Episodes
It’s that time again, Riot Act is here, your weekly look at the world of music, and it’s been an incredibly eventful one don’t you know! On this week’s show Steve and Remfry have been to the movies (sort of) they both watched the brand new Foo Fighters film Studio 666 where the alt rock megastars take on some demonic force in their recording studio. It is a mad enough idea, but is it any good you ask?! Well, we’ll be more than prepared to tell you, whilst also having a quick trawl through the...
Published 03/03/22
It’s time for another episode of Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry give you their opinion on a brand new album that is about to drop on the unsuspecting music world. On this show we are talking about the second album from Boston hardcore newcomers Vein.fm, (previously Vein) The World Is Going To Ruin You. Vein.fm have been seriously hyped from the hardcore underworld for a good few years now, but their last album Errorzone put a few noses out of joint when they added a little touch...
Published 03/01/22
(Originally released to Patrons via https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast 1st October 2020) Steve and Remfry head back to 2003, to a time when Southern Indie rock quartet Kings of Leon weren't a boring band ... or maybe they were? Thanks to Michael Perry, who suggested we cover the band's debut album (although kindly, he gave us the choice between this and the band's 2004 follow-up Aha Shake Heartbreak). 17 years on, does the album live up to the ***** reviews and proclamation in The...
Published 02/26/22
It’s a rather different show on Riot Act this week. Steve and Remfry spend the majority of the show paying tribute to a musical hero in the aftermath of the news of Mark Lanegan’s passing at the age of 57. From Screaming Trees to Queens of the Stone Age to his solo material and guest appearances on releases from the likes of Cult of Luna, Manic Street Preachers and The Armed, Lanegan has been one of our most covered artists on this show and we have seldom been anything other than awestruck by...
Published 02/24/22
Hey everyone, it’s been a while, but we’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, and, good lord, do we have a good one. Steve and Remfry are looking at Angel In Realtime. by Gang of Youths, the third studio album by the Australian alternative rock band and the follow up to their 2017 album Go Farther In Lightness. Although they're pretty successful here in the UK, Gang of Youths are much more of a sizable band in their native Australia and the US. The release of Angel In Realtime. looks like it...
Published 02/24/22
Welcome to another episode of Riot Act, where Steve and Remfry have had a slightly quieter week than the uncharacteristically busy start to the year that 2022 has thus far brought. Still, there’s been plenty going on, with one of the most talked about Super Bowl halftime shows ever from Dr Dre and Co., Ed Sheeran and Cradle of Filth discussing their odd but inevitable collaboration, a surprise pair of Nine Inch Nails shows being announced in the UK and Remfry going out to Dapper Laughs' (yes...
Published 02/17/22
Your favourite dose of alternative music chat is back, it’s Riot Act, that’s us, we’re here, we’re back… hi. It’s been a busy week away from Riot Act towers for Steve and Remfry this week, which has meant we haven’t been able to give you individual reviews on the massive albums that are released this week, so (old school!) we’re doing it here! We look at new releases from Cult of Luna, Zeal and Ardor, Eddie Vedder and Wovenhand. Plus there’s chat about the recent Knocked Loose and Terror show...
Published 02/10/22
Hello you! You’re about to listen to Riot Act, your favourite weekly music podcast. Steve and Remfry are here once again, and this week they are celebrating those one album wonder bands by picking a pair of long lost but exceptional records that represent the only full lengths released by their creators. Both Sona Fariq and Man Will Surrender might have only given us one album (THANKS WARNER!) but as you’ll hear, what great albums they were. We also namecheck some similar artists that you...
Published 02/03/22
We’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, the show where Steve and Remfry give their expert opinion on one of the more notable releases in the music world. Today we’re speaking about one of the most unique and singular artists that Britain has ever produced; Rolo Tomassi and their 6th studio album Where Myth Becomes Memory. As the follow up to 2018’s critically adored Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It album, there is a hell of a lot of expectation on WMBM, but if you’ve been following us...
