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S22 – Gill Returns

As part of our 2nd birthday celebrations, we welcome on to Riot Act for the first time former Editor in Chief and OG Metal Hammer Podcast presenter Gill to fill him in on what on earth has been happening in the world of heavy metal in the past 9 years since he moved to Norfolk to be a farmer (or something). 

Steve and Remfry go through the main events of the metal calendar from 2011 to present and along the way, give Gill 8 albums to listen to so he has an overview as to what the hell has been happening in this crazy world of heavy metal. Those albums are The Satanist by Behemoth, Statues by Black Peaks, Devil is Fine by Zeal & Ardor, Mareridt by Myrkur, Leather Teeth by Carpenter Brut, Prequelle by Ghost, amo. by Bring Me the Horizon and Underneath by Code Orange.

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60 – Why Are You Laughing at Rim Clicks?

Steve and Remfry review new releases by Opeth, Blink-182, Tides From Nebula and Soeur as well as the new song by Black Peaks. Plus, there’s yet more talk about ‘the most anticipated tour of next year’ The Hella Mega Tour and their rather extravagant VIP packages and Remfry went to see American Indie rock legends Pile.

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56 – Anything Gaze (The ArcTanGent Review Special)

We’ve (Remfry) has been banging on about it all bloody year and finally ArcTanGent 2019 is upon us! And we’ve brought along a couple of guests in the form of Brady ‘C**t’ Deeprose and Dan Nightingale, who are (selfishly) in two bands; C**jurer and Curse These Metal Hands. 38 bands are reviewed including Nordic Giants, Møl, Raketkanon, Pijn, Coheed and Cambria, Car Bomb, Carpenter Brut, The Beft, Sleep Token, LLNN, Palm Reader, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, We Never Learned To Live, And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Brutus, Black Peaks feat. Jamie Lenman, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Frontierer and Meshuggah

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47 – The Opposite of Hyperbole (Download 2019 Review)

Remfry is away this week, sampling the delights of Amsterdam (more of that next week), but fear not, our good friend Matt Stocks is here to step into his shoes to talk through all the highlights of this years Download festival. Steve and Matt chat about the great (Clutch, Power Trip), the pathetic (Godsmack) and the Tool (Tool). Plus all the other high and lowlights. There’s also a trade off, featuring Kilkenny alt-rock underdogs Kerbdog’s On The Turn and the groundbreaking, proto-riot grrl punk rock of X Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents, and details of YOUR invite to Riot Act’s upcoming 1st birthday party.

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25 – Crash Bang Pow Wallop Kabuki Bukakke

It’s another week of great music and jovial chat from the Riot Act chaps, who this week discuss one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of 2019 by political agit-hardcore punks Fever333 and the brand new album from Japanese post-rock stalwarts Mono.

There’s also chat about Idles’ unexpected BRIT Award nomination, and this weeks Trade Off leads to some positive purrings on Fink and his album Perfect Darkness, alongside some frankly utterly bewildering chat on the legend that is Prince and his bonkers 1989 Batman soundtrack, which gets way too sexy/disrespectful to a great man. Depending on your outlook of course.

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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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10 – Paint it Black Peaks (feat. Will Gardner & Joe Gosney from Black Peaks)

This week Steve and Remfry are joined by Will and Joe, half of the mighty quartet that make up one of the world’s greatest current bands, Black Peaks. The four of them discuss news of the double departure from Machine Head, the new Architects song, Muse’s announcement that they’re playing Royal Albert Hall and ickle punk pensioner Jonny Rotten’s tiff with also-old-but-not-quite-as-old punks Green Day.

Steve, Remfry, Will and Joe also dish out a variety of opinions on new albums from Behemoth, Coheed and Cambria, High On Fire and A Storm of Light, plus we direct some listeners questions to the boys in Black Peaks.

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09 – The World According to Jamie Lenman

This week, Steve and Remfry welcome our first ever regular contributor to Riot Act, the one and only Mr. Jamie Lenman. In his first of many contributions to Riot Act, Jamie gives an in-depth account of his love for The Presidents of the United States of America’s underrated third album ‘Freaked Out and Small’.

Elsewhere, Steve and Remfry review new albums from the likes of Black Peaks, The Black Queen, Anaal Nathrakh and Restorations. They also discuss Metallica’s return to Europe’s stadiums next summer and what this means for Download festival, as well as Wolf Alice’s win at the Mercury Music Prize. And this week’s album trade-off is a British bonanza with Remfry assessing London-based alternative electronica three piece Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘Inform-Educate-Entertain’ and Steve sinking his teeth into ‘Got Your Brass’ by Barnsley punk n’ roll bruisers Cavorts.

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05 – Chaos Can’t be Perfected (feat. Frontierer)

It’s a big week for reviews this week as Steve and Remfry discuss the latest releases from some sizeable bands: Alice In Chains, Interpol, Death Cab For Cutie, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, and Idles. There’s also discussion on this year’s Heavy Music Awards, which band have made the most successful change in their sound, and on who is the REAL star of this show!

Most importantly Remfry sits down to chat with Frontierer about their incredible new album Unloved and how they are doing their best to shape heavy music into exciting new forms.

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01 – Romantic Caravans and the 12 Unsung Heroes of 2018

After kicking Riot Act off in style with a podcast filled with some of the biggest names in music in episode 00, this week we cast our net into the furthest reaches of the musical landscape to bring you a dozen of 2018’s most exciting yet unheralded acts. There’s everything from gritty, earnest Americana to mind bogglingly savage tech-metal, and everything in between.

We also chat about our escapades over the last month. We both went to see Pearl Jam, Remfry went to see Palm Reader and Stephen went to a caravan for a few days with his wife. There’s probably a bit too much chat on that if we’re honest…