album and song reviews
Caligula’s Horse Proves Progressive Power on “Rise Radiant”
Here's our full review of a prog-filled, djent-adjacent, hyper-modern new album from Caligula's Horse -- do you love to ascend?
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.