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Rioteers Review

RR43 Velvet Revolver – Contraband

Originally posted over on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast (https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast) September 23rd 2020

Remfry and Steve head back to 2004 for a suggestion to cover GN’R/STP supergroup Velvet Revolver and their debut album Contraband. As suggested by Jonathan Davidson (who very kindly gave us the choice between Contraband or their risible 2007 follow-up Libertad), the timing of the release of this debut was extremely fortuitous, as the retro classic rock sound was back in fashion after The Darkness had paved the way with their debut album Permission to Land the previous summer. Consequently, Velvet Revolver were welcomed with much more open arms than they would have been just a couple of years previously … but do the songs on Contraband still sound as good today as they did 16 years ago?

** WARNING: Features Josh Todd impressions **

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Riot Act

179 – RIP Meat Loaf: The Story of Bat Out of Hell

Welcome to Riot Act, your weekly dose of music chat and opinion from that guy Stephen Hill and the other guy Remfry Dedman. And, yes, you’re right, we should pay tribute to the late, great Meat Loaf, who sadly passed away last week just as episode 178 went live. We are obviously going to do that (you could say you took the words right out of ours mouths), and what better way to celebrate the iconic career of the man than by deep diving into the fascinating story of his most definitive album? We try and unravel the madness of his multi-platinum selling, genre denying and defying 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell.

There’s also talk on new albums from the likes of Yard Act, 40 Watt Sun, Grivo and Zetra, and we also pick a side on the ongoing Spotify tug of war between Joe Rogan and Neil Young.

Bat Out of Hell – The Story Behind the Album

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Riot Act

178 – RIP Every Time I Die

Welcome to another weekly instalment of Riot Act, your dose of news and opinions on all recent alternative music shenanigans. It’s been a wild time putting the show together this week, as both Steve and Remfry are reeling from the news that one of hardcore’s most beloved and inspirational bands have split up. We talk through the Every Time I Die split before paying tribute to them as best we can by each choosing five songs from their illustrious back catalogue to create our own personal ETID super playlist.

That’s not all though, there’s also chat on recent releases from Elvis Costello, Comeback Kid, Toundra and Som, live reviews of Idles and Haggard Cat, the surprising (if fairly minor) rise in CD sales and how old and confused we feel by the recent announcement of the emo*-tastic When We Were Young one day festival in Las Vegas later this year.

*NOT REAL EMO!

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Classic Albums

CA45 Metallica – Load

Welcome to our latest Classic Album podcast, where Steve and Remfry tell you, our dear patrons, why we hold a record in such high esteem. It’s a pretty controversial one this week, as we are going to be taking a look for the very first time at the single biggest metal band in history by going in deep on Load, the 6th studio album by Metallica, released on the 4th of June 1996… yes, 1996 AGAIN!

This probably wouldn’t be most people’s first choice when it comes to covering Metallica, and whilst neither of us would suggest that this is the most iconic or influential period in Metallica’s career, there is a very strong argument to suggest that it is the most interesting. The toll that the huge success of 1991’s The Black Album, and it’s never ending tour, took on Metallica was sizable. It left them needing to regroup and reappraise exactly what kind of band they wanted to be. The result is a different look, a different sound and a different perspective to anything Metallica had produced before, and the reaction to it was one of illegitimate fury and disgust from certain members of the metal community. These days, over a quarter of a century after its release, everyone still has an opinion on Load. And, like it or loathe it, that makes it worth talking about, and, to add our voices to the noise, as far as we’re concerned this is Metallica’s last great album. A case that we make a pretty compelling argument for here.

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Riot Act Reviews

Billy Talent – Crisis of Faith

We’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, the show where we cast our critical eye over a brand new release from a sizable or interesting artist.

Today we’re looking at the 6th studio album from Canadian stadium punk lads Billy Talent, Crisis of Faith. Billy Talent are both sizable AND interesting, particularly if you’re German, but both of our hosts scratch their heads and try to remember the bands previous album, 2016’s Afraid of Heights, but can’t quite put their finger on having any prior knowledge of it. That’s not to say we have no prior love of BT, in fact their earlier material is very close to the heart of one of us, but that was the past, and can the Billy Talent of 2022 match up to their wiry, yelping and anthemic best of the 2000’s?

Like Billy Talent? Pick up some merch or pre-order the record why dontcha!?

Billy Talent – End Of Me feat. Rivers Cuomo (Official Music Video)

Billy Talent – Reckless Paradise – Official Lyric Video

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Riot Act Reviews

Earl Sweatshirt – Sick!

