Enter Shikari, 'Take to the Skies' (Ambush Reality)

Take to the Skies
Critical Mass
Label: Ambush Reality

by Aaron Burgess

Where similar U.S. synth-core units like Horse the Band shuck mass appeal through atonality, England's Enter Shikari have no interest in staying obscure. On their debut album, the Internet-storming quartet wed hardcore punk's most crowd-rallying elements -- intense breakdowns and gang vocals -- to the melodic buildup of that most populist of dance genres, trance. But no matter how extreme the opposing sounds that Take to the Skies tries to unite ("Return to Energizer" even flirts with death metal), its hooks and choruses are so strong they almost sound natural.

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