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126 – Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil, Cazador

It’s our first review show of 2021, but as is often the case at the beginning of the year, there aren’t all that many new releases worth talking about, so instead, Remfry and Steve review some of the big hitters from the end of 2020 that they missed due to Album of the Year shenanigans, including new releases from Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil and Cazador. 

Sadly things aren’t as quiet on the news front as we pay tribute to two musicians who both passed away recently; underground hip-hop rapper MF Doom and Children of Bodom guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho. Plus we get political after photographs of Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer are circulated showing him to be one of the protestors at the US Capitol siege.

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11 – Static-X Kicked Over Coal Chamber’s Sandcastle (feat. The Dirty Nil)

We’ve surreptitiously designated this week ‘Canada Week’ in honour of Remfry sitting down with Luke and Kyle from Hamilton, Ontario alt-rock trio The Dirty Nil to discuss their 5 favourite Canadian punk bands. Sticking with the ‘Canada’ theme, Steve and Remfry also review Fucked Up’s latest double album opus ‘Dose Your Dreams’, alongside Echo & The Bunnymen’s re-imagination record The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon’ and the debut album from one of our 12 Unsung Heroes of 2018 (all the way back in the glory days of episode one) Wild Cat Strike.

Steve and Remfry also discuss the frankly pathetic attempt made by Shaggy 2 Dope (he of Insane Clown Posse) to drop kick Fred Durst in the head, the Nirvana ‘reunion’ and why it is most patently NOT a reunion and the validity of covering Twenty One Pilots on a future show. Plus, there’s a hideously unfair Trade Off, where Steve receives Ilenkus’s 2014 album ‘The Crossing’, whilst Remfry gets to the ‘pleasure’ of wrapping his forever damaged ears around Clawfinger’s 1997 self-titled album … he’s not been the same since.

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08 – Sexy Lizard Taylor Swift

It’s an album review bonanza this week on Riot Act, as Stephen and Remfry sit down to cast their critical eye across a string of great albums including Thrice, Therapy? Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, The Dirty Nil… oh yeah, and Paul Weller. Remfry also went to see Puppy and Ghost live and gives a view to the latter that differs (somewhat) from the universal praise and acclaim that’s been lavished upon it.

In festival news, we discuss Sleep’s decision to snub Coachella in favour of Roadburn, plus there’s headliner news in the form of Meshuggah playing ArcTanGent (yaaaay!) and Sabaton playing Bloodstock (errrrr … tanks!?). Plus apropos of hardly anything, Steve refers to Taylor Swift as a ‘sexy lizard’.