Promoting metal as art and culture

Hellbastard

Interview with Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty Hellbastard seem to be very much back in action, tighter, more powerful and still annoyed. Hellbastard bring socially aware lyrics and an unclassifiable form of punk/thrash metal music to the international stage. Founding vocalist/guitarist Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty saw fit to reform the ‘Bastard in 2008. Over the past five years,…

Chrome Division

Heavy Music Artwork catches up with infamous Dimmu Borgir front man Shagrath Tonight headline is at Maratona Rock with side project Chrome Division. Current lineup consists of him on rhythm guitar, along with Eddie Guz from The Carburetors as the vocalist, Ricky Black on lead guitar, Björn Luna on bass guitar and Tony White on…

Justin Bartlett

Interview with master ink artist Justin Bartlett The Black Ink Warlock, a.k.a. Justin Bartlett, applies boundless visual style to depictions of the arcane. His developed portfolio representing clients of various trades exposes an illustrative language often derived from the occult, where theology and religion meet strife. Here he has mastered visual manipulation of his equally…

Daniel Valencia

Interview with Daniel Valencia – Fenomeno Design Daniel Valencia born in 1981, also known as Fenomeno Design, is a designer/artist from Santiago, Chile. Known for his work with a lot of symbolism and full of darkness for bands such as Blut Aus Nord, Merrimack, Glorior Belli, Kill, Perdition, Inferno, etc. HMA: Heavy Music Artwork welcomes…

Steve Krusher Joule

Interview with legendary Steve Krusher Joule Krusher first came to the public’s attention in 1982 when he became Art Director of the then Bible of Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! Before that he was known as Stephen Joule who had worked as a freelance designer in the music industry since 1976, producing work for the likes…

Ashent

Interview with Alessandro and Gian from Ashent ASHENT was formed in 2001 by two Italian brothers, Gianpaolo and Onofrio Falanga who play bass and guitar respectively. After few months, the keyboards player Paolo Torresani, the singer Max Zhena, the guitar player Thomas Giro and the drummer J.C. joined the band. The guys worked extensively during…

Adept

Interview with Metalcore Adept April this year has seen the release of Adept’s third album which has been making some tsunami sized waves so far in the Swedish metalcore scene. In the wake of their newest effort comes a winning formula crafted from a fresh look at their approach to song writing. Having had the…

Eliran Kantor

Interview with Artist of the month Eliran Kantor Eliran Kantor, born in 1984 in Israel growing up in Bat-Yam and Gan-Yavne, currently living in Berlin, Germany for the last 3.5 years. Known mostly for creating album cover artwork for Testament, Sodom, Hatebreed, Anacrusis, Atheist, Sigh, GWAR, Mekong Delta, Evile & Master among many others HMA:…

Luis Sendon

Spanish graphic artist Luis Sendon speaks to HMA Luis Sendón is an illustrator and designer from A Coruña, Spain, who’s been working for bands and festivals for several years. He plays bass for the grindcore band Nashgul. Among his works are designs for Brutal Truth, Macabre or Looking for an Answer, as well as international…

William Bouguereau

William Bouguereaub La Rochelle, 30 Nov 1825; d La Rochelle, 19 Aug 1905). French painter. From 1838 to 1841 he took drawing lessons from Louis Sage, a pupil of Ingres, while attending the coll?ge at Pons. In 1841 the family moved to Bordeaux where in 1842 his father allowed him to attend the Ecole Municipale…

William Blake

William Blake (born Nov. 28, 1757, London, Eng.died Aug. 12, 1827, London) English poet, painter, engraver, and visionary. He was trained as an engraver by James Basire and afterward attended classes at the Royal Academy. Blake married in 1782, and in 1784 he opened a print shop in London. He developed an innovative technique for producing…

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?…