The Porcelain Throne: Enter Shikari

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On this edition of the Throne, we have Formerly Known As Oli Sykes here to talk about a genre unfamiliar to the Toilet. While some of you may shy away from change, I encourage this diversity so we don’t become a strictly pornogoregrind blog in years to come.  As always, The Porcelain Throne is looking for submissions, so download The Official Porcelain Throne Guidelines, and send me some stuff! 

Now, we all know that trancecore/wubwubcore is usually fucking shite. It’s full of crappy bands who aim to make up for their lack of musical talent by shoehorning in techno elements and bass drops. Enter Shikari are the exception to that rule. Maybe it’s because they are from Europe, and therefore know what rave culture actually is, or maybe it’s because they actually know how to mix electronica and post-hardcore well, unlike the rest of the genre. They’re more like a modern analogue for Faith No More than your average scenecore band, and seeing as FNM are my favourite band ever, that’s no mean feat. Like FNM, they have quite a bit of success in the UK and elsewhere, but America mostly shafts them in favour of shite like Breath Carolina. God I hate Yankees sometimes.

Take To The Skies (2007)

This is their trancecore record, and while it’s their weakest album by far, there are hints of what Shikari would become on later albums. There are a ton of songs that will always bring the mosh, but then there are songs that are completely different than most of the album. “Today Won’t Go Down In History” starts calm, but builds into a heavier climax, “Jonny Sniper” is a calm and uplifting song with an environmentalist message, and “Adieu” is an acoustic ballad for god’s sake. However, while I like the album, it has some MAJOR flaws. For one, the vocals aren’t great. Rou Reynolds became a fantastic vocalist, but his young age is quite noticeable during his screams, and while Rou’s clean vocals are quite good here, their bassist Chris also chips in with some here and there, and the less said about them the better. Also, with the exception of the one, the interludes need to go, as they often kill the pace of the album. Also, the song “Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour” can fuck right off. All in all, the album is good in my opinion, but it just doesn’t go far enough with the ideas found on it.


 

Common Dreads (2009)

While Take To The Skies was a good album, it wasn’t the record that really got me into Shikari. That delightful album was Common Dreads. I have to admit, as a dumbass child, I didn’t get most of the lyrics, but looking at them now, it’s pretty easy to see that this is a political album. The vocals are also much improved, as Rou’s screams are pretty incredible, the clean vox are great, and the vocal interplay is just awesome. There is some rapping, and while some people may immediately stop reading this and cry poser, the rapping is actually surprisingly good. The music also takes the ideas seen on TTTS to new areas, with elements of drum and bass, house, and dubstep added to the mix. Whereas most bands would just shove them in for the sake of it, Shikari knew where these elements were needed and how to add them in without them sounding out of place. Just look at “Solidarity”, “Juggernauts”, and even “Zzzonked” as examples. All in all, this was a massive step up from TTTS, and this firmly established Shikari as the genre busting crazy people they are.


 

A Flash Flood Of Colour (2012)

Going back to my FNM comparison, if TTTS was their The Real Thing, and Common Dreads was their Angel Dust, then this is their King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime. Here is where Shikari took all their elements to a logical endpoint that created their most experimental and overall best release. The vocals were incredible, with Rou finally turning into the British Mike Patton he is today, Chris finally sounding great, and their guitarist Rory having some great moments on songs like “Sssnakepit” and “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi”. The experimentation on songs is more prevalent than on previous albums, with “System…” being an epic intro turning into the mosh heavy “…Meltdown”, “Sssnakepit” mixing elements of jungle music and thrash with their older D’n’B-meets-post-hardcore style, and “Arguing With Thermometers” sounding like the bastard offspring of Weezer, Knife Party, and Slipknot. Despite mixing these disparate elements together, they work extremely well and sound great.

Finally, the political aspect is taken to its endpoint as well. The band politically identifies with The Zeitgeist Movement, and whatever your thoughts on the movement, they do make a great case for it throughout the album, even more than on Common Dreads. All in all, this album is an incredible ride from start to finish, experimenting with ne­­wer sounds, improving the vocals, and having lyrics that resonate with intelligent people while still getting their point across to their (admittedly) young fanbase, whilst still not losing what made the band great to begin with. This is why it’s my favourite album by this band.


