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Human

Heavy Music Artwork third instalment is an introspective outlook on music and art. Rock and metal have a long tradition on existential questions. Our approach is neither analytical or interpretative, instead, we will go and revisit the creative journey that our feature artists have taken. With this in mind, we named this issue “Human”. Featuring…

David Potvin

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…

Steve Myles

Draws and drums Steve Myles is an illustrator from Leeds UK, he co-runs the independent clothing label/art collective Pyre Climber with his girlfriend Natassia Wild and spends most of his time doing artwork for bands/playing drums. HMA: The world of metal overflows with themes of the fantastical, fantasy, mythical and the supernatural, just the same…

Vendetta

Back to the roots Founded in 1984, and after the release of two self-recorded demos, “System Of Death” (1985) and “Suicidal Lunacy” (1986), the band’s debut “Go And Live… Stay And Die” followed in 1987. A year later, the second album “Brain Damage” was released and distributed by Noise International. In 1990 the band split…

Wars

The distance between us Wars are a post-hardcore band from Rugby UK, formed in 2015 with the purpose of playing music that encompasses the chaos of the war between the head and the heart. A tumultuous, raging catharsis that soars through sentiment and scrapes savagely through the spirit; a passionate, melodic and noise-fuelled affair that,…

Ketch

Malicious doom With a malicious intent akin to their namesake and as heavy as his axe hand, KETCH dwells in a miasma of filthy sonic displays. Crushing drum beats like thunderclaps and bass rumbles of tectonic magnitude merge with guitars of such massive sound as that of a mammoth. Employing the nuances of madness to…

Voivod

Target Voivod Since 1982 when they formed in Jonquiere, Quebec legendary Canadian metallers Voivod have always been a band that has pushed the boundaries of metal music into new grounds, always moving, always exploring and constantly evolving. Creating something more than music, but a whole concept, an entire Voivod World filled with visions of science…

Realm of the Damned

The monsters have won Realm Of The Damned is a unique graphic novel from the creative team of writer Alec Worley and illustrator Simon “Pye” Parr (2000 AD). Raw, fast-paced, and bristling with atmosphere, classic gothic monsters are unleashed for a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. It is a bloody and blasphemous epic that…

Jimbob Isaac

Listen to your inner voice Drawing, was one of the first things I did. I kept sketchbooks and drawing pads throughout my childhood, drawing the usual array of action heroes, zombies, vehicles, comic book characters and other such boyish things. For my GCSE projects at 15/16 years old in Swansea, I utilised my tech drawing…

Godmachine

Neo-minstry-smut-thrash I have had some education in graphic design and film. Mostly it comes from sitting alone for days on end in a dark room. I put my drawings up online for people to see and was hired. A site called ’emptees’ years ago helped spread my art. The Wacom is about 20 years old…

Insomnium

Epic winter ‘Winter’s Gate’, the seventh studio album of Finland’s melodic metal Insomnium. A bold concept album ventures into yet unknown dark territories as it consists of one epic 40-minute song that is forged around an award-winning short story written by the band’s vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen. The album draws inspiration from history and…

Thomas Ambrose Denney

Chakras, Prana and Chi My mom was doing freelance art when I was very young, the house was constantly filled with paints, and finished pieces adorned all walls. Also, there were paintings and sculptures that my grandfather had made displayed proudly, and though he was gone, it was clear to me that I was a…

Mammoth Storm

Earthbound and human Traditionally, tales of folklore have always included mythical creatures; from the Viking mythology of Yggdrasil, to the Greek Homeric tales of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Illustrating the less trodden paths, the appropriately titled Mammoth Storm tackle the idea of Giants on their latest album ‘Fornjot’. Originating in Norse mythology, the name…

Francesco Gemelli

Transmedia Artisan Growing up in Italy I was exposed to art from a young age. The proximity to Roman and Greek archeological sites influenced my artistic imagination which I later developed during my studies. I was attracted to computerized graphics early on. In fact, I conducted my first experiments on an Atari St back in…

Fear Factory

The system is the machine It’s quite difficult to pin Fear Factory down into one genre as their music bounces between extreme metal, industrial and groove but one thing is for certain, it is pretty much intense. Gaining popularity with legendary “Demanufacture” album, lead to a 20th-anniversary tour in 2015 and their ninth release “Genexus”…

John Santerineross

Black symbolism I received an art scholarship to University. I have an undergraduate degree in ceramics, a master’s degree in ceramics and another master’s degree in photography. I was approached by bands worked with after they saw my photography and asked if I would be willing to lend my designs to their artwork, promotional items,…

Francesca Vecchio

“I believe in the symbolism that we create every day” My background includes the academy of fine arts. I was a painter and a decorator before becoming an illustrator. I began to create artworks for bands from three years. At the beginning, it happened realizing tributes for some bands and then making advertising. Then I…

ENTOMBED A.D.

How to open a beer correctly! Entombed is a band that needs zero introduction and that has dominated the world of heavy metal and death metal music for nearly three decades. Inspiring and influencing a large number of bands, these Swedish metallers are considered among the pioneers of death metal. Entombed have always remained true…