We Miss Live Music: 250+ Metal Show Photos to Remind Us What It’s Like
IO Editor-in-Chief Andrew Rothmund moonlights as a show photographer (well, not right now of course) -- he's gathered his favorite images from 2019 onward (incl. Bell Witch, Heilung, Sleep, Cattle Decapitation, and more) to help rekindle memories and sensations of being right there.
Metal Shoebox #1: Chris Smith of Narakah and Grey Aria Design Studio
Here's the first in a series on the crossover between sneakerheads and metalheads -- check out photos from graphic artist and Narakah guitarist/vocalist Chris Smith's collection, plus his take on musical pairings.
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.
Photo Gallery: Cult of Luna + Emma Ruth Rundle + Intronaut @ Chicago’s House of Blues
We captured epic performances from Cult of Luna, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Intronaut at a huge House of Blues show in Chicago.
Opeth & Graveyard at The Riviera (Live Review + Photos)
Two titans bring their own brands of psychedelic and progressive rock to Chicago's Riviera.
Lamb of God, Forever Invincible, Totally Nail Their Most Intimate Performance in Years (Ra…
We caught Lamb of God's super-special Valentine's Day show at Chicago's House of Vans, a small skatepark warehouse dwarfed by the stadiums the band has been accustomed to. We also had the pleasure of speaking with frontman Randy Blythe before the set.
Mortiis, TOMB, and Magick Potion Bewitched Chicago (Live Review + Photos)
The dungeon synth overlord, a ritualized industrial black metal troupe, and power ambient duo cast spells on Reggie's Rock Club this past January 25th.
Heilung Absolutely Packed Chicago’s Riviera Theater Last Night (Live Review + Photos)
The band's tour seems to be going extremely well; last night's show in Chicago sold out, and the performance was top-notch, but over-cramped venue conditions led to some grumpy fans.
Sleep Christens the Dawn of Legal Weed in Illinois (Live Review + Photos, Chicago)
New Year's Eve in Chicago couldn't have been better (or hazier): legendary stoner doomers Sleep danked up Chicago's Thalia Hall on New Year's Eve, complete with a hotboxing astronaut at midnight.
Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Vitriol, Gigan, and Immortal Bird @ Metro in Chicago (Live R…
We caught one of the year's strongest lineups in Chicago where each band delivered full-force badassery in their own respective styles -- photos and set reviews inside.