Take to the Skies

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Take to the Skies
Studio album by Enter Shikari
Released 19 March 2007
Recorded 2006–07
Studio The Outhouse
(Reading, England)
Length 52:43
Label Ambush Reality (UK)
PIAS (Europe)
Tiny Evil (United States)
Hostess Entertainment (Japan)
Producer John Mitchell
Enter Shikari chronology
Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour EP
Take to the Skies
The Zone
Alternative Covers
CD with DVD release cover (UK)
US Cover
Singles from Take to the Skies
  1. "Mothership"
    Released: 27 August 2006
  2. "Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B"
    Released: 29 October 2006
  3. "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour"
    Released: 18 February 2007
  4. "Jonny Sniper"
    Released: 18 June 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 6.5/10 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
BBC Music 3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound 3/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
NME (8/10)[9]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10.0) [10]
Spin Magazine 3/5 stars[1]

Take to the Skies is the début studio album by British rock band Enter Shikari. On March 25, 2007, it reached #4 in the Official UK Album Chart selling 28,000 copies in its first week.[11] It has been released as a standard CD, a limited CD + DVD edition and a double LP version (2 x 180grm 12" vinyl) with an embossed gate fold sleeve.

The 12" vinyl edition was limited to 1000 copies and also contained the standard CD. The album reached worldwide sales of 200,000 copies[12] and was certified Gold in the UK, after selling over 100,000 copies. It is also the first album to achieve a significant chart success for a new act operating outside the traditional label system.[13]

On July 18, 2013, the band announced a repressing of the vinyl on a new colourway (green and beige), limited to just 500 copies, coming with a signed artwork print, for official release on August 5. The pressing was down to fans paying high prices on auction sites for original copies, and it sold out within a few hours of going on sale.[14]


The album contains many songs that were featured on demos, singles and EPs released in the years prior to their debut. "Sorry You're Not A Winner" was first on the band's second EP Sorry You're Not A Winner EP in 2003. It was later re-recorded in 2006 along with "OK, Time For Plan B" (which was a previously released demo in 2005) for the band's second single Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B. "Jonny Sniper" and "Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour..." were both on the band's third EP Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour (EP) in 2004; they were completely re-recorded for the album. A demo version of "Mothership" was previously released for the band's first single in 2006. Also "Enter Shikari", "Labyrinth", and "Return To Energiser" were released as demos from 2005-06. After the release of the album in Europe, the band spent a long period of time finding a distributor, which they would need to release the album in North America. Finally they signed to Tiny Evil Records and the album was released on October 30.

On the album's track listing, tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, 13 and 17 are untitled. However, the untitled tracks have been given names on the digital versions and other retailer descriptions. Track 1 is universally titled "Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land". In most cases tracks 5, 9, 11, 13 and 17 are all titled "Interlude", sometimes being numbered.[15] However, on the iTunes track listing 9 and 17 are both titled Reprise One and Two, respectively.[16] Also, Track 17 is sometimes titled "Closing".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Roughton "Rou" Reynolds; all music composed by Enter Shikari.

Take to the Skies
No. Title Length
1. "Stand Your Ground; This Is Ancient Land" 1:08
2. "Enter Shikari" 2:52
3. "Mothership" 4:30
4. "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour..." 4:32
5. "Interlude 1" 1:01
6. "Labyrinth" 3:51
7. "No Sssweat" 3:16
8. "Today Won’t Go Down in History" 3:34
9. "Interlude 2" 1:28
10. "Return to Energiser" 4:35
11. "Interlude 3" 0:18
12. "Sorry, You're Not a Winner" 3:52
13. "Interlude 4" 0:35
14. "Jonny Sniper" 4:01
15. "Adieu" 5:40
16. "OK, Time for Plan B" 4:55
17. "Closing" 2:44
Total length: 52:43

Chart performance and certifications[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart[18] 89
German Albums Chart[18] 93
Japan Albums Chart[19] 31
Irish Albums Chart 26
UK Albums Chart[20] 4
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone



  1. ^ a b Aaron Burgess (22 November 2007). "Enter Shikari, 'Take to the Skies' (Ambush Reality) | SPIN". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2012. Where similar U.S. synth-core units ... shuck mass appeal through atonality, England’s Enter Shikari have no interest in staying obscure. On their debut album, [they] wed hardcore punk’s most crowd-rallying elements — intense breakdowns and gang vocals — to the melodic buildup of that most populist of dance genres, trance. 
  2. ^ a b Blake Solomon (30 October 2007). "Enter Shikari - Take to the Skies - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  3. ^ CultureEditor (3 February 2015). "Enter Shikari Interview". The Ripple. Retrieved 16 July 2015. I found the album to be a departure from the trance/post-hardcore sound established in Take To The Skies... 
  4. ^ Crane, Matt (8 May 2014). "5 Albums That Electrified Metalcore". Alternative Press. Retrieved 16 July 2015. [Enter Shikari] were the first to release a metalcore album [(Take to the Skies)] that could also pass as a respectable techno effort. 
  5. ^ Sharon Mawer. "Take to the Skies - Enter Shikari | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Sharon Mawer (15 May 2007). "Take to the Skies - Enter Shikari | AllMusic". BBC Music. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Mike Diver (19 March 2007). "Enter Shikari - Take to the Skies /Releases/Releases//Drowned In Sound". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Caroline Sullivan (16 March 2007). "CD: Enter Shikari, Take to the Skies | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Mike Sterry (16 March 2007). "NME Album Reviews - Enter Shikari". NME. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Joshua Love (January 29, 2008). "Enter Shikari: Take to the Skies | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "U.K.'s Enter Shikari Scores Without Label". Billboard. 3 April 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Reach Out and Touch on Billboard, February 2012
  13. ^ Lars Brandle. "U.K.'s Enter Shikari Scores Without Label". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  14. ^ "'TAKE TO THE SKIES' 2xLP re-press + shows ▽ Enter Shikari". Entershikari.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  15. ^ "Take To The Skies: Enter Shikari: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Take to the Skies by Enter Shikari". Itunes.apple.com. 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Take to the Skies by Enter Shikari". Itunes.apple.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  18. ^ a b "Enter Shikari - Take To The Skies". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  19. ^ エンター・シカリえんたーしかり. "エンター・シカリの作品 | ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  20. ^ "Enter Shikari | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Enter Shikari – Take to the Skies". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Take to the Skies in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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