Promoting metal as art and culture

Sinister

The story of ‘Syncretism’ Sinister music can be described as traditional Death Metal, dark and brutal. Blast beats and polka’s and also with slow parts. But most important, Sinister makes real songs with recognizable structures. With respect for the past without capitulation to the commerce or current trends. Of course, Sinister sounds continuously evolves all…

Soil

Rock n’ Roll endurance This year it’s going to mark the 20th anniversary of Soil. These four Chicago metallers have been dominating the alternative music world for years and they have been back in full force since the original line up reunited in 2011, with original singer Ryan McCombs. Their comeback album ‘Whole’ (2013, Pavement…

Costin Chioreanu

Illustrating the unseen The artistic world of Romanian visionary, Costin Chioreanu, is inhabited by dreams, surreal imagery, magic, mysticism, philosophical introspection and much more. This is clearly manifested in his many illustrations, album covers, and animated videos – usually commissioned by some of today’s most distinguished metal bands. His distinctive style, rich in psychedelic shapes,…

Gotthard

The endurance of rock Gotthard is a classic rock band based to the music in the ’70s, but of course, with a modern touch. We started in the ’90s and we always try to make, the way of classic rock, to bring it in the future. And now it sounds like classic rock 2017. HMA:…

Ron English

Rock Propaganda I have a master’s degree in Fine Art and art history. I was always a fan of heavy metal bands. At some point in my history a lot of the bands became fans of my art so I got to do their album covers. My technique involves oil on canvas, rather traditional glazing…

Devilment

Full dark no Stars Melodic, powerful rhythms, dark poetic conquests, strong growls combined with clean and operatic female vocals, this is the sound that we can expect from “Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes”, the second album of UK band Devilment led by Cradle of Filth’s frontman Dani Filth under Nuclear Blast. Although you can hear…

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…

Krisiun

Band of brothers Krisiun is everything you would expect from a death metal band from Brazil, powerful, in your face, raw and have tons of energy in the studio and live. They keep the name of the metal legacy from Brazil real high and they managed to establish themselves as one of the most respected…

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…