September 30th, 2017
Today we're closing out this re-visitation of "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field, with another ultimate off the rails album when we take a look at Lou Reed's and Metallica's collaboration, 2011's "Lulu". And we're bringing Evan Harris from The Bearded Ones: Comedy Podcast along for the ride. Seen as an odd collaboration from the start, "Lulu" was one of the more controversial releases for both Metallica and Lou Reed. But what of this album? Was it a masterpiece that will take a while for everyone to catch up to, or was it an expensive major label joke and failed high art concept? Tune in to find out.
Check out The Bearded Ones: Comedy Podcast right here.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9th, 2016
Today, we're taking our second foray into Queen's discography by looking into their second album, 1974's "Queen II". Recorded while the band members were still working day jobs, Queen created a sound on "Queen II" that would become a hallmark of the band. But what of this album? Was it an art rock masterpiece or was it the over-produced dregs of glam rock? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments from episodes thirty-one to forty.
June 3rd, 2016
With the recent death of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, we at Iron-Cast felt that this would be a good time to pause and reflect on the band's 1990 release, "Rust In Peace", the first, and arguably best, to feature Menza. Recorded just a few days after his passing, we take a look over this technical thrash masterpiece and pay our respects to a master drummer, here on Iron-Cast.
May 6th, 2016
Join us as Iron-Cast brings you the first part of a new month-long theme. This time it's "Guilty Pleasure Month", where we review an album that is a guilty pleasure of at least one of the members of Iron-Cast. And boy are we starting "Guilty Pleasure Month" off with a doozy, reviewing Meat Loaf's 1977 release "Bat Out of Hell". Released with little to no fanfare, it has since become one of the highest-selling albums of all time. But what about this album? Is it a Wagnerian rock masterpiece or is it a humongous chunk of cheese with sugar dumped all over it? Tune in and find out.
March 19th, 2016
Today we discuss the ins and outs of Elton John's 1972 smash hit album "Honky Château", and ask all the important questions. Is this soft-rock heaven or a ballad too far? How many AOR staples can you fit on one album? And, perhaps the most pressing question of all, When will Elton be playing at the Phallus of Auburn Hills?
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".
November 28th, 2015
Join us as we "Up the Irons" today, discussing the 1980 self-titled debut release from Iron Maiden.
November 13th, 2015
Ian "The Ayatollah of Alcohola" Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast joins us to discuss our top five most disappointing albums.
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