Remfry’s lost his voice this week after screaming along to Slipknot and Behemoth at the big ole’ metal arena show in Nottingham. Steve went to see Darkest Hour, which isn’t quite as exciting, but decent none the less. They also review new releases by Caspian, Higher Power, Pinegrove and Holy Fawn and trade-off couldn’t be more diametrically opposed with The Enemy’s Streets in the Sky and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
This week Steve and Remfry review new releases by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Poppy, Garganjua and Pressure Cracks and they pay tribute to Rush’s Neil Peart, who passed away on 7th January from glioblastoma. In addition to that, this episode sees the return of Trade-Off after a long absence with Paradise Lost’s One Second up against John Fruciante’s Shadows Collide With People
Our mammoth list-a-thon concludes with Steve and Remfry’s second part of their Albums of the Decade.
This week, they count down numbers 10 – 1 which include albums from the likes of Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Code Orange, Arcane Roots, Manchester Orchestra, letlive., Caspian, Touché Amoré and Baroness.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year according to Andy Williams so Steve and Remfry are doing their best to ruin every one’s festive season by hosting the second Riot Act Big Fat Alternative Quiz of the Year! 8 guests pit their wits against some (pretty tough) questions related to the years music shenanigans. Listen in sheer astonishment as 10 people get progressively more drunk over the course of several hours and marvel at the sheer amount of edits it must have taken to make this thing sound vaguely audible ( … it was 45).
Guests this year include returnees Matt Reynolds (Haggard Cat), Andy Gillan (Palm Reader), Em Foster (Nervus/Milk Teeth), Hannah Boulton (Bledig) alongside newcomers Annie (CLT DRP), Rabea Massaad (Toska), Djamila Azzouz (Ithaca) and Damien Sayell (The St Pierre Snake Invasion).
As it you hadn’t had enough of lists already, now it’s time for Steve and Remfry to decide and designate their favourite albums released between 2010 and 2019 (or in Remfry’s case, 2010 – 2018, much to the chagrin of Steve).
This week, they count down numbers 20 – 11 which includes albums from the likes of Grave Pleasures, And So I Watch You From Afar, Black Peaks, Devin Townsend Project, Her Name is Calla, The Black Queen, Agent Fresco, Destrage and Against Me!
It’s our penultimate show of 2019, and as the music industry has more or less shut down for Christmas, we’ve decided to do something a little different and let you ask Steve and Remfry ANY question you like. What artist has caused the biggest divide between Steve and Remfry? What constitutes a typical day for them? Does listening to music for a living take the fun out of listening to it? Are Ginger Nuts the best biscuit to dunk in tea? All the vitally important questions are answered
It’s part 2 of our Albums of the Year 2019, which means we are closer than ever to the inevitable back-tracking of Mr. Stephen Hill and his admission that Weezer’s Teal Album is not only the best album of the year, but quite possibly the best piece of art ever created in the history of mankind.
But will that actually happen or will he default to his usual position and claim that F****d Up’s Dose Your Dreams is in fact the best record of 2019 (despite coming out in 2018). Will Remfry relent and put Dinosaur Pile-Up in his top 20 albums of the year? There’s only one way to find out …
It’s that time of year again, where music journalists tear out their hair (sorry Steve) trying to create a list of their favourite albums of the year and rank them in some sort of immaterial order of preference, despite the fact that the process of weighing up the merits of Bob Mould’s Sunshine Rock against Full of Hell’s Weeping Choir is about as pointless an exercise as asking Kanye West to display a modicum of humility. But hey-ho, here we are again!
This week is part 1, which means Remfry and Steve are counting down their favourite albums from numbers 20 – 11 and there’s also a quick round-up of their favourite EPs of the year too.
Remfry sat down with Johannes Persson, vocalist and guitarist of Swedish post-metal legends Cult of Luna to discuss their latest album ‘A Dawn To Fear’, how the writing for this record differed from the previous few Cult of Luna releases, how Persson’s perception of Umeå, his home town, has changed over the years and his ethics growing up in the hardcore scene.