Promoting metal as art and culture

Antimatter

Emotions at a primal level “Anybody who has ever suffered from betrayal can relate to this album”, Antimatter-main man Mick Moss states self-consciously about his most recent work, ‘The Judas Table’. “I’m singing about my experiences, but I’m a firm believer that they are everybody else’s experiences as well”. Throughout his life, Moss has repeatedly…

Abnormal Thought Patterns

Sound with vision Hailing from the Bay Area, California Abnormal Thought Patterns is a mathematical instrumental trio that fuses heavy riffs, intricate time signatures and shredding solos. It is hard to describe with words what the trio is doing within its songs, you have to experience it with your own ears and you will be…

Sean Tidy

King of merch As I grew up my dad worked as a graphic designer, and I just loved everything about it, and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a designer too. He is now retired and paints/illustrates art full time (and recently did a giant wall mural in my studio). His…

AL JOURGENSEN: Discusses album artwork for ‘Surgical Meth Machine’

In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for SURGICAL METH MACHINE came about: “You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from MINISTRY, and I just figured, like, nah, it’s time to quit. I don’t want to have John Bonham’s kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that’s just not…

Sepultura

Moving on with the tradition Sepultura is a band that needs no introduction. Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, they made their way into the metal scene with their mix of thrash/death/groove metal during the ’80s, and they are now celebrating their 30th anniversary with a World Tour. HMA had the pleasure of sitting down with…

Sylosis

BEAUTY IN DARKNESS British metallers ‘Sylosis’ have steadily gained in popularity, firmly establishing themselves within the metal community over the past ten years. Their latest release, ‘Dormant Heart’, quickly followed the success of its predecessors; ‘Edge of The Earth’ and ‘Monolith’, confirming the band’s dedication to good quality music and their passion for raw, gritty,…

Roberto Lezama

Surrealist or grotesque Since senior high school I knew I wanted to create images, designs, brands etc… Eventually I drew and trying to imitate what I saw and read in comics. Later on, in highschool thanks to my relationships with people that were dug up in music my decision was nailed down. After some time…

Whitechapel

Show some fucking respect “The theme of ‘Mark of the Blade’ is a celebration of Whitechapel being together for ten years and the fans that support us no matter what,” states vocalist Phil Bozeman, and after just one exposure to the record’s 11 riveting tracks, a more fitting tribute is unimaginable. Pushing their sound forward…

Dark Nouveau

We named and themed the commemorative first issue Dark Nouveau, in honour of the popular and ever beautiful Art Nouveau. The style has become incredibly popular in adorning album covers, so we felt that it was a great place to start. Ghost, John Dyer Baizley, Sylosis, Glyn Smyth are some of the artists who have…

Procesonegro

Nature itself, the largest and best architect of the universe I’m totally self-taught. It wasn’t up to the beginning of my adolescence when I met Adobe tools, and that moment was when practically started everything, creating images for tapes we exchanged between friends, from this the link between graphic arts and music started. Years later,…

Hammers of Misfortune

Dead and loving revolution When West Coast progressive heavy metallers Hammers of Misfortune are asked what took so long to follow-up 2011’s acclaimed 17th Street, principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett is likely to throw out a Lennon lyric “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Mostly, the delay was…

Andreas Marschall

I will keep and perfect my ability to shock, fascinate and disturb I am a total autodidact, but my parents both were teachers of art and part-time painters. I started my career as a comic book artist. I painted some graphic horror and thriller stories for European ‘Metal Hurlant’ magazine and others. But my style…

Mortiis

Demons have returned No more Eras continuations and no more infamous goblin mask – after a long break, industrial act Mortiis is back from the caves with a brand new album “The Great Deceiver”, the 12th release since formation in mid-nineties. I spent some amusing time in Brighton during their UK tour with frontman Håvard…

Michal Xaay Loranc

Amplifying Music through art Drawing and painting was my biggest hobby ever since. I was self taught passionate until 1997, when I’ve started lessons on photorealistic drawing led by Michal Suffczynski – one of the undisputed masters of pencil and watercolor techniques. Later on, in 2001 I’ve finished a one year training course on desktop…

Butcher Babies

Fight like a man You may have seen them, heard of them; maybe a friend may have told you about those two girls that look just too good to be playing heavy metal. If you still haven’t given them a chance, after they released two albums and toured the world non-stop for a good four…

Sikth

“Curioser and curioser…” Formed in Watford, England in 1999, Sikth pioneered a technical, crazy yet melodic style of metal that melded prog, thrash, death metal and a host of eclectic influences. They were (and are) unique with two contrasting singers who somehow manage to complement one another with every line, scream and melody – and…