Promoting metal as art and culture

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…

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…