Iron-Cast

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

Episode 97 - Off the Rails Month, Part X - Lou Reed and Metallica - Lulu w/ Special Guest Evan Harris

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.

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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 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 94 - Off the Rails Month, Part VII - Judas Priest - Turbo w/ Special Guest Jayln Graham Owens

September 9th, 2017

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, with Judas Priest's tenth studio album, 1986's "Turbo". And we're bringing Jalyn Graham Owens (author of "Graham: the First Twenty") from "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" along for the ride. Upon its release, "Turbo" sold well initially and was Judas Priest's last platinum album, but sales quickly tapered off and it has since become a controversial album. But what of this album? Was it a fun mid-80's party metal album, or was it painfully commercial and gruesomely meaningless? Tune in to find out.

Check out "Graham: the First Twenty" right here.

Check out "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" right here.

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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 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 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 44 - Off the Rails Month, Part I - KISS - Music from The Elder

August 6th, 2016

Join us as Iron-Cast brings you the first part of a new month-long theme.This time it's "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field. And we're kicking this month off with a doozy, delving into KISS' "Music from 'The Elder'". Bringing back Bob Ezrin, the same producer who did "Destroyer" and who had just finished Pink Floyd's "The Wall", "Music from 'The Elder'" was supposed to be the concept album that would catapult KISS the same way "The Wall" did for Pink Floyd.... but that was not to be, as fans slagged the album and it is still one of the lowest-selling KISS albums ever. But what about this album? Did it push KISS into a bold new musical direction, or did it push crap in a new and scary direction? Tune in to find out.

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