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128 – Smashing Pumpkins, Wardruna, Viagra Boys and Lonely The Brave

This week, we try to kick into 2021 properly, but not before casting our critical eye over Smashing Pumpkins’ 11th studio album CYR which came out at the tail end of 2020. 


Releases covered from 2021 include Wardruna’s Kvitvran, Viagra Boys’ Welfare Jazz and Lonely the Brave’s The Hope List. Steve and Remfry also pay tribute to New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and acknowledge that Phil Spector’s died. 

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127 – Taylor Swift, Alpha Male Tea Party, Gone is Gone and Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou

New releases are still fairly thin on the ground, so Steve and Remfry continue to take a look back at some of the records they missed at the tail end of 2020, including Taylor Swift’s evermore, Alpha Male Tea Party’s Infinity Stare and Gone is Gone’s (deep breath) If Everything Happens For A Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters At All
There is some brand new music however in the form of The Helm of Sorrow, a new collaborative EP from Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou that’s come hot on the heels of last year’s debut collaborative full-length May Our Chambers Be Full 

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126 – Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil, Cazador

It’s our first review show of 2021, but as is often the case at the beginning of the year, there aren’t all that many new releases worth talking about, so instead, Remfry and Steve review some of the big hitters from the end of 2020 that they missed due to Album of the Year shenanigans, including new releases from Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil and Cazador. 

Sadly things aren’t as quiet on the news front as we pay tribute to two musicians who both passed away recently; underground hip-hop rapper MF Doom and Children of Bodom guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho. Plus we get political after photographs of Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer are circulated showing him to be one of the protestors at the US Capitol siege.

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125 – The Greatest Hits of Greatest Hits

It’s the first show of 2021 and seeing as it’s the beginning of the year, there’s not all that much going on in terms of new releases (sorry The Dirty Nil, we’ll cover you next week). So instead of our usual weekly review show, Steve and Remfry bring you something seasonal … a look at 10 Best Of / Greatest Hits collections that we deem essential. 
The criteria is to choose best of collections by bands who have a great collection of songs, but maybe are a missing that all killer, no filler definitive album, or maybe even bands who overall are just ok, but collect together their hits and you’ve got one almighty banger of an album. There’s controversy aplenty, as Remfry picks a best of by one of the biggest metal bands of all time and Steve threatens anyone that doesn’t like Motown.  

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124 – Gill to the Future

For our final weekly podcast of the year, Steve and Remfry are joined once again by ex-Editor-at-Large James Gill from Metal Hammer Magazine. 

Gill has provided us with a long-list of bands that he used to cover in the magazine and we find out what’s happened to them in the intervening years. Bands featured include Lower Than Atlantis, Alexisonfire, Anvil, We Butter the Bread with Butter, Sebastian Bach, Motley Crue, Bleeding Through, Down Bullet For My Valentine and Lostprophets

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123 – Riot Act Albums of the Year 2020 (10-1)

It’s the epic three hour conclusion to Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2020 as Steve and Remfry recount their albums of 2020 from 10 to the predictable and inevitable no.1 album of the year. 
We also look into the worst albums of the year, the most disappointing of the year and the surprises of the year. 

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122 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2020 (20 – 11)

Could it really be that time of year again? Yeah, 2020 sucked for most of us, but good golly did we have an excellent soundtrack to accompany the gloom this year. Steve and Remfry count down their Top 20 albums of 2020 and kick things off with spectacular style with numbers 20 – 11. They also talk about their respective song and EP of the year in the first part of our end of year countdown. 

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121 – Palm Reader, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch

Steve’s in a festive mood because it’s Thanksgiving and nothing gets him feeling more jolly than celebrating the concentrated slaughter of millions of people… ahhh bliss! But there’s genuinely something to celebrate as the long awaited 4th album from Palm Reader is out. Remfry and Steve review that alongside new albums by Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch. And we also correct our errors from last week when stating that there are no bands left to reform … you’ve come back to us in your droves and we cycle through the bands you’d like to see reform who haven’t done so yet. 

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120 – Killer Be Killed, Cabaret Voltaire, Dark Tranquility and p.g. Lost

Steve and Remfry can’t decide on whether it’s a good week or not, as they review new releases by Killer Be Killed, Cabaret Voltaire, Dark Tranquility and p.g. Lost. They also talk about the potential Hole reunion (and if they’re bothered were such a thing to occur) as well as the all-star Alice in Chains tribute show at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. 

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119 – AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles

Biden’s president, we have a vaccine and Steve’s an uncle … but even more important than all of that, System of a Down have released their first new songs in 15 years. Remfry and Uncle Steve assess these 2 new tracks as well as new releases by AC/DC, Jesu, King 810 and Shackles.