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161 – Manic Street Preachers, Little Simz, Low and Andrew W.K.

We’re joined by a special guest this week as Ash from Sugar Horse steps up to cast his critical eye over the week’s new releases which are The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz, Hey What by Low and God is Partying by Andrew W.K.

There are also brief reviews of Bad Pond Festival as well as Arab Strap’s much anticipated debut show in London since the release of their critically lauded come-back album As Days Get Dark.

Oh and there’s a nonsense story about how Classical music leaves us hooked on chocolate biscuits.

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160 – Kanye West, Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts and Bokassa

It’s a heck of a week for looooong releases with a fair dollop of controversy thrown in there for good measure as we take a look at the long-awaited double album Donda by Kanye West, before also casting a critical eye over Iron Maiden’s latest double opus Senjistsu as well as 21st Century Love Songs by The Wildhearts and Molotov Rocktail by Bokassa.

We also take a brief look at the state of ALT LDN festival, as well as live shows from Voices and Idles.

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159 – Turnstile, Jinjer, Sugar Horse and Sons of Alpha Centauri

This episode of Riot Act is dedicated to Mathew Davies (RIP)

On this week’s show, we pay our respects to Charlie Watt, the ‘engine’ behind the drum kit for The Rolling Stones who passed away on 24th August at the age of 80. In other news, Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album Nevermind, is suing surviving  band members Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love, photographer Kirk Weddle, the managers of Kurt Cobain’s estate, his Grandma, his second cousin, his dog, the first girl he ever kissed and probably Steve if he ever hears this podcast, after alleging that his parents never signed a release authorising the use of the image for the artwork. The lawsuit also cites the image as ‘child pornography’ … right you are Spence mate…

Albums reviewed on this week’s show are Glow On by Turnstile, Wallflowers by Jinjer, The Live Long After by Sugar Horse, and Push by Sons of Alpha Centauri

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158 – Deafheaven, Between The Buried and Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

Steve and Remfry left the comforted cocoon of their homes to venture to the midlands and sequestered themselves in a small town that one of our hosts (who will remain un-named) referred to as ‘horrid’. Thankfully, we weren’t there to review the local urban metropolises … instead, they gallivanted off to Bloodstock to watch some heavy metal.

Whilst they were away, someone filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1965, a claim that has caused controversy amongst internet sleuths the world over. We discuss, without drawing any solid conclusions, cause that would be premature without all the facts … unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the internet.

Albums reviewed this week are Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, Colors II by Between the Buried and Me, VI by The Bronx and Transmute by Press to Meco.

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157 – Quicksand, Wolves in the Throne Room, Nas and The Joy Formidable

There’s a slightly disagreeable air to this week’s show as Steve and Remfry assess the ‘new’ single from Guns N’ Roses, the first song the band have officially released since 2008’s ill-fated Chinese Democracy. An unexpected, punk-inflicted left-turn from the band or a crass, silly Axl rant set to a plodding, uninspired riff? Whilst we’re on GN’R hot takes, Steve never wants to hear Sweet Child O’ Mine EVER again, but lots of other people clearly do, as it reached over 1 billion streams on Spotify this week, making it part of a very exclusive club of songs that have earned the artist over 1 penny … don’t go spending it all at once chaps!

Albums reviewed this week include Distant Populations by Quicksand, Primordial Arcana by Wolves in the Throne Room, King’s Disease II by Nas and Into the Blue by The Joy Formidable.

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156 – Lingua Ignota, Foxing, Fawn Limbs and Creeper

Remfry’s feeling very hoarse after making an extravagant re-entrance back into non-socially distanced gig-going, as he hurtled himself down to his old stomping ground of Bristol to see 80Trees, the mini-indoor festival hastily put together by the 2000Trees and ArcTanGent team. He huskily reports back on the weekend’s events and shenanigans whilst trying to sound as little like Kathleen Turner as possible. For those of a more mainstream persuasion, we also celebrate Dave’s #1 UK album success and break down a veritable feast of fascinating facts of its success.

