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If you’re here then we’d like to assume you are a music fan with impeccable taste, and appreciate the job we’re trying to do in promoting the very best in alternative music.

Both Stephen and Remfry (that’s us) have written and spoken millions of words about our favourite bands in everything from The Independent and The Guardian to Metal Hammer and Team Rock Radio, and beyond. We have dedicated large chunks of our lives to passionately promoting our favourite music, but never has there been an outlet that offers us the opportunity to rep for all the many genres of alternative music that we adore. Until now. Whether you are a fan of brutal death metal or wistful singer songwriters, three chord punk rock or sprawling prog epics, we believe that music in all of its forms deserves to be celebrated. So we started Riot Act to do exactly that.

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If you’re here then we’d like to assume you are a music fan with impeccable taste, and appreciate the job we’re trying to do in promoting the very best in alternative music.

Both Stephen and Remfry (that’s us) have written and spoken millions of words about our favourite bands in everything from The Independent and The Guardian to Metal Hammer and Team Rock Radio, and beyond. We have dedicated large chunks of our lives to passionately promoting our favourite music, but never has there been an outlet that offers us the opportunity to rep for all the many genres of alternative music that we adore. Until now. Whether you are a fan of brutal death metal or wistful singer songwriters, three chord punk rock or sprawling prog epics, we believe that music in all of its forms deserves to be celebrated. So we started Riot Act to do exactly that.

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    162 - Thrice, Employed to Serve, Mono and Carcass

    162 - Thrice, Employed to Serve, Mono and Carcass

    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 his excitement at the announcement that Rick Astley and Blossoms teaming up to play the songs of The Smiths in possibly the most beguiling partnership since Sting and Shaggy released an album. We also peruse Rolling Stone’s hot-off-the-press updated version of their Top 500 Songs of all Time list, a list that was last updated in 2003.
    On top of all that, Remfry has live reports of Mother Vulture and highlights from Portals Festival, including Bossk, Human Pyramids, CLT DRP, itoldyouiwouldeatyou and Nervus.


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    • 2 hr 16 min
    161 - Manic Street Preachers, Little Simz, Low and Andrew W.K.

    161 - Manic Street Preachers, Little Simz, Low and Andrew W.K.

    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 Bad Pond Festival as well as Arab Strap’s much anticipated debut show in London since the release of their critically lauded come-back album As Days Get Dark.
    Oh and there's a nonsense story about how Classical music leaves us hooked on chocolate biscuits.


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    • 2 hr 12 min
    160 - Kanye West, Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts and Bokassa

    160 - Kanye West, Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts and Bokassa

    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 Molotov Rocktail by Bokassa (94:03)
    We also take a brief look at the state of ALT LDN festival, as well as live shows from Voices and Idles.


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    • 1 hr 46 min
    159 - Turnstile, Jinjer, Sugar Horse and Sons of Alpha Centauri

    159 - Turnstile, Jinjer, Sugar Horse and Sons of Alpha Centauri

    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 Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love, photographer Kirk Weddle, the managers of Kurt Cobain’s estate, his Grandma, his second cousin, his dog, the first girl he ever kissed and probably Steve if he ever hears this podcast, after alleging that his parents never signed a release authorising the use of the image for the artwork. The lawsuit also cites the image as ‘child pornography’ … right you are Spence mate…
    Albums reviewed on this week’s show are Glow On by Turnstile (39:04) Wallflowers by Jinjer (59:20) The Live Long After by Sugar Horse (74:49) and Push by Sons of Alpha Centauri (96:30)


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    • 1 hr 51 min
    RR38 Deftones - Gore

    RR38 Deftones - Gore

    Scott Baird is a ruddy bloody legend because he's only gone and given us Deftones' eighth studio album Gore as the next entry on Rioteers Review, an album that both Remfry and Steve feel is very much maligned, not so much by critics, but more by Deftones fans. So why is that eh? Cause it's proper bangin' it is ... no honest it is. Go on, listen to it, it's well good, what's your beef eh? EH!?
    Anyways, Steve and Remfry make their respective cases and make raspberry noises apropos of nothing (sorry about that).


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    158 - Deafheaven, Between The Buried & Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

    158 - Deafheaven, Between The Buried & Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

    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 they were away, someone filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1965, a claim that has caused controversy amongst internet sleuths the world over. We discuss, without drawing any solid conclusions, cause that would be premature without all the facts ... unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the internet.
    Albums reviewed this week are Infinite Granite by Deafheaven (82:05) Colors II by Between the Buried and Me (103:15) VI by The Bronx (123:01) and Transmute by Press to Meco (130:37)


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    • 2 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DBD321123 ,

Best music review podcast out there!

Delightfully opinionated and the sexiest music review podcast available! Keep up the good work over there... please. Seriously, I rely on this podcast to tell me what to/not to listen to. These guys are thorough, thoughtful, and leave no stone unturned. They’ve yet to steer me wrong!

user 4269 ,

Frances the Mute review is full of errors

I’m writing this review in the hopes that the creators get wind of the numerous mistakes and assumptions they’ve made in this episode. So far I’m about 10 minutes in and the amount of incorrect things shared is quite glaring:

*The songs did not originate from jam sessions. Omar was quite controlling over each part of each song and composed everything we hear on every album;

*The bits of FTM heard during “jams” on Scab Dates were actually the band intentionally going into a new segment of music, written by Omar, and then moving from that back into the song being performed. Basically a medley;

*The approach used by Miles Davis and Omar was not that the musicians were ignorant to the other parts as they recorded, it’s that they were tracked without the accompaniment of other instruments so they would perform as though their part was the main focus. It was an attempt to get the best performance from each musician because they played as if they had to carry the whole song themselves. Notice how the kick drum and bass line change at the same time and lock up throughout the various movements of the last song;

I stopped listening shortly after because I’m terrified that they’re going to continue to mangle the legacy of this album/band.

AdamYoe ,

IT’S A RIOT (Groan)!!!!

I had to briefly set aside my sticky, spackled “Batman” soundtrack to implore you to inhabit the twisted, brilliant minds of Riot Act. They have the conversations about music that I’d have with friends if I wasn’t a friendless goober. All jokes aside, these gents are reporting from behind the curtain. It’s hilarious, informative, passionate, and is responsible for the irresponsible amount of money I spent on music in 2018.

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