Promoting metal as art and culture

New Years Day

More from the Next Generation of Dark Royalty Let’s have a chat about New Years Day. They’re a band that was formed back in 2005, who’s first tracks appealed mostly to a younger audience, and with lyrics that played on a filmy, Halloween-y ‘darkness’. And look at them today… From a humble start on MySpace…

RAM

RAM it down RAM is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1999. They boast uncompromised, no-frills approach to their music. Throughout 2015 the continued a metal crusade destroying stages across Europe. At the wake of the devastation, RAM entered the studio to record their fourth album “Svbversvm”. The album “is another step upon the…

Arrayan Path

Path of light Known as Arryan Path until March 2011 when the band changed the name to Arrayan Path. “Arrayán” (Luma apiculata) is a type of plant that grows in the American continents, so an Arrayan Path would be some sort of an alley. The band was formed by Nicholas Leptos and Clement Fung in…

Erika Asphodel EDP Art

The hidden and uncomfortable After my diploma at the Artistic High School, which wasn’t the best place for self-expression, but surely a good way to learn techniques, I improved by myself looking at great affirmed artists in fantasy and horror genres. My first artwork was for black metal one man band Mortis Mutilati (FR). Macabre…

Skepticism

Northern landscapes, autumn and farmakon Formed in 1991, Finnish funeral doom metal Skepticism is regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre. Combining painfully slow death-doom metal styled riffs, bringing together beautiful and dark atmospheres, sparse percussion with deep growling. Creating music that is both within the range of contemporary doom metal in terms…

Rhine

Outsider and outcast Rhine is a progressive metal band from Seattle that started as a solo project in 2011 by singer/guitarist Gabe Tachell. Now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar, Carlos Delgado on drums, and James Porter on bass. HMA: Welcome to Heavy Music Artwork. What can you tell me about ‘An Outsider’? Gabe Tacehell:…

AJS Graphics

Feelings should emit creativity I have been into digital/graphic arts since sophomore year in high school. I eventually ended up loving sitting in front of a computer all day and just creating. I have also done 5 years of graphic design college, yet never got my degree. I decided that I wanted to try on…

Triple Seis Design

Art is the basic expression per excellence Actually I am an engineer in computer graphic design. After completing my studies, I started working as a freelancer, from 2009 we decided with my best friend and partner to establish our brand ‘Triple Seis Design’ to offer graphics solutions for the world of music at national level…

Michael Monroe

The King and his Legendary Lineup are back with a new album The world of rock has never known a performer like Michael Monroe. He’s the very definition of a rock legend. He’s stood on the biggest stages, side by side with the biggest names and recorded dozens of albums that people have loved and…

Adrian Bilozor

Vision is always beyond execution I am a self-taught and drawing since the age of 6. At kindergarten they wanted to change from left to right hand, but after visiting a psychologist I found out that I have the talent so I stayed with my left hand. After 20 years since then I can say…

Dragan Paunovic

It’s Just a Ride Well, I studied at the University of Applied arts to become an art teacher, graduated as well, but never worked in the field. Somewhere along the way I decided freelancing is more suitable for me. I honestly can’t remember how I got involved in metal artwork, must have been something through…

Alen Grijakovic Opposition Artworks

Every art is a constant journey I’ve always dabbled in drawing from the young age, but not so much in the “professional” way. I’ve graduated graphic design here in Belgrade, thus gaining additional experience in drawing and painting though classes in my course. Designing and creating artwork for metal bands came to me almost accidentally,…

Lisa Vinsterwan

Intense and stimulating I have been studying scenic painting at the Art School of Dresden for 4 years. Initially I designed band covers and t-shirts as well as large backdrops. Within my studies I got the opportunity to improve my skills and create large scale artworks by using innovative techniques. I use oil and acrylic…

Aborted

Rotten to the core Despite numerous band changes and one album hiccup, Aborted have been highly regarded by the death metal community. In 20 years of career they have always manage to deliver a good dose of brutal metal dashed with enough gore. The band seems to be in excellent shape and their new album…

Alkbazz Garagel

Swimming in the pool of creativity I’m was born in France 1974. I discovered rock ‘n’ roll soon after that with old heavy metal records (Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, etc.) and then with punk and thrash metal. I started drawing around the same time or just before. I’ve no art school background, I…

Dominic Sohor

I draw it so you don’t have to I started off working for bands that I was friendly with such as Manchester’s sadly missed The Freezing Fog for whom I provided the artwork to their last release, the magnificent Challenger EP. I then expanded this by asking friends if they knew of any bands that…

Ben Richards

Exploring your inner-self and expressing what you find in there I’ve been drawing my whole life essentially, from an early age of 8 or 9 I kind of knew that it would be my future. My earliest drawing or artwork that I remember was a stick-figure drawing of the Backstreet Boys (my favourite band at…