Promoting metal as art and culture

Cult of Luna

Cult of Luna Goes Beyond the Redshift Saturday 10th May London hosted an audio-visual experience built around a concept and line up curated and headlined by Sweden’s post-metal band Cult of Luna. An artist who for over a decade has helped mould and expand the notion of what heavy music can be, the diverse musicians…

Xandria

The X Word, a sacrifice interview After six albums and through many line-ups changes Germany’s proud Xandria is still firing their symphonic metal and hitting road with their brand new album ‘Sacrificium’. Heavymetalartwork.com got the chance to talk with Steven Wussow and Marco Heubam about their past, present and future. HMA: First of all congrats…

Dictionnaire Infernal

The Dictionnaire Infernal (English: Infernal Dictionary) is a book on demonology, organised in hellish hierarchies. It was written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy and first published in 1818. There were several editions of the book, but perhaps the most famous is the edition of 1863, in which sixty-nine illustrations were added to the…

Stephen O Malley, Oren Ambarchi & Randall Dunn create Shade Themes From Kairos

Shade Themes From Kairos is a new iteration of the dream for all the guitar freaks out there, bringing together a couple of singular players together, just to see what happens. In this case, the players were old friends and collaborators Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley, playing in a space engineered and co-populated by Randall Dunn. The Shade album began in 2009, when Belgian filmmaker Alexis…

Van Canto

Interview with Superheroes of metal a cappella Take five singers and a drummer and set up a power metal band. Not an easy task to do yet this German quintet Van Canto has become a pioneer of what they call “hero metal a cappella”. A new sub-genre is born to the already pretty full field…

Folklore and culture

Folklore is the body of expressive culture, including tales, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs, and so forth within a particular population comprising the traditions (including oral traditions) of that culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The academic and…

Denis Forkas

A Russian Visionary: Interview with Denis Forkas Most Metal fans, know Russian painter, Denis Forkas, as the creator of mind blowing visions for the album covers of bands like Locrian, Horseback, and more recently, the mighty Behemoth. His works are full of cryptic imagery, traditional art overtones and symbolical significance. They challenge viewers to look…

Chad Lee

Extreme Shots Presents: A conversation with Chad Lee If you go to Hard Rock/Metal shows regularly, it’s very probable that you’ve seen veteran photographer Chad Lee capturing stills of some of your favorite artists. Some of these include SLAYER, METALLICA, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MACHINE HEAD and many others. Although live photography has been Lee’s forte…

DevilDriver

Interview with California Groove Machine DevilDriver Six albums into their career and DevilDriver (known to their fans as the California Groove Machine) are truly hitting their stride with some of their most ambitious and haunting yet most accessible work to date with the latest album “Winter Kills”. Branching out with some truly melancholy melodies and…

The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder Perform in Shanghai The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Michigan. They formed in 2000 and for the past fourteen years, they have been consistently releasing crushingly brutal music for metal fans. On April 22 they performed for the first time in Shanghai, China. Yours truly,…

Judas Priest

Q&A with K.K. Downing legendary guitarist of Judas Priest K.K. Downing doesn’t need an introduction. He is one of the founding members of one of heavy metal’s most influential and beloved bands. None other than the invincible Judas Priest! From a young kid, dropping out of school and looking up to Jimi Hendrix, to rock…

Dan Seagrave The Projection

Artist Dan Seagrave talks about his new short film, The Projection. If you think Dan Seagrave is just an album cover illustrator, think again. This Toronto-based visionary is much more than that. Surely, he has produced some of the most iconic artworks in the history of extreme music (Morbid Angel’s “Altars Of Madness”, Suffocation’s “Effigy…

Bl’Ast

Interview with Hardcore Skate heros Bl’Ast Bl’ast is an iconic band which has been going strong ever since the early ’80s, when they recorded and released their first album, The Power of Expression, and were subsequently signed by Green World Records. Since those humble beginnings, the band grew to become an influence for other similar…

Origin of the Qabalah

A natural questions that arises when one attempts to map the ideas and philosophies of the Qabalah is to what degree the Qabalah is something specifically Jewish. The Qabalah was developed in Europe and has its roots in the Hellenistic sphere of thought. The pre Qabalistic thoughts arose in the same environment as gnosticism and…