Iron-Cast

What happens when a metalhead, a classic rock fan and a semi-drunken semi-hipster decide to talk music and more.

Episode 90 - Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

August 13th, 2017

Join us today when we at Iron-Cast get into some soul by discussing the 2006 sophomore (and final) studio album from Amy Winehouse, "Back to Black". When it was released, the album's retro sound was quite the stand out, leading "Back to Black" to selling millions worldwide and earning multiple awards. But what of this album? Was it a 21st-century soul classic, or was it an over-hyped and overrated re-tread? Tune in to find out. Plus we give our favorite moments from episodes 81 to 90.

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Episode 89 - Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers

August 5th, 2017

Today, Iron-Cast delves once more into Ritchie Blackmore's catalog when we discuss Deep Purple's 1984 reunion album, "Perfect Strangers". Deep Purple's first studio album in nine years, "Perfect Strangers" became the band's most successful album. But what of it? Was it a triumphant return and everything about what a reunion album should be, or was it a rushed cash-grab designed to cash in on the then new metal craze? Tune in to find out. Plus we read your fan mail... the saga of Big Jim continues...

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Episode 88 - Versus Month, Part V - Black Sabbath (Heaven and Hell) vs. Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard of Ozz)

July 29th, 2017

Today we're closing out "Versus Month", where we take a look at albums released at about the same time by former band members and see which one is better. It's the main event, and it's the heavyweight championship as we delve into Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Blizzard of Ozz". What do we think of these albums? Tune in to find out! Plus we read your fan mail... and it's the return of Big Jim Stevens...

Also, go and nominate us for the Peoples' Choice category and nominate friends of the podcast "The Bearded Ones" in the Comedy category for the 12th Annual Podcast Awards right here. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017.

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Episode 87 - Versus Month, Part IV - Metallica (Kill Em All) vs. Megadeth (Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!)

July 22nd, 2017

We're still continuing "Versus Month", where we take a look at albums released at about the same time by former band members and see which one is better. We're getting closer to the main event, and this time we're featuring a steel cage grudge match when we delve into the debut albums from Metallica ("Kill 'Em All") and Megadeth ("Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!"). What do we think of these albums? Tune in to find out.

Also, go and nominate us for the Peoples' Choice category and nominate friends of the podcast "The Bearded Ones" in the Comedy category for the 12th Annual Podcast Awards right here. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017.

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Episode 86 - Versus Month, Part III - Iron Maiden (Virtual XI) vs. Bruce Dickinson (The Chemical Wedding)

July 15th, 2017

Today we're continuing "Versus Month", where we take a look at albums released at about the same time by former band members and see which one is better. This time we're going to 1998 and we're delving into Iron Maiden's "Virtual XI" and Bruce Dickinson's "The Chemical Wedding". What do we think of these albums? Tune in to find out. Plus we read more of your fan mail.

Also, go and nominate us for the Peoples' Choice category and nominate friends of the podcast "The Bearded Ones" in the Comedy category for the 12th Annual Podcast Awards right here.

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Episode 85 - Versus Month, Part II - Yazoo (Upstairs at Eric’s) vs. Depeche Mode (A Broken Frame)

July 8th, 2017

It's "Part Deux" of "Versus Month", where we take a look at albums released at about the same time by former band members and see which one is better. This time we're going to 1982 and we're asking that musical question, "what happens when a band's principal songwriter leaves because his first band was getting too popular only to have his second band become even more popular?" when we delve into Yazoo's debut album "Upstairs at Eric's" and Depeche Mode's sophomore album "A Broken Frame". What do we think of these albums? Tune in to find out. Plus we read more of your fan mail.

Also, go and nominate us for the Peoples' Choice category and nominate friends of the podcast "The Bearded Ones" in the Comedy category for the 12th Annual Podcast Awards right here.

