Recent Episodes

  • Metal is serious business. So why so much laughter? We don’t really have the answer, but here’s the first installment of some of our favorite metal laughs. There are more and we’ll revisit this silly topic at some future point in time. Note I: As......

  • The soils of Seattle rock have been tilled to ruin, the same seeds planted season after season. Radical Research has come to rotate the crops. Of the artists to emerge from the primordial welter of 1980s Seattle, few have been neglected so criminally as Skin......

  • In anticipation of Destination Onward – The Story of Fates Warning and its publication in July, 2022, the author, Jeff Wagner, and Radical Research co-host, Hunter Ginn, sit down and talk about Fates Warning. It’s far from the first time we’ve discussed Fates Warning together,......

  • How California-based drummer, Dave Murray, has escaped the notice of several more tens of thousands of people worldwide, we cannot say. We recognize an extraordinary talent in Murray, not only as a musician, but as a composer and crucial cog in a small but rarefied......

  • For our 80th episode, Radical Research detaches itself from the icy grips of Norway and takes a sojourn southward to France, a country whose history with death metal gives priority to quality over quantity. From 1990-1994, the chronically-underrated Supuration were busy at work creating their......

Recent Blog Posts

  • Our 81st episode circled around the works of drummer Dave Murray, surveying Estradasphere, (Deserts of) Traun, Tholus and Sculptured. Here, we dig into Murray’s mind in further efforts to discover what makes this all tick. And we will say this yet again: Dave Murray is......

  • by Hunter Ginn Since 1970, heavy metal has courted a relationship with apocalypse, but outsiders to the genre often miss the complex ways in which metal engages with fear. The genre’s most innovative and lethal artists have mapped out geographies of psychic terror, wherein imaginative......

  • Originally intended for The Monolith, we are grateful to Radical Research enthusiast Chris Warunki for allowing us to run this interview that he conducted with Eucharist’s Markus Johnsson and Daniel Erlandsson in 2016. This stands as a supplement to our 69th episode, which focuses on......

  • Hippocrates mused, “Life is short, art is eternal.” The passing of four uncommonly-gifted drummers – Neil Peart, Sean Reinert, Reed Mullin, and Bill Rieflin, all amidst the doleful wilderness of this plague year – has brought life’s brevity into sharp relief. And, so, here it......

  • Episode 55 of Radical Research features our overview of Hammers of Misfortune, one of the most creative, interesting, original metal bands to emerge in the aughts. Admittedly, we haven’t gotten super-excited about a ton of newer bands birthed in this current century, but we find......