On this Riot Act Review Steve and Remfry talk you through their opinions on the latest album from Chicago born rapper Earl Sweatshirt, Sick!… that’s the name of the album by the way, we’re not just really excited about it. It’s been an interesting life that Mr Sweatshirt has lived, and now, with this being his first release since parting ways with former label Columbia and the promise of more “riskier” material, we get to hear just what he’s been up to in the last three and a bit years. Turns out, like all of us, he’s been stuck in lockdown, and Sick! is another kind of conceptual piece regarding his thoughts on state of humanity during the COVID19 pandemic. At least, that’s what he has said, with a record this slight, its ten tracks clocking in a just over the 24 minute mark, this dreamy and fronted by a man with a fairly lackadaisical flow, it isn’t always that easy to tell. Still, we do our best to decipher it all here.

Like the sound of the record? Why not pick up a copy?

Videos

Earl Sweatshirt – Titanic (Official Video)

Earl Sweatshirt – Old Friend

Earl Sweatshirt – Sick!

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Rioteers Review

RR42 Hundred Reasons – Ideas Above Our Station

Original posted September 16th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast

Steve and Remfry go very in-depth (almost Classic Album-worthy in-depth) on an album that was very hotly anticipated at the time, the debut from Aldershot melodic post-hardcore heroes Hundred Reasons. As suggested by Tierney, this Rioteer’s Review provides an opportunity to merrily skip down memory lane as both Steve and Remfry were heavily invested in the scene that Hundred Reasons (debatably) spawned.

They discuss the hype leading up to the record, the resounding success and sadly, what seemed inevitable decline of a band who, for just a sweet short summer in 2002 looked like they might dominate the entire universe (spoiler … they didn’t).

All that plus, we discover the revelation that Remfry’s never heard the saying ‘keen as mustard’ and Steve stays on brand by obsessing over a band that no-one’s even vaguely heard of and oly ever released one(!) demo.

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Riot Act

177 – Halsey, Iglooghost, Violet Cold and a few others we missed from 2021

Welcome to episode 177 of Riot Act, the alternative music podcast … so alternative in fact that Steve brings up Gangham Style within 30 seconds of pressing record … THAT’S how alternative we are!

We’ve had a few weeks off over the Christmas period which has given both Steve and Remfry a little time to listen to some of the records they’d intended to in 2021, but didn’t get round to. We bring you some mainly great releases we missed, a couple of ok ones and one particularly stinky one to round things off.

In the news, we discuss Metallica’s dogs, Glastonbury’s profits and the sad passing of Woodstock founder Michael Lang. Plus, we sift through a few records coming up in the next few months that we can say with absolute 100% assurance that we have not heard, no sir, not us, move right along, nothing to hear here …

Woodstock Videos

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer – 8/14/1994 – Woodstock 94

Green Day – When I Come Around @ Live Woodstock 1994 HD

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole – 8/13/1994 – Woodstock 94 (Official)

Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls – 8/12/1994 – Woodstock 94

The Allman Brothers Band – The Same Thing – 8/14/1994 – Woodstock 94 (Official)

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Riot Act Reviews

Wilderun – Epigone

Welcome back to Riot Act Reviews, another chance for Steve and Remfry to chew the cud over a new and exciting album from the alternative music landscape. On this episode we look at Epigone, the 4th full length album from Boston based proggressive metallers Wilderun.

We reviewed the band’s 3rd album Veil of Imagination on episode 102 of the show and were very impressed by their blend of extreme metal styles, progressive elements and classical orchestration. We maaaaaay have said they sounded a bit like Opeth in that review but then hey … that’s no bad thing is it!.

This time around, the “O band” do come up again, but there is definitely a sense of expansion beyond Veil of Imagination, with psychedelic elements, classic American folk and some evocative synth work added to their already very dynamic palette of extreme metal, classic prog and some truly stirring Michael Kamen-esque orchestral flourishes.

Order yourself a physical copy of Epigone why don’t you?

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Passenger

Identifier

Distraction I

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Riot Act Reviews

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Welcome to the first Riot Act Review of Twenty Twenty Two! This week it’s quite an unusual event, as Steve and Remfry have a ma-hoo-sive new release to chat about in the usually notoriously quiet first week of the year. We go in-depth on Dawn FM the surprise released 5th album from Canadian electro, soul and pop singer songwriter The Weeknd.

He may well be one of the most famous musicians on the planet right now, but The Weeknd is not your typical Riot Act artist, with one of our hosts having only vaguely dipped his toe into the back catalogue and the other having no prior knowledge of his work at all. Still, this is already a hugely significant release and Dawn FM is a pretty good place to start getting into The Weeknd, as its creator has spoken about the album being a brighter and lighter version of much of his previous material. As well as some seriously seductive and instantaneous 80’s inflected soul pop being present here we also get a varied plethora of famous voices lending their talents to the album, with the likes of Lil Wayne, Tyler The Creator, Quincy Jones and (we’re not making this up) JIM CARREY all lending their voices. The result is an album that is destined to be one of the biggest of the year in any genre … but, is it actually any good?