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Episode 84 - Versus Month, Part I - Van Halen (5150) vs. David Lee Roth (Eat ‘Em and Smile)

July 1st, 2017

Today starts a new month, so you know what that means, kids... That's right, we're kicking off a new theme month at Iron-Cast with "Versus Month", where we take a look at albums released at about the same time by former band members and see which one is better. And we're starting this off by taking a look at two albums that history has judged differently than the album sales at the time did when we delve into Van Halen's "5150" and David Lee Roth's "Eat 'Em and Smile" (both released in 1986). What do we think of these albums? Tune in to find out. Plus we read some of your email.

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Episode 83 - Coco Montoya - Gotta Mind To Travel

June 24th, 2017

Iron-Cast takes its first look into blues today when we discuss Coco Montoya's 1995 debut release, "Gotta Mind to Travel". After spending years in Albert Collins' band and in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Coco finally struck out on his own with this release. But what of it? Is it a bit of blues gold or is it just generic? Tune in to find out. Plus what we did during our hiatus and we read more fan mail.

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Episode 82 - Build A Band, All Asshole Edition w/ Special Guest Ian Wadley

June 17th, 2017

Today, Iron-Cast is back from our hiatus as we revisit that ultimate water-cooler music question but add a twist: "If you could build the perfect band using any musician (alive or dead), but who also happens to be an absolute asshole, who would be in the lineup?" And we've got Ian Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast back once more to join in on the fun. We give our selections for the following spots: lead vocals/frontman, guitar, bass, drums and wildcard, and we also give honorable mentions for each spot. Will your favorites make our cuts? Tune in to find out.

Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast right here.

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Best of Iron-Cast, Part V - Number 1 - Top 10 Most Overrated Bands/Artists w/ Special Guest Ian Wadley

June 10th, 2017

Today, we close out our look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're presenting the first place finisher with our third most played episode, as determined by podbean plays, when "The Ayatollah of Alcohola", Ian Wadley from The Rock and Metal Combat Podcast, joined us to discuss our top five most overrated bands/artists. This originally aired on January 2nd, 2016, making this the fourth of our five "Best of Iron-Cast" episodes to have aired in January, 2016 (I guess that was our best month). Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...

Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast right here.

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Best of Iron-Cast, Part IV - Number 2 - Top 5 Most Disappointing Albums w/ Special Guest Ian Wadley

June 3rd, 2017

Join us as we continue to take a look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're presenting the second place finisher with our most popular episode ever, as determined by podbean plays, when "The Ayatollah of Alcohola", Ian Wadley from The Rock and Metal Combat Podcast, joined us to discuss our top five most disappointing albums. This originally aired on November 13th, 2015, making this the oldest episode of our "Best of Iron-Cast" episodes. Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...

Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast here:

http://wadzilla74.podbean.com/

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Best of Iron-Cast, Part III - Number 3 - Queen - Hot Space

May 27th, 2017

Join us as we continue to take a look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're presenting the third place finisher with another one of our more popular episodes, as determined by podbean plays, when we discussed Queen's oft-maligned release, "Hot Space". This episode brought in quite a few jokes, and started some of our running gags, which have been ongoing since. This originally aired on January 16th, 2016. Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...

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Best of Iron-Cast, Part II - Number 4 - David Bowie - Blackstar - and David Bowie Tribute

May 20th, 2017

Join us as we continue to take a look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're presenting the fourth place finisher with another one of our more popular episodes, as determined by podbean plays, when we discussed David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar". Recorded just four days after he passed away, this episode has been our most serious and emotional episode to date. This originally aired on January 22nd, 2016. Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...

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Best of Iron-Cast, Part I - Number 5 - Dio - Holy Diver - w/ Special Guest Dr. Fukk

May 13th, 2017

Join us as we take a look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're starting it off with one of our more popular episodes, as determined by podbean plays, when Dr. Fukk (Ralph Viera) from Thrash or Die, the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast, That Metal Station and many other projects, joins us to discuss Dio's 1983 debut album, "Holy Diver". This originally aired on January 30th, 2016. Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...

