Iron-Cast

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

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 80 - KISS - Unmasked

April 15th, 2017

I know we keep saying we're done with KISS, but we keep getting pulled back in. Join us when we at Iron-Cast go KISS Krazy once more as we delve into their 1980 release, "Unmasked". While the album quickly went Gold, it fell off the charts fast in the US but became a bit of a hit overseas. But what of this album? Is it pop-rock/powerpop gold or is it bland, toned-down pop designed not to offend the parents of the 7-year-olds who made up the majority of KISS' audience at the time? Tune in to find out. We also discuss our favorite moments from episodes seventy-one to eighty.

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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 73 - Glam Month, Part IV - The Darkness - Permission to Land

February 25th, 2017

If Glam was supposed to have died in the 1970's, these guys certainly didn't get the memo. Join us today as we at Iron-Cast close out Glam Month by delving into the debut album from The Darkness, 2003's "Permission to Land". When this was released this was so uncool that it became cool, and was quite a change of pace from all other rock acts of its time. But what of this album? Was this album an underappreciated Glam throwback or was it a prime example why The Darkness is seen as a flash-in-the-pan? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 72 - Glam Month, Part III - T. Rex - Electric Warrior

February 18th, 2017

Did you really think we were going to have a Glam Month without T. Rex? Today we're continuing our month-long look at Glam when we delve into T. Rex's 1971 release "Electric Warrior". "Electric Warrior" has often been cited as the beginning of Glam with frontman Marc Bolan becoming the King of Glam. But what of this album? Is it a Glam masterpiece or is it an overrated collection of 70's background music? 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 69 - Skunk Anansie - Stoosh

January 28th, 2017

Today, we at Iron-Cast end January the same way we started it, with a mid-90's sophomore release from a British alternative band. This time, it's Skunk Anansie's 1996 release, "Stoosh". Skunk Anansie toned down the political overtones from their debut album, opting for more personal and intimate themes, and "Stoosh" was one of Skunk Anansie's better selling albums. But what of this album? Is it a standout alt-rock album from the mid-90's, or is it a collection of dated radio-friendly middle-of-the-road alternative hard-rock songs? 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 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 61 - KISS - Dynasty

December 3rd, 2016

How ya doin', Pee-pull?!?! Today, Iron-Cast delves once more into KISS by discussing their 1979 release, "Dynasty". Hyped as "The Return of KISS", "Dynasty" remains an enigma among KISS' catalog. But what of this album? Is it pop-rock gold or is it a half-assed attempt at a cash-grab by following the sound of the time? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 58 - Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith - w/ Special Guest Chris Czynszak

November 12th, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast takes a look into something almost as divisive as the 2016 US Presidential election when we delve into Bon Jovi's 1992 release "Keep the Faith". And Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek Podcast is back once more to come along for the ride. This album had many questions surrounding it... Is the band finally back from their long hiatus? What direction will the band go in post grunge? And, maybe the most important question, has Mr. T ever been more drunk on any other podcast before? (spoiler alert... no) Tune and find out.

Also, check out the Decibel Geek Podcast here:

http://www.decibelgeek.com/

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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 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 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 40 - Queen - Queen II

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.

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Episode 31 - Guilty Pleasure Month, Part I - Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

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.

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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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