I've been really anticipating this album for quite some time, and reacted quite like the "N64 Kid" when the album hit my inbox. For those who aren't familiar, Enter Shikari are a brilliant rock band from across the pond that fuses electronic elements into their sound; let me make this very clear -- they are NOT "Dubstep" or any other stupid variation of core you can think of. It's just a great rock band putting out a well-written effort.
For those who ARE familiar with the band, "A Flash Flood of Colour" is everything you've come to love about the band. They still have something to say, and they want to say it loud and proud, as evidenced by tracks "Sssnakepit" and "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi". Aside from "Sssnakepit", my clear favorite from the record is "Search Party", the clear anthem of the album that nobody will be able to resist singing along with -- "I know that we're gonna repeat history, unless we sort this out. I know that we've got to find something new, something new..."; it's going to be a real shame if Enter Shikari doesn't include the song on their future setlists. v
As far as instruments go, Enter Shikari have raised the bar on every level. Rou Reynolds electronic contributions are in my opinion, his best work to date -- it's clearly obvious he worked his ass off on this record in lots of different ways, but the electronics are fantastic, especially in "Sssnakepit", "Search Party", and "Pack of Thieves". I also really liked Rory Clewlow's guitar work throughout the album, but his contributions on "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here" really stood out.
PLEASE pre-order the album, "A Flash Flood of Colour"here, and look out for Drew Beringer's full review of the album in a few days or so -- I have absolutely no reservations in saying he'll lay everything out much better than I.