 

The Mindsweep (2015)

After the masterpiece that was A Flash Flood Of Colour, Enter Shikari had the impossible task of topping it with their next release. While they could never top their previous album, it is still a great album in its own right. “Anaesthetist” is one huge fuck you to the UK’s current administration and their stance on the British health system with some incredible rapping courtesy of Rou, “The Last Garrison” is a great anti-war track, and “Never Let Go Of The Microscope” is a fantastic pro-science anthem that goes from incredible rapping to one of the best climaxes the band has ever done. Also, “There Is A Price On Your Head” goes full Dillinger Escape Plan, and it’s awesome. While the album is great, it just has the unfortunate task of following A Flash Flood Of Colour, which was something that couldn’t be done easily.


 

The Non-Album Stuff

In a move not done anywhere near as much as most bands should, Enter Shikari also have a bunch of non-album material that has gone on to be just as famous, if not more so than some of their singles. There were a few earlier tracks, but things got awesome with “Destabilise”, as probably the best of their non-album material. This is a fantastic song, both in studio and live, with an anthemic chorus, fantastic vocals, and some real mosh-worthy moments throughout the song.

Where things got better was with the Rat Race EP, consisting of “The Paddington Frisk”, a straight up punk track with an electronic part playing throughout the track, “Radiate”, a great song with excellent verses and a really cool calm part that builds back up into the chorus, and finally “Rat Race”, which also goes full Dillinger Escape Plan, but with some Mr. Bungle and electronica mixed in for good measure.

To conclude, I think Enter Shikari have been one of the most interesting, intelligent, and just damn great bands to come out of the UK in the past 10 years. They have a ton of elements that shouldn’t mesh well, but do so incredibly well, and they have an intelligent and fantastic vocalist in Rou Reynolds, and some of the best songwriters in the post-hardcore genre today. The fact that they have achieved the success they have in the UK from the start, while always self-releasing their music, is even more impressive. All in all, I can’t think of any more kind words to say about this band so, uh… Gandhi mate, remember Gandhi.

Thanks again to Formerly Known As Oli Sykes for this fine addition to the Throne. 

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  • I own their 2007 Take To The Skies album and it is a fun listen #tolietconfessions

    GL

  • The God Emperor of Mankind

    My powerfist+2 of those band members faces. Great article though.

  • I’m gonna shoot you straight – I hate this very, very, very much. Good and thorough write-up, though. Nice work!

    • Same here. I enjoyed reading the article, loathe the music.

    • Óðhinn

      No disrespect to Formerly Known As Oli Sykes whatsoever. Well written, well researched. The band, however, is terrible.

  • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

    I appreciate the effort that went into writing this, but granted that no matter what portion of the videos I skipped too I could only make it five seconds, I think I’m gonna have to pass on Enter Shikari.

    • You can’t just stop being the creator because you feel like it

    • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

      On a cooler note:

      So get this, There is a guy at work who is giving up heavy metal
      (saying its making him a negative person) and this kid used to be a
      fanatic! (a moment of silence for our fallen brother) so he saw me with
      my rivers of nihil shirt and thought “gee I should give him my stuff.
      Here is the following of what he gave me for free.

      – (CD) Rivers of Nihil- Temporality Unbound Demo, Tyranny Enthroned – Born of Hate
      – (Vinyl) Goatwhore – A Haunting Curse, Goatwhore – Carving out the Eyes of God
      – Signed Battlecross Poster
      – Signed Allegaeon Poster
      – Assorted Buttons and Patches

      It was fucking Christmas for me.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Hahaha. Making him negative. Cunting lifelover.

        • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

          I know right? Oh well, free stuff for me.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Nice score God.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Eh, I always expected opinions on them here to be VERY mixed. I was just listening to them a lot over the past few weeks and thought that about 3 people here might be interested.
      And stop stealing my naming conventions, I’m the only one allowed to have a former name here. 😉

      • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

        Im probably gonna remove the formerly after about a week or so.

