Enter Shikari‘s music benefits from some critical exemption in the fact it cannot solely be rated on it’s release value but it’s impact in a live environment. It’s clear that Shikari‘s blend between metal and electronic music is at a constantly evolving state. Live these songs will no doubt send the crowd into rapturous and aggressive un-choreographed dance numbers. There’s even, likely unintentional, echoes back to 90s, early 2000s, nu-metal (‘Never Let Go of the Microscope’). There’s probably no striking anthems like ‘Juggernauts’ but it’s good to see a band as popular as Enter Shikari unphased by popularity and still experimenting despite their boundaries evidently closing in. ‘Torn Apart’, and a lot of the middle album, displays a change of pace and is arguabley one of the best tracks on “Mindsweep”, Shikari could get away with little change between the songs but it’s not to hear them focusing on other elements.
Verdict – 7/10 – Experimental whilst not ambitious, but it’manages to create another batch of decent songs whilst not annoying their fanbase.