Published 02/02/22
Welcome to another episode of Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry review a new and exciting release from the world of alternative music… Today we’re talking about Ants From Up Here, the second album from UK experimental post-rock newbies Black Country, New Road. It’s only been a year since the band released their highly acclaimed debut album For The First Time, but we have a brand new set of songs already, with the band promising to give listeners a more palatable album than their...
Published 02/01/22
Hello you! Well if it isn’t another Riot Act Review podcast, where we, that’s Steve and Remfry FYI, look at another big album release. Today we’re considering the relative merits of Korn’s 14th studio album Requiem. It’s the follow up to the nu-metal legends surprisingly brilliant The Nothing in 2019. It’s a pretty high bar for Korn to match here on Requiem, and so, fair play to them, it would appear that they don’t even try to do that. Instead opting for a “If it ain’t broke…” mentality and...
Published 01/31/22
It’s another episode of Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry talk about one of the more noteworthy new records being released right about now. On this episode, we’re looking at Erebos, the third full-length album by underground death metal darlings Venom Prison. It’s been a pretty spectacular rise for Welsh / Russian death metal crew over the last few years, with each of their previous records seeing them steadily climb the ladder of British metal to a position where Erebos now feels like...
Published 01/30/22
Originally posted over on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast (https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast) September 23rd 2020 Remfry and Steve head back to 2004 for a suggestion to cover GN'R/STP supergroup Velvet Revolver and their debut album Contraband. As suggested by Jonathan Davidson (who very kindly gave us the choice between Contraband or their risible 2007 follow-up Libertad), the timing of the release of this debut was extremely fortuitous, as the retro classic rock sound was back...
Published 01/29/22
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 mouths), and what better way to celebrate the iconic career of the man than by deep diving into the fascinating story of his most definitive album?...
Published 01/28/22
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 split before paying tribute to them as best we can by each choosing five songs from their illustrious back catalogue to create our own personal ETID...
Published 01/21/22
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 hosts scratch their heads and try to remember the bands previous album, 2016’s Afraid of Heights, but can’t quite put their finger on having any prior...
Published 01/18/22
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 with former label Columbia and the promise of more “riskier” material, we get to hear just what he’s been up to in the last three and a bit years....
Published 01/17/22
Original posted September 16th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast (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 to merrily skip down memory lane as both Steve and Remfry were heavily invested in the scene that Hundred...
Published 01/15/22
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 to in 2021, but didn’t get round to. We bring you some mainly great releases we missed, a couple of ok ones and one particularly stinky one to round...
Published 01/14/22
Welcome back to Riot Act Reviews, another chance for Steve and Remfry to chew the cud over a new and exciting album from the alternative music landscape. On this episode we look at Epigone, the 4th full length album from Boston based proggressive metallers Wilderun. We reviewed the band’s 3rd album Veil of Imagination on episode 102 of the show and were very impressed by their blend of extreme metal styles, progressive elements and classical orchestration. We maaaaaay have said they sounded a...
Published 01/12/22
Welcome to the first Riot Act Review of Twenty Twenty Two! This week it’s quite an unusual event, as Steve and Remfry have a ma-hoo-sive new release to chat about in the usually notoriously quiet first week of the year. We go in-depth on Dawn FM the surprise released 5th album from Canadian electro, soul and pop singer songwriter The Weeknd. He may well be one of the most famous musicians on the planet right now, but The Weeknd is not your typical Riot Act artist, with one of our hosts...
Published 01/11/22
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 period for music there are a whole heap of honourable mentions to be revealed, before things get a little bit emotional as we reach the climax of the...
Published 12/24/21
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 lo-fi indie to mad piano jazz to euphoric blackgaze. Plenty for your ears to enjoy. We also bombard you with a mammoth list of our hosts' favourite...
Published 12/17/21
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 gothic melodrama. All that and much more are represented in our hosts picks, and they also find time to talk through some of the most...
Published 12/10/21
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 and whittling it down to just 20 albums each has been a tougher task than ever (yes, we know we say that every year). We’re spreading the Riot Act...
Published 12/03/21