The merging of metalcore and dubstep was kind of predictable and unavoidable evolution of the scene. Low frequency oscillations, the wobble bass and some crushing riffs and screaming vocals make a quite destructive pair and definitively fits the taste of the new generation. But there’s at least one question left. Those kids who are willing to set the city on fire only to steal a pair of sneakers and eventually a flat screen TV, are gonna pay for all that music the industry kindly delivering, or they gonna download – steal – it? And honestly, most of this music deserves nothing than to be downloaded.
Although I have my (musical) roots back in hardcore, but I also appreciate the quality dubstep too, so, I think this musical collision could bring to the surface quite exciting results, I still did not heard some outstanding results. America had his best shot by Korn, but not even the almighty Skrillex and a whole army of appreciated nowadays producers could save the lack of inspiration from “The Path Of Totality” and hide it under the massive sound. So, let’s see what the Brits managed to delivered on their third album…
And after several listening, “A Flash Flood Of Colour” seems to be much more convincing then most of the other, kind of similar products. At least Rou, Rory, Rob, Chris proves they had a few ideas, not only managed to build murderous sounds. And after a few more listening, pushing the volume higher and higher and draw the love of all of my neighbors, I’m willing to admit, they have a couple of quite bloody blowing tracks and a few twisted and interesting ideas and solutions smartly scattered along their album and their songs. My favorites are “Arguing with Thermometers” and “Ghandi Mate, Ghandi”, but they have some other great moments too. We’ve got 42 and half minutes of excitement.
01 – System…
02 – …Meltdown
03 – Sssnakepit
04 – Search Party
05 – Arguing with Thermometers
06 – Stalemate
07 – Ghandi Mate, Ghandi
08 – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here
09 – Pack of Thieves
10 – Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
11 – Constellations
In 1999 a band named Hybryd formed consisting of Roughton “Rou” Reynolds on guitar, Chris Batten on bass and Rob Rolfe on drums. They released an EP under the name ‘Commit No Nuisance’ and featured the tracks “Perfect Pygmalion” and “Fake”. This band in 2003 became Enter Shikar, they recruiting Liam “Rory” Clewlow to play guitar so that Rou could concentrate on electronics along the singing.
On 4 November 2006, they became only the second unsigned band to ever sell out London Astoria – the first being The Darkness. They made it to the NME’s “New Noise 2007”, a list of the bands it considers most likely to achieve success in the coming year, previously featuring bands such as Arcade Fire, Hot Chi, Bloc Party, etc.
Their debut album, “Take to the Skies” was released in March 2007 and reached #4 in the Official UK Album Chart and they have performed over 500 gigs as of 2007 including Download Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Give it a Name, Glastonbury Festival, Oxegen festival in Ireland and Rock am Ring in Germany.
Their second album, “Common Dreads”, was released in June 2009 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at 16.
In May 2011, the band traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to record their third studio album at the Karma Sound Studios. Recording began on 8 May 2011, and finished on 14 June 2011 and the first single off the album, “Sssnakepit”, was released on 20 September 2011. Although, on 19 May 2011, they released the stand alone single “Quelle Surprise”.
On 5 January 2012 the band released the studio version of “Arguing with Thermometers” on their YouTube page.
The album was released internationally on 16 January 2012 through Ambush Reality in United Kingdom and Hopeless Records in North America.
Passing over my generally justified skepticism, I have to admit, this marriage of extreme electronic and post-hardcore it’s quite explosive and “A Flash Flood Of Colour” it’s a breathing, energy full release with several great songs and eventually this world and this generation it’s not definitively wasted. Still, hopes are for presidents, I guess…