Since 2003, in their own words Enter Shikari has been abusing music genre’s worthless boundaries. With their new release A Flash Flood of Colour, they continue to do just that. The band picks up essentially where it left off with Common Dreads; the same anti-establishment lyrics run freely with the loose electronica. However, the band has shifted gears, again, from the party-hardcore genre the band associated themselves with when they released Take To The Skies to a far more generic dubstep sound which they have been using live since the release of Common Dreads.
If you’re a fan of their older sound, then this album probably won’t be for you. Long gone are the synth leads with harmonized vocals and lyrics about happiness and partying. The new sound is formulaic to say the least. As if the band gave up any creative free will and signed onto the bandwagon that so many other groups have lately. Tracks like “Sssnakepit” and “Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide” show the new side of Shikari; spoken word over dubstep.
Rou’s lyrics have gotten better. This is true. But with the change, the original feel of the band has died, as if to keep fans happy with the grimy, repetitious wobbles of the musical fad the band has attached onto.
Their new sound will most likely be distorted and thrown around live, much to the glee of their fans.
All spite put aside, their new album is sure to sit well with their more die-hard fans as Enter Shikari continues to deliver what their fans want; a jam that suits anything from a car ride to a party of hundreds of kids.
Tracks to check out: “Meltdown”, “Stalemate” and “Pack of Theives”