Cover your mouths and don’t get too close to Remfry! Riot Act is here again, but poor Remmers is still suffering from the deadly COVID. Steve is fine, although he is pretty certain he’s going to get it in the next few days, so something to look forward to next week.
We’ve managed to cast our ears over the latest releases from Charli XCX, Weezer, Animals As Leaders and Helpless, plus we talk about a whole bunch of recent events involving Ghost and Maneskin impressively taking even broader steps into the mainstream, Standon Calling’s gender balanced festival bill and Aaron Lewis from Staind TELLING IT HOW IT IS! FINALLY! What a divvy.
Welcome to another episode of Riot Act Reviews, where we review a new massive album. This is a massively massive album as well, as we discuss Impera, the brand new album from Swedish occult-metal-superstars-in-waiting Ghost and the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2018 effort Prequelle.
Ghost have pretty much become one of the few great hopes for metal in the mainstream over the last decade and with this album and their upcoming arena shows in the UK (including a stop at London’s famous O2) it seems that they are very close to reaching the summit of their ambitions. We don’t want to give away too many spoilers for this album but blimey it’s a MAD listen this! Taking all of Ghost’s most bombastic, OTT, wild flights of fancy and cranking them all up to 11venty stupid, Impera is the sort of album that used to turn rock bands into megastars back in the day. It’s been true for a while, but it is very, very clear at this point that Ghost have got their eyes on the prize. Does that mean that the songs here are actually any good though? Well, have a listen and we’ll let you know…
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.
Steve and Remfry are in a state of befuddlement this week … it must be because it’s our last episode of the year where we’ll be reviewing new releases. Under the microscope for the final review show of 2019 are albums by Beck, Lindemann, Cattle Decapitation and Misery Loves Co.
There are also live reviews of PUP, Sick of it All, Ghost and A Celebration of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis and trade-off features Fall Out Boy and Catch.
Remfry’s back this week to talk about the ridiculous amount of shows he managed to see whilst yo-yoing across Europe including Cult Leader / Birds In Row / Coilguns (London) Dead Kennedys & Haggard Cat (Czech Republic) Bokassa, Ghost & Metallica (kinda London) Nick Cave (definitely London) and Tool (Amsterdam). Phew! Oh and Steve saw Hatebreed…
Album reviews come courtesy of The Boss Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album Western Stars and The Raconteurs Help Us Stranger and this week’s trade-off comes courtesy of Neil Young’s Mirrorball and Steve’s 16th favourite album of all time, The Paperchase’s Hold The Kitchen Knives
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.
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’.