Iron-Cast

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 37 - Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts - w/ Special Guest Chris Czynszak

June 18th, 2016

Today, special guest Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek Podcast joins us as we discuss Aerosmith's 1979 release, "Night in the Ruts". Recorded in the wake of mediocre sales of their previous release and during a haze of drug abuse, debts and band infighting, "Night in the Ruts" is seen as a crossroads album. But what of it? Is it a return to the blues rock we had expected from Aerosmith or is it a sign of the overly commercial mediocre material that was to come years later? Tune in and find out.

Also, check out the Decibel Geek Podcast here:

http://www.decibelgeek.com/

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Episode 2 - KISS - Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

October 14th, 2015

Today we discuss the "lost" Kiss album, the controversial 1997 release "Carnival of Souls". Is it a bold new direction, or is it a case of a band jumping on a trend a little too late? Tune in and find out.

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