Promoting metal as art and culture

Skyclad

England’s Wayward sons and daughters Skyclad is a British heavy metal band formed in 1990 in their hometown of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Combining heavy metal/thrash metal with British indie/post-punk and folk influences, they created a highly original and influential sound; today SKYCLAD are widely regarded as one of the originators of folk metal. The band’s lyrics are…

Buckcherry

Believe in Rock ‘n’ Roll Buckcherry was formed after Josh Todd met guitarist Keith Nelson through their tattoo artist after discovering a common love of AC/DC. The duo made a few demos before being joined by bassist Jonathan Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn. Buckcherry began performing the Hollywood club scene, receiving a strong, local following…

Maciej Kamuda

The art of being yourself Most of all I’m self-taught. I did finish the Academy of Fine Arts, I also did take some art lessons back when I was a kid and all that was helpful, but I spent more time on learning, training and developing my skills by myself. Reading books, training, exploring the…

Cellar Darling

‘This is the Sound’ by Anna Murphy After their split with Eluveitie, Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter quickly realized their musical journey was far from over. What quickly developed was a unique and fresh combination of grand and heavy riffs, powerful drumming and a unique voice along with the signature folky, earthy tones…

Cosimo Miorelli

Man at work Like most people, I always drew as a kid and I simply never stopped since. I did study some art in my teens and early university years but it was mostly my family and the surroundings in which I was raised that influenced my tastes and triggered my curiosity for various expressive…

Rainer Kalwitz

Phantastic Realism I had studied graphic arts at the university of applied sciences in Düsseldorf/Germany. I also worked for 3 years as a technical illustrator for the Ford car company in Cologne. Meanwhile, I am teaching illustration and drawing at several art schools and academies in Germany. My start was actually not for a heavy…

Raging Speedhorn

Saviours of BritSaviorsl by Darren Smith Raging Speedhorn is heavy, loud, aggressive rock and roll. That’s how I see it anyway. We’ve been slotted into various genres over the years. Not sure any have ever fitted us perfectly. Our latest album is called ‘Lost Ritual’. When we got back together we only really intended to…

Last Leaf Down

Bright Wide Colder by Benjamin Schenk After the release of our first Album ‘Fake Lights’, we continued with writing songs without any break. Sascha and I wrote the songs… We wrote the full songs including all instruments on a first demo, Sascha for his songs, I for mine.   The most songs had no definitive lyrics…

The Shiver

Music is my everything by Federica Faith Sciamanna 2017 marks the great return with a new full-length of one of alt metal’s most unique, fast-growing bands of the Italian wave. With their first two albums ‘A New Horizon’ and and ‘The Darkest Hour’, the band started building up their profile as a strong live act…

Lukasz Wodynski

Living beings I graduated The School Of Fine Arts in my home town Bydgoszcz than moved to study painting at Universitas Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń.  The visual arts became my life. I work with traditional techniques like drawing and painting. Being in a multimedia culture I also became interested in mix media techniques like digital…

Forefather

Reach into the ether and let it speak through you Forefather is the recording project of myself Wulfstan and my brother Athelstan, founded in 1997. We blend elements of traditional, black and death metal with lyrical themes based on English history, myth, nature and more. We have released seven studio albums, starting with 1999’s ‘Deep…

Max Martelli

Passion for Science Fiction Ever since I was young I was enamored by the work of Frazetta, Boris, and the various card art used in the game Magic: the Gathering. I was determined to pursue illustration as a career from a young age. I graduated from the New England School of Art and Design in…

Deliverance

Chrst by Pierre Duneau “Deliverance” a name sounding like a macabre invitation for those who know the movie… Created in 2012 by Etienne Sarthou (Aqme, Grymt,Lazy) and Pierre Duneau (Memories of a Dead Man), the band quickly set the foundations of its musical identity: musical and a will to create a unique entity is the…

Christian Sloan Hall

The power of perseverance I was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in a small seaside town called San Clemente, in southern Orange County.  I’ve always been an artist from the day I was born it seems, and I never stopped working since then. I started painting in oils with my Mother and…

Dream Evil

Six by Pete Pain We began writing songs maybe a year after releasing In The Night, and we were about to start the recordings in the autumn of 2013 but then we got Mark Black back so we put the recordings to rest. We threw out some songs and wrote new ones and planned to…

Mike D from Killswitch Engage

DarkIcon studio profile All of Killswitch Engage’s album artwork and tour merchandise is designed by Mike D. Through his design studio DarkicoN design, he produces artwork for bands such as Shadows Fall, Unearth, All That Remains, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and Crowbar. HMA: Okay. Can we start maybe if you could tell me…