Reviewed this week are new releases by Ozzy Osbourne, Agnes Obel, InTechnicolour and Greg Dulli. Plus Steve had a miserable time at The Brits and Remfry went on tour with Glasweigan instru-mentalists(!) Vasa and made a stop off at The Netherlands’ premier post-tech-rock festival Complexity Fest
It’s a gluttony of reviews this week as Remfry and Steve bin off Trade off (again … sorry we WILL come back to it) and instead review a plethora of new releases from Loathe, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Sepultura, Sylosis, Spanish Love Songs, Napalm Death and Vennart … phew! There’s also live reviews of Sleep Token, Five Finger Death Punch and the Backyard Babies / The Wildhearts co-headliner
Remfry and Steve are joined this week by Kadeem and Erik of Liverpudlian progressive metal genre manglers Loathe. They discuss their forthcoming album, I Let It In and It Took Everything, which will be reviewed next week. In terms of this week’s reviews, the quartet look at new releases by Squarepusher, envy, Leeched and The Guru Guru
It’s a huge week for music this week as Steve and Remfry discuss the sixth album from metal behemoths Slipknot. There is also chat on new releases from The Hold Steady, Cultdreams and Pijn & Conjurer. As if that wasn’t enough there is also a mammoth trade off, where the lads discuss Maybeshewill’s excellent debut album Not For Want Of Trying and then try and unpack the relative merits of one of the most influential records of the Millennium; 808’s And Heartbreak by hip-hop visionary/big headed loony (delete as applicable) Kayne West.
There is also chat about the official cancellation of Woodstock 50, and the Jamey Jasta vs Chvrches Twitter spat. Which leads to Steve #Cancelling the NME… AGAIN!
Remfry is joined by Ben Tipple, a freelance journalist who has worked for Kerrang!, Metro, Punktastic, GoldFlakePaint and DIY, to review one of the best festivals the UK has to offer, 2000muthafuckinTrees. Remfry and Ben review 42 bands over the course of 3+ hours including Every Time I Die, Jamie Lenman, The Armed, Holding Absence, Phoxjaw, Mongol Horde, Therapy? Milk Teeth, Raketkanon, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Haggard Cat, Puppy, Drug Church, Rolo Tomassi and probably for the first and last time You Me At Six.
Bonjour is in an incredibly tetchy mood this week, doing everything she can in an attempt to sabotage the podcast and muscle her way in on the reviews. Maybe she’s bitter about the fact that Steve’s not been able to pay her all that much attention this week, as it’s the first catch up show of 2019. And blimey Charlie there is a veritable feast of fantastic albums that the Riot Act crew have missed over the last 5 months.
Steve and Remfry look back over 8 albums they missed by Sharon van Etten, Idiot Pilot, Latitudes, Teeth of the Sea, Cartograpghs, Herod, Lotus Eater and SeeYouSpaceCowboy
On top of that, there are an additional two album reviews from opposite ends of the Riot Act spectrum both out this week courtesy of The National’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’ and Full of Hell’s ‘Weeping Choir. There’s also live reviews of Brutus, Employed to Serve, Loathe and Devil Sold His Soul.