Remfry’s got himself in a bit of a tizz over Dizzie Rascal, although he may have got the wrong end of the stick. Alongside Steve, he gets back on track reviewing new releases by Bob Dylan, Ohmms, Bo Ningen, Vile Creature and clipping. Plus, take a look at the 2011 collaborative album between Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu and discuss whether it really deserves the mauling that it received
On this week’s show, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Lamb of God, Phoebe Bridgers, Protest the Hero and Coriky and they also delved further into the pit of despair than ever on Broken Records, heading back to 1999 and pooping the party, with it’s soundtrack of hedonistic, misogynistic, will-waving in the form of Tommy Lee’s debut ‘solo’ album Methods of Mayhem
In the second part of our celebration of Richmond metal legends Lamb Of God, Steve picks up the baton as we look at the bands critical and commercial smash fourth album Sacrament. Continuing on from the aftermath of As The Palaces Burn the boys look at where LOG went next, from their signing to major label Epic, the release of the hugely successful Ashes of the Wake album, the recording of Sacrament, its release, the success that took them into the top ten of the Billboard Top 200 and onto mainstream television and our recollections of the Sacrament touring cycle and the amazing live shows it brought. Finally, opinions are split as we close up the entire podcast with a discussion on what is the very best album of Lamb Of God’s career. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
It’s Remfry’s pick and it’s time for a bit of heavy metal, courtesy of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene, which Steve and Remfry spend a little time unpicking via Wikipedia. They also discuss Devin Townsend’s controversial production job and how the album came to sound the way that it does, until the 10th anniversary re-issue and remix by Josh Wilbur and Remfry argues his rhetoric as to why he feels As the Palaces Burn is the best album of Lamb of God’s career.
It’s Steve’s second catch-up show of the year and he’s curated a veritable feast of aural treats that we’ve missed in the first 5 months of 2020. New albums reviewed this week include Ghostpoet, END, Backxwash, Porridge Radio and Barren Womb. And in Broken Records, Steve and Remfry discuss whether Liz Phair’s self-titled 2003 record deserves to be in our hallowed hall of shit
Previously on Patreon 14/05/2019 – Steve and Remfry discuss the comeback album from Blur, The Magic Whip, the London Britpop legend’s eighth studio album. They discuss how the album fits into the band’s legacy, how Hong Kong affected the making of the album and how successful their comeback was.
**With #blacklivesmatter being a movement that has proved to be depressingly prescient in the last few days, Remfry and Steve decided that it was vital to cover the new album by Run the Jewels, despite receiving the promo after this week’s show was already recorded. The original episode description follows**
Steve and Remfry are joined this week by friend of the show Mr. Matt Stocks this week, who’s on to promote his new book … But that’s not the ONLY reason he’s on the show as he’s also helping the Riot Actors to review new albums by 156/Silence, Katie Malco and The Weapon, plus he delves into the hatful of shit alongside Steve and Remfry, as they look back at Bush’s 7th full-length album Black and White Rainbows
In the concluding part of this Manic Street Preachers double headed Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry discuss the bands commercial behemoth and phoenix from the flames that was 1996’s Everything Must Go record. Starting at the point of not knowing if they were still to be a band after guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared in early 1995, through to the band writing the iconic A Design For Life, the stylistic shift, both artistically and visually, after The Holy Bible and the critical and commercial acclaim they achieved once the record was released. We finish by trying to sum up exactly what happened, and how it happened, during this period, and what the legacy of the Manics truly is over a quarter of a century after their most definitive era. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
In the first part of a double Classic Album Series, Steve and Remfry look back at Manic Street Preachers third album The Holy Bible. The boys talk about the mindset of the band going into recording, from the death of their manager Phillip Hall to the pressure the ever growing cult surrounding enigmatic guitarist Richey Edwards put on them, and the general feel of alternative rock in 1994 in the aftermath of the death of Kurt Cobain. They then deep dive into the record itself, picking apart the themes and ideology of what is certainly one of the darkest, most nihilistic and disturbing albums in the history of popular music, before retracing Edwards steps after his mysterious disappearance in early 1995. Part two is available at patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
Technical difficulties have hindered our (Remfry’s) ability to review new albums this week, but we didn’t want to let you down so we cover three new releases this week (as opposed to the usual 4) by The 1975, Mrs Piss and Antethic. In Broken Records, we delved deeper than we’ve ever … devled, as we go in on Blood, Sweat and Towers, the 2006 debut album from Towers of London