(written by Brandon Webb)
As a first time listener of this band, I feel like they combine electronic music and post-hardcore in way that I’ve never heard before. The English vocals of Roughton “Rou” Renyolds also bring everything together nicely. The way he sings each verse has a hip-hop feel to it because it sounds like he is rapping and singing as you listen to “Mindsweep“.
Since this was the first time I’d heard them, this is more of a review on the band versus the actual album. It certainly is not for everyone because their music is on another level. For someone who is looking to expand their horizons when it comes to post-hardcore and electronic music Enter Shikari is perfect because you will hear neither Deadmau5 trance nor Skrillex dubstep drops. You will hear a collaboration of genres fused together that will make you stop and ask yourself: “Why haven’t I listened to this band before?”.
With bands like Issues, Palisades, and so many others, Enter Shikari has definitely set the bar, specifically, for combining the sound of electronica with rock/hardcore music. If you’re a fan of hardcore than this will be a nice change in pace and has a fresh sound to it. When you sample some of their past albums you will be able to identify changes in style. They have made each album individual, while still being able to keep their unique “electronicore” sound.