Another week, another episode of friction and tension between the boys Riot Act, as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Trivium, Elephant Tree, Elder and Katatonia, as well as throwing in a review of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch the Bolt Cutters’ an album that, since its release last week has garnered such strong critical praise, it seemed remiss not to cover it in some fashion on the show. Elsewhere, there’s an insight into John Dolmayan’s opinion on whether we’ll ever get new System of a Down material (don’t get your hopes up) and our Broken Record this week is Famous First Words, the 2011 debut album from insipid indie stardom-seekers Viva Brother
The Download announcement has got Steve and Remfry into a right tizzy, especially considering that Steve recently attended the Mercury Music Prize, an historically mocked (on this podcast at least) awards ceremony that’s giving far more exciting bands and artists a platform than Download seem to be managing at the moment. Steve and Remfry discuss (well …. Steve mainly rants, Remfry mainly listens).
Ironically, it comes at a time when there is plenty of extremely exciting rock and metal bands making music, as is demonstrated in this week’s album reviews with new releases by Car Bomb, .gif from God and Nervus. The boys also cast their beady critical eye over new albums by 65DaysofStatic and Oddarrang and trade-off comes courtesy of mewithoutYou and Plan B.