Classic Albums

CA42 Deafheaven – Sunbather

It’s Remfry’s pick for the latest episode in our Classic Albums series and he’s picked one of the most contemporary albums in our series so far in the form of Deafheaven’s second full-length album Sunbather.

Released to a largely unsuspecting public on June 11th 2013, Sunbather caused a bit of a sensation that few would have been able to predict prior to its release. Deafheaven weren’t the first band to mix elements of black metal with shoegaze and post-rock, but they were the first to do so who truly resonated outside of traditional metal circles, being embraced with fervour by an audience who were roundly dismissed by ‘cvlt’ metal fans as hipster poseurs.

8 years later after all the fuss had died down, it all seems rather silly to be honest and neither Remfry nor Steve have any qualms what-so-ever hailing this as a modern classic which ushered in a whole new audience to black metal. Sure, some of that audience might’ve have come and gone but Deafheaven endure and have become one of the biggest underground successes of the past decade due to their persistence and refusal to be bound by arbitrary limitations. 

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158 – Deafheaven, Between The Buried and Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

Steve and Remfry left the comforted cocoon of their homes to venture to the midlands and sequestered themselves in a small town that one of our hosts (who will remain un-named) referred to as ‘horrid’. Thankfully, we weren’t there to review the local urban metropolises … instead, they gallivanted off to Bloodstock to watch some heavy metal.

Whilst they were away, someone filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1965, a claim that has caused controversy amongst internet sleuths the world over. We discuss, without drawing any solid conclusions, cause that would be premature without all the facts … unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the internet.

Albums reviewed this week are Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, Colors II by Between the Buried and Me, VI by The Bronx and Transmute by Press to Meco.

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63 – Huge Ackman

Steve and Remfry continue to bring you the most eclectic alternative music round-up with reviews this week of new releases by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Babymetal, Lightning Bolt and Can’t Swim. 

Steve also found time to go to the cinema this week (twice) where he was rudely confronted by Gary Glitter (his music, not the man himself) which once again raises the ugly question of whether art can (or should) be enjoyed once the artist has been convicted of a heinous crime. His second cinema excursion was a preview screening of Metallica’s S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra whilst Remfry ventured up to Camden Town to see a glorious double-header in the form of Touché Amoré and Deafheaven. Additionally, the boys mourn the loss of the unhinged yet undeniably phenomenal drumming talent of Ginger Baker. 

And trade-off continues the eclecticism as Steve brings under-rated Blues legend Roy Buchanan to the table whilst Remfry extols the virtues of alt-rock turned neo-classical composer Clint Mansell.

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00 – The Venn Diagram of Riot Act Music

Welcome to Riot Act. A brand new podcast for fans of alternative music hosted by Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman. In this four hour plus opening episode we go through numerous sub-genres, from prog rock to hardcore punk and everything in-between, to compile the ultimate guide to alternative music.

If you love passionate, in depth music chat, bizarre sperm metaphors, and podcasts being interrupted by cats then this might just be your new favourite thing on the internet!