Remfry and Steve’s enforced bout of self-isolation means that the podcast is being recorded remotely for the first time in Riot Act’s almost two year history … the boys give you the skinny on the latest releases by Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Milk Teeth, Igorrr and Irist all the while grappling with 21st century communication technology. And this week’s Broken Record comes courtesy of Lou Reed’s regular ‘worst album ever’ poll mainstay Metal Machine Music from 1975
In the first of our new Riot Act Classic Albums series, Steve and Remfry discuss not one, but two records released on September 17th 1991 by unquestionably the biggest band in the world at that time … Guns N’ Roses.
They talk about the extravagances of the ‘blockbuster album’ era, the relative merits and failings of each record individually, Izzy Stradlin’s often underappreciated contribution to G N’R, the controversies that dogged the band at this time, the firing of original drummer Steve Adler plus much much more across 2+ hours.
Not only that but Steve also attempts to compile his own version of Use Your Illusion that would fit neatly on to one compact disc (that’s a 150 minute album condensed down to just 80 minutes kids it ain’t as easy as it looks!)
Steve and Remfry discuss COVID-19, how it’s affecting the music industry and how it’ll affect Riot Act (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere). They also review new albums by Myrkur, Hyborian, Telepathy and Birthmarks and live reviews of Palm Reader, Employed to Serve, A.A. Williams and Turnstile. Plus, our first album for Broken Records is Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics II
Riot Act’s gone all controversial … or more controversial than usual at least, with the contentious likes of Varg Vikernas, Ian Watkins and Charles Manson all being discussed in some fashion on the show this week … lovely stuff!
Away from dubious characters, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Haggard Cat, Hilary Woods, Human Impact, Video Nasties and Lauren Auder plus we bid adieu (for the time being) to Trade-off but we go out with two cover albums from big hitters in the shape of The Spaghetti Incident!? by Guns N’ Roses and Undisputed Attitude by Slayer
New albums reviewed this week come courtesy of Body Count, JFDR, My Dying Bride and Today is the Day and Remfry went to see London-based promoter Chaos Theory’s ’10 Years of Chaos’ all-dayer as well as the curious sight of seeing furious Brit hardcore crew Ithaca open for American indie folk rock starlwarts Big Thief. Plus, Trade-off returns for it’s penultimate bow, As Remfry brings in Vessels’ 2008 debut album ‘White Fields and Open Devices’, whilst Steve puts forward Earth Crisis’ ‘Breed the Killers’.
Steve and Remfry are joined by Employed to Serve mic-abuser and Holy Roar Records impresario Justine Jones this week to review new albums by Five Finger Death Punch, Nova Twins, Sightless Pit, Toundra and Intronaut. Steve waxes lyrical about one of the best new bands he’s seen live in a long long time and there’s discussion around a topic raised last week of musicians who had better careers solo than in bands
Reviewed this week are new releases by Ozzy Osbourne, Agnes Obel, InTechnicolour and Greg Dulli. Plus Steve had a miserable time at The Brits and Remfry went on tour with Glasweigan instru-mentalists(!) Vasa and made a stop off at The Netherlands’ premier post-tech-rock festival Complexity Fest
Steve and Remfry are joined this week by Vlad and Dave from In Technicolour whose debut album Big Sleeper is released next week on Big Scary Monsters. Together they review new releases by Tame Impala, The Broken Islands, Kvelertak, Suicide Silence and Vasa. There’s also talk on Reading Festival and Rage Against the Machine’s return to the UK
It’s a gluttony of reviews this week as Remfry and Steve bin off Trade off (again … sorry we WILL come back to it) and instead review a plethora of new releases from Loathe, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Sepultura, Sylosis, Spanish Love Songs, Napalm Death and Vennart … phew! There’s also live reviews of Sleep Token, Five Finger Death Punch and the Backyard Babies / The Wildhearts co-headliner
Remfry and Steve are joined this week by Kadeem and Erik of Liverpudlian progressive metal genre manglers Loathe. They discuss their forthcoming album, I Let It In and It Took Everything, which will be reviewed next week. In terms of this week’s reviews, the quartet look at new releases by Squarepusher, envy, Leeched and The Guru Guru