Releases reviewed this week include Sinner Get Ready by Lingua Ignota, Draw Down the Moon by Foxing, Darwin Falls by Fawn Limbs and American Noir by Creeper

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155 – RIP Joey Jordison, Dave, Lantlôs and King Woman

It’s been a very difficult week in the world of metal with three high profile deaths including Mike Howe of Metal Church and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. But the news is dominated by the tragic death of Slipknot founder Joey Jordison. An absolute beast on drums, Joey changed the face of metal percussion forever, breaking through with his phenomenal chops and song writing intellect on Slipknot’s self-titled album in 1999. He went on to drum on three more Slipknot albums before his dismissal in 2013. In 2016, Jordison revealed that his exit from the band coincided with his getting sick with a disease called transverse myelitis and claimed that his bandmates confused his medical issues with a substance abuse problem. Many hoped that one day Joey would return to Slipknot and drum with them again, but sadly it wasn’t to be. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 46.

We’re also incredibly saddened to see the news that Black Peaks have split up. A band beloved by Remfry, Steve and many Riot Act listeners, Black Peaks often seemed like genuine contenders for an exciting guitar-based British band who actually stood a chance of breaking through into the mainstream. From Shrine to Glass Built Castles, from shows supporting Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Mastodon to the Brighton Centre stream, Black Peaks put 100% into everything they did and approached every challenge with their own distinctive, unique voice.

Reviews this week are We’re All Alone in this Together by Dave, Wildhund by Lantlôs and Celestial Blues by King Woman

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154 – Alexis Marshall, Erdve, Descendents and Lower Automation

The heatwave continues but it won’t deter Steve or Remfry from reviewing the latest releases from the world of alternative music. In the news, we discover that Steve won’t have to get a tattoo of Corey Taylor on his face (boooo) all thanks to the Mercury Music Prize nominations, as good a reason to dislike awards shows as you could imagine. And there’s some good news in the UK as MPs finally acknowledge that musicians may not be getting paid their fair share of streaming royalties.

Albums reviewed this week include House of Lull, House of When by Alexis Marshall, Savigaila by Erdve, 9th and Walnut by Descendents and the self-titled full length album from Lower Automation. Oh and Remfry just about sneaks in a review of the Mastodon Live at the Georgia Aquarium livestream as well.

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153 – Q&A#2

Steve would like to personally apologise to you all (individually) because he assured us last week that ‘it’ was coming home. Due to circumstances completely beyond his or Riot Act’s control, ‘it’ didn’t come home. But, nevertheless, he’s on hand to divulge his post-match analysis all the same for you lucky lucky people … joy!

It’s pretty thin on the ground for albums this week and it’s been a solid 18 months since we’ve done a Q&A so … whether you want it or not, here’s Q&A#2. Find out the shocking truth about Steve’s secret Shikari addiction, the revelation that Remfry might not think Kanye is total balls and the question that’s been on the lips of the entire music industry … do the Riot Act lads fake their orgasms?

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152 – DC Dark Nights, Brockhampton, Sons of Kemet, Spirit of the Beehive, Panopticon and Squid

This week, Steve and Remfry discuss the ‘doomsday vault’ that is being created on the archipelago of Svalbard (just off the coast of Norway) to preserve the world’s best music and whether the lockdown restrictions lifting in the UK on 19th July will (hopefully) mean that some UK-based festivals (we’re looking at your Bloodstock and Reading and Leeds) will be able to go ahead (again hopefully). Happy days … (hopefully!) We also question the decision of a New Zealand based mother naming their children Metallica, Slayer and Pantera … naturally, Remfry brings you the pedophile angle on the story. 


There’s not an awful lot going on in terms of new releases this week, but there is a bunch of stuff that we’ve missed over the past couple of months that definitely deserves some recognition, so we review new(ish) releases including the OST to DC Dark Nights: Death Metal, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine by Brockhampton, Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet, Entertainment, Death by Spirit of the Beehive,… And Again Into The Light by Panopticon and Bright Green Field by Squid.