Promoting metal as art and culture

Reckless Love

Heavy Music Artwork uncovers the Spirit of Reckless Love! What’s up all you bizarre decadents and lovers of high-energy rock’n’roll? If you’re into hair metal then you probably know Reckless Love by now. They are one of Finland’s many fine contributions to rock music. Their first two albums Reckless Love (2010) and Animal Attraction (2011)…

Wardruna

Heavy Music Artwork joins Rune master Wardruna Wardruna is a Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. In 2009 Wardruna enchanted their listeners with their mesmerizing debut album ‘gap var Ginnunga’, which also was the first part of a planned trilogy. In the ensuing years the group have spent a lot of time on…

Phobia

Interview with Orange County Grind legends Phobia Socio-political crustcore grind veterans Phobia have been tearing up the scene for going on 23 years now. Their smash up noise-fest rhythm section and four chord riffs are carried atop a slew of Shane Maclachlan’s guttural growls and searing screams, and whilst the lyrics and the band’s image…

Quireboys

One-on-one with guitar master of the Quireboys, Guy Griffin The Quireboys are part of a long tradition of English rock’n’roll excellence. Formed way back in 1984 when rock music ruled the world and the demand for hairspray was making Aquanet’s owners filthy rich, the Quireboys have since enjoyed international fame. Their latest album ‘Beautiful Curse’…

Tyr

Interview with TYR frontman Heri Joensen Valkyrja, the 7 full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives TÝR, is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla,…

Cattle Decapitation

Animal supremacist Cattle Decapitation speaks to HMA Originally founded in 1996, Cattle Decapitation’s songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals as well as the abuse of the environment. Lyrics may also focus on subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Much of their music is based on putting humans in the…

Vance Kelly

Heavy Music Artwork Dark Nouveau Vance Kelly Vance Kelly is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist, printmaker and graphic designer. Born in 1970, he resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. His instantly recognizable artwork can be seen in the industries of music, advertising, apparel, and publishing. With an interest in mythology, symbolism, fantasy, and the occult, Vance uses…

In Solitude

Heavy Music Artwork speaks to Pelle Ahman “It’s time to release our third album, and things have never felt this clear and pervasive before. This is a feeling that has permeated our whole lives during the latest year of writing and recording this album, as well as digesting and dealing with its consequences. And it…

Tristania

Interview with Tristania Anders Høyvik Hidle The Norwegian Gothic Metal pioneers revolving around charismatic front lady Mariangela Demurtars have the gift to combine heavy tunes with emotional finesse. This combination was brought to perfection on “Darkest White”, which was produced by Christer André Cederberg (e.g. Anathema). He has certainly given the album a new level…

Ken K3n Adams

Interview with Lamb of God master artist Ken ‘K3n’ Adams It’s impossible to think about American Metal icons, Lamb Of God, without imagining the artworks that designer, Ken ‘K3n’ Adams, has created for the Virginian band. Since the early days of the band he’s been producing the majority of their graphic material as well as…

Dew-Scented

Interview with Germany Thrash outfits Dew-Scented Germany’s Dew-Scented have been part of the leading forces of a new breed of Thrash Metal ever since their foundations in 1992. After having released their first an only demo tape “Symbolization” the band signed to Steamhammer/SPV for their 1996 debut release “Immortelle”. Now on Metal Blade they have…

Debauchery

Kill with Thomas “The Bloodbeast” “Blutgott” Gurrath of Debauchery In post-apocalyptic times, the Blood God starts the death metal war machine again. 10 years of constant warfare have made Debauchery even more brutal and sinister.  Battlefields all over the world, from Russia to China and al across Europe, left the “Man in Blood” victorious. Most…

Philip Lawvere

Interview with Metal Classic painter Philip Lawvere Involved in the punk scene in Boston in 1980 – 82, Philip then moved to Berlin, where through the local music scene he was introduced to Karl Walterbach, the mastermind of early German Thrash. Philip and Karl’s love of Fantasy artwork, combined with their penchant for hard music,…

Pierre-Alain D

French visionary Pierre-Alain D – Art from the other side Pierre-Alain D., founder of 3mmi Design, is a french digital artist / illustrator & webdesigner who has developed a dark -but not only- and intense vision of graphic design through the years. Working mainly for the music industry, he also like to work on all…

Travis Smith

Interview with graphic legend Travis Smith Travis Smith is an American graphic artist best known for designing heavy metal album art. He has been called “renowned” by Alternative Press and “unquestionably one of the most talented graphic artists in metal today” by Chronicles of Chaos. Smith has done work for many established rock and metal…

Hellyeah

Chad Gray & Vinnie Paul speak to Heavy Music Artwork Hellyeah are currently cruising the States on the Gigantour with Megadeth, Black Label Society, Newsted and Device. With the release of their incredible third album ‘Band of Brothers’ they are making a clear statement to the Metal world. They are a band that was once…