Promoting metal as art and culture

The 69 Eyes

LOST VAMPIRES We couldn’t miss the chance to catch up with singer Jyrki of the longstanding gothic rock band The 69 Eyes. The Finns have released their 12th album “Universal Monsters” which for some is considered a jump in the past and they have been touring in UK with The Mission, one of their music…

Osvaldo Gonzalez

Realities and improbable events I’m a self-taught digital artist, born in Argentina. I didn’t have the opportunity to attend a university, I continue learning on my own to this day. I discovered a passion for visual arts and illustration when I was a child. When I was 17 years old, I start to work as…

Venom Inc

Luciferian Notes from the Underground Considered one of the pioneers of the first wave of 80s black/thrash metal, guitarist Jeffrey Dunn (Mantas) and drummer Anthony Bray (Abaddon) are back with a new band called Venom Inc, name chosen for this incarnation following the dispute with Venom, currently used by Cronos. The Venom original co-founders are…

Beseech

Darkness within The history of Beseech begins in 1992, in the band ́s hometown of Borås (near Gothenburg), Sweden. Klas Bohlin (guitar), Jörgen Sjöberg (vocals) and Morgan Gredåker (drums), three hungry teenagers with ambitions, founded a band called Beseech. Soon thereafter some members left and Robert Vintervind (guitar) and Andreas Wiik (bass) joined the band.…

Daniel Corcuera

Art and mystic matters I was born in August 14th, 1985, in San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, a small town in the center of Chile. I was raised by my mother alone and lived my childhood with her and 2 brothers in an old house in the rural village of Larmahue, very isolated from civilization.…

Folklore

The theme for Heavy Music Artwork second issue is FOLKLORE. The return to earthbound traditions, the love for the land and for earthly mythological gods. Inspiration comes from cultural traditions and folk heritage. In this issue, we present artists that have taken this sentiment and applied to their arts, music and lyrics. Also, we have…

Brian Sheehan

The horror and occult obsession I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. Recreating various movie monsters and comic/ cartoon characters I idolized. When I finally started making music and performing in bands, the necessity for visuals became imminent. Album art, show posters and merch design naturally became a way to further the creative process.…

Heaven Shall Burn

Spiritual arsonists Heaven Shall Burn open the visually stunning booklet for their eighth studio album, ‘The Wanderer’, with a quote which sums up the overall idea of the album: During confusing and troubled times you occasionally need to retreat from all the madness that surrounds you. This allows you to gain new perspective, energy and…

Kevin Gan Yuen

Expanding the mind I studied printmaking and majored in Graphic Design at university. I play in the band Sutekh Hexen (2008-present) that explores sonic territories influenced by primitive black metal, power electronics, harsh noise and ambient music… pure cacophony. I cut my teeth doing album layouts for friends bands during the 00’s while studying design…

Lacuna Coil

Therapy in Music Lacuna Coil has experienced great upheaval in recent times, with the departure of three long-standing members. Galvanised into producing their heaviest and most intense album to date, the band have reinvented themselves: Delirium is a dark reflection of the depression and personal turmoil they’ve experienced. Touching upon a delicate issue with a…

Sick of it All

The Hardcore Tradition New York City, 1986 and hard-core can only mean Sick Of it All! Being around for more than three decades they wrote the history of New York hard-core and from CBGB’s to today they have never rested, split up or become untrue to their hard-core and street punk roots. In their thirty…

Luke Oram

The mechanics of painting The very first thing that got me into art was 2000ad. I remember being amazed by the look of the comic when I was a young child. I also really liked dinosaurs. I studied art at school and eventually did a degree in Animation, winning some fairly-respectable awards with my graduation…

Textures

The Outcome of everything Dutch band Textures are pioneers of technical/progressive metal, their latest release ‘Phenotype’ has been their most complex, enchanting & catchy work by far (part of a diptych, with Genotype due for release next year). Formed in 2001 and renowned for their highly technical abilities, they play an innovative & very complex…

Loewen Art

“I just love to create, being part of the show” I would say that my background in first place is to see things in other things. For example, like a child that sees, recognize a face in a root or something like this. I think I go with a very strong fantasy and a view…

Sepultura: Andreas Kisser reveal cover for Machine Messiah

Brazilian heavy metal icons SEPULTURA reveal the title of their upcoming studio album, ‘Machine Messiah’. Inspired by the robotisation of our society, the album will be released on January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by the band and Jens Borgen (Soilwork, Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The stunning cover…

WITCHERY: New album details and cover artwork

A full six years after their latest studio album release, Linköping/ Sweden based blackened Metallers WITCHERY finally return with their long-awaited 6th studio album, programmatically entitled ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ and announced for a worldwide release on November 25th, 2016 via Century Media Records. WITCHERY played a score of festivals in support of their latest…

Cadaveria

Italy’s dark world CADAVERIA was formed in 2001 by Cadaveria and Marçelo Santos (Flegias) with the intent to create a virtual space where to freely express themselves as musicians and extreme artists. CADAVERIA style, labelled Horror Metal, can be identified with a personal mix of Black Metal, Death and Gothic. To celebrate its 15 years…

Heiidi Taillefer

The mysteries of the unknown I grew up in a family rich in creative talent, but I have only had private art lessons. I went so far as studying Humanistics at McGill university but I never studied art or illustration academically, though I did end up going into illustration in my early 20’s after teaching…