Promoting metal as art and culture

Dream Evil

Six by Pete Pain We began writing songs maybe a year after releasing In The Night, and we were about to start the recordings in the autumn of 2013 but then we got Mark Black back so we put the recordings to rest. We threw out some songs and wrote new ones and planned to…

Mike D from Killswitch Engage

DarkIcon studio profile All of Killswitch Engage’s album artwork and tour merchandise is designed by Mike D. Through his design studio DarkicoN design, he produces artwork for bands such as Shadows Fall, Unearth, All That Remains, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and Crowbar. HMA: Okay. Can we start maybe if you could tell me…

The Night Flight Orchestra

Amber Galactic by David Andersson ‘Amber Galactic’ is a concept album in a way, although it doesn’t have a straight narrative. It’s more a collection of stories that take place in the same universe. ‘Amber Galactic’ is set in a future where humanity is exploring and conquering space, but all the space commanders are women,…

Avant-Garde

Heavy Music Artwork fifth installation. [uh-vahnt-gahrd, uh-vant-, av-ahnt-, ah-vahnt-; French a-vahn-gard]. The advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterised chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods. Featuring: Ulver, Sun O))), Skinny Puppy, Wolves In The Throne Room, Tombs, Ghost Bath, Candlemass, Pallbearer, Ihsahn, King Dude, John…

Camden Rocks Festival

Camden Rocks Festival, established in 2009, is an exclusive festival held in London’s notorious Camden Town bringing you the best selection of rock, indie, metal and alternative music. Camden has always represented the reality of London’s alternative music scene and it is the only place where you can still feel the impact of music in…

Elegy of Madness

Without music, life would be a mistake The Elegy Of Madness is an Italian Symphonic Metal band founded in 2006 by Tony Tomasicchio. In the same year was released the first Promo ‘Another Path’ that melt together gothic and progressive genre, arousing a great interest as many reviews can show. After many gigs the band…

Alain Trehard

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…

Deez Nuts

Nuts of steel While Deez Nuts are getting ready for their European ‘You Are Part Of This Tour 2017’ you can check out the cover and additional details for their upcoming album ‘Binge & Purgatory’ which is set for release on April 7, 2017. ‘Binge & Purgatory’ was produced by Deez Nuts and Andrew Neufeld…

Warbringer

Monolithic Evil By John Kevill Warbringer has continued to evolve throughout its  4 albums into the most lethal band in thrash, and delivers a monumental  5th record in ‘Woe to the Vanquished’. Taking the more progressive and ambitious leanings of ‘Empires Collapse’ and tempering them with pure, unrelenting violence. The result is a unique hybrid…

Mike Redman

Ritualistic Artworks I am self-educated when it comes to art. My biggest inspiration is my father, he’s famous for pioneering ‘shadow art’. where he illuminates a pile of trash and a highly detailed shadow comes out of it. So as a kid there was always material flying around the house. The self-titled Iron Maiden album…

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2017

Donnington, 9-11th June 2017 With a little over one month left to go for this year’s Download Festival, we are starting to get super excited about one of the best metal & rock festivals taking place this summer in the UK. The world’s most legendary metal festival delivers once again a killer line-up with loads…

Car Bomb

Bombtrack Car Bomb released their third album Meta in September 2016, which was produced by Gojira frontman Joe. The artwork for this record was influenced by Stanley Kubrick, and the bands love of geometric patterns, alongside their interest in electronic album covers from Warp Records. HMA: I hardly ever ask any bands about their names,…

Raven Age

Darkness will Rise By George Harris Ultimately, our band is a result of us being fans of heavy music and creating our own stamp on the genre we love. We’ve taken inspiration from tons of bands and combined it all to make our own sound. I think it’s pretty clear that we grew up listening…

11 Paranoias

Paranoid Visions With the mirage of Multidimensional Paranoid Vision, 11PARANOIAS hypnotise listeners into their hullabaloo of highs. Intense mind whirls, blistering euphoria and spectral wonderment are induced by their darkened psychedelia, opening realms of aural, visual and further sensory paranoia! HMA: So what are the 11 PARANOIAS and how have configured the name? Adam Richardson:…

Legacy

In this issue, we feature a number of artists that have generously shared their passions and commitment to creativity with us. I’m pretty sure they have their “scars to boast”: as music and art addicts we also have our own scars and we are fucking proud of them because this is not just music –…

Portraits

‘Portraits’ celebrates Heavy Music Artwork five years in operation and we decided to release a book on metal portrait photography. All photos have been taken by our photographers from 2012 to 2015. To accompany the book we have also included critiques and insights by The National Portrait Gallery of Canada The Swedish National Portrait Gallery…

Oni

Xylosynth Death metal 2016 was a breakout year for progressive metal band ONI, who proved their lasting prowess with the release of their debut album Ironshore, toured with heavy metal greats such as Max & Iggor Cavalera and Children Of Bodom, tore up the stage at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of…