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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.
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/
Join us when we at Iron-Cast go back to the 1980's by delving into Elton John's 1983 release, "Too Low For Zero". And we're bringing Eddie Mercury from Nothing but Musik back once again to abuse Greg some more. This has been seen as a comeback album for Elton, as he went back full-time with Bernie Taupin writing the lyrics, and "Too Low For Zero" was Elton's best selling album of the 1980's. But what of this album? Is it a collection of timeless pop gold, or is it a mixed bag of forgettable dated pop tunes? Tune in to find out. Plus, we answer your emails. All of this and moose knuckles... Also, check out Nothing But Musik here: http://nothingbutmusik.podbean.com/
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.
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!
It's "Part Deux" of "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 1982 and we're asking that musical question, "what happens when a band's principal songwriter leaves because his first band was getting too popular only to have his second band become even more popular?" when we delve into Yazoo's debut album "Upstairs at Eric's" and Depeche Mode's sophomore album "A Broken Frame". 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.
Join us today when we at Iron-Cast get into some soul by discussing the 2006 sophomore (and final) studio album from Amy Winehouse, "Back to Black". When it was released, the album's retro sound was quite the stand out, leading "Back to Black" to selling millions worldwide and earning multiple awards. But what of this album? Was it a 21st-century soul classic, or was it an over-hyped and overrated re-tread? Tune in to find out. Plus we give our favorite moments from episodes 81 to 90.
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.
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...
Today, Iron-Cast is back from our hiatus as we revisit that ultimate water-cooler music question but add a twist: "If you could build the perfect band using any musician (alive or dead), but who also happens to be an absolute asshole, who would be in the lineup?" And we've got Ian Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast back once more to join in on the fun. We give our selections for the following spots: lead vocals/frontman, guitar, bass, drums and wildcard, and we also give honorable mentions for each spot. Will your favorites make our cuts? Tune in to find out. Check out the Rock and Metal Combat Podcast right here.
Join us as we continue to take a look back at our five best episodes, as voted by the fans on our facebook page. Today, we're presenting the fourth place finisher with another one of our more popular episodes, as determined by podbean plays, when we discussed David Bowie's final album, "Blackstar". Recorded just four days after he passed away, this episode has been our most serious and emotional episode to date. This originally aired on January 22nd, 2016. Remember, if you haven't heard it yet, it's still new to you...
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.
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.
Join us as we take our first look into one of those bands that seemed to be a victim of bad-timing, Pixies. While Pixies paved the way for "alternative music" to dominate the Top 40 in the 1990s, they didn't get to reap the rewards of their efforts due to their break-up in late 1992/early 1993. Here, we delve into Pixies' third studio album, "Bossanova" (released in 1990). Recorded on the heels of their breakthrough album, "Doolittle", this album was a departure from their previous release. But what of this album? Was "Bossanova" a worthy successor to their previous breakthrough or was it a rushed and disjointed effort that took a few steps backward? Tune in to find out, only on Iron-Cast.
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/
Today, we at Iron-Cast give our answers to that ultimate water-cooler music question: "If you could build the perfect band using any musician (alive or dead), who would be in the lineup?" We give our selections for the following spots: lead vocals/frontman, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums and wildcard, and we also give honorable mentions for each spot. We also name our bands and give the title of their debut album. Will your favorites make our cuts? Tune in and find out.
Today, Iron-Cast delves into the world of electronic music, discussing Depeche Mode's 1990 release, "Violator". This mix of electronic and industrial music has been hailed as the band's best album ever, and has been included in multiple "Best Albums of the 1990's" lists. But what about the album itself? Is this album a masterpiece worthy of being listed among the best albums of the 1990's or is this album a collection of easily forgotten ephemeral dance music worthy of only the Crisco Room? Tune in to find out.
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.
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.
It's a celebration, MoFos!! It's Iron-Cast's 100th episode! And to celebrate, we're giving you a mega episode (almost 3 1/2 hours long) as we delve into KISS for our sixth (and possibly final) time when we review all four of the 1978 solo albums! Which ones do we like? Which ones do we dislike? Will we Frankenstein our own albums out of all of this material? Tune in to find out.
It's "Part Deux" of "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 1982 and we're asking that musical question, "what happens when a band's principal songwriter leaves because his first band was getting too popular only to have his second band become even more popular?" when we delve into Yazoo's debut album "Upstairs at Eric's" and Depeche Mode's sophomore album "A Broken Frame". 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.
It's taken us forever to discuss Led Zeppelin, so today we're going to make it big. Join us as we at Iron-Cast are finally going to be discussing Led Zeppelin when we delve into their 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.
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.
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.
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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Podcast Details

Started
Oct 10th, 2015
Latest Episode
Oct 22nd, 2017
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
109
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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