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Welcome to Riot Act, your weekly dose of music chat and opinion from that guy Stephen Hill and the other guy Remfry Dedman. And, yes, you’re right, we should pay tribute to the late, great Meat Loaf, who sadly passed away last week just as episode 178 went live. We are obviously going to do that (you could say you took the words right out of ours m…
 
Welcome to another weekly instalment of Riot Act, your dose of news and opinions on all recent alternative music shenanigans. It’s been a wild time putting the show together this week, as both Steve and Remfry are reeling from the news that one of hardcore's most beloved and inspirational bands have split up. We talk through the Every Time I Die sp…
 
We’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, the show where we cast our critical eye over a brand new release from a sizable or interesting artist. Today we’re looking at the 6th studio album from Canadian stadium punk lads Billy Talent, Crisis of Faith. Billy Talent are both sizable AND interesting, particularly if you’re German, but both of our host…
 
On this Riot Act Review Steve and Remfry talk you through their opinions on the latest album from Chicago born rapper Earl Sweatshirt, Sick!... that’s the name of the album by the way, we’re not just really excited about it. It’s been an interesting life that Mr Sweatshirt has lived, and now, with this being his first release since parting ways wit…
 
Original posted September 16th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast Steve and Remfry go very in-depth (almost Classic Album-worthy in-depth) on an album that was very hotly anticipated at the time, the debut from Aldershot melodic post-hardcore heroes Hundred Reasons. As suggested by Tierney, this Rioteer's Review provides an opportunity …
 
Welcome to episode 177 of Riot Act, the alternative music podcast … so alternative in fact that Steve brings up Gangham Style within 30 seconds of pressing record … THAT’S how alternative we are! We’ve had a few weeks off over the Christmas period which has given both Steve and Remfry a little time to listen to some of the records they’d intended t…
 
Welcome to the final Riot Act podcast of 2021, and what better way to finish the year off than with the culmination of our countdown of the very best albums of the year. Steve and Remfry reveal their individual top five picks in what has undoubtedly been one of the most exceptional years for music in living memory. With it being such a fantastic pe…
 
Yes that’s right, it’s Riot Act, your favourite dose of alternative music content back again with another show filled with lovely year end shenanigans. This week Steve and Remfry continue their countdown of the very best records of 2021 by revealing numbers 10 to 6 in their individual lists, a varied bunch containing everything from prog-metal to l…
 
Welcome back to another Riot Act, where you join us at the second of four shows detailing Steve and Remfry’s continuing countdown of the 20 best albums of 2021. This week our hosts talk you through numbers 15 to 11, waxing lyrical on everything from soaring, majestic soul to crushing, expansive black metal, from warming, bright shoegaze to icy cold…
 
It’s the moooost won-der-ful tiiiiiiime, of the yeeeeear. Or rather, it would be, if Steve and Remfry weren’t tasked with re-listening to all their favourite music from the past year and attempting to put their favourite 20 albums into some arbitrary list of preference! Excessive sadfishing aside, 2021 has been an extraordinary year for new music a…
 
On this episode of Riot Act Reviews we are looking at the 6th studio album from alt-rock legends Failure, Wild Type Droid. Since reforming in 2015 Failure have been one of the exceptions to the rule that your post-reformation material can’t live up to your classics, putting out two albums of exceptional quality. This time around the band have hinte…
 
On this week’s show, we explore the idea of image and how it has evolved to encompass not just an aesthetic look but carefully crafted lore and mythos that listeners can delve into and explore outside of a band’s music. Is image a vital component to becoming a hugely successful band in the 21st century? Is it a coincidence that bands with a strikin…
 
It’s time for another review from Steve and Remfry on Riot Act Reviews, where we collect our thoughts regarding a significant or interesting recent album that our hosts have heard. On this episode we are diving deeper into the underground than we have previously done so on this portion of the show by looking at Breaking the Trauma Bond, the 4th stu…
 
It’s time for your weekly dose of alternative music news and opinions from us here at Riot Act. Steve and Remfry discuss t-shirts and slippers (not sure why) before we talk about what could be the biggest week of new releases this year. Mainly courtesy of the new album from Adele, obvs. We then get into a news story that maybe shouldn’t be that big…
 
