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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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Rioteers Review

RR10 Massive Attack – Mezzanine

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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. 

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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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S20 – …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

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Steve and Remfry chewed the fat with Conrad Keeley and Jason Reece, the core duo behind alternative art rock band … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead ahead of the penultimate show of their lengthy European tour. Seeing as it’s their 25th year as a band, the Riot Act boys took the opportunity to ask them questions pertaining to their entire career, as well as drill down on the making of their new album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories

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Classic Albums

CA03 – The Wall | Part 1

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It’s Steve’s pick for a classic album this week, and he has chosen to finally dip into an album that we here at Riot Act have been threatening to do since the very inception of the podcast; Pink Floyd’s 1979 prog-rock opera The Wall.

In the first part of our mammoth 2 part look at the project, we are joined by Haggard Cat man, friend of the podcast and Pink Floyd megafan Matt Reynolds. The boys discuss their various feelings about the band, their previous work, the lead up to the record (including blow by blow accounts of the Roger Walters meltdown that inspired the album), the various problems that the band encountered during the writing and recording process and the result of it all. One of the most famous, iconic and divisive albums ever created.

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Classic Albums

CA03 – The Wall | Part 2

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In episode 2 of our look at Pink Floyd’s The Wall project, Steve and Remfry are once again joined by Matt Reynolds from Haggard Cat to discuss the aftermath of the record, and the continuation of Roger Walters vision. This includes tales from the mammoth, history making live show that totally redefined what a rock band were capable of achieving. A look into the Alan Parker directed movie of the same name, starring Bob Geldoff, and the many problems with it, from the creative tug of war that Parker and Walters went through, to the mixed reception that the final product received. And, finally, a look back at where Pink Floyd went next, and a discussion about where the albums sits in the pantheon of truly classic albums.

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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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Riot Act

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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Classic Albums

CA02 – Antichrist Superstar

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In the second episode of our Classic Album series we let Steve make his first entry. His initial pick is Marilyn Manson’s commercial breakthrough from 1996, Antichrist Superstar. He and Remfry are joined by Metal Hammer magazine editor and Manson superfan Merlin Alderslade to talk through the album itself, from its build up and inception, the fraught recording process and the records, oddly prophetic, concept and narrative. Before digging into the critical and commercial reception the album received, and the resulting controversy that it stirred up, from middle America to court rooms to Ozzfest stages, which contributed to making Marilyn Manson into one of the biggest stars of the 90s.

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Classic Albums

CA01 – Use Your Illusion

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In the first of our new Riot Act Classic Albums series, Steve and Remfry discuss not one, but two records released on September 17th 1991 by unquestionably the biggest band in the world at that time … Guns N’ Roses. 

They talk about the extravagances of the ‘blockbuster album’ era, the relative merits and failings of each record individually, Izzy Stradlin’s often underappreciated contribution to G N’R, the controversies that dogged the band at this time, the firing of original drummer Steve Adler plus much much more across 2+ hours. 

Not only that but Steve also attempts to compile his own version of Use Your Illusion that would fit neatly on to one compact disc (that’s a 150 minute album condensed down to just 80 minutes kids it ain’t as easy as it looks!)

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