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166 – Every Time I Die, The Darkness, BadBadNotGood and Slow Crush

It’s another week of alternative music chat here on Riot Act, but before that, different drinks for different… needs… as Remfry chugs down a big glass of some fizzy, technicoloured orange monstrosity which will rot his kidney away, while Steve politely sips on a cool glass of water.

It’s pretty much the only thing that our hosts do disagree on this week, as they chat about ex-Slayer guitarist Kerry King admitting that he believes his band quit too early, even though they haven’t really put out a decent record for nearly two decades. Quite how Steve would break that to Kerry… well… he probably wouldn’t, the big wuss. In reviews we look at the latest albums from Buffalo, New York hardcore veterans Every Time I Die, UK classic rock diehards The Darkness, Canadian modern, hip-hop affiliated jazz trio Badbadnotgood and underground Belgian shoegaze quartet Slow Crush.

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165 – Trivium, Brandi Carlile, blanket and Efterklang

It’s another eclectic (egg-leg-tic?) week on Riot Act with modern heavy metal, alt-country Americana, shoegaze-y alt-rock and a post-rock-pop album all getting a look in but Remfry’s most excited to talk about the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for some unfathomable reason, which leads Steve to recall a (slightly in-accurate) fact about Lord Webber and Timmy Mallet (it was Webber’s wife who challenged him, not Simon Cowell). Still … Steve has never let the truth get in the way of him bringing up Bombalurina’s classic Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini before and he’s not about to start now (Patreons, expect a Classic Album on Bombalurina’s seminal masterpiece Huggin’ An’a Kissin’ imminently).

We also discuss the brief internet shitstorm that’s surrounded Jacob Bannon’s iconic Jane Doe artwork for the utterly sublime Converge album of the same name but rather than simply pretend we’re experts in the field of copyright and trademark like seemingly every other twazzock on the internet, we’ve consulted a real IP lawyer who actually knows what they’re talking about. In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that most people commenting on said story don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

Speaking of people on the internet who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, Pitchfork have ‘re-appraised’ some records they reviewed in the past … except they haven’t. They’ve simply got other people to appraise them who think different things to the people who initially appraised them, which feels like a colossal waste of everybody’s time.

Albums reviewed this week are In the Court of the Dragon by Trivium, In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile, Modern Escapism by blanket and Windflowers by Efterklang

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164 – The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Frontierer, Poppy and Full of Hell

Inspired by Shakira’s wild boar bag robber, Remfry and Steve put forward their audition for The Really Wild Show, CBBC’s flagship wildlife television show … unfortunately, no one told them that the show ended over 15 years ago, but the deviation into the natural world does lead Remfry to confess to a spate of cow tippings in the South Gloucestershire area around 25 years ago whilst Steve confesses the equally heinous crime of never having seen The Lion King.

In more musically related matters, a study released by the UK Intellectual Property Office which analysed streaming services data between 2014-2020 has concluded that approximately 720 British musicians make a living solely from streaming royalties. We won’t spoil how many musicians are registered in the UK, but let’s put it this way … it’s a lot more than 720!

Reviews this week are of Illusory Walls by The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid to Die, Oxidized by Frontierer, Flux by Poppy, and Garden of Burning Apparitions by Full of Hell

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163 – Sleep Token, Public Service Broadcasting, The Body & Big I Brave and LLNN

Trigger Warning: this week’s episode contains dangerous baked potatoes.

It’s been a busy week for news for Steve and Remfry to digest this week, some of it is quite serious, like the implications of UMG being made public on the stock exchange and destroying the myth that there’s no money in the music industry, some of it is quite exciting, such as the very unexpected reformation of The Fugees and news of Rancid returning to the UK, some of it is very tiring, Slipknot and Machine Gun Kelly bellyaching at each other on Twitter for example, and some stories are just bizarre, like Liam Gallagher claiming rock and roll is alive and well because he fell out of a helicopter… fine, but he’s no Brian Harvey!

