56 episodes

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.

Radical Research Podcast Jeff Wagner & Hunter Ginn

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    • 5.0, 61 Ratings

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 52 – Eight-Sided Views of Two-Headed Turtles: The Mars Volta’s Octahedron

    Episode 52 – Eight-Sided Views of Two-Headed Turtles: The Mars Volta’s Octahedron

    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...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 51 – Suffocated by Stars: Ripping Into Nocturnus’s ‘Thresholds’

    Episode 51 – Suffocated by Stars: Ripping Into Nocturnus’s ‘Thresholds’

    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...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 50 – Exalt of the Weird: Celebrating Celtic Frost’s Into the Pandemonium

    Episode 50 – Exalt of the Weird: Celebrating Celtic Frost’s Into the Pandemonium

    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...

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Episode 49 – CAVEAT!!!!!! Nuclear Death 1986-2000

    Episode 49 – CAVEAT!!!!!! Nuclear Death 1986-2000

    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...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 48 – Vaffel House of Kicks: The Works of Albino Slug

    Episode 48 – Vaffel House of Kicks: The Works of Albino Slug

    For the second time in a matter of months, your intrepid hosts find themselves in the frosty arms of Trondheim, Norway, this time to investigate the world of the frustratingly private Albino Slug. Known to few but adored by those who do, Albino Slug’s legacy...

    • 53 min
    Episode 47 – This is Self-Destructing Turnip, Come in Radish: Porcupine Tree’s Curious Debut

    Episode 47 – This is Self-Destructing Turnip, Come in Radish: Porcupine Tree’s Curious Debut

    After firing up a band called No Man Is An Island (later shortened to No-Man), a young Steven Wilson corralled a couple friends and some wild ideas to sculpt homespun cassette recordings under the strange name Porcupine Tree. These then-obscure tapes, Tarquin’s Seaweed Farm (1989)...

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

PsychWizard ,

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!

Røro ,

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

MikeOfTheTerribleOpinion ,

Perfection for a specific type of listener...

This podcast is excellent for fans of heavy and/or extreme artists who are receptive to more progressive strains of music as well. The hosts seem suspiciously inclined to agree about almost everything (even when they disagree, nothing revelatory seems to come from it). But they are so knowledgeable and well-listened that I can ignore that tendency. Great, great stuff if you fit the profile and especially if you’re looking to branch out in your listening.

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