Enter Shikari
Nothing is True & Everything is Possible

Label: So Recordings
Three similar bands: Fotocrime/Refused/Sick of It All

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
2. Crossing The Rubicon
3. { The Dreamer’s Hotel }
4. Waltzing Off the Face of the Earth (I. Crescendo)
5. modern living….
6. apøcaholics anonymøus (main theme in B minor)
7. the pressure’s on.
8. Reprise 3
9. T.I.N.A
10. Elegy For Extinction
11. Marionettes (I. The Discovery of Strings)
12. Marionettes (II. The Ascent)
13. satellites* *
14. thē kĭñg
15. Waltzing Off the Face of the Earth (II. Piangevole)

Rou Reynolds – lead vocals, keyboards, programming, piano, orchestral arrangements, production, mixing
Rory Clewlow – guitar, vocals, engineering
Chris Batten – bass, vocals
Rob Rolfe – drums, percussion, drum engineering

Take to the Skies (2007)
Common Dreads (2009)
A Flash Flood of Colour (2012)
The Mindsweep (2015)
The Spark (2017)

George Fenton – orchestral arrangements
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Adam Klemens – conductor

Dan Weller – engineering, production assistant
George Perks – engineering
Will Flato – engineering
Dan Lancaster – mixing
Geoff Swan – mixing
Clint Murphy – mixing
Prash 'Engine-Earz' Mistry – mastering
Lavar Bullard – mastering
Stuart Hawkes – mastering (vinyl)
Additional personnel:
Ian Johnsen – art direction
Stuart Ford – layout
Tom Pullen – photography
Corinne Cumming – photography assistant

Released 2020-04-17
Reviewed 2020-04-28


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Nothing is true and everything is possible, you can be fooled to think that there is truth in the title of the new album by Enter Shikari – but it isn’t, even though it is possible. Confusing, isn’t it? The cover looks pretty dreadful, although the previous album didn’t have a brilliant cover either, so never judge the book by its cover. The album with this clever, or confusing, title is the sixth by Enter Shikary and it gives us fifteen tracks and about 45 minutes of music.

It is the same kind of post hardcore as the previous album, they make their music with more confidence and the songs are probably catchier than before. But I would also describe it as a little bit plainer than the previous album, and more varied. The production is really good, and it is songs that are easy to like, catchy and with good energy – the fans will find it familiar, though I would say that this one doesn’t quite feel quite as inspired as the previous one. It is a quality production, but perhaps not a very original one, and far from as creatively interesting as the predecessor.

In its best moments I would say that this album is quite brilliant, the track apøcaholics anonymøus (main theme in B minor) is really great and catchy, as well as memorable. The opening three tracks are also strong and a great start but much of the album is pretty bland and more a solid effort than anything really interesting. Compared with the previous album I would say that this one carries less of a spark and it is not as enjoyable, even though it has some outstanding music.

So to conclude and reiterate; when it is great it is quite brilliant, but the overall picture is that they have taken a step backwards compared with the previous album and this isn’t as exciting. But sure, the band’s fans and those who enjoy the genre should probably have a closer look at this album, you might like it as everything is possibly – although it may not be the truth.