Once all that is out of the way we turn our attention to reviewing a very varied selection of new music from hotly tipped pop-tech-metal sensations Sleep Token, electro post-rock instrumental conceptualists Public Service Broadcasting, a very unique collaboration between underground, forward thinking metal artists The Body and Big I Brave, and Danish “Doomcore” (copyright Stephen Hill, 2021) destroyers LLNN

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162 – Thrice, Employed to Serve, Mono and Carcass

BEEEEARD OOOOIL! Stephen ‘Metalcore Fan Aggressor’ Hill and Remfry ‘Post-Rock Cowardly Lion’ Dedman review the latest new releases in the world of alternative music in the form of Horizons / East by Thrice, Conquering by Employed To Serve, Pilgrimage of the Soul by Mono, and Torn Arteries by Carcass.

Steve talks about his excitement at the announcement that Rick Astley and Blossoms teaming up to play the songs of The Smiths in possibly the most beguiling partnership since Sting and Shaggy released an album. We also peruse Rolling Stone’s hot-off-the-press updated version of their Top 500 Songs of all Time list, a list that was last updated in 2003.

On top of all that, Remfry has live reports of Mother Vulture and highlights from Portals Festival, including Bossk, Human Pyramids, CLT DRP, itoldyouiwouldeatyou and Nervus.

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161 – Manic Street Preachers, Little Simz, Low and Andrew W.K.

We’re joined by a special guest this week as Ash from Sugar Horse steps up to cast his critical eye over the week’s new releases which are The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz, Hey What by Low and God is Partying by Andrew W.K.

There are also brief reviews of Bad Pond Festival as well as Arab Strap’s much anticipated debut show in London since the release of their critically lauded come-back album As Days Get Dark.

Oh and there’s a nonsense story about how Classical music leaves us hooked on chocolate biscuits.

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160 – Kanye West, Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts and Bokassa

It’s a heck of a week for looooong releases with a fair dollop of controversy thrown in there for good measure as we take a look at the long-awaited double album Donda by Kanye West, before also casting a critical eye over Iron Maiden’s latest double opus Senjistsu as well as 21st Century Love Songs by The Wildhearts and Molotov Rocktail by Bokassa.

We also take a brief look at the state of ALT LDN festival, as well as live shows from Voices and Idles.

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159 – Turnstile, Jinjer, Sugar Horse and Sons of Alpha Centauri

This episode of Riot Act is dedicated to Mathew Davies (RIP)

On this week’s show, we pay our respects to Charlie Watt, the ‘engine’ behind the drum kit for The Rolling Stones who passed away on 24th August at the age of 80. In other news, Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album Nevermind, is suing surviving  band members Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love, photographer Kirk Weddle, the managers of Kurt Cobain’s estate, his Grandma, his second cousin, his dog, the first girl he ever kissed and probably Steve if he ever hears this podcast, after alleging that his parents never signed a release authorising the use of the image for the artwork. The lawsuit also cites the image as ‘child pornography’ … right you are Spence mate…

Albums reviewed on this week’s show are Glow On by Turnstile, Wallflowers by Jinjer, The Live Long After by Sugar Horse, and Push by Sons of Alpha Centauri

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158 – Deafheaven, Between The Buried and Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

Steve and Remfry left the comforted cocoon of their homes to venture to the midlands and sequestered themselves in a small town that one of our hosts (who will remain un-named) referred to as ‘horrid’. Thankfully, we weren’t there to review the local urban metropolises … instead, they gallivanted off to Bloodstock to watch some heavy metal.

Whilst they were away, someone filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1965, a claim that has caused controversy amongst internet sleuths the world over. We discuss, without drawing any solid conclusions, cause that would be premature without all the facts … unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the internet.

Albums reviewed this week are Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, Colors II by Between the Buried and Me, VI by The Bronx and Transmute by Press to Meco.

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157 – Quicksand, Wolves in the Throne Room, Nas and The Joy Formidable

There’s a slightly disagreeable air to this week’s show as Steve and Remfry assess the ‘new’ single from Guns N’ Roses, the first song the band have officially released since 2008’s ill-fated Chinese Democracy. An unexpected, punk-inflicted left-turn from the band or a crass, silly Axl rant set to a plodding, uninspired riff? Whilst we’re on GN’R hot takes, Steve never wants to hear Sweet Child O’ Mine EVER again, but lots of other people clearly do, as it reached over 1 billion streams on Spotify this week, making it part of a very exclusive club of songs that have earned the artist over 1 penny … don’t go spending it all at once chaps!

Albums reviewed this week include Distant Populations by Quicksand, Primordial Arcana by Wolves in the Throne Room, King’s Disease II by Nas and Into the Blue by The Joy Formidable.