Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DISRATED, PAR OLOFSSON & A STAIRWAY TO HELL

 Swedish death metallers, Disrated​, recently released their punishing new album, "Celestial Abhorrence." Its hellish cover was created by master artist, Par Olofsson​. See the complete artwork below.
"The concept of the cover was a thought from our deranged guitarist's mind. If he just had read Dante’s inferno," bassist, Kamal Söder, comments. "He presented the idea to the band: a staircase going down to hell with humans being tortured. If we in the band would try to draw anything like it, it would end badly. We needed a professional.
As Pär got free hands regarding all other aspects he delivered an amazing black and white sketch. Pär suggested that we should use the black and white sketch on the album. We nearly did, but Pär also delivered a colored version that we, after some thought, went with instead."
"Celestial Abhorrence" is now available via: http://disrated.net and https://open.spotify.com/album/5MhQ1s3udR3SussBiKQgH7

Sunday, December 2, 2018

EVIL REIGN


Melodic Metal band The Crown Remnant will release their new album, "The Wicked King: Part II", on January 18, 2019. Its cover art was designed by American artist, Gray Eldritch Studios, who also crafted the band's previous album, "The Wicked King: Part I."
"The album is loosely based on thematic concepts of oppression and tyranny," the band says. "The record features tales of betrayal, mortality, exploring the afterlife and more. Intertwined within these ideals arescattered lyrics pertaining to the character designed on the front cover of the album: The Wicked King. He remains an everlasting shadow of a forgotten king set on immortality, with his insatiable lust for never-ending life."
More details about the album's release at: https://www.crownremnant.com/
See more of Gray Eldritch's work at: https://www.grayeldritch.com

Friday, November 30, 2018

"AND JUSTICE FOR ART 2" IS HERE!


After 3 years in the making, we finally received the finished advance copy of the book "And Justice For Art - Vol.2". It looks AMAZING! It's definitely BETTER printed and put together than the first volume and the cover illustration done by the mighty Costin Chioreanu looks AWESOME!

For those who helped to fund the book during our crowdfunding campaign: the bulk of books (meaning, the remaining hundreds of copies that were printed) departed from China a couple of days ago and should arrive (by sea) to USA around the end of December. After that happens, SHIPPING STARTS! 

Thanks again to everyone that helped to make this book possible. Thanks for your patience and for believing in us. You won't be disappointed. YOU ROCK!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Keziah Enters The Unknown


Basque country-based band, Keziah is soon releasing their new album "The Unknown." Its cover artwork was crafted by veteran visual maestro, Costin Chioreanu.
In contrast with many of Chioreanu's pieces, this is a rather simple-yet-powerful graphic. "I do not have a constant need of doing hyper-detailed pieces and sometimes going straight to the core of the idea is all that you need to express it visually," the Romanian artist comments. In this graphic, "matter is passing from a space to another, the character is entering an unknown universe, but at the same time the character is also representing the unknown for that universe. You can continue the story by yourself, as I just gave you the introduction key."

The artwork was created using a mix media approach of traditional and digital techniques.

More information about the release of Keziah's "The Unknown" at: https://keziahband.bandcamp.com/
See more of Costin Chioreanu's work at: http://twilight13media.com/

Monday, November 19, 2018

Revocation's Cosmic Horror


American extreme metallers, Revocation, recently released their punishing new album, "The Outer Ones," via Metal Blade Records. Its cover artwork was crafted by UK-based artist Tom Strom.

Exclusively for And Justice For Art, Strom explains that guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson "had approached me on this cover as we have worked on the last two covers together as well. We had discussed it a bit before and he was already working with the notions of it being very Lovecraftian based. This time around, Dave wanted something cosmically oriented and very complex. The main image was to be a tribunal of sorts with three chaotic beings overlooking a cosmic centerpiece. It had to be amorphous, dripping with planets, stars and burnt out stars from a vaporous mouth. These deities consume everything in the cosmos even as they are being created."

