Monday, August 12, 2019

Second Edition of "...AND JUSTICE FOR ART" Finally Released!


We recently unleashed 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. You don't to read or see the first book to enjoy or understand the new one. 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, Queensr├┐che'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 wholesae orders, feel free to contact us via andjusticeforart@gmail.com

Here are some personalities from the Metal world with their copies of the book, including Max Cavalera (Soulfly) and Oystein Brun (Borknagar).

Monday, August 5, 2019

DEVOURMENT's GOD KILLING


American death metallers, Devourment will soon unleash their fifth full-length, "Obscene Majesty" on August 16th, 2019.

The album cover art was designed by Khaos Diktator Design. Exclusively for And Justice For Art, drummer, Brad Fincher, explains: "We wanted something very different than we'd ever done for previous Devourment album covers. We felt a maturation and evolution in our sound without losing any of the darkness and extreme brutality. We wanted the same from the art. We found Khaos Diktator and he had this incredible Classical Renaissance influence filtered through a surrealist, modernist prism. Most of his work features dark themes that we felt had a gravity to them and I love how he plays with color and shadow. We were instant fans. We gave him some lyrics and general ideas and he created the album cover art which we were blown away by. We think it's the perfect visual idealization of the music. It's extreme, heavy, dark, but has a subdued complexity to it that can be interpreted many ways. We're not being literal with the artwork or are we?"

To describe the cover, Khaos Diktator uses the following Nietzsche phrase: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him... Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

"Obscene Majesty" will be released via Relapse Records.
Pre-order the album at:ffm.to/devourmentom

The original artwork.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

POSSESSED's HELLISH CATHEDRAL



Death Metal forefathers, Possessed​, enlisted Polish master artist, Zbigniew M. Bielak​ (ABSU, WATAIN, GORGUTS) for the creation of the cover of their upcoming new album, "Revelations Of Oblivion."
According to the band, the cover concept was to create "a piece that brought back the notion of true fear that was once associated with the idea of evil." Bielak crafted an extremely detailed vision that re-purposes an iconic Christian archetype (the Gothic cathedral) and mingles it with elements of obvious obscure/occult nature (the Pazuzu statue, a devilish figure, an overall dark aura, etc).
"Revelations Of Oblivion" will be available on May 10th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast​. Listen to the first single, "No More Room In Hell" here

Sunday, March 24, 2019

WIN AN "AND JUSTICE FOR ART" T-SHIRT!

We're inviting all the proud owners of "And Justice For Art - Voume 2" to write and post online a mini-review of the book. Three lucky winners will be rewarded with a FREE t-shirt (M, L or XL sizes available) featuring the book's cover art created by artist, Costin Chioreanu

The rules are SUPER EASY!

1) Write a review of the book of just one or two paragraphs. Besides your personal opinions, you need to include (mandatory) the complete title of the book (And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers - Volume 2), the link the to the book's official store (https://andjusticeforart.bigcartel.com/product/and-justice-for-art-stories-about-heavy-metal-album-covers-volume-2) and the graphic of the book featured at the end of this article.

2) Post/Share your review in one or more of your social media accounts (especially Facebook, Instagram, Blogger, Youtube, a website, etc.). 

3) Send us a message ONLY to andjusticeforart@gmail.com with your name and the links to your review.

THAT's IT!!! 

The three lucky winners will be selected randomly on April 15th, 2019. Winners will be announced via Facebook and email.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: andjusticeforart@gmail.com

GOOD LUCK!!!

Make sure to include this graphic together with your review. 



Friday, March 22, 2019

NOCTURNUS AD REVISITS THE KEY


Legendary Floridian Death Metal collective, Nocturnus AD (a.k.a Nocturnus) are about to unleash their eagerly awaited album, "Paradox."

Drummer, Mike Browning, and his colleagues hired the talents of Indonesian artist, Timbul Cahyono of bvllmetalart for the creating of the detailed, Sci-Fi-oriented album cover. The original panoramic graphic seems to be a direct continuation of the artwork created by artist, Dan Seagrave for Nocturnus' classic debut, "The Key" (1990).

"This album is successor to The Key (1990) and so the artwork," Cahyono explains, exclusively for And Justice For Art. "The concept is based on 4 songs from the new album that continue with The Key story. This album cover is one long painting for front and back cover. The story of this sci-fi scenery is The Key character is putting the lightning bolt symbol into a part of machinery to open a portal into the secret room full of ancient alien machinery with Lovecraft type creatures coming through the portal and traveling through time and space."

The artist hopes that "when people listen the album and look at the album cover, their minds travel through time and space too. Mike thinks the artwork is fit perfectly with the music and the story."

The original artwork was painted with acrylic and color pencils on 185 grams watercolor paper. Its dimensions are 12 x 24 inch."

"Paradox" will be released via Profound LoreRecords on May 24th, 2019. 

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.