  • Tyree
  • Dr. Dubz

    I dare you to tell me you hate yankees while I’m wearing this bad boy.

    http://shinesty.com/collections/suits/products/american-flag-dress-suit-the-merican-gentleman

  • I like the electronic song that goes DUDUDUDUDU
    DU
    DUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU
    DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU

  • HessianHunter

    I totally agree that Enter Shikari are the one worthwhile band doing dance-hardcore. This hits all my party buttons. I think I was too embarrassed to look further into them then a couple tracks, but I like all of this. Now I’ll have something to talk about if I’m trying to flirt with a foxy behind-the-times neon hardcore lady.

    • Lost it at “foxy behind-the-times neon hardcore lady”

    • EsusMoose

      I liked a few tracks, but as well I avoided looking into their discography

  • This is a great write up, however the music makes me want to set socks on fire and shove them down their throats…..

  • Guacamole Jim

    I actually find myself digging this stuff. It’s fun, well-written electro metal. The D&B elements really do it for me though (that shouldn’t be much of a surprise). Thanks, FKaOS!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Horrid.

  • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

    I don’t like this, it sounds very thin and tinny, and the songwriting is just straight up terrible. It sounds bloody schizophrenic, and not in the good way. Every song here has basically the same poppy chorus as well.

    The article was well written though, good job.

  • Stanley

    One of the few only bands to get the electronic/metal crossover thing right are PWEI.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxYyTHEwO7U&spfreload=10

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Industrial Metal is something I dig in general. The genre’s mesh really well on paper, and in practise it had a golden run of form from the late 80’s to around 1995.

      • Stanley

        It was a time and place thing for me. Thrash was dying and death metal was just taking off and so I found some of this other stuff to fill the void (along with some alternative bands like Ride). If this type of music was just coming out right now, I can’t imagine myself ever getting into it.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Oh fuck the hell yes.
      Human Revolution was awesome, can’t wait.

      • This is my most anticipated anything now, sorry cattle decap, you can’t compete with this

    • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

      “So much pain, so many lives”
      *Kills a dozen people*

      • actually in the last game you could beat the entire thing without touching anyone.

        • I tried that for a few hours, got frustrated, and then murdered everything that moved.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I was going non-lethal until they blew up my helicopter and killed my pilot buddy.

          • That’s the one spot where I go all out lethal because if you do it right you can save her.

          • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

            I always go non-lethal when there’s an option for it. Even when the game is less fun because of it.

          • Herr Schmitty

            You’re a fucking good person, BeunGoats. You’ve preserved countless AI lives with your selfless and humanist restraint.

          • Games like this and dishonored actually reward you for letting people live, gta on the other hand….MURDER

          • Herr Schmitty

            It’s true. I need to be incentivized not to harm police in GTA… and I’m never incentivized for letting them live. So they die and I feel glee!

            Metal Gear Solid, I always try so hard in that series to be stealthy and nonviolent… but usually by the time you get halfway through the game, it’s so difficult to be stealthy that you’re really just better served being a genocidal maniac.

          • same with splinter cell. It’s like yea I COULD knock this guy out but killing is so much faster and more efficient.

          • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

            With a lot of games I don’t care at all. I think I have killed at least a few thousand people people in Just Cause 2, but with story focused games it seems wrong to walk around with a massive body-count. One of the reasons why I hate Bioshock Infinite so much.

          • I prefer ending lives rather than saving them. If you get pissed in GTA you can just start running people over for no reason.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I think you still have to kill the bosses.

          • Not in the Director’s Cut, Dubs.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Really? I only had the original version.

          • rekt

          • Dr. Dubz

            I need an ambulance.

          • how bout a slambulance?

          • Dr. Dubz

            That’ll do, pig. But in all seriousness, did they change that between the original and director’s cut? I don’t game as much as y’all.

          • Not sure about not killing the bosses, I know they changed some boss fights as well as adding in a new game plus which lets you add even more augmentations to the ones you already got.

        • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

          I know, I played that game and loved it, but it seems so stupid in the trailer. It would be better if they showed a nonlethal Adam in trailers like these. Let’s hope Mankind Divided still has the stealth options.

          • Yea I agree. I have no doubt it will. There would be fan outcry greater than that of the mass effect 3 ending if it didn’t.

