Iron-Cast

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Episode 45 - Off the Rails Month, Part II - Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus

August 13th, 2016

Join us for "Part Deux" of our "Off the Rails Month", where we review albums that came out of left field. Today, we at Iron-Cast continue this month by asking that musical question, "Why not review an album that was featured in our Top 5 Most Disappointing Albums episode?", when we discuss Morbid Angel's "Illud Divinum Insanus". Initially praised by metal artists before its release, this album was widely panned by fans who had waited eight years for this album. But what about this album? Did its use of industrial elements create a twisted confrontational masterpiece, or was it a failed experiment and a joke? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 43 - Iron Maiden - Powerslave

July 30th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast takes our second look into Iron Maiden's catalogue, discussing their 1984 release, "Powerslave". Building off of the success of their previous release, "Powerslave" quickly launched Iron Maiden's fame into the stratosphere. But what of this album? Is it another in a string of Iron Maiden's early 80's masterpieces, or is it an overrated piece of early prog metal? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 30 - KISS - Lick It Up

April 30th, 2016

How ya doin', Pee-pull!? Today, Iron-Cast goes KISS-Krazy once more as we delve into a time when the make-up came off and the hair spray went on, with KISS' 1983 release, "Lick It Up". But what is this album? Is it a worthy early 80's metal album and sister to "Creatures of the Night", or is it a pretender to the throne of 80's metal and a predecessor of the cock rock/hair metal KISS albums that were to come later in the 80's? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments of episodes twenty-one to thirty.

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Episode 27 - Def Leppard the Pete Willis Years (On Through The Night and High ‘n’ Dry)

April 9th, 2016

It's time for some ten-armed Def Leppard! Today we're taking a look at the early phase of a band who went on to sell millions, it's Def Leppard: The Pete Willis Years! We're going track by track on both "On Through The Night" and "High 'n' Dry", discussing what made these albums so great, and what went wrong afterward.

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Episode 22 - Motörhead - Overkill - and Lemmy Kilmister & Philthy Animal Tribute

March 5th, 2016

Join us as we discuss Motörhead's second album, "Overkill". We also pay our long overdue respects to Lemmy and Philthy Animal, who both passed away towards the end of 2015.

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Episode 21 - EP Extravaganza, Part IV - Nine Inch Nails - Broken - and Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche EP

February 27th, 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 fourth and final installment we discuss Nine Inch Nails' 1992 release, "Broken" and Queensrÿche's 1983 debut release, "Queensrÿche EP".

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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 17 - Dio - Holy Diver - w/ Special Guest Dr. Fukk

January 30th, 2016

Look out! Today, the doctor returns to make a second house call as Dr. Fukk (Ralph Viera) from Thrash or Die, the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast, Combat, That Metal Station and many other projects, joins us to discuss Dio's 1983 debut album, "Holy Diver".

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 Combat here:

https://www.facebook.com/CombatMetal

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 14 - W.A.S.P. - Inside the Electric Circus - w/ Special Guest Josh Carlsen

January 9th, 2016

Today, Josh Carlsen joins two of his former C.R.I.B. mates to discuss W.A.S.P.'s 1986 release "Inside the Electric Circus".

Check out Josh's band, Loose Fuse, here:

https://www.facebook.com/LooseFuseUK/

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Episode 9 - King Diamond - Abigail

December 5th, 2015

Today we discuss King Diamond's second album, "Abigail". Is it a concept album masterpiece or is it shock rock schlock? Tune in and find out.

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