Release Date: Jan 20, 2015
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Nü Metal
Enter Shikari are one of those bands that divides opinion and leaves little middle ground. They can be anything from purveyors of unlistenable nonsense to one of the most crucial bands in the country. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, but there’s no denying that the band have a dedicated mix of fans. By way of an example, I am friends with someone who classes Enter Shikari as one of his two favourite acts.
Over the course of 12 years and three albums, Enter Shikari have spewed heavily politicised, in-your-face rhetoric over an uncompromising blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance. It’s served them well. The St Albans four-piece’s fiery invective and intense live shows inspire devotion from fans, and that has seen them rise from Hertfordshire’s DIY underground to the Top Five of the UK albums chart with 2012’s ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’.Fourth album ‘The Mindsweep’ – the title refers to “those in power withholding or discrediting new ideas” – sounds just as powerful as its predecessors.
For ‘The Mindsweep’ Enter Shikari have once again tried something new: self doubt. It’s not obvious from the hurried skirmish of album opener ‘The Appeal and The Mindsweep I’ nor does it present itself as the album closes in a hail of fury and nostalgia. Somewhere between those two expected bookends though, lies Enter Shikari as you’ve never heard them before.