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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 dread...

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...

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...

There is simply nothing like Alchemist. Active throughout the ‘90s and into the aughts until their dissolution in 2010, the Australian quartet offered severe heaviness embellished by insanely loopy guitar weirdness and pounding aboriginal rhythms. Their psychedelic metal flew largely under the radar, despite linking...

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...

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...

Departing from the tractor-beam blasphemy of their seminal first four albums, Bergen, Norway’s Gorgoroth offer a more panoramic approach to (a career in) evil on their daring fifth missive, Incipit Satan. IC absorbs influences from death industrial, morbid rock and roll, and melodic death metal,...

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...

Writing about Devil Doll is like skating about horticulture. Led by the deeply enigmatic Mr. Doctor, and purposely shrouded in the thickest mystery, Devil Doll’s music disappoints even the keenest taxonomist. Experimenting with metal, classical, and progressive rock, Mr. Doctor and his revolving cast of...

Men Behaving Badly: Trashed Productions What is music if not sound? In episode 28, we discussed the mathematical properties that have shaped some of rock and metal’s most extraordinary albums. In episode 33 of Radical Research, we expand our investigation into the controversial, often divisive,...

The possibly despicable term “art rock” is where pop, prog & rock meet, with a generous layer of quirk embedded throughout. Art rock is pop without restraint, prog with good table manners, rock stretching its creative fibers beyond the norm. And yet, gray areas...

Join us on an extended tour through the curious world of Norway's Beyond Dawn. For thirteen years, Beyond Dawn occupied a shadowy, distorted universe of their own making. Rather than scowl at the moon, Beyond Dawn chased phantoms through pitiless cityscapes and fairytale grottos in...

Band in the Trees: Among the Ruins of Die Kreuzen Episode 6 of Radical Research finds your intrepid hosts deep-diving into the discography of Milwaukee's cult heroes, Die Kreuzen. Over the span of a decade, Die Kreuzen created four records that propose a hostile challenge to...

Radical Research 5.5 is the first in an occasional series of brief ambushes. Super-trivial stuff that’s too fun, weird and/or interesting to ignore, but undeserving of a full episode. For Radical Research diehards only! Music cited in order of appearance: Nuclear Death - “A Dark Country” (Carrion...