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            It will, and hopefully the bosses will be decent this time too.

  • Dr. Dubz

    I think it’s worth pointing out that the Zeitgeist Movement is about as credible a commentary on religion as Ancient Aliens is on the history of human civilizations.

    • Dagon

      I wonder how ancient aliens communicated with humans when they built the pyramids and placed reptilians among us. Probably through Ayy lmao, the universal language.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      *places crystals around desk*

      • *crushes crystals* *does 3 lines*

        • *does 2 more lines* *buys 4 more crystals off the dark web*
          *logs onto toiletovhell.com* *posts as “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”*

      • Dr. Dubz

        Remember to set up that vinegar drip to ward off the evil Xtian chemtrails.

    • one can’t PROVE that humanity wasn’t started by ancient aliens.

    • ZZZZZZZeitgeist is something invented by drug addicts so they can feel important in their drug trips.

    • Óðhinn
  • Siqq Burnington

    Cool article, great music. I remember reading on SYWH that these guys are a one hit wonder band, and that’s bullshit.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Sgt. D is rarely wrong with his predictions, but he was on that front.

  • Although I do not often make a point to listen to music like Enter Shrikari I like it is a lot of fun to listen too. The tunes are easily digestible, catchy, and pseudo-heavy. I can see how the music would be easily accessible to people not familiar with even the slightest bit of “heavy” music.

    I looked back through my discovery of them – I use to really like this song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dINT3_Fjn4

    • Isn’t this basically the same as asking alexandria’s debut?

      • Not sure, I guess. I never made a point to listen to AA. The whole UK accent completely turns me off. Also, from what I remember, their guitar tone on their debut totally sucked. I am a sucker for good tone.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Well consider my point that them being european helps their quality null.
        Tbh, I don’t hate AA too much. They’re not great by any stretch, but there are much better core bands, and there are far, FAR worse bands (ahem*Falling In Reverse*ahem)

        • I don’t hate them either, I actually dig their latest. Not too big on the first two though.

          • You’re going to make me throw up.

          • Just don’t do it on the carpet

          • Herr Schmitty

            Ugh, my fucking cat. Got sick a month or two ago and puked a few times over the course of like 3 days (she ended up being fine according to my expensive Vet.) Every fucking time she started to hurl, she would run from the wood floor RIGHT ONTO THE FUCKING CARPET and made sure to puke on the rug. Like, it was intentional and deliberate. She had to go out of her way to make this happen.

            Cats are assholes.

          • lol she only did it there because she knew it would piss you off

          • On the flip side – our cat always goes from the carpet to the hardwood floor to puke. Which is very helpful!

          • Herr Schmitty

            I need to borrow your cat for a week. Our cat needs to learn your cat’s ways.

  • Commander Shepard

    This sounds like reapers, yup. No like.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Well-written FKAOS, but unfortunately I have to side with many other commenters here in that this music sounds absolutely vile and only makes me want to get as far away from it as I possibly can.

    http://img.pandawhale.com/91738-Terminator-T2-walking-with-gun-pdZA.gif

  • Tyree
    • Stanley

      I was just cleansing myself with this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcLK37THJVo&spfreload=10

      • Stanley

        The best and most unexpected “whisper” in metal comes at 1:57.

      • Tyree

        Nice, I still have to check this out. I know you have been sharing it around the toilet here.

      • Dr. Dubz

        I always feel like you’re giving me a tiny pat on the back when you share this.

        • Stanley

          It’s so good and people need to hear this. I’m on a mission, dubs.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Also, thanks for that kriegsmachine tip.

          • Tyree

            I’m proud of yah. Kriegsmachine is quality.

        • Stanley

          Do you remember how you were made aware of them?

          • Dr. Dubz

            Ummmm, reddit, if I had to guess. probably either r/metal or r/thrashmetal.

      • WHOA, THIS IS GOOD.

      • What’s that intro sample from?

        • Stanley

          No idea.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Sounds like Charles Manson

    • this rules! tyree strikes again

    • Scrimm

      I take this album with me everywhere now.

