Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies


Artist

Album

Take To The Skies

Label

Ambush Reality/Liberator Music

Year

2007

For Fans Of

Horse The Band – Lost Prophets - Underoath

Summary

What the fuck…

Rating

75 / 100

Have you ever wondered what would
happen if a bunch of kids who really dug breakdowns, radio rock and
over the top Euro-trance got together and made a record? Then look no
further than Enter Shikari, because they’re debut full length is exactly
that – an amalgamation of open D chords, clean vocals and out takes
from a Ministry Of Sound CD. 

I’ll be honest with you… I
really wanted to hate this band. I saw a video on TV one night and thought
it was some of the worst shit I’d heard in a long time. As fate would
have it I received a copy of the record a few days later and whether
I wanted to admit it or not, it was pretty fucking catchy! 

I initially wrote the band’s
use of electronics off as a gimmick, but on repeated listens I can honestly
say that it does add to Enter Shikari’s sound. Without the synth element,
their songs wouldn’t sound anywhere near as full or as interesting
as they currently do. 

I think I’d enjoy the record
a lot more if their singer stuck to screaming but I guess his vocal
hooks must be ok if Enter Shikari were able to sell out 1000 person
capacity venues off the back of their demo. 

People are either going to love
or hate this band, but at the very least they’re original. Hell, some
of the more melodic moments on “Take To The Skies” have an almost
power metal feel to them. Some people will argue that they’re simply
ripping off Horse The Band, but HTB never displayed such straight up
rock and pop influences. 

At least give these guys a listen
before writing them off. I’m sure we should be expecting a tour announcement
some time this year.

Conclusion

People are either going to love
or hate this band, but at the very least they’re original. Hell, some
of the more melodic moments on “Take To The Skies” have an almost
power metal feel to them. Some people will argue that they’re simply
ripping off Horse The Band, but HTB never displayed such straight up
rock and pop influences. 

At least give these guys a listen
before writing them off. I’m sure we should be expecting a tour announcement
some time this year.

Tracklisting

1. Stand Your Ground; This is Ancient Land

2. Enter Shikari

3. Mothership

4. Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour

5. Interlude

6. Labyrinth

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