‘Bloodshot’ by Enter Shikari – Single Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆
Enter Shikari released their third single ‘Bloodshot’ this week from their upcoming album ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’ on the 21st April.
We at GSGM reviewed the band’s first single ‘(Pls) Set Me On Fire’ back in January. While that song was difficult to place genre-wise, ‘Bloodshot’ definitely goes down the alternative rock/ nu-metal road. It also has a great bit of surprising production in it too.
‘Bloodshot’ starts off with echoey synths, but this production surprise hits you almost immediately. The superbly catchy vocal intro can only be best described as something that would not sound out place on The Prodigy’s 1994 album release ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’. After this brilliant shock, ‘Bloodshot’ moves quickly into more familiar Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy territory. All in all though, Enter Shikari’s new release hits all the rights spots. Also, vocally sees singer Rou Reynolds on top form as always.
It’s also worth mentioning that Reynolds lyrics to ‘Bloodshot’ focus on a subject becoming more and more important in these modern times, the influence of social media and social media news. Moreover, Reynolds writing is pretty cutting towards social media influence. ‘Oh god I can’t remove all these filters, they’re in my field of vision, now it’s compromised’ he sings.
Reynolds describes the songs the subject matter. ‘Bloodshot is about how hard it is to find truth and how easy it is to stop thinking for yourself’.
With ‘Bloodshot’, Enter Shikari have now released three strong singles from ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’. Admittedly, this writer has yet to listen to single number two ‘It Hurts’. But, based on the strength of ‘Bloodshot’ and its single predecessor ‘(Pls) Set Me On Fire, the band’s seventh studio album is going to be great.
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