 

Check out Thrash or Die here:

https://www.reverbnation.com/thrashordie

https://www.facebook.com/thrashordie.fl

Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast here:

http://wadzilla74.podbean.com/

Check out Dr. Fukk's review channels here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/eternalidols

https://www.youtube.com/user/almosthuman56

https://www.youtube.com/user/vieravaultreview

Check out That Metal Station here:

http://thatmetalstation.com/

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Episode 81 - Top 10 Favorite Crime Movies

April 22nd, 2017

Join us today when we at Iron-Cast go back to our motto of "We love our lists around here" as we give you our Top 10 Favorite Crime Movies. Did any of your favorites make our cuts? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 80 - KISS - Unmasked

April 15th, 2017

I know we keep saying we're done with KISS, but we keep getting pulled back in. Join us when we at Iron-Cast go KISS Krazy once more as we delve into their 1980 release, "Unmasked". While the album quickly went Gold, it fell off the charts fast in the US but became a bit of a hit overseas. But what of this album? Is it pop-rock/powerpop gold or is it bland, toned-down pop designed not to offend the parents of the 7-year-olds who made up the majority of KISS' audience at the time? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments from episodes seventy-one to eighty.

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Episode 79 - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, Part II

April 8th, 2017

Well, since it has taken us so long to discuss Led Zeppelin anyway, what was one more week? Also, we hope you liked our little diversion last week. Join us today as we at Iron-Cast actually get into our review of Led Zeppelin's 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti". Hailed as one of Led Zeppelin's finest works, "Physical Graffiti" was the first album to achieve platinum certification solely on advanced orders. But what of this album? Is it a masterpiece and is it Led Zeppelin's finest work, or is it arguably the most bloated, indulgent, ponderous and excessive double-album ever made? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 78 - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, Part I

April 1st, 2017

It's taken us forever to discuss Led Zeppelin, so today we're going to make it big. Join us as we at Iron-Cast are finally going to be discussing Led Zeppelin when we delve into their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti". Hailed as one of Led Zeppelin's finest works, "Physical Graffiti" was the first album to achieve platinum certification solely on advanced orders. But what of this album? Is it a masterpiece and is it Led Zeppelin's finest work, or is it arguably the most bloated, indulgent, ponderous and excessive double-album ever made? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 77 - Machine Head - The Blackening (10th Anniversary Special)

March 25th, 2017

Join us today when we at Iron-Cast celebrate yet another 10th anniversary release, this time being Machine Head's "The Blackening" (released 27.March.2007). Leaked online two weeks before its release, "The Blackening" still became Machine Head's highest charting release in the US, and earned the band a Grammy nomination. But what of this album? Is it an over-the-top ragefest that rivals Slayer at their best, or is it a half-assed effort from a trend band ripping off 90's Pantera and 80's Metallica? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 76 - Enter Shikari - Take to the Skies (10th Anniversary Special)

March 18th, 2017

Join us today, when we at Iron-Cast discuss the debut album from Enter Shikari, "Take to the Skies", which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this Sunday (19 March). Enter Shikari's blending of multiple genres in their music helped their relatively fast rise in the UK ("Take to the Skies" made it to #4 in the UK album charts). But what of this album? Is it an innovative use of genres or is it an awkward mash-up of incompatible styles? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 75 - Judas Priest - British Steel

March 11th, 2017

It took us 75 episodes, but we're finally going to discuss Judas Priest. Join us when we take our first dip into the catalog of the Metal Gods by delving into their 1980 breakthrough, "British Steel". While being the album that brought Judas Priest to the masses, "British Steel" has become a bit divisive among Judas Priest's fans as time has gone on. So, what of this album? Is it a NWOBHM classic or is it formulaic, overly pedestrian and overrated? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 74 - Songs We Love From Bands We Hate

