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162 – Thrice, Employed to Serve, Mono and Carcass

BEEEEARD OOOOIL! Stephen ‘Metalcore Fan Aggressor’ Hill and Remfry ‘Post-Rock Cowardly Lion’ Dedman review the latest new releases in the world of alternative music in the form of Horizons / East by Thrice, Conquering by Employed To Serve, Pilgrimage of the Soul by Mono, and Torn Arteries by Carcass.

Steve talks about his excitement at the announcement that Rick Astley and Blossoms teaming up to play the songs of The Smiths in possibly the most beguiling partnership since Sting and Shaggy released an album. We also peruse Rolling Stone’s hot-off-the-press updated version of their Top 500 Songs of all Time list, a list that was last updated in 2003.

On top of all that, Remfry has live reports of Mother Vulture and highlights from Portals Festival, including Bossk, Human Pyramids, CLT DRP, itoldyouiwouldeatyou and Nervus.

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149 – Backxwash, Bossk, Fear Factory, Sleater-Kinney and Machine Head

Remfry and Steve honour Skunk Anansie’s Skin as she is set to receive an OBE from The Queen (the monarch, not the band), discuss Roger Waters being aggy over social media and James Labrie guesting on his son’s band’s cover of Kickstart my Heart by Mötley Crüe, a song that feels as if it were recorded single-handedly with the intention of enraging us both. 


We review new releases including I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses by Backxwash, Migration by Bossk, Aggressive Continuum by Fear Factory, Path of Wellness by Sleater-Kinney and Arrows In Words From the Sky by Machine Head.

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S34 – Bossk (w/ Tom Begley)

It’s been a minute since we’ve released any interview Specials what with one thing and another but we’re back with a very special chat indeed as Remfry sat down with Tom Begley, the mastermind and low-end rumble provider from post-metal stoner legends Bossk. We’re here to discuss their second full-length album Migration, a record that had a very unorthodox gestation. We discuss the collaborative nature of the record, how the band wrote music over noisescapes that were provided by Japanese band Endon, the guest spots from Johannes Persson from Cult of Luna and Josh Mckeown from Palm Reader, the circumstances behind the delay of vinyl that is affecting bands on a global scale, plus the future of Bossk and the exciting prospect of even more new Bossk music coming sooner than people might think.

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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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38 – Better Than a Swamp Full of S**t

Remfry somehow managed to secure himself another trip to The Netherlands in as many months, so that he could report back to you about festivities at Roadburn 2019. Space cake may or may not have been consumed. Remfry goes into details about the bands he saw including Cave In, Daughters, Mono and the Jo Quail Quintet, A.A. Williams and more.

Back in the room with Steve, the boys review new albums from The Chemical Brothers, Sunn O))) and Memory of Elephants and trade-off this week comes courtesy of Graham Coxon’s Happiness is Magazines and Down I Go’s You’re Lucky God, That I Can Not Reach You.

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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