Recent Episodes

  • We love to draw lines and conclusions. We hear links and threads where there may be none, or, on a good day, where we might just be onto something. And we love Norway, especially its music. Especially the weird metal stuff. And we have always......

  • A journey through a wilderness of Nembutals and Luciforms, The Mars Volta’s fifth album offers up a radical departure from the itinerant mania of The Bedlam in Goliath, to explore the inscrutable, dream-like vistas of the interior mind. Though songs like “Teflon” and “Cotopaxi” puncture......

  • Continuing our appreciation for the unloved misfits of Metalopolis, we always considered 1992’s Thresholds, by Florida’s Nocturnus, an honorary 1993 album. Until we found out it was recorded in December 1991. Whatever the case, these eight chunky, blocky, cosmic, technical songs find Nocturnus at its......

  • 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......

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......