March 4th, 2017

Today, we at Iron-Cast go back to our motto of "We do love our lists around here" of sorts, when we discuss some of the Songs We Love from Bands We Hate. Will some of your favorite songs by bad bands make our cuts? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 73 - Glam Month, Part IV - The Darkness - Permission to Land

February 25th, 2017

If Glam was supposed to have died in the 1970's, these guys certainly didn't get the memo. Join us today as we at Iron-Cast close out Glam Month by delving into the debut album from The Darkness, 2003's "Permission to Land". When this was released this was so uncool that it became cool, and was quite a change of pace from all other rock acts of its time. But what of this album? Was this album an underappreciated Glam throwback or was it a prime example why The Darkness is seen as a flash-in-the-pan? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 72 - Glam Month, Part III - T. Rex - Electric Warrior

February 18th, 2017

Did you really think we were going to have a Glam Month without T. Rex? Today we're continuing our month-long look at Glam when we delve into T. Rex's 1971 release "Electric Warrior". "Electric Warrior" has often been cited as the beginning of Glam with frontman Marc Bolan becoming the King of Glam. But what of this album? Is it a Glam masterpiece or is it an overrated collection of 70's background music? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 71 - Glam Month, Part II - David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

February 11th, 2017

You asked for it and now you're getting it! Our dozens of fans have asked us to do another David Bowie review, and we're delivering. Today we're continuing Glam Month by discussing Bowie's sixth studio album, 1973's "Aladdin Sane". Hyped as "Ziggy Goes to America", "Aladdin Sane" became a bit of a sister album to the previous year's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". But what of this album? Is Aladdin Sane Ziggy Stardust's crazy party-loving American cousin (bigger, heavier, sexier), or is Aladdin Sane a rushed and coked-up lesser clone of Ziggy Stardust? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 70 - Glam Month, Part I - Slade - Slayed?

February 4th, 2017

Join us today when we at Iron-Cast spend February putting on our platform shoes, bell-bottoms and slapping on some make-up and glitter. That's right, it's Glam Month here at Iron-Cast, and we're kicking it off by delving into Slade's third album, 1972's "Slayed?". So, what of this album? Is it a much overlooked glam masterpiece or is it a prime example of why Slade never really made it in the US? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments from episodes sixty-one to seventy.

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Episode 69 - Skunk Anansie - Stoosh

January 28th, 2017

Today, we at Iron-Cast end January the same way we started it, with a mid-90's sophomore release from a British alternative band. This time, it's Skunk Anansie's 1996 release, "Stoosh". Skunk Anansie toned down the political overtones from their debut album, opting for more personal and intimate themes, and "Stoosh" was one of Skunk Anansie's better selling albums. But what of this album? Is it a standout alt-rock album from the mid-90's, or is it a collection of dated radio-friendly middle-of-the-road alternative hard-rock songs? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 68 - Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

January 21st, 2017

Look out! Today, Iron-Cast revisits the work of Ronnie James Dio and takes its first glance into the catalogue of Ritchie Blackmore when we delve into Rainbow's 1975 debut, "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow". Made after leaving Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore took most of Dio's band, Elf, and formed Rainbow instead of making a solo album which had been planned. But what of this album? Is it a classic, spawning a lot of the fantasy and medieval themes that would permeate the metal genre or is it a missed opportunity offering only a glimpse of better ideas? Tune in to find out.

Plus, we read more of your emails.

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Episode 67 - Elton John - Too Low For Zero - w/ Special Guest Eddie Mercury

January 14th, 2017

Join us when we at Iron-Cast go back to the 1980's by delving into Elton John's 1983 release, "Too Low For Zero". And we're bringing Eddie Mercury from Nothing but Musik back once again to abuse Greg some more. This has been seen as a comeback album for Elton, as he went back full-time with Bernie Taupin writing the lyrics, and "Too Low For Zero" was Elton's best selling album of the 1980's. But what of this album? Is it a collection of timeless pop gold, or is it a mixed bag of forgettable dated pop tunes? Tune in to find out.

