Steve and Remfry discuss the phenomenal third studio album from desert rock legends Kyuss. The band invented and perfected stoner rock, a sub-genre that has since gone on to inspire countless bands and entire festival bills (no Kyuss? No Desertfest!) Alongside 1992’s Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Sky Valley is generally considered their greatest record.
Steve and Remfry discuss the debut album from UNKLE, a multi-faceted mish mash of Trip-Hop and alternative rock. They discuss DJ Shadow’s involvement in the project, whether the record has dated particularly in relation to UNKLE’s other work and the surprising critical drubbing the record received upon release.
Previously on Patreon 14/05/2019 – Steve and Remfry discuss the comeback album from Blur, The Magic Whip, the London Britpop legend’s eighth studio album. They discuss how the album fits into the band’s legacy, how Hong Kong affected the making of the album and how successful their comeback was.
Steve and Remfry discuss 1998’s Mezzanine, the third and most commercially successful album from Bristol Trip-Hop trio Massive Attack. The album heralded a far darker, heavier edge for the group and caused fractures within their ranks. But it undoubtedly became a milestone for a very brief but interesting scene that has influenced many different musicians way beyond the electronica sphere.
We are joined by very special guest Mr. Brady Deeprose for this deep dive into the seventh studio album by San Diego deathgrind wizards Cattle Decapitation. Considered by many to be the band’s best album, Steve, Remfry and Brady discuss the impact The Anthropocene Extinction had on extreme metal and the elements that contributed to this album’s influence on the genre since it’s release in 2015.
On this week’s Rioteers Review, the boys debate the relative merits and imperfections of the second album from El Paso progressive rock, dub, ambient, Latin, jazz-mashers The Mars Volta, 2005’s incredible Frances The Mute. Steve and Remfry discuss how such a complex, sprawling opus came to be just 20 months after the release of The Mars Volta’s first full-length album De-Loused in the Commatorium and the Miles Davis-inspired methods with which guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez went to create such a rich, beguiling sonic tapestry. They discuss where it sits in The Mars Volta pantheon and the mixed critical response that the album received at the time of its release.
Steve and Remfry sit down to discuss the seventh and final album by NY gothic doom merchants Type O Negative. Whilst the album had a decent critical reception, Dead Again is rarely given the credit it’s due, with most media attention focusing on the (admittedly brilliant) Bloody Kisses and October Rust. But Dead Again, whilst not perfect, contains some utterly definitive and fascinating insights into Type O Negative and more pertinently Pete Steele. Released three years before his untimely death, there is an irony surrounding the album in that it’s the most morbid record by a band practically obsessed with death. Paradoxically, it’s also Type O’s lightest album, containing many of the bands fastest, punkier cuts.