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S23 – Covers Special #1

Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.


Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra

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13 – Taking Our Tops Off For Tool (feat. Matt Reynolds from Haggard Cat)

Steve and Remfry are joined by Matt Reynolds, one half of dirty ‘delta’ blues two-piece Haggard Cat, whose popped by (from Nottingham) for some tea cakes. Whilst he was here, we thought why not ask him to help us review the new albums by Bloodbath, Daughters and Pijn. For Trade Off, Steve wraps his ears around Okovi by Zola Jesus for the first time, whilst Remfry gets to grips with Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1 by Nachtmystium.

Elsewhere, Remfry gets sad about seeing his last ever Arcane Roots show, Steve gives us the review that literally no-one has been asking for in the form of U2 at London’s O2 Arena and they both give their accounts of Black Peaks’s sold out headline show at The Underworld. Plus, there’s discussion of Noel Gallagher’s new 70s disco direction and Steve gets so excited about the return of Tool that he insists everybody takes their tops off!

In addition to all that, we also have the second part of ‘The World According to Jamie Lenman’, where the big JL leads us through ‘The Madness’, the elusive seventh album from ska-pop legends Madness

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08 – Sexy Lizard Taylor Swift

It’s an album review bonanza this week on Riot Act, as Stephen and Remfry sit down to cast their critical eye across a string of great albums including Thrice, Therapy? Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, The Dirty Nil… oh yeah, and Paul Weller. Remfry also went to see Puppy and Ghost live and gives a view to the latter that differs (somewhat) from the universal praise and acclaim that’s been lavished upon it.

In festival news, we discuss Sleep’s decision to snub Coachella in favour of Roadburn, plus there’s headliner news in the form of Meshuggah playing ArcTanGent (yaaaay!) and Sabaton playing Bloodstock (errrrr … tanks!?). Plus apropos of hardly anything, Steve refers to Taylor Swift as a ‘sexy lizard’.

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06 – Groovy Grindcore Baby! Oh Yeah! (feat. Andrew O’Neill)

Oh, behave! It’s another episode of Riot Act baby! …ahem. This week Steve and Remfry spend a bit of quality time together discussing the new album from Clutch, Attan and the ‘groovy’ new album from Pig Destroyer. Yes, really. We also dip our toe into the as yet untouched worlds of hip-hop and electronic music to see what part of it fits under the alternative umbrella.

Heavy metal comedian Andrew O’Neill joins us to talk about the most hilarious moments in metal. There is also a load of Austin Powers impressions for literally no reason… Sorry about that!

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04 – Calculating Infinity: The ArcTanGent 2018 Review

This week, Stephen and Remfry are putting two + two together as they get all mathematically minded whilst reviewing ArcTanGent 2018… well, Remfry does. Unfortunately, Steve didn’t put his workings in the margins and consequently turned up late and left early. What a plonker!

Elsewhere Remfry goes ballistic after seeing The Fever 333’s debut demonstration in London mere hours before the show was recorded and Steve goes stark raving bonkers over the new album from Mantar, as well as giving us a history lesson in art so offensive, even the Nazis disapproved of it!

The boys also review new albums from Jesus Piece and Leeched and verdicts are given on the latest Album Swap; Entombed’s Same Difference and Oceansize’s Effloresce. Plus comment is given on the new single from Sheffield metalcore abandoners Bring Me The Horizon.