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Classic Albums

CA17 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

It’s Remfry’s choice of classic album and he decides to lead us down a harrowing path, as we delve into the 16th album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. 

The tragedy that befell Cave and his family will forever mark this record, perversely it will also always define it. The tragic death of Arthur Cave when he fell from the cliffs of Brighton would lead Cave to write his most lucid yet poignant rumination on death, a hell of an achievement for an artist who had always found profound meanings in the morbid and macabre.

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Riot Act

115 – Matt Berninger, Crippled Black Phoenix, Open Mike Eagle and Hellripper

Steve and Remfry review new albums by Matt Berninger, Crippled Black Phoenix, Open Mike Eagle and Hellripper. 
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Riot Act

114 – Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi and Metz

The rock world is in mourning this week as news broke on 6th October that Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Steve and Remfry pay their respects to a guitarist who undoubtedly and unmistakably changed the way that people approach the electric guitar.
Reviews come courtesy of Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi, METZ and Venom Prison

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Special

S26 Biffy Clyro (w/Simon Neil)

Remfry took the opportunity to sit down with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil to talk about their 9th studio album ‘A Celebration of Endings’, as well as the band’s radical Glasgow Barrowlands livestream and Biffy Clyro’s ability to infiltrate the mainstream despite being a really odd band. 

Remfry also had the chance to ask Simon about a number of other projects he’s put his name to during lockdown including Empire State Bastard, Tippy Toes and a new Marmaduke Duke record. 

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Classic Albums

CA16 Gallows – Grey Britain

It’s time once again for us to delve deep into another landmark record as part of our Classic Album podcasts. This week Steve is in the driving seat, and he has gone for the most modern album yet in this particular series, taking us back to the year 2009 for a look at the second album by Watford punks Gallows; Grey Britain.

We start by looking at the scene in which Gallows were born into, one of local shows and underground record labels, the early success and hype the band garnered with their debut album Orchestra Of Wolves, which led to the band being snapped up by Warner Bros for their undoubted masterpiece. We look at the creative leaps and bounds that Gallows went on to craft a record that still sounds as relevant, scabrous, difficult and bleak today as it did over a decade ago, before wondering if we will ever see the classic line up back together again, or whether we will ever see a band with such limited commercial prospects break into the mainstream in the same way that the band did at that time… spoiler alert, probably not.

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Riot Act

113 – Jónsi, Enslaved, Corey Taylor and Anaal Nathrakh

We have an exclusive ArcTanGent Festival announcement for you on this week’s show as we announce the line-up for Wednesday night … yes, ATG2021 will be four days of searing, riffgasmic Remfrycore and we have 10 bands to announce for you before any other outlet gets their greasy mitts on it. 

There are also reviews of the new albums by Jónsi, Enslaved, Corey Taylor, Anaal Nathrakh, Laura Jane Grace and Moor Mother. Plus congratulations are in order for IDLES on their #1 album and to Kilimanjaro Live boss Stuart Galbraith for attempting to give the government a kick up the arse by revealing a target date for live gigs to return in the UK. 

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Rioteers Review

RR20 thisGirl – A Short Strut To the Brassy Front

Originally on Patreon – Dec 17th 2019

For our twentieth Rioteers Review, Scott Bamford has suggested that we talk about Rotterdam post-hardcore mob thisGIRL’s 2002 debut full-length album A Short Strut to the Brassy Front. Steve recounts his memories of playing shows with the band ‘back in t’day’ with rowdy Will Haven imitators Stegal and Remfry keeps peddling out the same old rubbish joke, much to the annoyance of Steve. 

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Classic Albums

CA15 Opeth – Ghost Reveries

It’s Remfry’s pick on our deep dives into Classic Album territory and alongside Steve, he’s turning his attention to Swedish prog-metal legends Opeth and their eighth observation Ghost Reveries. Released in 2005, the album marked the band’s debut on Roadrunner Records, a move that idiots called controversial whilst sensible, level-headed folk simply shrugged and figured that a band of Opeth’s calibre had deserved a platform on what was almost certainly the biggest label dedicated to metal music for at least half a decade or so. 

It may not have been clear at the time but Ghost Reveries ushered in the end of an era for Opeth; 2008’s Watershed retained the heavy death metal growls that many miss in the Opeth of today but it undeniably took a very avant-garde turn that can now be viewed as ushering in the more prog tinged odyssey’s that Opeth explore today. As a marker in time, Ghost Reveries might represent the best album in the best era of Opeth’s career (yep … it’s better than Blackwater Park!). Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast

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Riot Act

112 – Deftones, Idles, Public Enemy and Svalbard

It’s a big week … possibly even the biggest week of the year thus far as we review new albums by Deftones, Idles, Public Enemy, Svalbard, Anna von Hausswolff and The Ocean. 
On top of all that, Remfry and Steve discuss the terrific 2000Trees announcement, the sad circumstances that have led to the hiatus of Anathema and Steve reviews NoFX’s livestream ‘performance’ of their 1992 White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean.   

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Riot Act

111 – Napalm Death, Everything Everything, Bob Mould and Jamie Lenman

Big album season has well and truly begun as Steve and Remfry are up to their eyeballs in great new releases from the likes of Napalm Death, Everything Everything, Bob Mould, Fawn Limbs, Jamie Lenman and Hidden Mothers. 
We also pay our respects to reggae legend Toots Hibbert who sadly passed away last week and another legendary band descends into the pit of Broken Records as Pink Floyd’s double one side live, one side studio album Ummagumma is dissected and assessed for a placing in our league table of despair.