It is fair to say that a lot of hype has surrounded Enter Shikari ever since being listed on NME’s New Noise back in 2007. And to some extent they have met those high expectations with their debut album ‘Take To The Skies’ reaching number 4 on the UK official album charts. Following on from their debut success their second album ‘Common Dreads’ somewhat failed to live up to expectations peaking at number 16. Now 5 years since the success of their debut album the hype has built up again around the release of Enter Shikari’s third album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’.
Upon listening to the opening track of the album ‘System…’ it is immediately clear that the unorthodox style that made Enter Shikari so unique is back and better than ever. Mixing elements of hardcore and metal with various genres of electronic music they have made an album that sounds great, capitalising on the recent success of the dubstep scene in the UK. Enter Shikari wouldn’t be the same without the strong political messages running through the veins of each song and this is once again the case with ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’. At a time when political activism and social unrest is at the forefront of society, Enter Shikari deliver strong and meaningful messages regarding issues such as capitalism and the failed economies of the world. However the final message is very different to many of the finger pointing activists around today. Enter Shikari finish the album with the deeply touching song ‘Constellations’ admitting that they do not have all the answers to the worlds problems but together we can all move in the right direction.
Overall a great sounding album with the right amounts of ‘lets party!’ and ‘we need change!’ to make it enjoyable yet meaningful.