You can read more about the making of this artwork via PureGrainAudio.com at: https://puregrainaudio.com/interviews/and-justice-for-art-interview-with-artist-tom-strom-about-the-creation-of-the-cover-for-revocation-s-the-outer-ones?fbclid=IwAR0fCYcXRaWfcmBJC7QC1t7rtG3owf_BZCwvNvMzU6ooCVRxIjDw28qVAX0

Saturday, January 27, 2018

And Justice For Art Presents: "A Look To Bloodstock Festival's Rock And Metal Museum."



Directed & Produced by Leo Aragón (Jörmungandr Media), exclusively for And Justice For Art, this mini-documentary explores the origins and mission of Bloodstock Festival's Rock And Metal Museum, also known as RAM.
Filmed during the 2017 of the famed UK-based festival, it features exclusive interviews with various legendary visual artists, including RAM's founder, Paul Raymond Gregory (Saxon, Dio, Blind Guardian), Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, Sigh), Christian Sloan Hall (Amon Amarth, Metal Hammer), Oliver Andrew (Cynosure Guitars) as well as many Bloodstock Festival's fans.
The video also includes a brief look—as well as fans' reactions—to the book "And Justice For Art" Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers." The book is exclusively available at: andjusticeforart.bigcartel.com

Saturday, October 7, 2017

COSTIN CHIOREANU DESIGNS BLOODWAY's THE THIRD CHAPTER

According to Bloodway's mainman—guitarist/vocalist Costin Chioreanu—the experimental Metal band's new recording, "A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues" is "the closing chapter of a trilogy which started back in 2014, with our debut EP and continued with the our first full length in 2015."
Bloodway's "A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues"
As a consummate visual artist that has collaborated with bands like Enslaved, Mayhem, Arch Enemy, Arcturus, At The Gates, Chioreanu was in charge of envisioning and producing the album's cover artwork. "I think is pointless to say that each cover or illustration I'm making for Bloodway is highly personal and is a window to my deepest inner world," he admits.

The illustration features the same human-like character that has appeared on the band's previous imagery. "On all Bloodway albums we have the character and his shadow. This cover keeps the legacy of previous two records. Now the character is on fire and is yelling in pain, while the shadow tries to calm it down."
The cover of Bloodway's 2014 debut EP introduces the human-like character and its shadow.

Chioreanu explains the concept even further: "The character is yelling because all the experiences he had achieved, because he understood the essence of human life in this thing called society. He is the child of fire, that inner child every creative person needs to have and to protect. The child is desperate, he is still playing at those strings of a key. The key has two meanings: once it represents that key of the cell prison which nobody once to leave in order to live outside society, but is also presents the idea that music is the key to the soul and high realms. The music is also a portal to the depths of mind, as that higher character is showing in the picture.. the key has a chain. The chain tells a story: there are moments when you might want to quit music, from various reasons, but you simply cannot, as you are totally addicted to it. Sometimes this addiction can harm your soul, when you see musicians and friends from the scene turning into monsters hunting just fame and money, when you see the void exploited at maximum and the whole artistic decadence for the sake of attention and profit. The addiction to music can be also like a blessing, that dream world we all dreamers need so much. Depends on us how we can get the power to keep ourselves in that dream world as much as possible. The shadow of the character is having for the first time wings. Is a sign that it will soon departure to higher realms, to reach different worlds, higher than the flesh or flames of his companion."
Chioreanu's artwork for Bloodway's first album, "Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams." 

Regarding, the elements surrounding the main character in the artwork of "A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues," the artist explains: "The entire base of this world is falling, piece by piece. As much as the character understands the structure of the prison around him, created only by the hand of humans a sick imposed perception, as more the foundation of this is turning into pieces. The math-squares from behind who are "measuring" the spectrum of visible universe are a parody o the pathetic human tendency of measuring and classifying everything.The face made of leaves is the soul of the band. This band is heavily related to autumn and it will forever remain like that. So, the bars of the prison are having as well a second meaning: those are the hands of 3 characters which are the band members, Me, Alex and Mihai. We created with our hands and minds this whole story, so we are there as well."