Plus, we answer your emails. All of this and moose knuckles...

Also, check out Nothing But Musik here: http://nothingbutmusik.podbean.com/

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Episode 66 - Curve - Cuckoo

January 7th, 2017

Today (7th of January) is Mr. T from Germany's birthday. In celebration of our favorite douche still being alive, we at Iron-Cast are taking another look at Mr. T's favorite band when we discuss Curve's 1993 sophomore release, "Cuckoo". Marking the third year in a row where Curve released an album's worth of music (three EPs in 1991 and their debut "Doppelgänger" in 1992), "Cuckoo" became a bit of a sophomore slump, not selling as well as "Doppelgänger", leading to the band going on a two-year hiatus in 1994. But what of this album? Was it the case of a true sophomore slump or was it an underappreciated gem? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 65 - 2016 Year in Review

December 31st, 2016

Today is New Years' Eve, so you know what that means. That's right kids, we at Iron-Cast get piss drunk and ramble on for over three hours about the year that was 2016, discussing some of the things that happened, what we liked and what we didn't like. What's our take on 2016... tune in to find out.

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Episode 64 - Top 10 Christmas Songs

December 24th, 2016

It's Christmas Eve, so in celebration we at Iron-Cast are taking the time to list our ten favourite Christmas songs. Christmas music is often seen as a lower form of art, but there are certainly some gems out there if you look hard enough. Did any of your favourites make the list? Tune in to find out, only on Iron-Cast!

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Episode 63 - Mötley Crüe - Too Fast For Love & Shout At The Devil

December 17th, 2016

Today on Iron-Cast we're taking a look at one of the most iconic rock/metal bands of the 80s - Mötley Crüe. Their first two albums, 'Too Fast For Love' and 'Shout At The Devil' are hailed as highly influential moments in mainstream metal. But what of these albums? Are they classic slices of punky, high-energy metal, or are they a warning of a horrific and unsightly trend to come? Find out, only on Iron-Cast!

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Episode 62 - Faith No More - Angel Dust - w/ Special Guest James Gillman

December 10th, 2016

Join us as we bring one of our Guilty Pleasure Month Contest (remember, that contest we had back in May) winners, James Gillman, back to discuss Faith No More's 1992 release, "Angel Dust". The follow-up to their 1989 breakthrough, "The Real Thing", "Angel Dust" has been called "the most uncommercial follow-up to a hit record ever", and while it was a critical success, it didn't quite achieve the same commercial success of "The Real Thing". But what of this album? Is it worthy of being named one of the best albums of 1992, or is it an over-produced collection of songs that helped spawn Nu Metal? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 61 - KISS - Dynasty

December 3rd, 2016

How ya doin', Pee-pull?!?! Today, Iron-Cast delves once more into KISS by discussing their 1979 release, "Dynasty". Hyped as "The Return of KISS", "Dynasty" remains an enigma among KISS' catalog. But what of this album? Is it pop-rock gold or is it a half-assed attempt at a cash-grab by following the sound of the time? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 60 - Metallica - Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

November 26th, 2016

Well, since everyone else is talking about it we as might as well too...
Today, Iron-Cast joins the vast choruses discussing the new Metallica album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct". "Hardwired" has arguably been one of the more anticipated albums released this year. But what of this album? Is it Metallica's best work since "...And Justice For All", or is it an EP's worth of material stretched out over two CDs? Or is it both? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments from episodes fifty-one to sixty.

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Episode 59 - Michael Jackson - Off The Wall - w/ Special Guest Eddie Mercury

November 19th, 2016

Today, we at Iron-Cast discuss the ins and outs of Michael Jackson's 1979 smash hit album "Off the Wall". And we've got Eddie Mercury (from Nothing But Musik) back to abuse Greg some more. Join us as we ask all the important questions. Is this album pop perfection or does it have a few disco-influenced songs too many? How many Adult Contemporary staples can you fit on one album? And, perhaps the most pressing question of all, How many child sex and child abuse jokes can we fit in one episode? Tune in to find out.

