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Enter Shikari, The Mindsweep (Hopeless Records)




Enter Shikari, The Mindsweep (Hopeless Records)
CD Reviews: February 5, 2015

02/05/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Enter Shikari, The Mindsweep (Hopeless Records)

I’m painfully aware of the massive amount of metal I’ve covered lately, and I swear this is the last week of it, unless the only other choices are bling divas or ad-lib noise-jazz. Regardless, I had to include this one, being that I remembered liking one of their previous LPs, which exhibited a diversity that set these U.K. dudes apart from the usual thrash-metal cannon fodder. The band’s fourth full-length finds them comfortably at ease with its ingredients, a unique mishmash of grime-rap, bass-driven Meshuggah-style death-metal, and, well, screamo, if you must know. What this adds up to is a vision of early-Aughts Linkin Park reborn as a po-faced limeys, with a tightness that would give Pendulum night sweats if they ever had to face them at a metal-palooza. The riffage tends to be patchwork-style, with hip-hop parts suddenly giving way to random black-metal attacks, but there’s a definite cohesiveness to it all. “Anaesthetist,” with its simple-stupid gangsta chords and triple-time breaks, feels like a genre of its own, transcending the obvious Linkin Park-nicking accusations it’ll probably encounter. These guys just get better and better, is what I’m saying. AEric W. Saeger





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