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135 – Rob Zombie, Pupil Slicer, Maximo Park and Eyehategod

A sombre start to the show this week as, after a brief battle with bile duct cancer, Entombed A.D. vocalist LG Petrov has passed away at the age of 49. Remfry and Steve pay tribute to a man who has influenced countless bands across the extreme world. RIP LG. 

In other news, Kreator are going to be headlining Bloodstock Festival this year (if it goes ahead) replacing Mercyful Fate, Architects secured a No.1 album on the UK Official Album Charts and, bizarrely, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine has claimed that there are no bands anymore … 

Reviews this week include The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy by Rob Zombie, Mirrors by Pupil Slicer, Nature Always Wins by Maximo Park and A History of Nomadic Behaviour by Eyehategod.

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CA27 Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

It’s time once again when the dynamic Riot Act duo delve deep into one of their favourite albums for a feature length special. It’s Remfry’s turn and his pick is 1993’s Siamese Dream, the 2nd full-length studio album from Chicago alt rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins.

After the unexpected commercial success of the Pumpkins’ debut 1991 album Gish, critics began to peg the band as ‘the new Nirvana’, which put bandleader and predominant songwriter Billy Corgan under unwanted pressure ‘to make the next album to set the world on fire’. Siamese Dream never gained the commercial success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but it did become a beloved soundtrack to the lives of many disenfranchised and disaffected youth who felt like they didn’t fit in with the status quo.

Like their peers, Smashing Pumpkins concerned themselves with dark lyrical subject matter, but they married those themes to music that felt jubilant and triumphant, creating a contrast in songs like Today and Hummer which made them all the more affecting. Meanwhile, songs such as Soma and Mayonnaise showed a truly developed sense of beautific serenity that was far beyond many of their contemporaries.

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134 – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Arab Strap, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Tigers Jaw

Well, they only went and bleeding did it! Mogwai at No.1 in the Official UK Album Charts. Remfry’s very excited and it looks like Architects will score well on this week’s Official Album Charts as well. Hooray for guitar music!

In other good news, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have won a Golden Globe for their soundtrack to Pixar’s Soul.Sadly and somewhat predictably, Download Festival has been cancelled in 2021, and Van Morrison has announced a new studio album (his 42nd!), a double album with some dubious eye-rolling, old man titles. 

Steve and Remfry review new releases including Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, As Days Get Dark by Arab Strap, L.W by King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard and I Won’t Care How You Remember Me by Tigers Jaw.

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RR28 London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing

Riot Act goes pop (sort of) at Elliot Holt’s suggestion as Steve and Remfry discuss the sophomore album by indie-electro pop trio London Grammar, who (confusingly) are from Nottingham. Steve gets personal, antagonises David Cameron and does an appalling Northern Irish accent whilst Remfry sits and listens in a sulk (even though he’s not in a sulk at all).

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133 – Architects, Julien Baker, NoFX and Glitterer

Remfry’s so excited about the prospect of Mogwai getting a number 1 album this week that he’s changed his t-shirt! Who saw that coming!? Steve’s happy for Mogwai but even happier to discover that Remfry has more than one t-shirt. 

The rest of the news covers the full range of the good, the bad and the ugly as The Former Boss of the United States of America and The Boss start a podcast together (good), Daft Punk announce they’ve split up after 28 years (bad) and Reading & Leeds strongly indicate that they will be back this summer, leading a whole slew of UK festivals to announce they will also be returning in 2021 (ugly). Oh and in altogether terrifying news, some fart-hat has decided to make a biopic about Robbie Williams … starring Robbie Williams.

Reviews this week are For Those Who Wish to Exist by Architects, Little Oblivions by Julien Baker, Single Album by NoFX, and Life Is Not a Lesson by Glitterer.

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Classic Albums

CA26 Type O Negative – October Rust

It’s that time where we delve into another classic album here on Riot Act, and this week Steve and Remfry go slow, deep and hard into the career of one of the 90’s most unique bands; New York alternative goth metallers Type O Negative and their 1996 masterpiece October Rust.

We start by looking at both alt-metal and goth, what they were, how they formed and just how unlikely a pairing they were for commercial success back in the early 90’s, before looking at Type O’s entire career; from the controversy, the addition of melody and romanticism, the subtle humour, the infiltration of the mainstream, the problems of frontman Peter Steele that led to darker and less accessible material later in their career and his tragic death in 2010. Plus we go through every track on the record and try and work out just what it is that made Type O Negative one of the most enduring cult bands of the 90’s.

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132 – Mogwai, Slowthai, Nothing, Nowhere. and The Hold Steady

Steve and Remfry review four new releases this week including As the Love Continues by Mogwai, TYRON by Slowthai, Trauma Factory by Nothing, Nowhere. and Open Door Policy by The Hold Steady. 
#westandwithmorbid

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RR27 Candlebox – Self Titled

Thanks to the suggestion from Rich Hobson, Remfry and Steve are returning to their favourite era … the early 90s. But lo! What is this!? An album from ‘the best decade of all time’ that neither Steve nor Remfry have heard? What folly is this? Of course,Candlebox were the butt of many jokes once the grunge movement exploded, particularly with the release of their 1993 self-titled album … but do they deserve such scorn? It’s like clear gravy baby!

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Riot Act 131 – Hayley Williams, God is an Astronaut, Lüt and Black Country, New Road

Remfry and Steve look at six new releases, including FLOWERS for VASES / descansos by Hayley Williams, Ghost Tapes #10 by God is an Astronaut, The Things They Believe by Loathe, For the First Time Ever by Black Country, New Road, The Thule Grimoires by The Ruins of Beverast and Mesmark by Lüt. 


They also take a look at the nominees for this year’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Steve is infuriated that Tina Turner isn’t already in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. But not as infuriated as he is with Weetabix, and their suggestion of putting baked beans on the whole-grain wheat breakfast cereal.

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CA25 Sigur Rós – ()

Our latest pick in the Classic Albums series sees Remfry and Steve delve into hitherto untrodden territory as Remfry finally indulges his post-rock leanings by picking (), the third full length album from Icelandic’s second biggest musical export Sigur Rós.


Sigur Rós are one of the few bands of the 21st century who have created a unique, strong identity. The term ‘Sigur Rós-esque’ has become a shortcut for journalists to describe music that is ethereal, sentimental and epic, but no band has gone to quite the same extremes to capture a specific sound as Sigur Rós did with (). We explore how Sigur Rós use Minimalism, Negative Space and ‘Hopelandic’, an invented ‘language’ of meaningless words and syllables, help the listener to impose their own interpretations on the songs. 


Sigur Rós inspire hyperbolic sentiments in people, leading one critic writing for Melody Maker to describe their music as ‘like God weeping tears of gold in heaven.’ We explore how the band provoke such extravagant descriptions in some, whilst simultaneously leading others to dismiss them as ‘forehead-slappingly pretentious’. Whichever side of the line you fall, it’s difficult to deny that Sigur Rós have created an evocative sound that is completely unique to them. 

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