Also, check out Nothing But Musik here: http://nothingbutmusik.podbean.com/

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Episode 58 - Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith - w/ Special Guest Chris Czynszak

November 12th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast takes a look into something almost as divisive as the 2016 US Presidential election when we delve into Bon Jovi's 1992 release "Keep the Faith". And Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek Podcast is back once more to come along for the ride. This album had many questions surrounding it... Is the band finally back from their long hiatus? What direction will the band go in post grunge? And, maybe the most important question, has Mr. T ever been more drunk on any other podcast before? (spoiler alert... no) Tune and find out.

Also, check out the Decibel Geek Podcast here:

http://www.decibelgeek.com/

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Episode 57 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part VI (Bonus Track) - Siouxsie & The Banshees - Juju

November 5th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast is giving you an "Episodes from the Crypt" Bonus Track, where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. This time it is in the form or the fourth studio album from Siouxsie & The Banshees, "Juju". Released in 1981, "Juju" marked a return to guitar-based songs and became possibly the band's darkest album. But what of this album? Is it a post-punk/goth masterpiece, or is it a collection of over-rated goth-pop songs? Tune in and find out.

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Episode 56 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part V - Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies

October 29th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast closes out our month-long series of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. It took us 56 episodes to get there, but we're finally combining our two favorite things; theme months and our motto of "We do love our lists around here" by discussing our top 10 favorite horror movies. Are any of your favorites on our lists? Any surprises? Tune in and find out.

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Episode 55 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part IV - Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls

October 22nd, 2016

Iron-Cast continues our series of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. So far, we've brought you death, goth and horror, and this week we're bringing you the occult and satanism in the form of the 1969 debut release by Coven, "Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls". This album and this band mark the first time that occult and satanic themes were overtly used in music. But what of this album? Is it an album where the satanic and occult themes would become an influence on hard rock and heavy metal, or is this an album where the controversial themes seemed to be more of a gimmick designed to cover-up a generic, half-assed and rushed effort? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 54 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part III - Mercyful Fate - Don’t Break the Oath

October 15th, 2016

Iron-Cast continues our series of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. So far, we brought you death and goth, and this week we're bringing you horror in the form of the 1984 sophomore release by Mercyful Fate, "Don't Break the Oath". This album has been considered a landmark album and has been one of the more influential albums for the black metal genre. But what of this album? Is it arguably the best extreme metal album ever, or is it overly produced second-rate prog metal with falsettos? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 53 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part II - The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

October 8th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast continues our series of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. Last week we brought you death and this week we're bringing you goth, in the form of the 1987 sophomore release by The Sisters of Mercy, "Floodland". Released when the band had been left for dead after disbanding in 1985, Andrew Eldritch brought bassist and ultimate goth pin-up girl Patricia Morrison into the band and The Sisters of Mercy came back with a vengeance, releasing what has been their best-known and best-selling album. But what of this album? Is it arguably the best goth album ever made, or is it a piece of bombastic pretentious overcooked tripe? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 52 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part I - Death - Leprosy - w/ Special Guest Brody Leibfried

October 1st, 2016

Today is the start of October... so you know what that means, kids. That's right, we at Iron-Cast will be bringing you a new month long theme of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life... death, goth, horror and the occult. And we're starting this month off right, by getting into Death's 1988 sophomore release, "Leprosy". And we're bringing along "One Star World Star" Brody Leibfried from DownFall Album Reviews for the fun of it. So, what of this album? Is it the most important death metal album of all time or is it an overrated victim of the "loudness wars"? Tune in to find out.