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Well, looks like my expectations of mixed but mostly negative opinions to be completely met. Looks like I’m gonna have to prepare myself for the flush of a lifetime.
    In all seriousness, thanks for at least respecting my opinion, even if you disagree with and/or don’t understand it

    • People are just trying to defend their kvlt status – deep down- they know they enjoy the music…. It just irritates them that they enjoy it.

      Also, nice article!

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Whether now or in the future, they will submit to the power of Shikari.

        The Shikari Shuffle will be done by everyone…. no matter how douchy it makes everyone look.
        http://media.giphy.com/media/n4HVEZfY53boc/giphy.gif

        • Stockhausen

          I will never d–OH NO I’M DOING IT.

          • This is what Dischordia needs to get to the “next level”, lol

          • Stockhausen

            That would be so hard to do while doing bass and vocals.

          • Dr. Dubz

            That’s why you lipsync, bro.

          • more beer

            No one ever needs to do that. You know they discussed what they were going to do and practiced this. I don`t even know what to call it. But this is the end result.

        • Guacamole Jim

          The drummers head is the best

          • Herr Schmitty

            Didn’t even notice that until I read your comment. Now it’s legit my favorite part!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          This is even worse than the “running in place” move. I also like how they adopted the Express lion logo.

          http://www.express.com/clothing/sash+stripe+large+lion+polo+to+pure+white/pro/4795971/cat1830014

    • Thanks for submitting! I don’t jive with electronic stuff, but I appreciate your contribution to this series. Variety is the herbs & spices and such.

      • Stockhausen

        I think the phrase goes “Variety is the spice that makes you say, ‘That’s too spicy, I would prefer to eat a hamburger with less spicy spices on it, or maybe no spices, and definitely not an egg.'”

        • Guacamole Jim

          In Canada, we say “Variety is the life of spice, when giant worms permeate the vast deserts and everyone has blue eyes.”

          • Metaphysical Anus

            In Finland, we say “Jos kyrpä seisoo, niin tunge se johonkin reikään. Reikä mikä reikä.”

          • Guacamole Jim

            “If the dick stands, so tunge it into the hole.”

            http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/65-wat.jpg

          • Metaphysical Anus

            “tunge” means “shove”

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Also, it should be “into a hole”

          • Guacamole Jim

            Damn google translate!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m surprised that Google Translate recognizes “kyrpä”.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I assume that’s “dick”?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Yes. It’s considered to be a very vulgar word. Maybe the most vulgar word for “penis” in Finnish.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ossm. If I knew how to pronounce that, I’d be calling people it all day.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I use that word quite frequently.

          • Everytime you explain finnish you say: “that means xxx, a very vulgar word, probably the most vulgar word for xxx”.

            Conclusion: finnish can be very vulgar.

          • The Beargod

            Finland = Suomi
            Suo = Swamp
            Suomu = Fin
            When you’re drowning in swamps you ain’t got no time for fancy expressions.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Suomu is scale. Fin is evä.

          • The Beargod

            Go suck an anus.
            Scale is evä if I say so.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            ….

          • The Beargod

            Jeesus oli hottentotti.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Jeesus tulee, nieletkö?

          • The Beargod

            A hole is a hole

          • And “aikaa multaa muistot” right before one eats the barrel of their gun 😛

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Which is quite common here. Hanging may be more popular tho.

          • Far less messy cleanup for ones grieving family when they return home 😀

          • Metaphysical Anus

            And not as fast.

    • Dr. Dubz

      It takes a lot of chutzpah to write about something you love knowing most people will hate it. A lot of people don’t have the stones to do so. For this, I commend you.

      • Herr Schmitty

        It’s true. I still haven’t written any Periphery fanboy articles because I know you guys will kick me out of the hall and I lack the courage of Not-Oli Sykes.

        • Me and McNulty are both fans of Periphery

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            Count me in for that too.

          • Spear

            As am I.

          • yesssssssss, and i have a secret, mwahahahaha

        • Guacamole Jim

          I can get on board the Periphery train. Some of their material is stellar.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            God fucking dammit Jim.

    • I’m into a lot of -core stuff, just never been into this band. Really great write-up, though! I’ll hope for more from you.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      You should write more! But maybe not about these guys.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Maybe I should, I dunno, college ‘n’ shit might get in the way, unless I can shoehorn it into my English course.

