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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

ARE YOU HUNGRY?

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: https://www.metalblade.com/cattledecapitation/ 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A MONOCHROMATIC HOMAGE

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

BLOODBATH, ELIRAN KANTOR... AND FLIES!

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.

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!