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.
January 7th, 2017
Today (7th of January) is Mr. T from Germany's birthday. In celebration of our favorite douche still being alive, we at Iron-Cast are taking another look at Mr. T's favorite band when we discuss Curve's 1993 sophomore release, "Cuckoo". Marking the third year in a row where Curve released an album's worth of music (three EPs in 1991 and their debut "Doppelgänger" in 1992), "Cuckoo" became a bit of a sophomore slump, not selling as well as "Doppelgänger", leading to the band going on a two-year hiatus in 1994. But what of this album? Was it the case of a true sophomore slump or was it an underappreciated gem? Tune in to find out.
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.
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 Even though this album (a double album that has only one hour-long song) was withdrawn within a few weeks of its release, "Metal Machine Music" has become a bit of a legend.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.
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".