On this week’s show, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Lamb of God, Phoebe Bridgers, Protest the Hero and Coriky and they also delved further into the pit of despair than ever on Broken Records, heading back to 1999 and pooping the party, with it’s soundtrack of hedonistic, misogynistic, will-waving in the form of Tommy Lee’s debut ‘solo’ album Methods of Mayhem
In the second part of our celebration of Richmond metal legends Lamb Of God, Steve picks up the baton as we look at the bands critical and commercial smash fourth album Sacrament. Continuing on from the aftermath of As The Palaces Burn the boys look at where LOG went next, from their signing to major label Epic, the release of the hugely successful Ashes of the Wake album, the recording of Sacrament, its release, the success that took them into the top ten of the Billboard Top 200 and onto mainstream television and our recollections of the Sacrament touring cycle and the amazing live shows it brought. Finally, opinions are split as we close up the entire podcast with a discussion on what is the very best album of Lamb Of God’s career. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
It’s Remfry’s pick and it’s time for a bit of heavy metal, courtesy of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene, which Steve and Remfry spend a little time unpicking via Wikipedia. They also discuss Devin Townsend’s controversial production job and how the album came to sound the way that it does, until the 10th anniversary re-issue and remix by Josh Wilbur and Remfry argues his rhetoric as to why he feels As the Palaces Burn is the best album of Lamb of God’s career.
Remfry is away this week, sampling the delights of Amsterdam (more of that next week), but fear not, our good friend Matt Stocks is here to step into his shoes to talk through all the highlights of this years Download festival. Steve and Matt chat about the great (Clutch, Power Trip), the pathetic (Godsmack) and the Tool (Tool). Plus all the other high and lowlights. There’s also a trade off, featuring Kilkenny alt-rock underdogs Kerbdog’s On The Turn and the groundbreaking, proto-riot grrl punk rock of X Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents, and details of YOUR invite to Riot Act’s upcoming 1st birthday party.
Steve’s in a sing-song mood this week, giving his very personal renditions of songs by Will Haven, Die Antwoord and Dream Theater. Remfry, for the most part, sits bemused. Elsewhere there are reviews of the new albums from Architects, The Prodigy and Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers as well as live reviews of Slayer’s final London show, Cancer Bats, Anti-Flag, Palm Reader and Will Haven. Speaking of which, Steve sat down with guitarists Jeff Irwin (Will Haven) and Andy Gillan (Palm Reader) for a six-string love in. Trade off this week comes courtesy of Die Antwoord and Hindsights.