are reminiscent of the band's earliest demos, leaving an album containing snapshots of the band's sound throughout their entire career so far. A highly recommended album!


Knew this album would be sick from the start and doesn't disappoint! Good to see Enter Shikari not selling out like others such as Wiz, even if it is all about Mac Miller. Music Guru recommends hello tyrannosaurus, meet tyrannicide and meltdown. Just chill and feel the vibes, much better than Ghetts' Whack Flow you get me? GURU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! Very alternative music now seeing as alternative is becoming mainstream and mainstream mainstream, must buy, end of.


once again enter shikari fail to disappoint and release an album that sticks true to their roots whilst still accessing new listeners all over the world. The common breakdowns in their new songs are especially mind-blowing, by turning your brain to goo, this is present in songs such as 'Grandi Mate, Gandhi'. CANT WAIT TO SEE THIS ALBUM LIVE!!!!! amazing.


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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A Flash Flood of Colour (Deluxe Version), Enter Shikari
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 13 January 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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