We are delighted to bring you the Riot Act review of Bloodmoon: I, the first collaboration album between Boston hardcore legends Converge and California’s gothic auteur Chelsea Wolfe. Having first got together in 2016 for some wonderfully received shows at Roadburn festival and in London, where both Steve and Remfry witnessed the union first hand, …
 
Emma Ruth Rundle has become something of a favourite of ours over the years, with 2018’s On Dark Horses and her recent collaboration with Thou both getting enthusiastic thumbs up from Remfry and Steve on previous episodes. But her latest album, Engine of Hell, marks a stylistic change from all her previous work. Rather than the expansive, full-band…
 
It’s a somewhat somber episode this week as Remfry and Steve try to piece together the events that led to nine people (eight at time of recording) losing their lives at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas. A criminal investigation is under way to try and ascertain what caused such an unnecessary loss of life as well as the hundreds…
 
Originally posted September 9th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast Remfry and Steve discuss a record that features members of Sepultura (Max Cavalera), The Dillinger Escape Plan (Greg Puciato), Mastodon (Troy Sanders) and The Mars Volta (Dave Elitch). The rule of super-groups dictates that surely, despite the calibre of musicians, this …
 
Welcome to another edition of Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry look in depth at one of alternative music's recently released albums of considerable note. On this show we look at the new album from American singer songwriter Lana Del Rey, Blue Banisters, the follow up to her Chemtrails Over The Countryclub effort from earlier in the year. We…
 
Welcome to another week of alternative music news, reviews and opinions courtesy of us here at Riot Act. Steve and Remfry start, pretty much immediately, by excitedly reviewing the recent Biffy Clyro gig at the Forum in London, before delving into this weeks releases, discussing the news that U2 have released a rubbish song (much to Steve’s disappo…
 
Welcome to a special Riot Act Reviews podcast, in this episode Steve and Remfry run the rule over one of the most anticipated metal albums to be released this year; Georgian prog metal superstars Mastodon’s 8th studio album Hushed and Grim. The follow up to their 2017 effort Emperor of Sand, which divided the opinion of both fan and critics, but an…
 
This week’s Riot Act is brought to you by the letter B! Steve and Remfry take a look at the news this week, that has been dominated by some rather unsavory attitudes coming from the Bloodstock Festival camp, as well as looking at The Rolling Stones decision to retire one of their biggest ever songs, Brown Sugar, from their live set. After the serio…
 
Welcome to a special Riot Act Reviews podcast, an opportunity for Steve and Remfry to take a look at some of the more notable recent releases in the world of alternative music. We cast a critical eye over the 9th studio album from Scottish alternative rock megastars Biffy Clyro; The Myth of the Happily Ever After. Coming just a year after their pre…
 
Originally posted September 2nd 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast It's our 40th Rioteer's Review and we're covering something a little outside of the usual Riot Act remit as suggested by James Smurthwaite. Steve and Remfry discuss IGOR, the 5th album from controversial rapper, musician, songwriter and producer Tyler, The Creator. Relea…
 
Welcome to a special Riot Act Reviews podcast, an opportunity for Steve and Remfry to take a look at some of the more notable recent releases in the world of alternative music. This week we cast a critical eye over Future Past by Duran Duran, the 15th studio album from the legendary New Romantic band. It couldn’t have been two more drastic ends of …
 
It’s another week of alternative music chat here on Riot Act, but before that, different drinks for different… needs… as Remfry chugs down a big glass of some fizzy, technicoloured orange monstrosity which will rot his kidney away, while Steve politely sips on a cool glass of water. It’s pretty much the only thing that our hosts do disagree on this…
 
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 Webbe…
 
Inspired by Shakira’s wild boar bag robber, Remfry and Steve put forward their audition for The Really Wild Show, CBBC’s flagship wildlife television show … unfortunately, no one told them that the show ended over 15 years ago, but the deviation into the natural world does lead Remfry to confess to a spate of cow tippings in the South Gloucestershi…
 
Trigger Warning: this week's episode contains dangerous baked potatoes. It’s been a busy week for news for Steve and Remfry to digest this week, some of it is quite serious, like the implications of UMG being made public on the stock exchange and destroying the myth that there’s no money in the music industry, some of it is quite exciting, such as …
 
