File this one under “guilty pleasures”. St Albans based post-hardcore outfit Enter Shikari garners praise and sheer loathing in equal measure. They’re especially popular among the hipster youth. Let’s see what the fuzz is all about this band and their third album, entitled “A Flash Flood Of Colour”…
The art of mixing electronic/industrial elements with rock/metal music isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. It’s been aptly demonstrated by Filter on their “Title Of Record” and “The Amalgamut” albums and more recently by KoЯn on “Path To Totality.” However, none get it so cleverly done as the guys from Enter Shikari. To these jaded ears their latest album, “A Flash Flood Of Colours,” sounds like a warped combination of Pendulum (dubstep/drum n’ bass), Oceansize (heavy elements mixed with pop sensibilities), Hatebreed (breakdowns) and, oddly enough, The Lonely Island. That is because of the use a whole range of diverse vocal styles, giving the lyrics full of social commentary an unintentional comical undercurrent.
Coming from a metal background I prefer the heavier songs, like ‘Sssnakepit,’ the cleverly titled ‘Arguing With Thermometers’ and ‘Gandi Mate, Gandi.’ They really give the album its proverbial balls or spine if you like. Unfortunately, there are some cringe-worthy moments as well, especially the emo drivel on ‘Stalemate’ and ‘Pack Of Thieves.’ Luckily, the sophistication of ‘Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide’ and ‘Destabilise’ make up for that. The particular British accent of singer Roughton Reynolds give “A Flash Flood Of Colour” a whole new dimension of typical upper class poshness/twatness.
The production of “A Flash Of Colour” is as slick as one could expect from a mainstream rock/core act as Enter Shikari. It’s a tad too polished for my liking, but it fits the album as the proverbial glove.
“A Flash Flood Of Colour” by Enter Shikari is a typical love or hate record. Purists will continue to find every reason to slag this album, while the band’s rabid fanbase will defend it with equal vim and vigour. As for me, I really enjoy the sense of freedom and artistry this record oozes, despite the cringe-worthy emocore moments, which put me off my appetite from time to time. Guilty pleasure or not, “A Flash Flood Of Colour” will finds its way to my cd player for a considerable time to come!