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165 – Trivium, Brandi Carlile, blanket and Efterklang

It’s another eclectic (egg-leg-tic?) week on Riot Act with modern heavy metal, alt-country Americana, shoegaze-y alt-rock and a post-rock-pop album all getting a look in but Remfry’s most excited to talk about the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for some unfathomable reason, which leads Steve to recall a (slightly in-accurate) fact about Lord Webber and Timmy Mallet (it was Webber’s wife who challenged him, not Simon Cowell). Still … Steve has never let the truth get in the way of him bringing up Bombalurina’s classic Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini before and he’s not about to start now (Patreons, expect a Classic Album on Bombalurina’s seminal masterpiece Huggin’ An’a Kissin’ imminently).

We also discuss the brief internet shitstorm that’s surrounded Jacob Bannon’s iconic Jane Doe artwork for the utterly sublime Converge album of the same name but rather than simply pretend we’re experts in the field of copyright and trademark like seemingly every other twazzock on the internet, we’ve consulted a real IP lawyer who actually knows what they’re talking about. In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that most people commenting on said story don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

Speaking of people on the internet who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, Pitchfork have ‘re-appraised’ some records they reviewed in the past … except they haven’t. They’ve simply got other people to appraise them who think different things to the people who initially appraised them, which feels like a colossal waste of everybody’s time.

Albums reviewed this week are In the Court of the Dragon by Trivium, In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile, Modern Escapism by blanket and Windflowers by Efterklang

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156 – Lingua Ignota, Foxing, Fawn Limbs and Creeper

Remfry’s feeling very hoarse after making an extravagant re-entrance back into non-socially distanced gig-going, as he hurtled himself down to his old stomping ground of Bristol to see 80Trees, the mini-indoor festival hastily put together by the 2000Trees and ArcTanGent team. He huskily reports back on the weekend’s events and shenanigans whilst trying to sound as little like Kathleen Turner as possible. For those of a more mainstream persuasion, we also celebrate Dave’s #1 UK album success and break down a veritable feast of fascinating facts of its success.

Releases reviewed this week include Sinner Get Ready by Lingua Ignota, Draw Down the Moon by Foxing, Darwin Falls by Fawn Limbs and American Noir by Creeper

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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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19 – Buffet of Brutality

It’s another week of looking back on some of 2018’s missed records on this week’s Riot Act. Steve and Remfry chat about this year’s releases from Car Seat Headrest, Thou, Basement, Wire Love, Ocean Wisdom, Nothing and also discuss whether The 1975’s new album really is a ‘Millennial OK Computer’. The trade off see’s the boys talking about the relative merits of Technique by New Order and Caspian’s Dust And Disquiet. And we truly live up to our status as an ‘alternative’ podcast, but exploring some truly alternative lifestyle practices… after all, what’s more alternative than beastiality?

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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.