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142 – Gojira, Manchester Orchestra, Royal Blood and Evile

With the sad news that 2000Trees has had to postpone their 2021 edition, Steve and Remfry take a realistic look at whether the UK will be seeing festivals this summer or not … don’t get your hopes up. But nevermind, there’s always 2022 and Download have swooped in to cheer us all up by announcing 70+ bands for next year’s line-up, which is exciting isn’t it! … Isn’t it!? Well, in typical Download fashion … no it’s not. Darn!

Still, there is plenty to get excited about as it’s a HUMONGOUS week for new music! We review Fortitude by Gojira, The Million Masks of God by Manchester Orchestra, Typhoons by Royal Blood and Hell Unleashed by Evile. 

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CA29 Gojira – Magma (Part 2)

In the second part of our two part look at the French metal pioneers, Steve and Remfry reevaluate Gojira’s 6th studio album, Magma, released on the 17th of June 2016.

We look at the state of the metal scene in the build up to the release of the album, how the stock of heavy music had dropped and how important it was to see the band return, we also consider the quality of the music released in the year 2016, a year that saw some integral records from across many genres and featured a series of albums that were thematically, if not sonically, linked to Gojira’s new effort, before we delve into the record itself. Born from personal tragedy and undeniably linked to the death of the Duplantier brothers Mother, Magma saw Gojira morph into a more melodic and accessible band, without losing any of the artistic integrity that had made them such an important band. Finally we look forward to the release of the bands upcoming Fortitude album. 

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CA29 Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage (Part 1)

In the first part of our mammoth double classic album special on French tech-death lords Gojira, Remfry and Steve look specifically at the latter part of their career and the two albums that lead up to 2021’s forthcoming album Fortitude


2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage proved to be the moment where Gojira became unstoppable. Yes the underground had been hyping them since at least 2005’s From Mars to Sirius, but the move to Roadrunner Records and four year wait between The Way of All Flesh and L’Enfant Sauvage had given the band more exposure and also allowed some people to catch up to the fact that Gojira had, slowly but surely, become one of the very best and innovative metal bands on the planet. 


L’Enfant Sauvage managed to be a glorious conglomeration of everything the band had been aiming to be up until that point. Ferocious death-metal inspired riffs coalesced seamlessly with more exploratory, ambient (comparatively) progressive tendencies … Death meets Tool in effect. But Gojira somehow managed something even greater than that descriptor, holding steadfastly onto an identity that was theirs and theirs alone. 

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49 – Come On Kids, It’s El Diablo!

It’s another incredibly busy week as Steve and Remfry review new releases by Thom Yorke, The Black Keys, Jamie Lenman, 3Teeth and Phoxjaw as well as live reviews of Converge, Weezer, Gojira, Rolo Tomassi, Will Haven and Conjurer (for the umpteenth bloody time!) They also discuss the Glastonbury headlines performances from The Killers, The Cure and Stormzy. 

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03 – Live Evil: The Bloodstock 2018 Review

It’s a bumper live review episode of Riot Act this week as Stephen and Remfry have spent the last week seeing… well, pretty much band ever! From Pianos Become The Teeth to Danzig, from Larry And His Flask to Iron Maiden, and all culminating in a full review of Bloodstock Open Air, the UK’s premier metal festival.

We also review the new album from Foxing, take a retrospective look at Ian Brown’s Music Of The Spheres and Sigur Rós’ Kveikur, and we try to recite the alphabet backwards… although no one really knows why.

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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!