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CA20 System of a Down – Self-Titled (Part 1)

It’s another double Classic Album Series podcast, and this week we go in on one of the weirdest multi-platinum selling bands in history; Armenian/American metal oddities System Of A Down. In part one we look at the band’s self-titled debut album from 1998. Starting with the formation of the band, and their various and wide ranging musical inspirations, we look at the nascent nu-metal scene that was building in LA around the time, their relationship with super producer Rick Rubin and the impact the band made when the record was released. Steve talks about his various experiences seeing the band around the time, and we touch on what happened in the scene when they vanished completely for 18 months after the record, which sets us up nicely for part 2!

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CA20 System of a Down – Toxicity (Part 2)

In the second part of our 2 part look at nu-metal megastars System Of A Down we concentrate on their breakthrough second album, and legitimate and time genre classic, Toxicity. We start by looking at what had happened in the scene during SOAD’s absence, the pop-punk and nu-metal boom now at its absolute commercial peak, and how System were seen as yesterday’s men before their glorious return. We speak about the recording of the record, how 30 plus songs needed to be trimmed down to fit one singular album, and the release and incredible success the band achieved. Success that gave them their first number one album, on the week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, and turned them from cult metal band into festival headlining superstars. We close up by looking at the band’s legacy, where they went from here, and just how unlikely it was that System Of A Down became one of the biggest band of their generation without compromising their sound at all. 

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121 – Palm Reader, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch

Steve’s in a festive mood because it’s Thanksgiving and nothing gets him feeling more jolly than celebrating the concentrated slaughter of millions of people… ahhh bliss! But there’s genuinely something to celebrate as the long awaited 4th album from Palm Reader is out. Remfry and Steve review that alongside new albums by Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch. And we also correct our errors from last week when stating that there are no bands left to reform … you’ve come back to us in your droves and we cycle through the bands you’d like to see reform who haven’t done so yet. 

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RR23 Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion

Originally On Patreon- April 14th 2020

In this Rioteer’s Review, suggested by Max Ellis, Remfry and Steve discuss the 1992 sixth studio album by psychedelic ‘grunge’ underdogs Screaming Trees. They discuss the band’s involvement in the Singles soundtrack, pour yet more worship upon Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan (as per) and attempt to get to the bottom of why Screaming Trees never ‘hit big’ in the same way as their contemporaries Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. 

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120 – Killer Be Killed, Cabaret Voltaire, Dark Tranquility and p.g. Lost

Steve and Remfry can’t decide on whether it’s a good week or not, as they review new releases by Killer Be Killed, Cabaret Voltaire, Dark Tranquility and p.g. Lost. They also talk about the potential Hole reunion (and if they’re bothered were such a thing to occur) as well as the all-star Alice in Chains tribute show at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. 

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CA19 Pixies – Doolittle (Part 2)

In part 2 of our Classic Album series on Pixies, Remfry delves into the 1989 sophomore album Doolittle. Released just 13 months after debut Surfer Rosa, Doolittle ushered in a clearer, cleaner production job by Gil Norton which lifted the songwriting of Black Francis to hitherto unknown heights. Debaser, Monkey Gone to Heaven, Here Comes Your Man, No.13 Baby, Hey, Gouge Away … the album is chock full of incredible classic songs and Doolittle was the record that married the extraordinary synthesis of bland and surrealism that was unique to Pixies.

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CA19 Pixies – Surfer Rosa (Part 1)

It’s Remfry’s pick for the Classic Albums series and we’re back to doubles due to lockdown, so Remfry’s decided to cover alt. rock Gods Pixies. The Boston indie legends recorded Surfer Rosa in November 1987, just 11 months after Black Francis and Joey Santiago dropped out of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to form the band. Bone Machine, River Euphrates, Gigantic and Where is my Mind? are all still beloved songs from the band’s back catalogue. Steve and Remfry dive into the making of the record and the band’s tumultuous relationship with producer Steve Albini. 

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119 – AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles

Biden’s president, we have a vaccine and Steve’s an uncle … but even more important than all of that, System of a Down have released their first new songs in 15 years. Remfry and Uncle Steve assess these 2 new tracks as well as new releases by AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles. 

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RR22 OST (Compiled by Trent Reznor) – Natural Born Killers

Steve and Remfry discuss the Original Soundtrack to controversial Oliver Stone directed and Quentin Tarantino scripted satirical black comedy Natural Born Killers. Compiled by Trent Reznor, who reportedly watched the film 50 times, it’s contains an incredibly varied smorgasbord of musicians including Leonrad Cohen, Dr. Dre, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, L7, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel and Jane’s Addiction. 

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118 Sólstafir, Ólafur Arnalds, Vennart and Bitch Falcon

Steve and Remfry have had a busy week, not only do they claim to have won the US election (that’s how it works right?) they also have plenty of new music to listen to. Lots of music. A whole load of music. A lot of people are saying they listen to the most music of everyone… ahem…

We review new releases from Sólstafir, Ólafur Arnalds, Vennart, Bitch Falcon, Mountain Caller and This Be The Verse.

Plus, we chat about the latest live streams from The Bronx, Puscifer, Mr. Bungle and Code Orange. 

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