There are few bands that can match the energy of a live set from Enter Shikari–the only one I can think of that even holds a candle to them is letlive–but all that aside, there are no bands on Warped that can even compete. Although older Enter Shikari music was more metalcore oriented, the band has matured and grown into a sound on subsequent releases that defies categorization. Their music exhibits influences from a myriad of genres, including hardcore, punk, metal, and electronic music. And while the sound from song to song can vary in its mix of those ingredients, you’ll find many a catchy hook, an occasional heavy breakdown, and lyrics that explore relatively deep and profound concepts and ideas–ranging from the more hopeful and optimistic to some of the most negative and pissed-off music you’ll find on this tour. It would be silly to dismiss Enter Shikari because they aren’t a full-on “metal” act, I implore you to check out their set if you get the chance, you will not be disappointed. If you do give them your attention for the duration of their performance, expect to see band members climbing around the stage and hanging from stage rafters, leaping into the crowd, and just being all-0ut ridiculous. There are very few bands that can even follow their set without looking like crap. Give the videos below a listen and catch Enter Shikari on the Kia Soul Stage from 7/09-8/03!
The Ghost Inside
Hardcore act, The Ghost Inside, has been on the rise steadily for quite some time now, with several solid releases in a row. The most recent of which, 2012’s Get What You Give, showcased a lot of progression, and growth that will hopefully carry over to their new record, which was to be recorded prior to the tour–though no details have been released as of yet as to its title or release date. TGI put on one of the most passionate and authentic, yet crushingly heavy performances that you can find on the tour. Don’t miss out on catching them as they tear it up all summer on the Kia Soul Stage, and check out “The Great Unknown” from their 2012 release below.
Chelsea Grin are one of those bands that metalheads either love or hate–maybe that has something to do with the deathcore genre as a whole, but regardless, I encourage you to give them a chance live. These Salt Lake City natives have come a long way since their early days, with their newer material sounding much more technical. Thankfully their music has not relented in any of the heaviness that first got them noticed, and with their new full-length, Ashes To Ashes, out on Artery Records on July 8th during the tour, Chelsea Grin is poised to conquer the masses. Check out the classic Chelsea Grin track “Recreant” and a new song “Playing With Fire” from the upcoming release below. You can see Chelsea Grin all summer on the Monster Energy Stage!