Bloodway's "A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues" will be available on November 3, 2017 via I, Voidhanger Records.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

ZOMBIES AT THE GATES: MARK RIDDICK PAINTS THE COVER OF THE BOOK "HELLRAISERS"

The master of monochromatic macabre art, American artist Mark Riddick (RIDDICKART), painted the cover illustration of "Hellraisers." This is the new book by well-known journalists Christopher Krovatin and Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks.net and other acclaimed online Metal publications. This volume explores the history of heavy music and the genre's development through decades.


Regarding the collaboration with Mark Riddick, Krovatin comments: "Mark is wonderful to work with and excellent at interpreting my half-baked design concepts. We came to him with two ideas, one featuring the gates of Hell and another featuring a zombie headbanger raising the dead from the pit. When he sent us sketches, we liked them all too much to pick one or the other, so had him combine the two!"

The American artist also designed the book's logo. "Having Mark do our cover was a dream for me," Krovatin adds. "I've grown up worshiping the dude's art, and we wanted this book to not feel dated or topical but instead to embody that timeless old-school metal feel that Axl and I love so much."

"Hellraisers" can be ordered here
Mark Riddick's complete, original illustration.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Photographer Paul Harries Goes To Bloodstock 2017

Paul Harries' amazing portfolio includes photographs of Rock/Metal luminaries such as  Metallica, Nirvana, Ghost, Muse, Green Day, AC/DC and Osbourne, among many others. He's currently one of Kerrang! magazine's resident photographers and has even published a Slipknot-inspired photobook titled, "Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits."

Earlier this year, Harries works were displayed at the exhibition "Access All Areas" at Proud Camden. From August 10 to 13, the renowned British photographer will be exhibiting a selection of his images at the Rock And Metal Museum—also known as RAM. This event takes place during UK's premier Metal gathering, Bloodstock Festival. And Justice For Art briefly interviewed Harries about his participation in this important annual event. 

How did you become a Rock/Metal photographer?

Paul Harries: I have no musical talent but I had to get into the music business somehow. After a few years of working in bank I started taking my camera to gigs. After a few chance meetings I started shooting for a fanzine (Helter Skelter). The guy who owned it knew someone at Kerrang! and when they needed a photographer one night he put my name forward.

You are one of the main exhibitors at this year's Rock And Metal Museum. How did that come to happen? 

Paul Harries: Vicky from Bloodstock came to my Access All Areas exhibition launch night and asked if I would be interested in showing off some of my work in the RAM.


Can you tell us more about the images you will be exhibiting at RAM?


Paul Harries: The images on show are Lemmy, Slipknot, Ghost, Slash, Lamb Of God and Lizzy Hale. I thought this selection would fit in nicely with the Bloodstock vibe.

Can you tell us the story behind one of the photos on display?

Paul Harries: Ghost at London Palladium, March 2016. This shot was taken just before the doors opened for Ghost's show at this spectacular London venue famous for musical theatre and Royal Variety performances. Papa quickly got into costume while I spoke to the lighting guy about turning up all the house lights. I took this shot on stage facing the auditorium. My set up was very simple, a tripod for the long exposure and one lighting head with a soft box to my left. Time was very tight and I think we nailed the shoot within ten minutes.



What are your expectations regarding participating at this year's Rock And Metal Museum? 

Paul Harries: Not expectations really, I just like to show my work. The prints are available to purchase so if I sell a few that will be great.


More About Paul Harries at:
www.paulharries.com
www.facebook.com/PaulHarriesPhotographer

More About RAM at:
www.rockandmetalmuseum.com
www.facebook.com/RockAndMetalMuseum/

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Christian Sloan Hall Goes To Bloodstock's Rock And Metal Museum 2017

American illustrator, Christian Sloan Hall is widely known in the Metal world for his striking, Viking-laden imagery for Swedish metallers, Amon Amarth. In addition, he's also produced visuals for Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Insidious Disease, Sunn o))) and  many more. Last year, he had the opportunity to create an exclusive artwork for the Rock And Metal Museum, which takes place at the prestigious UK Metal gathering, Bloodstock Festival. The comic book-influenced image features a fierce female heavy metaller and was personally commissioned by Bloodstock's organizer (and celebrated visual artist) Paul Raymond Gregory.

