Promoting metal as art and culture

RockFest Barcelona

Sun, sea and… metal! The city of Barcelona is not only a famous tourist destination but also for Rock Fest, a huge festival held in summer over three days. This event only started 4 years ago but quickly established itself being Spain’s best Rock and Metal music festival, attracting big names in the international scene.…

Belief

In this issue of Heavy Music Artwork magazine looks at the question of “’Belief’. To you what is ‘Belief’? Or on a personal level what do you believe, aside from yourself? Of course, the question is mainly philosophical and is not intended to refer to religion alone necessarily. The previous issue we focused on ‘Nihilism’,…

20 Watt Tombstone

Death Blues By Grand Master Oh to the Zee Born in the frozen north of Wausau, Wisconsin, fuzz-driven duo 20 Watt Tombstone has made a career out of loud rock n roll mixed with blues, metal and at times influences like roots and hip hop even shine through. Not quite stoner rock, not quite blues,…

Desertfest 2018

Your favourite Stoner Rock, Doom, Psych & Sludge bands are coming back to London once again this year for the 7th edition of Desertfest. The event, taking place May 4th to May 6th is ready to jumpstart the festivals season with another colossal and solid line-up of bands playing on stages in six different venues…

Tantal

Ruin By Dmitriy Ignatyev Tantal was formed in 2005. In the beginning band’s music style defined as a mixture of Progressive and Melodic Death Metal, through the years it has transformed to modern-prog-gothic-dark-metal with female vocals. At the beginning of 2007, the band recorded promo-cd ‘Emotional Distress’. Music on this album was a mix of…

Bong

Thought and Existence By David Terry ‘Thought and Existence’ developed as ours usually do, with a handful of riffs as ideas we bring in to the studio and gradually whittle down into songs. We spent longer in the studio this time than we have done before, making sure we were entirely happy with the end…

Revenger

The New Mythology Vol. 1 by Andrew Bailey With the intent of bringing together technical thrash metal and gritty groove riffs, Revenger was born in 2012 through the hands of guitarist Jean-Pierre Poulin and drummer Chris Warunki. Their first independent album ‘To the Wolves’ came out in September 2014 with Jordan Knute (lead guitar), Greg…

Nytt Land

Odal By Anatoly “Shaman” Pahalenko The magic of the Ancient North. Music, skillfully balancing on the brink of ritual ambient and the traditional folk of Northern Europe is born in the heart of Siberia. The instruments created by the musicians of the band awaken something sacred, long forgotten. And the beats of the drums, amplified…

Drug Cult

Drug Cult By Aasha ‘High!’ our self-titled debut will be released on Ritual Productions this June Solstice, a heavy celestial journey cultivated during jam sessions of 2016 in the mountains of Mullumbimby. The writing process was a natural connection for us, starting with a riff, pulsing and drifting in and out of time, all our…

Deadly Carnage

Through the Void, Above the Suns by Adres Deadly Carnage was born in 2005 from an idea of Adres (bass) and Marco (drums), after the first few periods of militancy in the Black/Thrash Metal scene, the intentions of the band begin to change; the sounds become more atmospheric and introspective. In 2007 Deadly Carnage began…

Kadavar

Powerful and dirty “For me, it’s a very serious title, bar any humour. We maintain the achievements of our elders, such as women rights, peace and a corporate Europe by touring through clubs, sniffing 100 euro bills through our noses and call attention to ourselves by posting insta stories. Meanwhile, people rising to power decline…

Nihilism

Heavy Music Artwork 7th issue ‘NIHILISM’. In a Post-Modern world we ask, is there something to believe in? What does culture mean? Is NIHILISM at the centre of our cultural chaos? Is the metal world complicit in its collapse? One can argue that metal and especially black metal nourishes an excessive sense of the narcissistic…

Masterpieces

We brought together the finest album artwork of 2017 100 Artists with 100 Bands on 100 releases With bands and artists commentary Bands include Portrait, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Krossfyre, Evertale, Bloodhunter, Blut aus Nord, Mantar, Cradle of Filth, Heidevolk, Nyktophobia, Aosoth, Odium, DragonForce, Bloodlust, Svartsyn, Nocturnal Rites, Suffocation, Veil Of Maya, Carach Angren, Alestorm, Memoriam, Slaughter…

Warbringer

Metal thrashing geeks The thrash movement of the 1980’s was without a doubt one of the most glorious and significant periods in heavy metal history. The aggression, the speed, the politically, violent and gory themes, the anger and the power, changed the metal music world forever. Warbringer, the quintet from the LA area, bring all this…

Arte Divina

Our artist’s life commitment and dedication to the art are immense. It resonates passion, beauty and intensity beyond words. Centred around the concept of creation and the act of creating. Like in religious tradition the one that creates is divine and of divine intention. Strictly focusing on inspiration, symbolism, philosophy, creativity, and imagination. The double…

Xandria

Fantasy and reality by Marco Heubaum Metal is as real or unreal as music just is. And it´s a big mixture of themes anyway; you find everything in metal. And a big part doesn’t have anything to do with fantasy topics. For example, I would name Pantera as one of many influences for Xandria (for…

Cattle Decapitation

March of the vegans Cattle Decapitation, the San Diego extreme metal- death metal giants have been realising brutal metal albums since they formed and started spreading their message of animal rights and compassion through their lyrics and images to raise awareness. Their music is a solid wall of brutality, aggression, rawness and extreme grindcore. Their…

Witchwood

Handful of Stars By Woody We all come from different backgrounds, for sure we all evolve from the seventies and sixties rock n roll but going more in-depth we all have different preferences about specific kind of genres. In my case I listen a lot to jazz music not always related to guitar playing, I…