DESTINATION ONWARD, THE STORY OF FATES WARNING (BOOK), BY JEFF WAGNER

Fates Warning’s compelling 13-album discography, from debut Night on Brocken to final album Long Day Good Night, is the very essence of progressive heavy metal music.  Founded in 1983 in Connecticut by five ambitious youngsters, the band matured, evolved and shifted through one of the most fascinating evolutions in the genre.

SOUL ON FIRE – THE LIFE & MUSIC OF PETER STEELE (BOOK), BY JEFF WAGNER

Soul on Fire is a comprehensive look into the public and private of one of music’s most complex and provocative figures. From the savage early days of Carnivore to his demigod status in the platinum-selling Type O Negative, Peter Steele’s unique creative vision was unsurpassed. From his days in Catholic school to his fuzz-drenched bass guitar tone and vampiric baritone voice; from the heyday of ’80s-era New York hardcore all the way to the sensual Playgirl spread of 1995, Peter Steele left an indelible mark on his fans and a black eye on pop culture. Soul On Fire tells the story that can no longer be left untold.

Recent Episodes

  • In this brief episode, we spotlight the two metal bands brave enough to tackle the middle part of King Crimson’s innovative and highly influential 1969 classic, “21st Century Schizoid Man.” Note I: The Radical Research Patreon page is now set up and ready for your......

  • When it comes to a difficult-to-define concept like psychedelia in music, it’s subjective. It’s not all hippies with sitars and lava lamps and bongs…but that’s not wrong either. With a little help from author Michael Hicks and his parameters for what makes music psychedelic, we......

  • Our second in the Permeable Lines series, and our first point-5 episode since 83.5 nearly two years ago! That enough numbers for you? Join us for a brief dust-up between inspiration and rip-off. You decide. (More numbers: “18 is actually 9…it stuck in his mind….”)......

  • We celebrate musicians and bands that rapidly evolve and challenge their audience with newness each endeavor. But the abrupt left-turn San Francisco metal band Hexx took between 1986 and 1987 is beyond fascinating, and beyond the norm. It culminates in one of our favorite albums......

  • Radical Research can’t stay away from Scandinavia for more than a brief spell. To that end, your hosts find themselves in Sweden, digging through the short but robust initial run by Mourning Sign. Over the course of a demo, an EP, and two full-lengths, Mourning......

Recent Blog Posts

  • As supplement to Radical Research #103, on Dead Horse’s Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers album, we present a variety of impressions gathered by the inimitable Forrest Pitts aka Fallow Heart. ...

  • Our fellow freak, Fallow Heart (aka Forrest Pitts), offers what we feel is the definitive Paul Masvidal interview. We're honored he has granted Radical Research exclusivity on this tremendous insight into one of metal's most important artists. ...

  • 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......