Free Falls Into the Vortex:
Wagner:
Arcturus - ReArcturianized
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Chrome - Red Exposure
Joywave - Cleanse
Blut Aus Nord - Mort
Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thulee
Fair to Midland - “The Greener Grass”
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Genesis - various live 1976-80
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Allan Holdsworth - Velvet Darkness
Devo - 4-track recordings 1974-77
Deftones - Koi No Yokan
Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel
Yes - Close to the Edge
Ginn:
Witchcraft - Legend
Heldon - Interface
Brutal Truth - Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
Can - Tago Mago
Deviated Instinct - Terminal Filth Stench-Core
Clan of Xymox - Medusa
Testament - The Legacy
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Tad - "Grease Box"
Brutality - Screams of Anguish
Sugar - Beaster
Helstar - Nosferatu
Chaos UK - Short Sharp Shock
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao
Man Is the Bastard - "Moloch"
Wagner:
OSI - Blood
Vauxdvihl - To Dimension Logic
King Crimson - “Cat Food” / “Groon”
Akercocke - Choronzon
Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia
Candlemass - “John the Leper”
Rush - “Manhattan Project”
Fates Warning - “The Ghosts of Home”
The Human League - Dare
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Everything Everything- Raw Data Feel
Impaled Nazarene - Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz
Destruction - Bestial Invasion of Hell 1984 demo
Anvil - Pound for Pound
Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors
Ginn:
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
Vintersorg - Cosmic Genesis
David Sylvian - "Fire in the Forest"
Primus - Frizzle Fry
Kreator - Renewal
Big Country - Steeltown
The Cult - "The Saint," "Shape the Sky"
Napalm Death - Enemy of the Music Business
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
Henry Cow - Unrest
Mayhem - "Aion Suntelia"
Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
Labradford - Prazizion
Mortuary Drape - All the Witches Dance
Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten
Muslimgauze - Citadel
Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
The Hellacopters - Payin' the Dues
Mercyful Fate - In the Shadows
Immortal - Battles in the North
Les Thugs - As Happy as Possible
Thy Serpent - Forests of Witchery (this one will be discarded)
Wagner:
Deathspell Omega - The Long Defeat
Deathspell Omega - “Chaining the Katechon”
Frank Zappa/Mothers - Roxy & Elsewhere
Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel
Christian Death - Catastrophe Ballet
Bauhaus - Burning From the Inside
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
Chrome - Red Exposure
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Profanatica - 1990/91
Pestilence - “Chemotherapy”
Bathory - “A Fine Day to Die”
Steven Wilson - “Raider II”
Ginn:
Satyricon - Rebel Extravaganza
Mid-Evil - Promo 1992
Into Another - Ignaurus
Into Another - Seemless
The Jesus Lizard - "Gladiator"
Cynic - Focus
Red House Painters - "Mistress"
June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians
Jeff Buckley - "I Want Someone Badly," "Forget Her"
Punchcutter - Demos
Solefald - The Linear Scaffold
Corrosion of Conformity - Deliverance
Loudness - "Ashes in the Sky"
Chavez - Gone Glimmering
Chavez - Ride the Fader
Embrionic Death - Stream of Solidarity demo
Leatherface - Mush
For Against - In the Marshes
DBC - Universe
Witchcraft - "Democracy"
Wagner:
Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel
Bent Knee - Frosting
Peter Hammill - “Gog Magog (In Bromine Chambers)”
Kansas - Monolith
Voivod - Angel Rat
Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium: Undreamable Abysses
Disma - Towards the Megalith
Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
The Tubes - The Tubes
Utopia - Disco Jets
Utopia - Another Live
Ginn:
Soundgarden - Down On the Upside (x3)
Defleshed - Under the Blade
Old - "Peri Synthion"
Sanctuary - Into the Mirror Black
Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
Emperor - As the Shadows Rise
Thorns - "Aerie Descent"
Depeche Mode - "FreeLove"
Toxik - Think This
Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
Tad - 8-Way Santa
Savatage - "Strange Wings"
Artillery - By Inheritance
Polvo - Cor-Crane Secret, "Tragic Carpet Ride"
Nightfall - Athenian Echoes
16 - "At Dawn They Sleep"
In Flames - The Jester Race, "Goliaths Disarm Their Davids"
Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
Crimson Glory - "Painted Skies," "Transcendence"
Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty, "Basement Life"
Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun
Blind Guardian - "Welcome to Dying," "Bright Eyes," "And the Story Ends"
Melvins - "The Bit," "Mombius Hibachi," "In the Freaktose the Bugs Are Dying"
Wagner:
Allan Holdsworth - Velvet Darkness
Deathspell Omega - The Long Defeat
Sarcofago - Rotting
Voivod - Angel Rat
Manowar - Battle Hymns
Traun - The Lilac Moon
Traun - Escape from Spa 9
Traun - The Black Metal Princess
Axis of Advance - The List
Stick Men - Tentacles
Mew - Visuals
Ginn:
Kyuss - Sky Valley
Portal - Vexovoid
Bowery Electric - Bowery Electric
Primal Scream - Evil Heat
Swans - Greed
Paradise Lost - One Second
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Hector Zazou - Songs from the Cold Seas
Isis - Oceanic
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Popol Vuh - Nosferatu
Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops
Wagner:
Christian Death - Only Theater of Pain
Christian Death - Catastrophe Ballet
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn
The Mastelottos - Too Much Happiness: A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson
Primordial - Imrama
Minas Tirith - Demons are Forever
Protector - Misanthropy
Destruction - Release from Agony
Joywave - Cleanse
Stick Men - Tentacles
Beardfish - Sleeping in Traffic, Part One
Disembowelment - Transcendence into the Peripheral
Vehementer Nos - Vehementer Nos
Ginn:
Corrosion of Conformity - Deliverance
Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
Necromantia - Scarlet Evil, Witching Black
Metallica - "Blackened"
Elegy - Labyrinth of Dreams
The Cure - "The Drowning Man"
Blind Illusion - The Sane Asylum
For Against - Coalesced
Disgrace - Superhuman Dome
Whiplash - Power and Pain
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
Heathen - Victims of Deception
Big Country - "Wonderland"
Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Extol - Undeceived
Van Halen - Fair Warning
Sacrifice - Forward to Termination
Dax Riggs - We Sing of Only Blood or Love
Riot - Sons of Society
Prong - Beg to Differ
Armored Saint - Raising Fear
Death Angel - Act III
Alice In Chains - Facelift
Skeleton Key - Fantastic Spike Through Balloon
Wagner:
Voivod - Angel Rat
Vauxdvihl - To Dimension Logic
Kreator - Extreme Aggression
Allan Holdsworth - Velvet Darkness
Stick Men - Tentacles
The Mastelottos - “Sleepless”
OSI - Free
John Arch - A Twist of Fate
Arch Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
Mayhem - Live in Jessheim, Norway, 3/2/90
Melvins - Lysol
Order From Chaos - Inhumanities demo 1988
Misery’s Omen - To Worship Stone Gods 7”
Deathspell Omega - The Long Defeat
Carbonized - Disharmonization
Axis of Advance - Purify
Axis of Advance - Obey
Primordial - A Journey’s End
Borknagar - True North
Pantalgia - An International Death Metal Compilation
Metal Church - “Metal Church” (from
Metal Church)
Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia
Profanatica - 1990-1992
The Human League - Travelogue
The Human League - Dare
Journey - Escape
Ginn:
V/A - ...And Even Wolves Hid Their Teeth
Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
Eucharist - "Wounded and Alone," "The Predictable End"
Dark Angel - Leave Scars
Neurosis - Times of Grace
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Hum - Inlet
Borknagar - The Olden Domain
Chelsea Wolfe - "Deranged for Rock & Roll," "16 Psyche"
Rotting Christ - Passage to Arcturo
Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"
Heathen - Victims of Deception
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
Impaled Nazarene - Ugra Karma
Forbidden - Forbidden Evil

Ten blasts of springtime joy before the scorch of summer. This is the Radical Research strain of fusion, corralling some of the baddest asses within the larger prog/jazz/fusion/rock heliosphere. From NYC giants Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, we veer into decidedly deadly territory through...