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CA06 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence

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It’s Remfry’s pick for Classic Album’s and finally, he’s getting the chance to dive deep into the full-length debut album by Long Island post-hardcore heroes Glassjaw. Remfry ties himself up in knots trying to describe how much Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence means to him, whilst Steve manages to approach the album from a slightly more balanced viewpoint (although he does think it’s bloody brilliant!) They discuss the 7 years leading up to the release of the album, how it fit in (or rather didn’t) with everything else going on around it in heavy music, the fallout with Roadrunner records and the controversy surrounding the lyrics. Oh and they also discover that Daryl Palumbo was in Busted! (sort of). 

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93 – Captain Rock & The Rock Boys

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It’s our first catch-up show of the year, something which you’ll likely be seeing more of over the coming weeks considering all the major records are being pushed back in release schedules due to … well, ya know. Remfry and Steve review new albums by Moby and Paradise Lost and catch up on records by The Strokes, Mark Lanegan, Therapy? and Bear. There’s also a short tribute to Richard Wayne Penniman, AKA Little Richard and another short tribute to Brian May’s buttock

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RR12 Devin Townsend – Ocean Machine

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92 – Eeuuuwwee XIV

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In an uncharacteristic move, Steve and Remfry are singing Paramore songs, probably due to the release of the debut solo album by Hayley Williams, which is reviewed alongside new albums by The Hirsch Effekt, Winterfylleth and Fake Names. Meanwhile Broken Records is laced with a thin film of smut as the boys dissect Slick Dogs and Ponies, the third and thankfully final album by perma-erect San Diego rock band Louis XIV

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CA05 – Roots

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Welcome back to another one of Riot Act’s Classic Albums Series. This week Steve’s up, and his pick is the, critically acclaimed yet often misunderstood, 6th album from Brazilian thrash/death/nu-metal pioneers Sepultura. 

The boys look back at Sepultura’s career till that point, and try and work out what exactly was the inspiration behind making the record, we look at the point in heavy music around the records release, it’s recording process, it’s phenomenal success, the tragedy that enveloped in and the unfortunate unravelling that happened soon after. An unravelling that ended up destroying the classic Sepultura lineup. We also look at the aftermath of everyone involved in the records career and ask if this was their creative high-point.

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91 – Police Academy 9: Mars Cadets

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Steve and Remfry are reviewing a veritable feast of new releases this week by the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Gold Key, Flies Are Spies From Hell and Umbra Vitae, whilst our broken record comes courtesy of arena rock behemoths Queen (and Paul Rodgers) with their 2008, 16th studio album ‘The Cosmos Rocks’.

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RR11 ’68 – Two Parts Viper

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90 – A Brass Rubbing of Oasis

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Another week, another episode of friction and tension between the boys Riot Act, as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Trivium, Elephant Tree, Elder and Katatonia, as well as throwing in a review of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’ an album that, since its release last week has garnered such strong critical praise, it seemed remiss not to cover it in some fashion on the show. Elsewhere, there’s an insight into John Dolmayan’s opinion on whether we’ll ever get new System of a Down material (don’t get your hopes up) and our Broken Record this week is Famous First Words, the 2011 debut album from insipid indie stardom-seekers Viva Brother

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CA04 – In Rainbows (0110) I Part 2

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In the second part of our Radiohead Classic Albums series, Remfry and Steve skip ahead 10 years to 2007 which saw the band’s seventh full-length studio album, In Rainbows, unleashed onto an unsuspecting world.

Released using a revolutionary digital pay-what-you-want model, In Rainbows has since far surpassed the initial controversy surrounding its release and cemented itself as a classic in the band’s extensive back-catalogue. Remfry dissects how the band’s contract finishing with EMI led them to experiment with such a risky strategy and, alongside Steve, they discuss if the gamble paid off for the band or not.

They also discuss the impact it had on how we all consume music today, the sometimes (very) lengthy gestation period of Radiohead songs, the utter ridiculous criticism that Radiohead are a band for the mind rather than the heart and the merits and flaws of the 0110 theory, a conspiracy that claims OK Computer and In Rainbows are meant to compliment one another and create a whole new listening experience when the tracks are interlinked in a specific way.  

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CA04 – OK Computer (0110) I Part 1

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It’s about bloody time Riot Act discussed Radiohead, the critically-lauded British art rock Oxfordians who changed the face of modern music forever. Seeing as we’ve never really talked all that much about them on the show before, Remfry greedily picks two albums which may (or may not) be interlinked in a manner that conspiracy nuts go crazy for. 

This first part concentrates on the undisputed classic OK Computer, the band’s third album released 21st May 1997. Routinely considered one of the best albums of all time, Remfry and Steve discuss the impact the album had on a music scene in flux, the arduous recording process, the band’s legendary debut headline appearance at Glastonbury, the 1998 documentary film Meeting People is Easy, the hacked Minidiscs scandal that erupted in 2019 and more. There’s also an interesting and somewhat surprising diversion when talk turns to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and 70s BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

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