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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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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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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. 
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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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130 – Foo Fighters, Cult of Luna, Weezer and Madlib

Some big releases are reviewed this week as Steve and Remfry delve into six new releases, including Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters, The Raging River by Cult of Luna, OK Human by Weezer, Sound Ancestors by Madlib, We Are Always Alone by Portrayal of Guilt and Dark Flannel by Memory of Elephants. 


And news verges from the horrific to the ridiculous as we discuss the grim allegations that have come out against Marilyn Manson and the lawsuit taken out against Taylor Swift by a Utah theme park that just so happens to share a name with the latest album from the pop sensation. 

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129 – Steven Wilson, Tribulation, Martin Gore and Accept

It’s a crossover episode as Remfry and Steve team up with fellow journalist / podcaster Tom Dare from the Hell Bent For Metal podcast. Alongside Tom, we review new releases including The Future Bites by Steven Wilson, Where the Gloom Becomes Sound by Tribulation, The Third Chimpanzee EP by Martin Gore, Too Mean To Die by Accept and Gas Lit by Divide and Dissolve. 


And as it’s a crossover episode, we throw in one of Hell Bent For Metal’s features in the form of Camp Classic, where we pick a work from metal’s history which the gay community might see differently to the straight folk in the room. And this week’s pick is the video to Sonne by Rammstein. 

There’s also brief discussion around The Flaming Lips’ super cool Oklahoma ‘bubble’ show and the cancellation of Glastonbury and what that rather inevitably means for UK festivals of a similar size in 2021.

LINKS Drumtalk’s Sean Reinert (Cynic) Tribute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKJdCM-ngGE

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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.