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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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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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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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CA14 Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses I Part 1

It’s time for Steve and Remfry to delve into their big box of classic albums and pull out another one of their all time favourite records. We’re going slightly off piste this week, as we delve deep into the career of electro pop innovators turned synth rock megastars Depeche Mode. In this first part, you might be surprised to learn, we have picked the band’s 1987 sixth album Music For The Masses. Sandwiched between the groundbreaking Black Celebration and the commercial juggernaut of Violator, MFTM is scandalously overlooked in the band’s back catalogue, and we discuss why it is the best (YOU HEARD ME, BEST) Depeche Mode album.

Starting with a quick potted history of the band, and of electronic music, we look at the ongoing improvements in the studio, the increasing involvement of Alan Wilder, how the finished album started to change the perception of the band, the tour that followed the record and, of course, the huge Pasadena Rose Bowl show that cemented the band as a stadium act and was captured on the infamous 101 live tour document. Before teasing the second part of this double bill, where we will be looking at Violator; Part two is available at patreon.com/riotactpodcast

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CA14 Depeche Mode – Violator I Part 2

In the second part of our two part look at Basildon synth pop royalty Depeche Mode, Steve and Remfry dive deep into the bands 1990 album, and undoubted commercial peak, Violator. The boys discuss the, fairly amicable, way the record was conceived, written, and produced, the outside influences that turned Depeche Mode into one of the biggest bands in the world, namely; the more analogue sounds that new producer Flood brought to the record and the aesthetic that the bands unofficial fifth member Anton Corbijn created, and the massive commercial success that the band had always strived for finally coming to fruition in the aftermath of the records release.

We also look at what happened next, from the alt-rock inspired Songs Of Faith And Devotion album in 1993, the tour that nearly destroyed the band, the departure of Alan Wilder, vocalist Dave Gahan’s very public struggles with addiction and the band’s subsequent redemption. If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode, all you ever wanted, all you ever needed, is here, on this podcast. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA13 Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R I Part 2

In the second part of our trip through the desert, Remfry, Steve and Adam dissect Rated R, the second album by Queens of the Stone Age. Looking to expand their musical horizons even further, Rated R showed huge progression and a desire to collaborate which would remain a vital part of the QotSA sound to this day. With the band inviting contributions from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Dave Catching, Chris Goss, Wendy Rae Fowler, Barrett Martin, Pete Stahl and Rob Halford, Rated R would become the most diverse and eclectic set of QotSA songs (and remains so to this day). The dissolution of the core duo behind QotSA 4 years later would affect the quality of the band’s output, but between 1998 – 2004, Queens of the Stone Age were the best ‘straight-ahead’ rock band in the entire world and Rated R was the apex of their creative endeavours (Songs for the what??) Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA13 Queens of the Stone Age – Self Titled I Part 1

Remfry and Steve take a metaphorical trip to Palm Desert in the first part of our special on Queens of the Stone Age, covering thie 1998 self-titled debut. But they’re not alone, as Audience Please Podcast host and QotSA super-fan Adam Vallely joins them to dissect probably the most underappreciated record in the QotSA back catalogue. Together, they cover the transition from Kyuss to Queens, Joshua Homme’s desire to leave the stoner rock tag behind and how Queens of the Stone Age began (and remain) above their peers

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CA12 Cave In – Antenna I Part 2

In the second part of our look into the mighty mighty Bostonians Cave In, Remfry dives deep into Antenna, the band’s third studio album and their first (and last) on major label RCA. Continuing their streak of confounding fan expectations and creative exploration, Antenna marked yet another stylistic shift in their sound. Some longtime fans balked, but Cave In’s dedicated free-thinking fans were treated to 12 slabs of melodic, hook-laden songs of exquisite quality. Steve and Remfry discuss the major-label post-harcore boon of the early 2000s, the interlinking classic EP Tides of Tomorrow and Remfry’s experience seeing the band opening for Foo Fighters in 2003 as well as their stunning tribute to bassist Caleb Schofield at Roadburn Festival in 2008. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA12 Cave In – Jupiter I Part 1

On this week’s Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry travel back in time (and space, LOL!) to dig into the second album from Boston metalcore brutes turned space rock innovators Cave In; 2000’s masterpiece Jupiter. We look at the Boston scene of the late 90’s and how Cave In risked the ire of punk rockers to create, in our opinion, the first ever amalgam of hardcore and prog rock, the influence it had on the scene, the legacy of the record and why we believe that Cave In deserve a place in this list despite not being the most commercially successful band. Plus, we hear from Cave In’s own Stephen Brodsky, who answers some of our questions and reminisces on the creation and recording of the record

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CA11 U2 – The Joshua Tree I Part 1

Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion. 

A free, whether you asked for it or not, double header Classic Album series podcast on Irish megastars U2. In the first part we look at the bands 1987 behemoth The Joshua Tree, an album that turned U2 from hotly tipped and much loved arena rock heroes to the single biggest band on planet Earth. From the coming of Age at Live Aid in 1985, to the exploration and discovery of American artists that inspired the album, to the double Grammy winning, multi-million selling success that came in the aftermath of the record, we look at the story of one of the biggest albums of all time. Then we delve into the backlash that came U2’s way as the pressure the band felt and the fatigue the public felt toward the band threatened to destroy them.

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.