Promoting metal as art and culture

Hardcore Superstar

Getting louder by the day Jocke gives me a big hug as he walks into the room after Hardcore Superstar’s show at the Electric Ballroom. “Andy, good to see you, man! How’ve you been? How’s the film work going?” I can’t say I’m not flattered he remembers me. It’s been almost two years since I…

Mirror

The Devil in the Mirror Mirror is the musical brainchild of bassist and die-hard metal master Tas Danazoglou (Electric Wizard, Satan’s Wrath). A chance meeting with London-based producer and drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano led to the two embarking on a shared musical vision that encompasses classic hard-rock, proto-metal sound with tasteful songwriting and musicianship. Guitarist…

Rafael Tavares

Every work I produce has a piece of my inner-self I’m self-taught artist and never had any formal education in art. I’ve always been drawing and painting since childhood. I started working in early 2000 in a small studio, producing storyboards and layouts for advertisements. Besides that, I keep creating my personal works, and some…

Dead Soul

Northern Dark blues Dead Soul is a duo from Sweden founded by vocalist and guitarist Anders Landelius and producer Nielsen. Their first single ‘They Will Pay’ was released in 2012 under Razzia Notes label, owned by Anders Fridén of In Flames. In the same year they gained popularity opening up for Ghost as a support…

Roberto Toderico

Drawing surgically into the details I’m from Napoli born into Christian culture but raised religion-free. My art started on school desks, school walls, street walls… My taste for horror and metal is something that I always had with me. I attended classic studies, nothing to do with art. Subjects included Latin, Greek, philosophy, history, etc.…

Sanguine

Songs in their own world Sanguine is a hard-hitting driving metal and rock riffs, mixtures of melodies, vocal ranges which include screams and singing both from front-woman Tarin Kerrey and guitarist Nick Magee. Sanguine has created a new unique sound, jumping between styles their eclectic songwriting keep you guessing what the next track will sound…

Limb

A Terminal Mindset Limb began in a damp and cold basement in the winter of 2011. Within a year, Witch Hunter Records had picked up the band’s self-recorded demo, and it wasn’t long until Limb was invited onto the New Heavy Sounds roster. Recognising Limb’s love of stoner dirge as well as classic rock stomp,…

Killing Joke

I am the virus Formed in 1978, Killing Joke is a post-punk band which provides a unique combination of punk, metal and industrial gothic music. HMA spent some time in Brighton with legendary frontman Jaz Coleman for a deep chat about ‘Pylon’, symbolism and spectrum dominance from the corporate world HMA: Hi Jaz and welcome…

Vincent Castiglia

Crowd-funding “Bloodlines” An interview with Vincent Castiglia and John Borowski. Many people know that the “And Justice For Art” book was printed thanks to a crowd-funding campaign. That’s why we understand the importance of being supported by the public in order to put together projects that otherwise could be difficult achieve. The promising documentary “Bloodlines:…

Wes Benscoter & Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade)

Californian extreme metallers, Cattle Decapitation, and irreverent American illustrator, Wes Benscoter have an uncompromising attitude towards art. That’s probably why their longtime collaboration have proven to be so successful. The first time the band used one of the artist’s twisted visions was for their 2002 opus “To Serve Man.” That was followed by the iconic,…

My Dying Bride

A cold new misery My Dying Bride’s ‘Feel the Misery’ sees a notable return to the band’s own trademark heavy, dark and majestic. Featuring the return of original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw to the fold. The band comments on the themes of ‘Feel the Misery’ “Contained within are all the grandeur and mastery of the melancholic…

TesseracT

The dynamics of life and the universe Over the course of the last six years, TesseracT has been at the forefront of the ever-evolving metal scene. Originally formed as a studio project back in 2003 by Acle Kahney. The debut album ‘One’ received widespread critical acclaim, not least due to the album’s staggering six-part centrepiece…

Impellitteri

Venom: Vehicle to Tempation IMPELLITTERI is a heavy metal band based in Los Angeles California. IMPELLITTERI is one of the first bands to combine energetic heavy metal with shred guitar soloing, screaming vocals, strong melody, and big production. To date, the band has sold a few million records worldwide, played to audiences as large as…

Santiago Francisco Jaramillo & Ethereal: Opus Aethereum (Candlelight Records)

A British/Ecuadorian Visual Opus Earlier this year, British black metallers, Ethereal, unleashed their newest collection of sonically-depraved tracks, titled ‘Opus Aethereum’. The album comes accompanied by an elegant, highly symbolical mixed media artwork spawned by designer, Santiago Francisco Jaramillo of Triple Seis Design. Jaramillo already has in his resume imagery created for bands like Pestilence…

Swallow the Sun

A slideshow of a cold, dark and desolate soul When Juha Raivio and Pasi Pasanen formed Swallow the Sun their ambition was no wider than writing a few tunes inspired by veterans My Dying Bride. “All I wanted is a channel to put these demons and make music that matters, who cares if its doom…