Recreation

Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep (Album Review)

Enter Shikari are one of very few bands around today who can produce an endless array of music which can satisfy the ears of so many different people. Their eclectic mix of genre-boundary abusing electronic post-hardcore is as much in-your-face as it is soothing. For their upcoming fourth album, Enter Shikari The Mindsweep review, this hasn’t really changed. The only thing that’s changed is that the Rou Reynolds-fronted quartet now has a much wider palette of styles and ideas to choose from than ever before, something which is very much evident on their latest offering.

Album opener The Appeal & The Mindsweep I kicks off with a mix of muted synths and Vocoder vocals as Reynolds’ spoken-word styled vocals appeal for mankind. He does so convincingly with his voice, building up tension alongside jangly guitars and tribal drums. “Now grab life, seize time; this fight is for humankind” he professes before everything gets heavy and epic. As Reynolds’ vocals turn from spoken-word into full-on screams and off-the-wall chants, we’re led into an anthemic mid-section which sees Reynolds, guitarist Rory Clewlow and bassist Christ Batten sing together in glorious unison. As album openers go, this one is quite a memorable musical journey. It segues into The One True Colour, which comes out at you in full force as Batten’s smooth backing vocals contrast with Reynolds’ fierce howls. “To whom it may concern, It feels as though I’m about to crash and burn” Reynolds’ claims in the chorus before more screamed vocals are underpinned by Rob Rolfe’s powerful drums and some subtle electronics. Electronics are a very important part of Enter Shikari, and you couldn’t picture a song without it. As a subdued mid-section comes to an end, Reynolds’ throws himself at you with a rally cry as his band accompany him with the mesmerising refrain “Oh, how rich the soul; how wondrous the upheaval”. New single Anaesthetist follows in what is three minutes of pure anger and resentment at the healthcare system. Rob Rolfe’s simple, slick drum beat accompanies wobbly synths as Reynolds and Clewlow occasionally interchange vocal duties throughout. Its dark, concluding breakdown is preceded by a fiercely shouted “step the fuck back!”, before comeback single The Last Garrison lifts spirits with a rave-ready Drum and Bass section. Cries for morphine and opium are drowned out by massive synths and a sped-up, super danceable outro which will absolutely blow up live. Never Let Go of the Microscope proceeds to slow the pace down by way of a haunting piano melody, as Reynolds namechecks Greek philosophers (Greek mythology is a running theme on The Mindsweep) in order to discuss the application and defence of scientific methods. It eventually morphs into an epic gang chant by its close, with one stark warning standing out in and amongst the mass of gang vocals and industrial noises – “We’ll harness the heat of the sun, and burn you out of fucking existence”.

The 12 best Kings Of Leon tracks

Their new album is out, their tour has been announced, and Kings of Leon are set to dominate the world of music for yet another year. But with that in mind, and this new album being as good as it is, it seemed fitting to take a look back over the years, to make a definitive list of their best songs.

From worst to best, it is no easy task scrolling through the band’s back catalogue to compile such a list. One thing is clear after trawling through all of the albums, and that is that Kings Of Leon top songs, are not, and never will be, a one hit wonder band. Their discography is seven albums strong and every track has its own charm.

So here goes…

12. Waste A Moment

The lead single off of their latest album, and by god, what a way to make an introduction to WALLS. ‘Waste a Moment’, follows on from where 2013’s, Mechanical Bull left off. Following a similar shoegaze ethic to the earlier album, ‘Waste A Moment’, comes in brooding with sentimental lyrics, and huge riffs. A great album opener, and something to get you excited for their tour.

My Top 50 Muse Songs (Right Now)

Muse is my favorite band of all time, and I think this list is a testament to that. I was originally planning on doing a top 10 or top 20, but I just kept listing more and more tracks until it spilled up to 50. Anyways, my feelings on best Muse songs change drastically over time. For example, at least half of the songs in the top 10 would not have been there only one year ago, and if I decided to make this list again in a year it would look completely different. This is just my opinion, so don’t take it so seriously. Anyways, every song on this list would receive a 10/10 if I rated them, so the fluctuations they experience on my lists not due to errors by the artists, just personal preferences.

Because this list is so insanely long, I’ll keep most descriptions relatively brief. Additionally, I added videos of the songs beneath each entry. Some contain my favorite live performance of the song, some are intriguing music videos, and some are just the audio so you can focus on the production. Most selections were chosen with care, so if you have the time I recommend listening to some that peak your interest.

Honorable Mentions:

Sing For Absolution – Absolution

Mercy – Drones

Exogenesis 1 and 2 – The Resistance

Map of the Problematique – Black Holes And Revelations

Butterflies and Hurricanes – Absolution

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist – Absolution

Cave – Showbiz

City of Delusion – Black Holes And Revelations

50. Ashamed – Hullabaloo