Remfry sat down for a very rambly conversation with Conor Murphy from Foxing to discuss their latest full-length album Draw Down the Moon. Foxing and their unique brand of indie emo post-rock pop have been a favourite of Remfrys for quite some time and many of you will remember that their 2018 third album Nearer My God was his favourite album of th…
 
Originally posted August 25th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast Steve and Remfry are kicking themselves after never having previously heard this excellent suggestion from David S Grop to discuss Locust, the second full-length album by Swedish alt metal quintet Mary Beats Jane. Maybe they're being too harsh on themselves though ... as t…
 
BEEEEARD OOOOIL! Stephen ‘Metalcore Fan Aggressor’ Hill and Remfry ‘Post-Rock Cowardly Lion’ Dedman review the latest new releases in the world of alternative music in the form of Horizons / East by Thrice (59:20) Conquering by Employed To Serve (76:14) Pilgrimage of the Soul by Mono (107:07) and Torn Arteries by Carcass (119:14). Steve talks about…
 
We’re joined by a special guest this week as Ash from Sugar Horse steps up to cast his critical eye over the week’s new releases which are The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers (36:20) Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz (59:22) Hey What by Low (84:31) and God is Partying by Andrew W.K. (107:17) There are also brief reviews of …
 
It’s a heck of a week for looooong releases with a fair dollop of controversy thrown in there for good measure as we take a look at the long-awaited double album Donda by Kanye West (10:32) before also casting a critical eye over Iron Maiden’s latest double opus Senjistsu (53:33) as well as 21st Century Love Songs by The Wildhearts (80:54) and Molo…
 
This episode of Riot Act is dedicated to Mathew Davies (RIP) On this week’s show, we pay our respects to Charlie Watt, the ‘engine’ behind the drum kit for The Rolling Stones who passed away on 24th August at the age of 80. In other news, Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album Nevermind, is suing surviving band members…
 
Steve and Remfry left the comforted cocoon of their homes to venture to the midlands and sequestered themselves in a small town that one of our hosts (who will remain un-named) referred to as ‘horrid’. Thankfully, we weren’t there to review the local urban metropolises … instead, they gallivanted off to Bloodstock to watch some heavy metal. Whilst …
 
There’s a slightly disagreeable air to this week’s show as Steve and Remfry assess the ‘new’ single from Guns N’ Roses, the first song the band have officially released since 2008’s ill-fated Chinese Democracy. An unexpected, punk-inflicted left-turn from the band or a crass, silly Axl rant set to a plodding, uninspired riff? Whilst we’re on GN’R h…
 
Remfry’s feeling very hoarse after making an extravagant re-entrance back into non-socially distanced gig-going, as he hurtled himself down to his old stomping ground of Bristol to see 80Trees, the mini-indoor festival hastily put together by the 2000Trees and ArcTanGent team. He huskily reports back on the weekend’s events and shenanigans whilst t…
 
In the first part of our two part Classic Album Special, we look at the 8th album from Athens, Georgia alternative rock megastars R.E.M., 1992’s Automatic for the People. After a decade in the US indie underground R.E.M. had achieved a significant mainstream breakthrough after signing to Warners and releasing 1988’s Green and 1991’s Out of Time alb…
 
It’s been a very difficult week in the world of metal with three high profile deaths including Mike Howe of Metal Church and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. But the news is dominated by the tragic death of Slipknot founder Joey Jordison (28:25). An absolute beast on drums, Joey changed the face of metal percussion forever, breaking through with his phenome…
 
Originally posted July 30th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast In the second part of our mini-series of self-indulgent Rioteers Reviews (in aid of our 2nd Birthday celebrations) Steve casts a beady critical eye over I Tell My Guitar The Things I Used To Tell You, the debut 2010 EP from a certain Mr. Remfry Dedman. Littered with Easter E…
 
It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist... obviously w…
 
It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist... obviously w…
 
The heatwave continues but it won’t deter Steve or Remfry from reviewing the latest releases from the world of alternative music. In the news, we discover that Steve won’t have to get a tattoo of Corey Taylor on his face (boooo) all thanks to the Mercury Music Prize nominations, as good a reason to dislike awards shows as you could imagine. And the…
 
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