Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SECOND EDITION OF "...AND JUSTICE FOR ART - VOLUME 2" NOW AVAILABLE

 We're finally unleashing the second edition of "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers - Volume 2." This new print is limited to only 300 copies via our official store.

"This new book features 252 color pages and more than 400 images. It provides firsthand information about hundreds of graphics, which are presented in extremely high quality," author, Ramon Oscuro Martos, comments. "Although this is a direct continuation of the first volume published in 2015, it's also a true standalone book. Readers will be able to discover images and stories that haven't been published until now. This volume is the product of three years of intense work and insightful research. Working on it was an amazing experience."


"And Justice For Art - Volume 2" reveals all the particulars behind the making of now-legendary album art including Slayer's Hell Awaits, Judas Priest's Screaming For Vengeance, Morbid Angel's Altars Of Madness, Metallica's Death Magnetic, Black Sabbath's Heaven And Hell, Queensrÿche's Operation: Mindcrime, Emperor's In The Nightside Eclipse, Death's The Sound Of Perseverance, Type Of Negative's Bloody Kisses, Carcass' Surgical Steel, Amorphis' Tales From The Thousand Lakes, Soulfly's Archangel, Behemoth's The Satanist, Opeth's Sorceress, and many others.

For multiple orders, feel free to contact us via andjusticeforart@gmail.com

Monday, March 18, 2019

LORD DYING's PLANETARY LANDSCAPE


American Progressive/Sludge collective, Lord Dying are releasing their new full-length "Mysterium Tremendum" via EOne Records on April 26, 2019.


The planetary-inspired landscape adorning the record's cover art was crafted by legendary artist, Steve R Dodd. Guitarist, Chris Evans, comments: "As the music and themes of the album began to take shape, Erik and I decided the art for the album should be otherworldly or psychedelic. Our first thought was to try to contact Roger Dean of Yes fame as we love the album covers he has done. As that wasn't panning out quick enough, we started looking at old sci-fi book covers and art."

"Every time we really loved one we would see it was by Steve R Dodd," Evans remembers. "I started looking around and couldn't find anything out about him. I eventually stumbled on a band from Australia that had used some of his art and hit them up. They said they knew his sister and that Steve was very reclusive and doesn't own a phone or computer or anything. They put me in touch with his sister and she said he'd be delighted to take on the project. In a very short time he painted two amazing gatefold painting for us and we couldn't be happier!"

"Mysterium Tremendum" can be pre-ordered at: http://smarturl.it/LordDyingMT

Monday, February 11, 2019

VALLEY OF CHROME's CARRIAGE OF DOOM

"This is my very first cooperation with an Asian band," says artist, Marcelo Vasco Arts about his cover artwork for "Victorious," the new album of metallers, Valley Of Chrome."They’re from Philippines, really nice guys and talented musicians. Their manager contacted me some months ago and then they sent me the album title and conception, leaving me free enough to create the artwork from my own perspective, which is always great."
The Brazilian artist admits that it "took some time to finish it because I ended working on three different approaches, until they choose the winner. We’ve tried some different color palettes too and at the end I really liked the final result. I hope the band’s fans too!"
"Victorious" can be ordered via the Valley Of Chrome's website:
http://valleyofchromeph.com
See more of Marcelo Vasco's work at: https://www.p2rdesign.com/

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

ENTRANCE TO ELUVEITIES's ANCIENT CAVE

The cover art for "Ategnatos" (the new album of Swiss folk metallers, Eluveitie) was designed by veteran American designer, Seempieces - The Art of Travis Smith, who has collaborated with the band in several occasions."
"We're honestly excited with the result," the members of the band say. They explain that "the front cover shows a spectacular scenery in central Switzerland, a so-called 'vulva cave', as it was sought to mark sacred rites of fertility and celebrations of life in ancient times! The artwork mystically and beautifully expresses the Ategnatos very core and essence! Once again it was a pleasure to work with Travis!"
"Ategnatos" will be released on April 5th 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

MONSTERS' PIT: The making of Los Huaycos' "Savage Monstrosities" album cover.


Peruvian Hardcore/Punk collective, Los Huaycos, are releasing their vicious new album, "Savage Monstrosities," on February, 2019. Its colorful yet menacing front cover artwork was created by The Art Of Skinner.

The American artist (who has worked with bands like Mastodon and High On Fire) was the man the band wanted from the beginning but "we didn’t hit him up originally because we knew he’s too busy,” says bassist Mark 'Professor Markarian' Reategui. “But the artist that we did have cut his hand super bad and sent me a photo of his bloody hand while we were at band practice." After showing the still to Skinner, the artist decided to make some time in his busy agenda to help to group. "Things coincided and the best possible option worked out!"

