Promoting metal as art and culture

Origin

Believe in what you do is real For 20 years, Origin has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s ‘Unparalleled Universe’ sees the quartet strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises. It feels like an Origin album, but its unparalleled…

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…

The Night Flight Orchestra

Amber Galactic by David Andersson ‘Amber Galactic’ is a concept album in a way, although it doesn’t have a straight narrative. It’s more a collection of stories that take place in the same universe. ‘Amber Galactic’ is set in a future where humanity is exploring and conquering space, but all the space commanders are women,…

Avant-Garde

Heavy Music Artwork fifth installation. [uh-vahnt-gahrd, uh-vant-, av-ahnt-, ah-vahnt-; French a-vahn-gard]. The advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterised chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods. Featuring: Ulver, Sun O))), Skinny Puppy, Wolves In The Throne Room, Tombs, Ghost Bath, Candlemass, Pallbearer, Ihsahn, King Dude, John…

Camden Rocks Festival

Camden Rocks Festival, established in 2009, is an exclusive festival held in London’s notorious Camden Town bringing you the best selection of rock, indie, metal and alternative music. Camden has always represented the reality of London’s alternative music scene and it is the only place where you can still feel the impact of music in…

Elegy of Madness

Without music, life would be a mistake The Elegy Of Madness is an Italian Symphonic Metal band founded in 2006 by Tony Tomasicchio. In the same year was released the first Promo ‘Another Path’ that melt together gothic and progressive genre, arousing a great interest as many reviews can show. After many gigs the band…

Alain Trehard

Art is resistance I’ve always drawn; maybe first because I didn’t want to face a part of the reality around me. Thereafter, I’ve drawn to create and express my own reality, my personal vision of beings and things. And to confront the realities of everybody, to create a meeting, an echo… I’ve studied in an…

Deez Nuts

Nuts of steel While Deez Nuts are getting ready for their European ‘You Are Part Of This Tour 2017’ you can check out the cover and additional details for their upcoming album ‘Binge & Purgatory’ which is set for release on April 7, 2017. ‘Binge & Purgatory’ was produced by Deez Nuts and Andrew Neufeld…

Warbringer

Monolithic Evil By John Kevill Warbringer has continued to evolve throughout its  4 albums into the most lethal band in thrash, and delivers a monumental  5th record in ‘Woe to the Vanquished’. Taking the more progressive and ambitious leanings of ‘Empires Collapse’ and tempering them with pure, unrelenting violence. The result is a unique hybrid…

Mike Redman

Ritualistic Artworks I am self-educated when it comes to art. My biggest inspiration is my father, he’s famous for pioneering ‘shadow art’. where he illuminates a pile of trash and a highly detailed shadow comes out of it. So as a kid there was always material flying around the house. The self-titled Iron Maiden album…

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2017

Donnington, 9-11th June 2017 With a little over one month left to go for this year’s Download Festival, we are starting to get super excited about one of the best metal & rock festivals taking place this summer in the UK. The world’s most legendary metal festival delivers once again a killer line-up with loads…

Car Bomb

Bombtrack Car Bomb released their third album Meta in September 2016, which was produced by Gojira frontman Joe. The artwork for this record was influenced by Stanley Kubrick, and the bands love of geometric patterns, alongside their interest in electronic album covers from Warp Records. HMA: I hardly ever ask any bands about their names,…

Raven Age

Darkness will Rise By George Harris Ultimately, our band is a result of us being fans of heavy music and creating our own stamp on the genre we love. We’ve taken inspiration from tons of bands and combined it all to make our own sound. I think it’s pretty clear that we grew up listening…

Antropofagus

Architecture of Death By Francesco Montesanti Francesco: “We decided to go with a warmer and fatter tone this time. The songs are more straight forward and in your face than the songs on ‘Architecture of Lust’, and certainly more groovy. I’d say this is the most old school and evil Antropofagus album to date. Dave…

Foetal Juice

Violent songs By Ben Read Foetal Juice has been on the Extreme Metal Underground circuit for well over ten years now, a band with a passion for the gory and perverted side of life, introducing black humour and pure horror with subject matter including strange sects of nuns who piss in the font and eat…

Agnostic Front

Back to the front For over three decades Agnostic Front has been the kings of hardcore and amongst the originators of the legendary New aYork hardcore scene. Through the years they have always remained true to their punk-hardcore roots, heritage and their trademarks blend of punk and metal. With an extensive catalogue of 11 albums…

11 Paranoias

Paranoid Visions With the mirage of Multidimensional Paranoid Vision, 11PARANOIAS hypnotise listeners into their hullabaloo of highs. Intense mind whirls, blistering euphoria and spectral wonderment are induced by their darkened psychedelia, opening realms of aural, visual and further sensory paranoia! HMA: So what are the 11 PARANOIAS and how have configured the name? Adam Richardson:…

Doyle

Monstrous Abomination Doyle is the new horror punk/metal band project of legendary ex-Misfits Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein which includes former member Alex Story of their old band Gorgeous Frankenstein. They released “Abominator” in 2013 and been touring since to support the album. Renowned for his short straight forward answers, here is a little chat with…