Review: The Assistant

Jane is the first person in the office and the last one out. She also wipes the stains off her boss’s couch. She’s an entry level assistant for an unseen and influential figure in the film world with a conveyer belt of young women visiting his office, a nod to Harvey Weinstein. The Assistant is a day in Jane’s life.

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Review: Trivium – What The Dead Men Say

Props to Trivium for embracing the 21st century in a way few other mainstream metal acts have. For the last few years they’ve live-streamed all of their performances on Twitch, and frontman Matt Heafy uses the platform as a kind of side-hustle when he’s not on tour, twice daily putting on gigs from his home, gaming, and chatting with fans. When it comes to self-promotion, Trivium are putting the hours in.

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Review: Enter Shikari – Nothing is True & Everything is Possible

After making a bid for the bigtime with The Spark’s radio-friendly anthems and reigned-in compositions, Nothing is True & Everything is Possible returns to Enter Shikari’s winning formula of ambition and raw emotion. The choruses are still huge – one listen to lead single { The Dreamer’s Hotel } is all it takes for it to become an earworm – but now they’re spread across disparate influences placed alongside each other, deftly leaping from a rave to a waltz, tied together with raging, sincere, and introspective lyrics which act as a State of the Nation address.

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Review: Nightwish – Human. :||: Nature

Now nine albums deep, Nightwish’s more-of-everything approach was due to backfire eventually. Working with the London Session Orchestra propelled them to new heights on Once, and their last record’s grand finale was a 24-minute epic spanning the birth of life to its eventual extinction, occasionally narrated by Richard Dawkins. Despite some messy personnel changes, they’ve gone from strength to strength, now headlining Wembley Arena every few years.

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Review: All Time Low – Wake Up, Sunshine

All Time Low belong to a certain class of rock band. They were finding their feet just as the likes of Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and My Chemical Romance were reaching arena status, something they would achieve much later in 2015 when they headlined the Hydro, and when these bands had either left the scene behind or had hung up their boots. Now eight albums deep, Wake Up, Sunshine occupies a strange place as the band recalibrate following the shaky Last Young Renegades. To set things right, All Time Low have looked back to move forward, the end result being a record that longs for the mid-2000s.

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