Album Review: Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour

By on Monday, 16th January 2012 at 12:00 pm

Since finding fame on MySpace (remember that thing?) back in 2006, St. Albans post-hardcore gang Enter Shikari have shot to almost-mainstream fame. Their debut album ‘Take to the Skies’ reached number four and their previous album ‘Common Dreads’ received critical acclaim across the music press. It’s now almost three years later and the genre-bending mob are back with the supreme ‘A Flash Flood of Colour’.

Obviously influenced by the current political and economic climate, the LP is as much as a call to arms as it is a music piece. Fading in from the previous album with ‘System…’, you’re greeted by frontman Rou Reynolds’ spoken word thoughts about the downfall of society. This fades into the fantastically angsty and furious ‘…Meltdown’. An abundance of blips and blops fuse with the dubstep/metal combo to create an infectious party anthem that’s as drum & bass as it is hardcore, and lyrically poignant: “Countries are just lines drawn in the sand with a stick”.

The lyrics are what makes ‘A Flash Flood of Colour’ stand out compared to the previous two Enter Shikari albums. The words aren’t just nonsensical anti-capitalist ramblings, Rou puts forward many ideas to incite change and action from Enter Shikari’s fans (AKA Lions). Each song has a line that stands out, whether it’s the justifiably vulgar “We’re sick of this shit!” or “Empires always fall” – sound bites that are destined to be screamed from venues across the world.


What has made Enter Shikari stand out over the years is their fusion with electronic music. The band dabbled in dubstep for ‘Common Dreads’ but this time it’s a much stronger influence on the music. The Rusko-esque bouncy beats during ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ and the huge bass-y drop in ‘Pack of Thieves’ is deliciously dirty. At times the band throw in elements of jungle, drum ‘n’ bass and trance to keep the music alive and your heart pumping.

It’s not all fast-paced carnage, though. As with the last two LPs, Enter Shikari mix up the post-hardcore with slower, softer sounds. Interspersed in the frantic rage, are a couple of emotive numbers in same vein as ‘Today Won’t Go Down in History’ from ‘Take to the Skies’. Album closer ‘Constellations’ is possibly the best ‘slower’ song the synth-smashing quartet have produced. What starts as spoken word from Rou comparing the state of the economy to a train station, leads to a realisation that it’s up to us as people to sort the country out. It culminates in a statement that echoes the end of Bill Hicks’ infamous ‘Revelations’ show – “Imagine no restrictions but the climate and weather, so we could explore space together forever”.

Enter Shikari have created an album that is not only going to please their fans, but no doubt attract more with their political ideals and impressive musical ability. You can listen to it on repeat for hours at a time, connecting with every nuance and word because the lyrics are based around subjects that affect everyone. Whereas their peers might sing about losing a girl and how awful that was, these motivated lads have unleashed their frustrations toward the government and society for everyone to see and hear. The Lions will roar.


‘A Flash Flood of Colour’, Enter Shikari’s third album, is out today (16 January) on Ambush Reality.

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