Recent Episodes

  • Storming the gates with a new wave cover tune, borrowing from Baudelaire and sampling from NASA Apollo transmissions over primitive machine pulses, Swiss pioneers Celtic Frost exploited terrain no metal band had before with their third full-length album. Created under constant stress and duress in......

  • Many bands have professed to play death metal, but few have summoned the power of death itself, have forced the very bowels of earth to erupt. Nuclear Death, the lords of their own putrid hell-scape, emerged from the sun-scorched wastes of Phoenix, Arizona to ply......

  • For the second time in a matter of months, your intrepid hosts find themselves in the frosty arms of Trondheim, Norway, this time to investigate the world of the frustratingly private Albino Slug. Known to few but adored by those who do, Albino Slug’s legacy......

  • After firing up a band called No Man Is An Island (later shortened to No-Man), a young Steven Wilson corralled a couple friends and some wild ideas to sculpt homespun cassette recordings under the strange name Porcupine Tree. These then-obscure tapes, Tarquin’s Seaweed Farm (1989)......

  • Bust out the Purell and take a healthy dose of penicillin because the whores are back in town. On this special — and occasionally-recurring — episode of Radical Research, we stroll alongside a pornographic buffet of sumptuous synthesizer vibrations. For this globetrotting, sweaty-browed sojourn, we’ll......

Recent Blog Posts

  • by Hunter Ginn In the premillennial twilight of 1999, it felt as though the reservoir had been emptied, the future-obsessed musical possibilities of the decade finally exhausted. The robust vistas available to rock, metal, hip hop, and electronic music in the early ’90s had narrowed,......

  • As a supplement to our 45th episode (first aired November 27, 2019, and always available), we present a Q&A with Manes’ Tor-Helge Skei. We said all we could possibly say about Manes in that episode, so we’ll spare you a long introduction and get right......

  • I don’t do rankings anymore. With albums changing meaning and gravity over time, sometimes with each listen, it’s futile to restrict them to a ranking. This year, lots of veterans caught my attention, and that’s likely because many younger bands I hear are caught in......

  • Boy, do we love us some Isten. Issues of the Finnish fanzine such as “Twin Sister” and “Madchen” are triumphs of underground literature. Its editor, Mikko Mattila, is a bit of a hero to us, and we have always appreciated and related to his love......

  • The hosts of Radical Research have been listening intently to Kayo Dot’s music since before it was known as Kayo Dot. The emergence of Boston collective Maudlin of the Well fired our imaginations in the late ’90s, offering an American answer to early My Dying......