Promoting metal as art and culture

Unholy Grave

Japan’s Unholy Grave’s Takaho Interview Japan Unholy Grave play political and mind shattering grindcore. Taking their name from the song “Beyond the Unholy Grave” by Death. Their lyrics mainly focus on political and social issues. A common phrase appearing on the artwork of their releases is “Grindcore Against Terrorism!”.  HMAW: Greetings! Heavy Music Artwork promotes Heavy…

The Secret

Michael Bertoldini of the Secret speaks to HMA The Secret are one of the heaviest and most extreme bands to ever crawl their way out of Italy. Born and shaped in 2003, The Secret come to life as an output for rage, darkness and negativity. The band combines elements of crust/grind, primitive black metal, dark…

Theodore Gericault

A number of painters in the Romantic period, and some before it, believed imagery should present situations, states of suffering, and outrage in forms that were extreme and compelling in themselves. These images, they thought, would stimulate the sympathy and satisfaction that were regarded as salutary and sublime – indeed they envisaged a situation in…

Mark Riddick

Mark Riddick: A fanatic of heavy metal music since 86′ A fanatic of heavy metal music since 1986, Mark Riddick launched his career as a freelance artist in 1991 when he began illustrating demo cassette covers, 7” EP record covers, and filler artwork for cut & paste underground death metal fanzines, bands, and record labels.…

Marcos Cabrera

Interview with Marcos Cabrera Illustrator Marcos Cabrera was born and raised in Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain and living in Barcelona for the past 8 years. Marcos like to design posters, art prints, album art full of unusual imagery with a penchant for monsters and the macabre. HMA: Thanks for joining Heavy Music Artwork with this…

Babalon Graphics

Interview with Salminen A. of Babalon Graphics Babalon Graphics is focuses on work with occult and religious themes. Having worked for about fifteen years, the client base of Babalon Graphics has slowly increased quiet significantly. Up to this date, bands artwork has been done for dozens of bands and individuals, ranging from album covers to illustrations…

Nestor Avalos

Interview with Nestor Avalos Heavy Music Artwork welcomes Nestor Avalos. Indeed an enigmatic and intriguing artist from Mexico. Nestor brings a fresh and an arcane and apocalyptic dark style to the genre. HMA: Thanks for your interest in Heavy Music Artwork. Promoting the Metal scene through the arts. What are your views in this contest?…

Alexandra V. Bach

Interview with Alexandra V. Bach from Ravendusk Alexandra V Bach (born December 24th, 1978 in Chalons) is a well established illustrator and graphic artist heading from France. At the head of Ravendusk Design, her own company, she has been providing graphic design and fine dark illustration for metal bands and alternative artists for the last decade.…

William Degouve de Nuncques

William Degouve de Nuncques [sometimes Nunques] (28 February 1867 – 1 March 1935) was a Belgian painter. He was born at Monthermé, the Ardennes, France, of an old aristocratic family, After the Franco-Prussian war (1870–71), his parents settled in Belgium, and he taught himself to paint. In 1894 he married fellow artist Juliette Massin, who…

Juha Vuorma

Interview with Finnish artist Juha Vuorma Juha Vuorma (aka JVU) is an illustrator based in Finland. He was introduced to the metal underground scene when he played bass for Finnish thrash metal pioneers National Napalm Syndicate from 1986 to 1991. In the later 90’s his artwork started to appear internationally on album covers. His paintings…

Cauldron

Interview with Jason Decay and Ian Chains Recently toured in support of their third album ‘Tomorrow’s Lost’, Cauldron is the nostalgic power trio that has been bringing back the classic sounds of NWOBHM and 80s US thrash with a meatier twist. With not a bald patch or wrinkle in sight, these youthful sleeveless shred bandits…

Acid King

Heavy Music Artwork interviews Joey Osbourne San Francisco’s stoner rock band Acid King formed in 1993. Singer/guitarist Lori Crover, bassist Peter Lucas and drummer Joey Osbourne started playing local shows that year with likeminded bands such as the Melvins, Hawkwind and the Obsessed. The group released their self-titled debut EP the following year on Sympathy…

Opera IX

Opera IX interview with Ossian Opera IX was born in 1988 by the perverse mind of Ossian. In 1990 they realize the first demo tape “Gothik”. After many changes of line-up, the band reaches a certain stability with Cadaveria at the voice, Ossian at the guitar ,Vlad at the bass and Flegias at the drums.…

Monolithe

Monolithe interview with Richard Loudin Among the contemporary Doom Metal bands who have risen in the international scene during the last decade, French-based MONOLITHE, whose musical journeys opened up new horizons for the genre, stood out from the mass since its early days. MONOLITHE’s music needs to be lived more than listened to. Its atmosphere is…

Alan Ashcraft

Interview with Across the Sun, Alan Ashcraft – Designer & Musician  Alan Ashcraft is a young graphic designer and commercial artist located in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last 8 years, he’s designed merch, album artwork, tour posters, and even skate decks for several bands, solo artists, and record labels. Although a large majority of…

Bahrull Marta

Heavy Music Artworks interviews Bahrull Marta Heavy Music Artworks welcomes Bahrull Marta, a great visionary and artist from Indonesia. Bahrull brings talent and an incredible personality. In his own words “I was born in crowded city Jakarta, Indonesia. If this the first time you hear my city and country I live you can Google it and…

Antoine Joseph Wiertz

Born in Dinant from a relatively poor family, he entered the Antwerp art academy in 1820. Thanks to his protector Pierre-Joseph de Paul de Maibe, a member of the Second Chamber of the States-General, king William I of the Netherlands awarded an annual stipend to Wiertz from 1821 onwards. Between November 1829 and May 1832, he stayed in Paris, where he studied…