Monday, February 11, 2019


"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:
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


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:

Artwork without band logo/album title.

Friday, January 18, 2019


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


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.

Recording's Title: "Ruins Of Gold" 
Release Date: Coming Soon
Artwork's Medium: Mixed Media
Cover Artist: Björn Gooßes (Killustrations)
Dimensions: Non-Specified
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Version of the artwork without band logo/title.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


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Monday, January 7, 2019


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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


At the end of last year, extreme Metal provocateurs,Cattle Decapitation, released a compilation album titled "Medium Rarities" which features rare tracks from the band's career.
Its appetizing cover artwork was designed by American artist, Wes Benscoter, who has been collaborating with Cattle Decapitation since their 2002 album, "To Serve Man."

"This cover is actually something that was created specifically for this release back when we came up with the idea 10 years ago," explains vocalist, Travis Ryan. "I had to sit on this monstrosity for a decade before being able to unleash it on the public which hurt greatly. Its such a great piece of art. I'm very happy people seem to like it so much!"

Ryan also reveals that the concept "was actually Wes' idea. Since it was just a rarities compilation and not an actual album I had less of an emotional and artistic stake in it so I left the ball in Wes' court. I believe this was his first idea and it was tongue-in-cheek enough to work with the album title, which is rather cheeky itself. The end result is rather striking."

"Medium Rarities" is now available via Metal Blade Records at: 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Colombian band Sol de Sangre and Spanish metallers Pánico al Miedo are releasing a split recording titled "La Senda De La Muerte" which includes covers of four of Death Metal's greatest acts: ENTOMBED, DEATH, PESTILENCE and UNLEASHED. Its front artwork was painted by Juanjo Castellano Rosado and includes elements taken from classic album covers recorded by the aforementioned bands, including Death's "Leprosy," Pestilence's "Testimony Of The Ancients," Entombed's "Left Hand Path," and Unleashed's "Where No Life Dwells." The Spanish artist confesses that this was "an intense work and an enormous honor for me to be able to pay homage to these masterpieces!"
"La Senda De La Muerte" will be released on January 25, 2019.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


Israeli maestro, Eliran Kantor, crafted the cover artwork illustration of Bloodbath's new album, "The Arrow of Satan is Drawn." See the original mixed media illustration below.
Exclusively for And Justice For Art the artist explains that the Swedish death metallers "really wanted me to come up with an idea all of my own based on nothing but the album title. So I addressed the title as a symbolic act of initiating unholy war, and created a story in my mind toflesh out for the cover."
"The Arrow of Satan is Drawn" is now available via Peaceville Records.