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Alive! or When Kiss met Photographer Fin Costello

“Alive!” changed everything for America’s favorite masked band, KISS. In fact, this mega-successful double live album, provided the quartet a definitive god-like status as part of the American Hard Rock scene. Furthermore, it paved the way for their subsequent iconic recordings, “Destroyer”, “Rock And Roll Over” and “Love Gun”. The album’s cover sleeve featured a…

Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe on ‘Horns and Halos’ and the key to happiness. Time erases a lot of things. It is, as William Faulkner once put it, the mausoleum of all hope and desire. I don’t remember everything about my teenage years. There was a lot of loneliness, a lot of anger and a lot of confusion.…

Huntress

Fast rising Huntress speaks to Heavy Music Artwork With their distinctive and seamless blend of heavy sounds encompassing thrash, death, black and a healthy slice of classic rock, Los Angeles quintet Huntress have blazed a significant trail around the globe since their inception in 2009 and subsequent signing to Napalm Records in 2011.The combination of…

Jean Delville Maître de l’idéal

Exhibiting Jean Delville ‘Maître de l’idéal’ interview with Miriam Delville Many Metal fans have been introduced to the world of Jean Delville via the cover artwork of Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick”, which features the 1895 painting “Satan’s Treasures”. However, the late Belgian artist produced a vast body of work that also included many…

Amon Amarth

Pre-show chat with Johan Söderberg of Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is currently one of the most famous bands in the world, adored by thousands for their distinctive brand of melodic death metal, characterised by “epic-sounding brutality”, compelling melodies, primal vocals and Viking-inspired song lyrics. The band’s name is the Elvish moniker for Mount Doom in…

Leaves Eyes

In conversation with Liv Kristine of Leave’s Eyes Comprised of members from Norway and Germany, female-fronted symphonic rock/metal sextet Leaves’’ Eyes have always displayed as much depth and diversity in their music as they encompass different nationalities. A union between former Theatre of Tragedy singer Liv Kristine and death metal quintet Atrocity, featuring Kristine’s husband,…

Ioannis

Interview with legendary Greek designer Ioannis Legendary Greek designer, Ioannis, probably holds some kind of world record related to having worked with more iconic bands than anyone else. He’s done artworks for Deep Purple, Fates Warning, King Crimson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uriah Heep, Allman Brothers, Dream Theater, Quiet Riot, Styx and the list goes on… His…

Hirax

US thrash veterans speak to Heavy Music Artwork “On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record,” says Katon W. De Pena the vocalist of the American thrash metal act HIRAX.  He is referring to Immortal Legacy, the latest release by his…

Roman Sacrificium

SACRIFICIUM. Sacrifices or offerings formed the chief part of the worship of the ancients. They were partly signs of gratitude, partly a means of propitiating the gods, and partly p999also intended to induce the deity to bestow some favour upon the sacrificer, or upon those on whose behalf the sacrifice was offered. Sacrifices in a…

Colin Marks – Rain Song Design

In conversation with film and cover artist Colin Marks Colin Marks is a London based artist working primarily within the heavy music/film industry. He has run the personal design studio Rain Song Design for several years, and has worked with bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Exodus, Nevermore, Suicide Silence and countless others. Alongside this…

Sister

Swedish sleaze/punk metal outfit SISTER, loud and in your face! SISTER was formed in early 2006. Glam/sleaze enthusiasts like me will probably remember them as a colourful gang of glammed-out teens who popped up almost out of nowhere. These guys were truly underground back then and everyone dug them thoroughly. There was a lot of…

Dan Seagrave

In conversation with legendary Dan Seagrave Dan Seagrave is not your typical, everyday cover artwork designer. Far from being a common illustrator, he’s a true builder of hyper-detailed scenarios and otherworldly atmospheres. Not in vain, Metal artists like Pestilence, Demon Hunter, Gorguts, The Devil Wears Prada, among others have used his talents in more than one…

Eths

In conversation with France got talent Eths In their native France ETHS are superstars. The quintet from Marseilles has graced about every music magazine cover in their home country. Their success story began with the release of two EPs, which spread like wildfire and gained the young band cult status. “Autopsie” came out in the…