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Deconstructing Interference #22

The esoteric, the left-field, the wild, the radical -- Spyros is back with an extensive selection of underground heavy (but non-metal) tunes.

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March 2020 Release Roundup

IO staffers and editors came together to assemble eight gnarly and heavy releases that hit shelves last month -- March 2020 brought us some of the most challenging and exciting heavy music to date, and here are our top favorites.

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Afterbirth’s “Four Dimensional Flesh” Transcends Slam and Shreds Your Skin

We dive into Afterbirth's latest full-length "Four Dimensional Flesh" to discover its proggy, technical underpinnings that enhance its fiendishly brutal structure.

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Entry Level: Wintherr’s Varied Metal Lineage

The Paysage d'Hiver and Darkspace mastermind reflects on the pivotal albums which made him get into metal.

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I’m Listening to Death Metal #12: Demilich’s “Nespithe” and the Nature of Elitism

On heavy metal elitism, the pain of trauma, and mind-bending death metal from 1993, Langdon brings us his 12th installment of this sprawling series.

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Calligram’s “Kenosis” Teaches Us What it Really Means to Rip (Song Premiere + Interview)

We're streaming a blackened and blasting new song from the London-based quartet's upcoming full-length "The Eye is the First Circle" -- trust us when we say it, this album tears space and time in twain.

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Steel Quarantine: Ten Heavy Metal Documentaries Streaming Right Now

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and self-quarantine efforts are well underway, so too grows our collective cabin fever -- relax (and occupy) your stay-at-home mind with these metal documentaries streaming now.

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Night’s “Feeling it Everywhere / Kings of the Night” EP Welcomes a Permanent Sunset

Swedish traditional metallers Night drift farther from their most recent full-length "Raft of the World" with a two-song banger of an EP -- we've got the early full stream and an interview now.

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Mamaleek Invite Us to “Come and See” the Horrors of American Reality

This black metal duo broke the mold altogether, weaving jazz, blues, and more into their latest release "Come and See" -- the album's tense timbre draws inspiration from the difficult realities of life in American public housing.

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How Alcest’s “Écailles de Lune” Set Off the Blackgaze Craze

We interviewed numerous bands from blackgaze and beyond (incl. Unreqvited, Sivyj Yar, and more) about Alcest's seminal second album “Écailles de Lune" -- released ten years ago today, it stands now as a genre-defining landmark influential to so many.

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