Promoting metal as art and culture

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…

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…

Astrologia

ASTROLOGIA. This word is occasionally employed by the best Latin writers (e.g. Cic. de Divin. II.42) to denote astronomy in general, and indeed is found in that sense more frequently than astronomia, which is of rare occurrence. In the present article, however, we confine ourselves to what is strictly termed judicial astrology, and treat of…

Lenore Ani

Interview with Lenore Ani I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.- Vincent Van Gogh. The outstanding works of Lenore Ani evoke beauty, incredible harmony and poetically executed. She has taken the time from her busy work load to share some of her thoughts with Heavy Music Artwork. HMAW: When did you start your career as…

Saltatio Mortis

In conversation with Metal Folk heroes Saltatio Mortis In the Dark Ages people thought that death is a person dressed in black playing the flute or fiddle almost all the time to attract the living. Those poor souls listening to the melodies of his music followed him right to the realm of the dead. One…

Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman on Madonna, Prong and the new album “The Power of Three” Monte Pittman is a well-known guitarist working and playing with artists like Prong, Madonna and Adam Lambert. He has released many solo albums, toured around the globe and has been seen more times on TV than you can imagine. Heavy Music Artwork…