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Album Review

If such a genre as stadium-screamo exists, Enter Shakari is its definitive spokesband, churning out nu-metal riffage and anthemic post-hardcore epics that have made them a major draw in the U.K. On their second album, they expand from their chart-busting debut in subtle ways. The single "Juggernauts" is a dreamy, psychedelic number bookended by explosive electro passages. "Antwerpen" is nothing less than a prog metal journey, as ambitious as it is emotionally volatile. The second single, "No Sleep Tonight," is an emo mini-opera about class warfare that reads like the Jam's "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" from the muggers' point of view. The album as a whole is an imaginative and muscular mingling of punk, metal, and pop.

Customer Reviews

Am I the only person who thought that it wasn't that great?

I'm not really sure what I expected to see in this album, but something similar to Take to the Skies would have been good, instead Enter Shikari have thrown together an Album that is basically Rou shouting about politics and hoping that it will change the world. Yeah, your the only band who ever tried that... The only reason this album manages to scrape 3 stars is because some of the songs are "alright". I usually tend to avoid the singles of any album because they get annoying and overplayed, but in this case I find myself repeating Juggernauts and Antwerpen. I am an Enter Shikari fan and am not writing this because I dislike their music and style etc. I know bands change but seriously, stick to what you are good at. Now i'm gonna sit back and wait for the fan boys to rip me apart....

Something Different

I honestly didn't know what to expect with this new album. In a way I was expecting more of the same and I am so glad I was wrong. This new album is fantastic, it is so different from Take To The Skies, it's more mature more grown up and Shikari have moved on a lot. The synths aren't used as much which is great and the band really show their full potential in this follow up. A brilliant solid album all round. Rou's Lyrics are more grown up too which is always a bonus. Fan's wanting more of the same will be dissapointed, however if you want more of the same put Take To The Skies on repeat. Common Dread's is the album I wanted and is the album Shikari needed to make. Enjoy and savour every last moment


A brilliantly executed piece of work in this follow-up to Take to the Skies. Superbly constructed with extremely clever ideas throughout, Common Dreads should be an album high on the list of any upcoming music prizes. Enter Shikari remain genreless though should get some new fans on board with the more mainstream single Juggernauts who will be highly delighted and captivated with the more complicated tracks on the new album including the superb Solidarity and probably the new ES anthem, exceptional effort from some good normal lads.


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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Common Dreads, Enter Shikari
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 12 June 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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