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165 – Trivium, Brandi Carlile, blanket and Efterklang

It’s another eclectic (egg-leg-tic?) week on Riot Act with modern heavy metal, alt-country Americana, shoegaze-y alt-rock and a post-rock-pop album all getting a look in but Remfry’s most excited to talk about the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for some unfathomable reason, which leads Steve to recall a (slightly in-accurate) fact about Lord Webber and Timmy Mallet (it was Webber’s wife who challenged him, not Simon Cowell). Still … Steve has never let the truth get in the way of him bringing up Bombalurina’s classic Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini before and he’s not about to start now (Patreons, expect a Classic Album on Bombalurina’s seminal masterpiece Huggin’ An’a Kissin’ imminently).

We also discuss the brief internet shitstorm that’s surrounded Jacob Bannon’s iconic Jane Doe artwork for the utterly sublime Converge album of the same name but rather than simply pretend we’re experts in the field of copyright and trademark like seemingly every other twazzock on the internet, we’ve consulted a real IP lawyer who actually knows what they’re talking about. In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that most people commenting on said story don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

Speaking of people on the internet who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, Pitchfork have ‘re-appraised’ some records they reviewed in the past … except they haven’t. They’ve simply got other people to appraise them who think different things to the people who initially appraised them, which feels like a colossal waste of everybody’s time.

Albums reviewed this week are In the Court of the Dragon by Trivium, In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile, Modern Escapism by blanket and Windflowers by Efterklang

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102 – Hard Release

Steve’s been feeling rotten all week, so Remfry has curated a veritable feast of records to gorge on from this year that we’ve missed including sleepmakeswaves, Martin Grech, Wilderun, Modern Rituals and Dogleg. Despite spending most of his week in bed, Steve did find the time to watch Trivium’s live online stream ‘A Mirror or a Distant Light’ and the truth is Theory of a Deadman are ripe for Broken Records, our search to find the worst record of all time. 

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90 – A Brass Rubbing of Oasis

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

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47 – The Opposite of Hyperbole (Download 2019 Review)

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.

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