You can check out DownFall Album Reviews right here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYoKq6dkqdiUrNrJ_t94sCA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1508093496151474/

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Episode 51 - Weezer - Pinkerton (20th Anniversary Special)

September 24th, 2016

Today (24. Sept. 2016) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Weezer's second album, "Pinkerton", and in celebration we at Iron-Cast will be delving track by track into this album. Initially reviled by both critics and fans (and also by the main songwriter Rivers Cuomo), the esteem of "Pinkerton" has significantly risen in the years after its release, and, along with Beck, has become a bit of a "patient zero" for the modern hipster trend. But what of this album? Is it one of the best albums of the 90s that deserves the accolades it now receives or is it a series of half-assed efforts attempting to justify Rivers Cuomo's seeming fixation on Asian women? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 50 - The PMRC Filthy 15

September 17th, 2016

It's Iron-Cast's 50th episode! And to celebrate we're going back to our motto of "We love our lists around here", by bringing you literally the mother of all lists. That's right, we're going to be reviewing the songs on a list made by mothers... The PMRC "Filthy 15". In 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center published a list of 15 songs that were recommended to be banned outright due to the content matter of those songs. Even though none of these songs were banned, they became a focal point of music censorship in the mid 1980s. Join us as we crack open this time capsule from 1985, have a chuckle over what was considered filthy back then and also see if these songs aged like wine or like bread. Also, we give our top moments of episodes 41-50.

If you want to know what was on the PMRC Filthy 15, you can check it out right here.

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Episode 49 - Nativity in Black, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Black Sabbath - Special Request by Adam Marshall

September 10th, 2016

Join us as we at Iron-Cast (as requested by Guilty Pleasure Month Contest winner Adam Marshall) go back to the heady days of the mid 1990's when tribute albums seemed to be coming out of the woodwork, when we review "Nativity in Black, Vol.1: A Tribute to Black Sabbath". Released in 1994, "Nativity in Black" showed how Black Sabbath influenced not just rock and heavy metal, but other genres such as industrial and goth. But what of this album? Is it among the best tribute albums ever, or is it a mixed bag like pretty much every tribute album? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 48 - Off the Rails Month Bonus Track - Blondie - Autoamerican

September 3rd, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast is giving you an "Off the Rails Month" Bonus Track, where we review albums that came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "Is it possible to have an off the rails album that produced two #1 hits?", when we review Blondie's 1980 release, "Autoamerican". While one of Blondie's more successful albums, this genre-defying release (about 10 different genres on this 12 track album) seemed to quickly fall from the public eye and probably helped lead to the band's downfall. But what of this album? Did this album's use of multiple genres create an eclectic gem or was it a cocaine-fueled mishmash of a trainwreck? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 47 - Off the Rails Month, Part IV - Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music

August 27th, 2016

Iron-Cast closes out "Off the Rails Month", where we review albums that came out of left field, with what has to be the ultimate off the rails album, Lou Reed's 1975 release, "Metal Machine Music". Even though this album (a double album that has only one hour-long song) was withdrawn within a few weeks of its release, "Metal Machine Music" has become a bit of a legend. This status has been aided by the fact that Lou Reed never really stated what brought about this album. So what of this album? Is it a piece of experimental avant-garde art and proto-industrial gold, or is it a gigantic middle finger designed to fulfill a recording contract? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 46 - Off the Rails Month, Part III - Metallica - St. Anger

August 20th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast continues "Off the Rails Month", where we review albums that came out of left field, with an album that has to be a poster-child for albums that went off the rails. That's right, Iron-Cast delves into Metallica's "St. Anger". This album left so many questions upon its release... Who was the high school sophomore who wrote the lyrics? ... Why did Lars decide to play on a toy drum set? ... Should we cut them some slack because they only had 11 months to record this album? ... and How many times did Cliff Burton spin in his grave when this album was released? But what of this album? Is this a misunderstood album that goes back to the band's roots, or is this the half-assed effort of artists who have lost touch with their fans and with everything? Tune in to find out.

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