Steve and Remfry are reviewing a veritable feast of new releases this week by the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Gold Key, Flies Are Spies From Hell and Umbra Vitae, whilst our broken record comes courtesy of arena rock behemoths Queen (and Paul Rodgers) with their 2008, 16th studio album ‘The Cosmos Rocks’.
Another week, another episode of friction and tension between the boys Riot Act, as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Trivium, Elephant Tree, Elder and Katatonia, as well as throwing in a review of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’ an album that, since its release last week has garnered such strong critical praise, it seemed remiss not to cover it in some fashion on the show. Elsewhere, there’s an insight into John Dolmayan’s opinion on whether we’ll ever get new System of a Down material (don’t get your hopes up) and our Broken Record this week is Famous First Words, the 2011 debut album from insipid indie stardom-seekers Viva Brother
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.
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
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
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
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
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’.
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