Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari's musical style has been variously described as post-hardcore, electronic rock, electronicore (which they are considered to have pioneered), alternative rock, experimental rock, post-rock, and, especially on their early releases, metalcore.

It is recognizable for combining rock music (especially punk rock and hardcore punk) with elements of various electronic music genres, including drum and bass, dubstep, techno, electronica and trance. It features breakdowns, heavy metal and hardcore-influenced instrumentation, dub-inspired “wobbles”, anthemic choruses, drumand bass tempos and an alternation between sung, screamed (or occasionally growled) and rapped vocals, with all members contributing to vocals.

 

Enter Shikari formed as teenagers at school in their hometown of St Albans, UK in 2003. In the intervening years, they have played somewhere in the region of 2000 live shows around the globe, including two area-sized runs in the UK and more big and small festivals than it would be possible to list fully in the time available to us. 

Enter Shikari have released five full-length studio albums thus far;

All five albums landed in the UK Album Chart top 5 for the “midweeks”, with A Flash Flood Of Colour actually mid-week-ing at #1 on release, only to be crushed beneath the wheels of the juggernaut that was ’21’ by Adele come end of that week. 

The band has also released a fistful of stand-alone singles between albums, as well as number of collections of remixes / B-sides / live tracks and full length live show albums / DVDs through their own website, most of which are now long-deleted and fetching daft money on eBay, the most recent of these distractions being an ambitious drum & bass remix project The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, which saw the entirety of The Mindsweep album reworked by artists from the prestigious Hospital Records roster, and a double album Live At Alexandra Palace from their sold out 2016 performance there.