Join hosts Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn in a bi-weekly conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of left-field rock and metal music.
Episode 80 – Supuration 1990-1994: Sojourns in the Absurd
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...
Episode 79 – Simen Hestnaes aka ICS Vortex: 25 Years of Agility and Quirk
For the final installment of our 6-episode Norwegian tour across this most creatively-fertile country, Radical Research surveys the career of Simen Hestnaes. Working both under his given name, as well as his better-known nom de l’acier, ICS Vortex, Simen has assembled a large and exceptional...
Episode 78 – Enslaved’s Monumension: Floating Diversity & Monumental Dimensions
We love Enslaved. They are a rare long-running band that, in our estimation, have not released a bad album. Of their 15 full-lengths to date, your Radical Research hosts highly rank their sixth album, 2001’s Monumension: it’s Ginn’s #2 (just behind Eld, 1997) and Wagner’s...
Episode 77 – Wobbler 2005-2020: Seeing the Forest & the Trees
To date, Radical Research has made more trips to Norway than any other country. But, typically, we spend our time in the shadowy realms of post-black metal. For our 77th episode, we travel to the green pastures of Honefoss, in search of Wobbler, Norway’s preeminent...
Episode 76 – Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg Outside the Wolf Pack
We know and love him as Garm, the frontman in Ulver since that pioneering band’s very beginnings. He has also fronted Norwegian luminaries Arcturus and Borknagar. All this alone would be enough to place him in our hall of infamy, yet he has given so...
Episode 75 – Ansur & Frantic Bleep: Norwegian Voyagers in the Hazy Aughts
At the dawn of the 21st century, strange sounds brewed in the Southeastern corner of Norway — musical paths cobbled together with the tortured echoes of second wave black metal, the ambitious, borderless miscellanea of progressive rock and metal, and the hostile liberalism that is...
From the days of symposium zine thru metal maniacs,I’ve always dug Jeff Wagner’s point of view. This show is fantastic,even for an old curmudgeon like myself. The interplay between Hunter & Jeff is great,Mr.Ginn brings a lot to the table & the episodes fly by. They have pointed me towards some gems I have missed-which is one of life’s great joys. Thanks fellas
One of the best
These guys truly know their stuff. It’s eclectic and thoughtful. Wish there was a little bit more divergence in opinion, but that isn’t a huge problem. Guests would be welcomed and hitting more of the Norway bands they worship with depth. Hail to the weirdos!
PS cover Meads of Asphodel!
Exactly What I Needed
Stumbled upon this podcast recently when searching for Spiral Architect on Spotify when I discovered my copy wasn’t on my phone. This is everything I’ve been looking for - deep dives into some of the cornerstones of my musical journey with two excellent and knowledgeable hosts. I’ve only gotten into a few episodes so far, but am looking forward to jumping into the rest of it.
P.S. I’m a Skoll mark too - how about an episode on my favorite album of all time, La Masquerade Infernale? A man can dream, anyway :D