Iron-Cast

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

Episode 96 - Off the Rails Month, Part IX - U2 - Pop

September 23rd, 2017

Today we're continuing our re-visitation of "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "What happens when yet another guitar-driven band abandons the sound that made them famous in favor of the sound of the day?" when we discuss U2's ninth studio album, 1997's "Pop". Deciding to trade in their almost trademark guitar sound for a more techno sound, "Pop" sold well at first but sales quickly dropped off, and history has not looked well on this album. But what of this album? Was it misunderstood and tragically underrated, or was it a collection of bottom-of-the-barrel techno-junk? Tune in to find out. Plus we read your fan mail... Yes, kids, it's the return of Big Jim...

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Episode 95 - Off the Rails Month, Part VIII - The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore

September 17th, 2017

Today, we're plodding along in our re-visitation of "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "What happens when a guitar-driven band abandons the sound that made them famous?" when we discuss The Smashing Pumpkins' fourth studio album, 1998's "Adore". Going for a more intimate and personal album after facing a series of personal and professional setbacks, "Adore" became a polarizing album among critics and fans and was The Smashing Pumpkins' last platinum album. But what of this album? Was it an under-rated and unexpected masterpiece, or was it an overly long collection of uninspired ennui that nobody wanted? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 93 - Off the Rails Month, Part VI - Faith No More - King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime w/ Special Guest Ian Wadley

September 2nd, 2017

This is the first Saturday of a new month. So you know that means kids. That's right, it's another theme month here at Iron-Cast! This month we're revisiting "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field. And we're starting off by bringing Ian Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast and Wadzilla World to discuss Faith No More's fifth album, 1995's "King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime". "King for a Day" was released to mixed reviews and spotty album sales, and has since gained a reputation as a cult album. But what of this album? Was it a genre-defying triumph and one of the most underrated albums of the 90's, or was it a flawed and unfocused multi-car pileup of an album? Tune in to find out.

Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast right here.

Check out Wadzilla World 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 42 - The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

July 23rd, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast delves into a time when alternative music really was an alternative to the mainstream, discussing The Smiths' 1986 release, "The Queen Is Dead". In the thirty years since its' release, "The Queen Is Dead" has become an indie darling, and has been hailed by critics as one of the best albums of the 1980s. However, the album's reception by the public has been modest (at least as far as the US is concerned) and the album has also been a little polarizing. So, what of this album? Is it one of the best albums of the 1980s or is it an album with an over-inflated reputation? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 41 - The Ramones - Brain Drain w/ Special Guest James Gillman

July 16th, 2016

Join us as one of the winners of Iron-Cast's Guilty Pleasure Month Contest, James Gillman, sits in with us as we delve into our second look at arguably the greatest American band ever, The Ramones. This time, we're discussing their oft-maligned 1989 release, "Brain Drain". But what of this album? Is it worthy of its reputation of being a dumpster fire of an album, or are there hidden gems buried within? Tune in to find out.

Check out James' YouTube page here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFr4ghvDGcB1Tklq0lusr2Q

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Episode 39 - Pixies - Bossanova

July 2nd, 2016

Join us as we take our first look into one of those bands that seemed to be a victim of bad-timing, Pixies. While Pixies paved the way for "alternative music" to dominate the Top 40 in the 1990s, they didn't get to reap the rewards of their efforts due to their break-up in late 1992/early 1993. Here, we delve into Pixies' third studio album, "Bossanova" (released in 1990). Recorded on the heels of their breakthrough album, "Doolittle", this album was a departure from their previous release. But what of this album? Was "Bossanova" a worthy successor to their previous breakthrough or was it a rushed and disjointed effort that took a few steps backward? Tune in to find out, only on Iron-Cast.

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Episode 20 - EP Extravaganza, Part III - Napalm Death - Mentally Murdered - and Curve - Blindfold

February 20th, 2016

Join us as we take a month-long look into some EPs and give them some love or hate. Each episode we will review two different EPs. In this third installment we discuss Napalm Death's 1989 release, "Mentally Murdered" and Curve's 1991 debut release, "Blindfold". We also discuss our favorite moments of episodes eleven to twenty.

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Episode 19 - EP Extravaganza, Part II - Ratt - Ratt EP - and R.E.M. - Chronic Town

February 13th, 2016

Join us as we take a month-long look into some EPs and give them some love or hate. Each episode we will review two different EPs. In this second installment we discuss Ratt's 1983 debut release, "Ratt EP" and R.E.M.'s 1982 debut release, "Chronic Town".

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Episode 16 - David Bowie - Blackstar - and David Bowie Tribute

January 22nd, 2016

Join us as we discuss David Bowie's 27th (or 25th, if you exclude the Tin Machine albums) and final album, "Blackstar". Recorded four days after he passed away, we also discuss our favorite Bowie albums and pay tribute to an artist who influenced many over his close to 50 year career.

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