Shikari
1999 - 2003


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (102 Reviews)
July 4th, 2011 | 13 replies | 5,407 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: emoviolence at its best

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Screamo has a lot more balls than ever really given credit for; while many people who are truly unfamiliar will wrongly accuse bands such as My Chemical Romance or Taking Back Sunday as the genre, real screamo easily has the potential to match metal in sheer aggression. While bands like the Russian Reka combine post-metal to beef up their sound, other bands like Someplace to Hide skillfully combine elements of post-hardcore and metalcore into their scathing screamo assault to create a force that is hard to reckon with. Formed in 1999 Shikari are yet another example of over-driven screamo that highlights the genres more violent tendencies; consisting of all their recorded material from their year of formation to 2003, 1999-2003 is a great compilation that showcases one of emoviolence's best acts.

Starting chronologically with the song "Post Student Syndrome" (the first track off their debut release Robot Wars), even in their formative years Shikari's sound was well thought and perfectly executed; the aforementioned track for instance is a spectacular combination of chaotic blast-beat driven hardcore sections, metal influenced riffs and powerviolence like dissonance. Although the music always maintains the emoviolence elements of the band as the base for the songs, each track does feature some interestingly diverse interludes and sections that give the album some great personality. "Encounters" offers up some excellent thrash inspired hardcore riffs and in later tracks such as "Morning Wood" the band even experiments a bit more with melody, sections that definitely display their screamo roots more prominently.

Clean and concise, Shikari obviously know how to play their instruments well, performing extreme techniques like blast-beats and tremolo picked riffs with utter perfection, never losing time or sloppily transitioning from section to section. When it comes to instrumental prowess, 1999-2003 is just packed with quality musicianship; "Utopia Dismantled" features some excellent drumming thanks to Michael, who isn't afraid to let his metal influences shine playing some pretty slick double-bass lead sections. "Robot Wars" is another excellent tune that really showcases the talents of vocalist Mark who for the most part sticks to a high pitched screech atypical of the screamo genre but also is capable of some pretty awesome mid-ranged vocals that have some nice bite to them. Overall Shikari proves to be a consistent band, providing many years of material that as evidenced by this compilation kicks butt. If you like screamo that isn't afraid to come out of its shell and beat the crap out of someone then Shikari's 1999-2003 is the perfect release for you.



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TheSpirit
July 4th 2011



17626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so yeah kinda informal review my bad but this rules kthankx

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2011



6986 Comments


I'm surprised this doesn't have the comment section just filling up..... Nice read, but like you said it's informal. Have a pos from me.

FilupLees
July 4th 2011



344 Comments


There are three emo reviews on the front page right now... That's pretty cool.

I've only listened to a few songs by these guys, but they certainly are one of the better late 90's early 00's emo violence bands. I would say though, that not every single emo review has to have an introduction mentioning the uninformed masses.

Good review otherwise.

sifFlammable
July 4th 2011



2741 Comments


"real screamo easily has the potential to match metal in sheer aggression"

never

fight me to the death in a midnightforest surrounded by werewolves under a full moon

TheSpirit
July 4th 2011



17626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are on

pmmets07
July 4th 2011



5854 Comments


this is the band with dubstep breakdowns right????

TheSpirit
July 4th 2011



17626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get out of here with that enter shikari bull

Adabelle
November 7th 2011



4252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So violent it hurts.

Adabelle
January 5th 2012



4252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging this again yo, lemme guess, no-one else comments and I end up triple posting within a month.

TheSpirit
January 14th 2012



17626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is hard not to dig

Adabelle
January 14th 2012



4252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Literally just realised you wrote the review haha, good work, so many emo/screamo albums that don't have a review, wish I was good enough to write them.

OaklandishMitch
March 7th 2012



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This Album is Savage.

Adabelle
March 7th 2012



4252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mmmmm, the first 8 tracks (Robot Wars album) are amazing, nice to see a new listener/rating.

EDIT: Just looked on your profile at your first list and it was my rec originally, sweet!



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