Iron-Cast

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

Episode 100 - KISS - The 1978 Solo Albums

October 22nd, 2017

It's a celebration, MoFos!! It's Iron-Cast's 100th episode! And to celebrate, we're giving you a mega episode (almost 3 1/2 hours long) as we delve into KISS for our sixth (and possibly final) time when we review all four of the 1978 solo albums! Which ones do we like? Which ones do we dislike? Will we Frankenstein our own albums out of all of this material? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 99 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part VIII - Gary Numan/Tubeway Army - Replicas w/ Special Guest Josh Carlsen

October 14th, 2017

We're continuing our re-visitation of "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life. This time we're delving into nihilism and a dystopian future when we discuss Gary Numan/Tubeway Army's second studio album, 1979's "Replicas". And we're bringing Josh Carlsen along for the ride. "Replicas" was a bit of a shift from Tubeway Army's first album, and this shift would propel the rest of Gary Numan's career. But what of this album? Was it synthpop/darkwave masterpiece that greatly influenced electronic and industrial music or was it a collection of mostly forgettable songs that ripped off Kraftwerk? Tune in to find out. Plus we read your fan mail.

Check out Josh's band, Loose Fuse, right here.

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Episode 98 - Episodes from the Crypt, Part VII - Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

October 8th, 2017

It's October, so you know what that means, kids. That's right, this month we're revisiting "Episodes from the Crypt", where we delve into the darker side of life. And we're starting it off with violence and horror when we discuss Eminem's third studio album, 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP". Fueled by the album's controversy and building off the success of his previous release, "The Slim Shady LP", "The Marshall Mathers LP" would become Eminem's biggest selling album ever. But what of this album? Was it a grueling assault shock course of lyrical genius, or was it a collection of self-indulgent and irritatingly stupid rants? Tune in to find out. Plus we read your fan mail.

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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 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 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 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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