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.
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.
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.
After a minor delay, Remfry is back, alongside regular co-host Stephen Hill, to dissect the ‘other’ big album in Glassjaw’s discography, 2002’s Worship and Tribute. Together they discuss the lay of the heavy music land in 2002, how Worship and Tribute slotted into that (or didn’t), how 9/11 affected the writing of the album, the Brixton Academy 7.7.7 show and how Glassjaw accidentally sparked of the emo explosion that would take over alternative music a couple of years later. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
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).
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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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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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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It’s Steve’s pick for a classic album this week, and he has chosen to finally dip into an album that we here at Riot Act have been threatening to do since the very inception of the podcast; Pink Floyd’s 1979 prog-rock opera The Wall.
In the first part of our mammoth 2 part look at the project, we are joined by Haggard Cat man, friend of the podcast and Pink Floyd megafan Matt Reynolds. The boys discuss their various feelings about the band, their previous work, the lead up to the record (including blow by blow accounts of the Roger Walters meltdown that inspired the album), the various problems that the band encountered during the writing and recording process and the result of it all. One of the most famous, iconic and divisive albums ever created.
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