Steve and Remfry discuss COVID-19, how it’s affecting the music industry and how it’ll affect Riot Act (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere). They also review new albums by Myrkur, Hyborian, Telepathy and Birthmarks and live reviews of Palm Reader, Employed to Serve, A.A. Williams and Turnstile. Plus, our first album for Broken Records is Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics II
With just 6 days to go until the UK is cast adrift from its European brothers and sisters after extending two fingers as an RSVP to the EU party, Remfry and Steve join Brexit dissenters Haggard Cat as they protest the 52%’s decision to leave … by spending 24 hours encased in a concrete box. Nice work chaps, that’ll show ’em!
Steve and Remfry review new albums by clipping., We Lost the Sea, Alcest, Mark Lanegan and Refused whilst Steve ventured out to see Killswitch Engage and Remfry recalls travelling tales from Scandinavia, whilst also finding time to attend And So I Watch You From Afar’s self-titled 10th anniversary show and Bad Pond Festival’s first stint in London town.
We’ve (Remfry) has been banging on about it all bloody year and finally ArcTanGent 2019 is upon us! And we’ve brought along a couple of guests in the form of Brady ‘C**t’ Deeprose and Dan Nightingale, who are (selfishly) in two bands; C**jurer and Curse These Metal Hands. 38 bands are reviewed including Nordic Giants, Møl, Raketkanon, Pijn, Coheed and Cambria, Car Bomb, Carpenter Brut, The Beft, Sleep Token, LLNN, Palm Reader, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, We Never Learned To Live, And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Brutus, Black Peaks feat. Jamie Lenman, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Frontierer and Meshuggah
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.
It’s an absolutely monumental week this week, partly cause there’s a lot of brilliant new music out but mainly because Remfry’s gallivanting off to that bloody Europe next week and alas, he won’t be present to wax lyrical about it all for you. But we have another treat for you all in store next week…more details on the show.
But nevermind that because on this episode are reviews of new albums by Baroness, Dinosaur Pile Up, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Bokassa, Heart of a Coward and Jambinai. Cor blimey guv, that’s a hell of a lot of great music to get through (and some not so great music depending on whose opinion you value more). There’s also an extensive review of Portals Festival and a discussion around the Frank Turner / The Armed controversy.
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.
After kicking Riot Act off in style with a podcast filled with some of the biggest names in music in episode 00, this week we cast our net into the furthest reaches of the musical landscape to bring you a dozen of 2018’s most exciting yet unheralded acts. There’s everything from gritty, earnest Americana to mind bogglingly savage tech-metal, and everything in between.
We also chat about our escapades over the last month. We both went to see Pearl Jam, Remfry went to see Palm Reader and Stephen went to a caravan for a few days with his wife. There’s probably a bit too much chat on that if we’re honest…