    • from the description, i expected to hate it. in reality, i found myself bobbing my head to each track… and enjoying them! catchy as hell.
      besides that, excellent write-up! i look forward to your next one

    • HAIL OLI SYKES, OUR NEW -COREBOY!

    • I don’t think this stuff is terrible…I’m just unfamiliar with it. I can see its appeal to many though. Even if I never listen again it’s still better than most of the autotuned crappage that occupies the Top Forty.

    • CT-12

      Hey man, you still did a great job and I enjoyed reading the article! Even though nothing really sprung out to me listening to this band, they will definitely be on my radar to check out again. For how passionate you seem to be about the bands and how many FNM references you throw out there, I’d be a fool not to.

    • Formerly Known as Wanda Sykes

      I’m sorry you are always wrong. Feel better ol’ chap! Wubwubcore will be cool as shit in 2027. My astrologer told me so.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        I have a follower. Excuse me while I hardcore dance in celebration. 😉

        • Formerly Known as Wanda Sykes

          Work it brohymen! Woot woot!

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            Oh yeah.
            Welcome to the toilet btw. Hope you have a nice stay.

  • Oli, I’ll check this stuff out when I get home, too much work this week. I’m interested to hear how some of the influences play out. I don’t mind checking out something different. Can’t be corpsepaint and weedlie deedlies 24/7 around here. Variety is a good thing.

  • Stockhausen

    They definitely, definitely got better through the albums and off-album material on display here. Still not my thing, but I could appreciate what they had going on.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I do not like this music at all.
    #FactOfTheDay

    • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

      I believe we should stick to the pornogoregrind.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I do not enjoy pornogrind or goregrind either.
        #AnotherFactOfTheDay

        • Metaphysical Anus doesn’t like music.
          -Tapirfax

        • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

          I listened to about 2 goregrind songs in my entire life, actually, but I did quite enjoy them.

        • KJM

          Despite my Seth Putnam connection, I also do not care for Da Grind or Da Core.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Normal grind is do like. I prefer grind with political lyrics over gore.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        This I do enjoy.

    • BLOODBEARDE

      #tapiroftheyear

  • BLOODBEARDE

    Wut.

  • The Beargod

    I dun lkerv this atll.

  • @formerlyknownasolisykes:disqus, GREAT JOB! on migrating over here from FFB. it’s gud to have you.

  • To prove that I love you all I listened the first song shared here.

    Didn’t liked.

    To prove that I love you all I listened the last song shared here.

    Didn’t liked.

    It wasn’t the vocal melodies (sounded like alt rockish to me, that’s ok). But it was the techno stuff.

    But, that’s ok. They execute good their style, and I really respect that.

    Good writing, Formerly Known as Oli Sykes. First, you did a really kvlt pvnk thing that was bringing this style to the toilet. Second, I appreciate all the contributions. And, third, you like At The Gates too 😛

    Glad to have you contributing here with us.

    We have our new own -coreboy <3.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      All hail the new scenelord, who was the scenelord beforehand, but is again. Let the piss rain down from the sky. 😉
      I apologize for nothing btw

  • KJM
  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I never really listened to these guys. I might now.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Don’t.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Why?

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Simple. It’s really bad.

        • Siqq Burnington

          Don’t listen to him.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            *Always listen to him
            Fixed that for you, fucker.

  • pïgchop™

    This guy is rocking his throne across Canada!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR0fGyF07Hw

  • Code

    I’m glad you love this band. Please don’t ever degrade FNM or Mr. Bungle by comparing them to the likes of this though 🙁

  • dan

    Take the skies was an incredible record from the very start it was unique. and if you watch the take to the skies dvd the screaming rou used to do was better than some of the stuff he does now. And the slow interludes make it. They have a brilliant balance of hard to soft.

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    A week or so late for my two cents, but excellent write-up.

    To be fair, ES are probably the best band in their respective sub-genre. I have no interest in their music, but I don’t hate it either. The legions of garbage bands inspired by them though, are a different story (looking at you The Browning and Skip the Foreplay).