This coming August (from the 10th to 13th) the artwork is returning to this year's edition of Bloodstock and the Rock And Metal Museum. A limited edition of fine prints  will be available during the event. Below Sloan Hall talks about the image and his plans Bloodstock/RAMM 2017.



This image was originally featured on the Rock And Metal Museum during Bloodstock 2016. How did you initially got involved with the festival?

Christian Sloan Hall: Well, I met the Gregorys back in '08 when my friends in Dimmu Borgir headlined the festival. I've been a fan of Paul Gregory's work for ages so I would always jump at the chance to talk to him whenever I saw him there at Bloodstock. Then in 2014, my good friend Dean informed me that Paul was going to start featuring other artists in the RAMM gallery, so I dropped my friend Vicky, Paul's daughter a line asking about it and the rest is history!

The artwork below was originally unveiled last year at Bloodstock’s Rock At Metal Museum. What inspired you to create this artwork?

Christian Sloan Hall: The artwork was created especially for RAMM at Paul's request. Lemmy of Motorhead had just passed away earlier that year and Paul told me of his plans to set up the Lemmy bar at Bloodstock, and that the RAMM gallery would be housed within, in tribute to Lemmy's incredible contribution to Metal and Punk culture. So, Paul asked me to create an image that embodied what Motorhead meant to me personally, and that was no easy task!


So, the Motorhead t-shirt this lady is wearing is not a coincidence. There’s in fact a clear Motorhead connection. Right?   

Christian Sloan Hall: I was born in Los Angeles and grew up listening to Motorhead as my older brother Kyle was a huge fan as were most punks/ Metal heads back in the early eighties. My brother Kyle and Misha took me to my first Motorhead gig in '88 I think it was, at the Santa Monica Civic where they were playing with Suicidal Tendencies, and a huge brawl broke out when Motorhead came on and it grew into a riot. I'll never forget Lemmy singing up in to the downturned mic over a sea of swirling violence! But as the riot grew and people were fleeing out of the venue to be met by a plexiglass shield wall of riot cops, it was the most intense gig I've seen to this day!

And though out the ‘80s I experienced a lot of the Metal scene in Hollywood and what impressed my young mind the most were the crazy hot Metal chicks and the debaucherous glam filth you would see happening at the gigs when my brothers band played at these Hollywood venues like the Troubadour, the Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, Hollywood Palladium, to name a few. And then later when I was older seeing gigs up there, we would always end up at the Rainbow bar and grill on the sunset strip, which became a mecca for Metal Heads and Lemmy would be there quite a bit, playing Pac Man or just getting pissed. So, the Metallic Motormaiden I painted is the embodiment of all those experiences.

Fine prints of the artwork will be available at the Rock And Metal Museum this. Can you tell us more about it?

Christian Sloan Hall: They'll be crushingly glorious full colour prints, and she may be The Unattainable Metallic Motormaiden 'occultress' of Doom, but her beauty can be possessed in print form! But only limited to 50 I believe. And they'll all be signed and numbered by myself.



You're also exhibiting other works at Bloodstock this year—specially your work about Amon Amarth.

Christian Sloan Hall: Yes, Amon Amarth are headlining this year, so Paul thought it would be cool to display some of the work I've done for them over the years. So, two of the battle scenes I've done for them that have been used for backdrops will be on show, as well as some of the illustrations I've done for tour shirts, and a few others like some pieces I've done for DC snowboards, all in the theme of Viking battle arting.



In your opinion, how important are venues like Bloodstock’s Rock And Metal Museum to help promoting Heavy Metal-related art?

Christian Sloan Hall: It's beyond important, it’s vital! the once flourishing Illustration industry has been a dying one for decades, struggling to survive in the face of constant exploitation and digital emulation. Events like this are crucial in the battle to keep the industry alive but restore Illustration and art to its former glory Paul Gregory's efforts in this struggle are heroic and I'm greatly honored to be able to be a part of it!

Find out about the Bloodstock and the Rock And Metal Museum at:
http://www.rockandmetalmuseum.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RockAndMetalMuseum
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Find out more about Christian Sloan Hall at:
http://www.deathlord.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/christiansloanhall/