Promoting metal as art and culture

Rhett Podersoo

Rhett Podersoo – Machine Room Design: A taste of futuristic ruin, space, death, and elements of war My father is a keen photographer and I used to help him out in our home darkroom. I loved the hands-on creative process of working with film equipment. The whole thing was like some sort of alchemy. After…

Rafael Melandi

Rafael Melandi: Metazz, Metal Album Covers Redesigned Rafa Melandi is a Creative Director of an Advertising Agency in the city of Sao Paulo – Brazil. He is a former art director and graphic designer. HMA: What possessed you to defame these works of art? Just kidding, how did you get the idea? Rafa Melandi: I…

Paradism Shifts and Aeonics

All the philosophies, creeds, dogmas and beliefs that humanity has evolved are variants of three great paradigms, the Transcendental, the Materialist and the Magical. In no human culture has any one of these paradigms been completely distinct from the others. For example in our own culture at the time of writing the Transcendental and Magical…

Paolo Girardi

Paolo Gerardi: A gradual rot that resulted in becoming myself a painter My background was a good natural talent and sensibility. Matured with the denial of access to art schools and by joining the army service, which resulted in the obsession of “working hard”. Also realized that art institutions (at least in Italy) are worthless.…

Santos Illustration

John Santos: Every Line Matters I never went to art school, but rather started in the punk scene by drawing flyers for shows and designs for my band as well as friends bands. From there it’s just been sketching, practicing, learning from peers, and testing myself to get better and to really hone my skill.…

Black Star Riders

Drummer Jimmy gives HMA latest on the new album, Thin Lizzy and Europe tour As I sit in the dressing room waiting for my interview with Black Star Riders drummer, Jimmy DeGrasso to begin, I’m confronted by an interesting question. Can you ever step out from the shadow of your own success? For those of…

Europe

Legends Europe continue the legacy of rock with bold rediscovery album Everyone in Europe calls it “that song”. So I’m going to call it “that song”. Let’s not talk about “that song”, shall we? As great and classic as it may be…. It appears that years of accumulated wisdom and experience seem to have come…

Jean Michel of Designations Artwork

Building the Colossus: Designations Artwork creates the cover for Keep of Kalessin ‘Epistimology’ By now, Keep of Kalessin is well-established within the Norwegian extreme Metal scene. Such thing would allow them to choose any illustrator they liked for the creation of the cover art for their album “Epistemology.” However, the menacing trio decided to do…

Daniele Serra

Daniele Serra: Art in a perpetual motion Before devoting myself entirely to the illustration I worked as a graphic designer for several years. In 2008 I decided to focus my work mainly as an illustrator and cartoonist. I’m a  self-taught artist and I I have not attended art schools, just  some basic courses to learn…

Corrosion Of Conformity

All Hail… Pepper’s Return Since they formed in 1982 in North Carolina, Corrosion of Conformity has been creating their own distinct sound and merging, in a perfect way, metal, punk, blues and even some elements funk. There have been line-up changes with Pepper and Reed but now the line-up is the same as ‘Deliverance’. The…

Apocalyptica

The maestros of metal create a forlorn and beautiful musical landscape with their latest album Classical instruments have had their prominent place in metal and rock music for decades. Some of the more the more remarkable examples of this have come out Finland such as Nightwish and of course…. Apocalyptica. Thanks to Apocalyptica’s prolific career…

Alejandro Blasi

Alejandro Blasi: Imagination is the most important tool I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968. In 2000 I moved to Mallorca Island, Spain  where I established my studio, and from here I work for bands all over the world. I studied drawing and painting in different art studios, and quickly understood that my…

Anestis Goudas

Anestis Goudas is a Greek graphic artist, mainly focused on creating digital illustrations, graphic and web designs for music bands. His artworks can be described as conceptual with multiple allegoric meanings and often they include elements inspired by the ’80s Heavy Metal covers, filtered with a more digital approach. He uses all type of modern…

Nikos Markogiannakis

Nikos Markogiannakis: Sadness with the sense of death all over it Nikos Markogiannakis grew up in Crete (Greece). At the age of 18 moved to Athens to study graphic arts. Designing artwork for heavy metal bands begun in 2003 when releasing a metal zine and starting working doing logos and covers for bands who were…

Jose Luis Lopez Galván

Jose Luis Lopez Galván: Interview with Mexican Surrealist Artist Young Mexican painter, Jose Luis Lopez Galván is set to become one of the greatest artists of his generation. His body of work (focused on surreal depictions of human/animal hybrids and other unusual scenarios) keep growing day by day and impressing worldwide audiences – especially through…

Jan Yrlund

Jan Yrlund: I’m completely not into technical snobbery or virtuosity without meaning Been drawing since I was a kid basically. I was fascinated about comic books, and started drawing comics myself too. In the mid eighties I started an underground comic magazine called Tsürps together with some friends. The style was somewhat horror/black humor/science-fiction I…

Lauren Gornik

Lauren Gornik: Rooted in pop-surrealism & narrative illustration For the past five years I’ve been working as a professional illustrator, working with a variety of metal acts. Originally, my interest in working with heavy metal bands began around the time I formed my first band, Panzer. However, I was also driven to make a career…

April Johnson

April Johnson: The will to Grow I have never taken any classes based around on how to create art or any formal education, but if it counts for anything I was in AP art and earned a college credit in my junior year of high school. I was a little hesitant to join at first,…

Normal Gergely

Darkness is beautiful Normal Gergely comes from Hungary and create graphic designs under the name of ‘Normal Illustrations’. Besides being a graphic designer he is also an abstract artist. Graduated as an art and visual communication teacher. Started to create heavy metal related work through the inspiration of music I love music especially the heavier…