album and song reviews
Esoctrilihum’s Chaotic “Eternity of Shaog” Oozes with Dark Symphony (Album Premiere + Revi…
We dive into the latest brain-melter from solo black metal project Esoctrilihum -- "Eternity of Shaog" releases Friday via I, Voidhanger Records, and we're streaming the whole thing now alongside an in-depth analysis.
Cryptic Shift Deliver “Visitations From Enceladus” to Turn Death-Thrash Into High Art
This striking debut full-length from death metal act Cryptic Shift has us wowed to death with its thrashing intensity and riff-focused savagery -- check out our full thoughts here in this in-depth review.
Vuur & Zijde’s Dreamscape Merges with Impavida’s Nightscape on Masterful Black Metal Split
Newly formed Dutch black metal act Vuur & Zijde joined forces with the mysterious Impavida on a dualistic black metal split (out today) both expansive and cohesive -- here's our full review.
Editor’s Choice #1: Where to Start When the End Beckons?
In this resurrected column, IO Editor-in-Chief Andrew Rothmund's gaze will illuminate one album and one album only in light of the world at large -- this month, the question is how even to begin?
Katatonia’s “City Burials” Has Pop Appeal and a Heart of Steel
We dig into the latest from the Swedish legends Katatonia -- "City Burials" affirms their uncanny ability to be at once familiar and fresh.
Beyond Metal: Elder’s “Omens” Fuels Heady Vibes with Killer Alt-Rock Melodies
The exceptionally psychedelic fifth album from Elder has been an earworm we can't rid ourselves of -- it's not exactly metal, but then again, who cares, because it absolutely hits the right spot. Here's our full review.
“Stare Into Death and Be Still”: Ulcerate’s Ultimate Death Metal Magnum Opus (Review)
Here's our full review of the new Ulcerate album, a remarkable turn in style and depth for an already-lauded band, and now a cornerstone of what makes modern death metal so almighty.
Mind Trap: Oranssi Pazuzu’s Prog-Psych Masterpiece “Mestarin kynsi” Won’t Let Go
We review the Finnish black-metal-turned-prog-psych band's latest full-length, an hour-plus monster of a headtrip, and a goddamn fine one at that. Bonus: live photos from Oranssi Pazuzu's Chicago stop last year.
Dool’s “Summerland” is Worth the Trip (and the Ride)
These Dutch rockers evolve their thoughtful fusion of rock, psychedelia, and metal with an album that explores nirvana and the quest to achieve it -- here's our full review of "Summerland" which was released today.