Reategui explains that the band "wanted 'Savage Monstrosities' to be the concept. Skinner interpreted it as monsters going wild in a pit. And we asked if he could put in a hand with an ax. We looked at some old horror comic books like EC Comics for inspiration."

The American artist produced a piece that showcases most of his established visual and stylistic trademarks, including strong-yet-fluid lines, trippy shapes and a psychedelic color palette. Los Huaycos’ bassist reveals that guitarist Renzo "El Morf" Gianella bought the original artwork. "It was awesome," Reategui admits. We've been fans of his art for years." 

Los Huaycos' "Savage Monstrosities" will be available on February 2019 via Tankcrimes.

See more of Skinner’s work at: http://www.theartofskinner.com

Artwork without band logo/album title.


Friday, January 18, 2019

MISERY INDEX's MONOLITHS OF DEATH


American death metallers, Misery Index, are about to unleash their sixth studio record, "Rituals Of Power" on March 8, 2019. "The album artwork was created by Raphael Gabrio of Insane Visions," the members of the Baltimore-based band comments. "He did a fantastic job realizing our aesthetic dream."

Regarding the cover concept, Gabrio (a Brazilian artist that has produced imagery for bands like Napalm DeathBatushkaLaconist, among others) explains that "the idea was to illustrate a devastated landscape featuring the last remaining monuments of a collapsed mankind at the brink of extinction." He also explains that "when I started doing the sketch process I was heavily inspired by [film directors] Terry Gilliam and Ridley Scott's post apocalyptic scenery. So, once I got all the details plus the band's idea, I began doing a rough sketch for myself to see if this was the right direction. Then I redid a more elaborated sketch and went from there."
Original Sketch
The original image is a mixed-media piece and measures 10x10 inches. "For this art I used paper and pencil for the sketch. Later, I scanned and digitally painted the cover, I used an acrylic brush set."

Misery Index's "Rituals Of Powers" can be pre-ordered via Season of Mist. Listen to the title track hereVisit Raphael Gabrio's Insane Visions via Facebook and Instagran.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

MANKIND's MELTED POTENTIAL


The front cover artwork for "Ruins Of Gold" (the debut EP of German metallers, Harkon) was designed by Björn Gooßes of design boutique, Killustrations. "This was quite a special project, not only because I am a member of that band, but also because it included some experimental photography," Gooßes reveals to And Justice For Art.
"For the dripping, golden brain I wanted a real look and feel," the German artist explains. "So, I got myself an anatomical model of a human brain and painted it gold at first. Then, I built some kind of rack to put the brain onto, because I wanted to take photos of it while liquid gold paint was poured all over it. I think the result turned out pretty good."
Images of the artwork's making-of process
Regarding the meaning behind the artwork, Gooßes reveals: "The fucked up brain of course depicts the eponymous "Ruins Of Gold" and basically the maladies of our world, which would shine so much brighter if only mankind would try to use all of its intellectual potential. But that's wishful thinking and we stand still in numbness, just to watch all potential melt away, ending up as a bittersweet nectar for the hummingbirds."
The "Ruins Of Gold" EP will be released soon and will be available for free download! Follow Harkon's Facebook for more details.

Band: HARKON
Recording's Title: "Ruins Of Gold" 
Release Date: Coming Soon
Artwork's Medium: Mixed Media
Cover Artist: Björn Gooßes (Killustrations)
Dimensions: Non-Specified
Visit Harkon at: https://www.facebook.com/harkonmusic/
Explore Killustrations' work at: http://www.killustrations.com

Version of the artwork without band logo/title.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Monday, January 7, 2019

DRANGONLORD's DOMINION: INSPIRED WHILE DRIVING






Last year, DragonLord (the Thrash/Black Metal project of Testament's guitarist, Eric Peterson) released their long-awaited third album, "Dominion."
The cover artwork was created by Israeli artist, Eliran Kantor, who has been collaborating with Peterson in Testament-related projects for many years. Kantor explains to And Justice For Art hat he "thought of the dragon skull moon idea while driving. I pulled over and drew this at a gas station and sent it to Eric Peterson. Notice the original idea (see it in the comments) was to have a dragon shaped terrain, with a cave showing an open eye as a sign of awakening. Eric then came up with the wings rising from the lake, the shooting stars, the castle, the magician and many of the other details you see in the final version."
"Dominion" is available via Spinefarm Records.