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89 – A Blanket of Nihilism

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There’s a charged frisson of disagreement regarding a couple of the records this week with reviews of new releases by Enter Shikari, Oranssi Pazuzu, The Black Dahlia Murder, Sugar Horse and Wild Cat Strike.

But that’s nothing compared to the righteous anger of Ticketmaster customers, after the US website discreetly changed the wording of their terms and conditions to state that customers could only get a refund if shows were completely cancelled, a pretty contemptible move at a time when so many shows are being postponed (rather than cancelled) due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. Steve and Remfry wag their fingers and drag the ticket giant to the naughty step, but should the same punishment be dished out to Bob Dylan for his widely-derided 1970 album Self-Portrait? The boys discuss that and more for this week’s Broken Record. 

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88 – Little Billie and His Silly Willy

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Steve’s upset this week at the thought of having to review the new double album from Nightwish … but should he be? There are also reviews of new albums by Azusa, Dool and Vasudeva and Broken Records covers the 2004 sophomore album by indie ‘house’ boresters Dirty Vegas

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87 – The 80s Denier

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Second week of isolation finds Steve and Remfry coming to terms with technology a little bit better than they were last week (apologies again for the delay) and finally, they’re starting to get the hang of this recording remotely schtick. New releases are reviewed this week by Testament, Maserati, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and tētēma, whilst our entry in Broken Records is the self-titled debut album by X-Factor 2008 second runner-up Eoghan Quigg

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86 – Bach Break-core

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Remfry and Steve’s enforced bout of self-isolation means that the podcast is being recorded remotely for the first time in Riot Act’s almost two year history … the boys give you the skinny on the latest releases by Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Milk Teeth, Igorrr and Irist all the while grappling with 21st century communication technology. And this week’s Broken Record comes courtesy of Lou Reed’s regular ‘worst album ever’ poll mainstay Metal Machine Music from 1975 

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85 – A Capella Shake a Leg

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Steve and Remfry discuss COVID-19, how it’s affecting the music industry and how it’ll affect Riot Act (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere). They also review new albums by Myrkur, Hyborian, Telepathy and Birthmarks and live reviews of Palm Reader, Employed to Serve, A.A. Williams and Turnstile. Plus, our first album for Broken Records is Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics II

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84 – The Controversy Incident!?

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Riot Act’s gone all controversial … or more controversial than usual at least, with the contentious likes of Varg Vikernas, Ian Watkins and Charles Manson all being discussed in some fashion on the show this week … lovely stuff!

Away from dubious characters, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Haggard Cat, Hilary Woods, Human Impact, Video Nasties and Lauren Auder plus we bid adieu (for the time being) to Trade-off but we go out with two cover albums from big hitters in the shape of The Spaghetti Incident!? by Guns N’ Roses and Undisputed Attitude by Slayer

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83 – The Bon Jovi of Drone

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New albums reviewed this week come courtesy of Body Count, JFDR, My Dying Bride and Today is the Day and Remfry went to see London-based promoter Chaos Theory’s ’10 Years of Chaos’ all-dayer as well as the curious sight of seeing furious Brit hardcore crew Ithaca open for American indie folk rock starlwarts Big Thief. Plus, Trade-off returns for it’s penultimate bow, As Remfry brings in Vessels’ 2008 debut album ‘White Fields and Open Devices’, whilst Steve puts forward Earth Crisis’ ‘Breed the Killers’.

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82 – The Real Housewives of Holy Roar (w/ Justine from Employed to Serve)

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Steve and Remfry are joined by Employed to Serve mic-abuser and Holy Roar Records impresario Justine Jones this week to review new albums by Five Finger Death Punch, Nova Twins, Sightless Pit, Toundra and Intronaut. Steve waxes lyrical about one of the best new bands he’s seen live in a long long time and there’s discussion around a topic raised last week of musicians who had better careers solo than in bands 

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81 – How Dare You Ting Tings!?

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Reviewed this week are new releases by Ozzy Osbourne, Agnes Obel, InTechnicolour and Greg Dulli. Plus Steve had a miserable time at The Brits and Remfry went on tour with Glasweigan instru-mentalists(!) Vasa and made a stop off at The Netherlands’ premier post-tech-rock festival Complexity Fest

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80 – Remfry is Still Naked (with Vlad and Dave from In Technicolour)

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Steve and Remfry are joined this week by Vlad and Dave from In Technicolour whose debut album Big Sleeper is released next week on Big Scary Monsters. Together they review new releases by Tame Impala, The Broken Islands, Kvelertak, Suicide Silence and Vasa. There’s also talk on Reading Festival and Rage Against the Machine’s return to the UK