May 5, 2017 |

10 Years of Take To The Skies

10 Years of Take To The Skies

May 5, 2017 |

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Nothing makes you feel old quite like the anniversary of an album. It might be hard to believe but this year sees Enter Shikari's Take To The Skies reach 10 years (!!) since release. Yep that's right, both it and you have aged a whole decade. In celebration, and in anticipation for the bands performance of the album in full at Slam Dunk Festival this year, we take a look back at the album and it's place in the alt rock world.

Albums such as Take To The Skies are the kind that often have a big impact of people and often change their outlook on music. This was very much the case for Will Pearce, reviewer at Alt Corner;

"To me, having first discovered this outrageously unique band in my mid-teens, years before the debut of Take To The Skies when recordings sounded a little more raw and performing to a room of not even 20 people, until they dropped the most anticipated album of the year. The dynamics of this album were trend setting, and to this day I have yet to hear another album quite like it. Enter Shikari exploded out of the gates with this record which had them set for life by their own hard work cutting out the middle man by self producing and self releasing their own music. Personally I’d like to see them revert back to a record like this, although it may pale in comparison."

That hard work and edginess of Take To The Skies is something which has not been lost at all over the last 10 years. The album kicks off with Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land, at only 1 minute 8 seconds long and what an opening it is. That building of anticipation and the slow build of the guitars so simply creates something that you know is just an introduction to something special. These short instrumental introductions are something which many artists since then have included in their records; a short teaser for listeners before the main event kicks off.