2016 has been a very interesting year for Metal, both musically and visually. Album covers, in particular, continued to flourish, showing plenty of aesthetic and thematic diversity.
2016 has brought plenty of new Metal music and of course, plenty of awesome album covers. And Justice For Art continues its exploration of some of the most interesting artworks adorning recordings released this year!
With "And Justice For Art" and "Extreme Shots" exhibits, a unique showcase of Extreme Metal art will take place during the upcoming Florida Metal Fest on January 30, 2016.
On this third and final chapter of And Justice For Art's guide to some of the BEST album covers of 2015, we continue to explore some of the graphics that have since become part of Metal's visual legacy. Directly from the artists themselves, let's see what they had to say about their creations.
Metal albums continue to be a commanding force of nature in 2015 and their accompanying visuals - the cover artwork - have immensely helped in creating additional interest for the music, enhancing its allure.
The Dirty Nil have released the track "No Weaknesses" on SoundCloud, the song is the A-side off their upcoming 7" via Dine Alone Records.
Amazingly, the first half of 2015 is already behind us. Over the course of the last six months, many impressive Metal albums featuring stunning cover artwork have come to light (just take glimpse at some of the graphics featured below).
As evidenced by their their latest album, Fearless, Acrania could be on the brink of becoming the next Cynic or Atheist, but on steroids... Seriously.
The online channel, FreqsTV recently premiered a new mini-documentary focused on the making of the new book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers," which is a continuation of the PureGrainAudio.com series of the same name.
As Wolf's Cry demonstrates with its many twists and turns and distinctive musical panache, this band is genuinely focused on giving the world of Metal a distinctive new voice.
For the upcoming weekend of May 15-17 (coinciding with the 5th anniversary of Dio's passing), Wendy has prepared an unparalleled series of events christened as "A Celebration of the Life and Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO - The 5th Year Remembrance."
In this edition of And Justice For Art, we proudly present some of today's youngest and more promising visual artists.
Cynosure extensively talks about his origins and creative process, plus what it means to be an artist that puts his heart and soul into each of his one-of-a-kind instruments.
A new video preview for the upcoming book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers" has been released, check it out below!
2014 was an interesting year for Berlin-based artist, Eliran Kantor. His reputation as one of the world's to-go Metal cover artists continued to grow thanks to his work for heavyweights like Iced Earth, Incantation.
Frantic and epic in scope, Polyptych's Illusorium is a successful melding of a wide variety of extreme sounds.
On this fifth and last episode of And Justice For Art's guide to some of 2014's best album covers, we continue to explore some of these fine graphics and how they were created. Let's find out what the bands and visual artists involved had to say.
and Zbigniew M. Bielak
are two well-known artists that have noticeable generational, cultural and stylistic differences. Despite this, there's a common denominator between them: both have lent their talents to the world of Heavy Metal. As a result, they've created iconic graphics that have become the visual representation of recordings by some of the world's most revered extreme bands. So... what brings together Seagrave and Bielak to the pages of And Justice For Art? The answer to that is rather simple. Coincidentally, two of their most recent projects have caught our attention, so we contacted them to find out more!
American prog metallers, While Heaven Wept, are back with a vengeance. Their epic new album Suspended At Aphelion is a towering achievement of unsuspected magnitude. The unique mix of many musical influences into a sole, 40-plus minute track definitely marks a new landmark in the band's two-decade-long career. Given the comments of mainman, Tom Phillips, they're barely warming up and are already preparing a long-awaited tour. Check out all the juicy details he reveled, exclusively for PureGrainAudio.
Visually, 2014 has been one of the most interesting years for Metal in recent history. We've had plenty of striking images fronting thousand of album covers. Surprisingly, most of them have showcased both technical finesse and conceptual relevance. In this article (the fourth installment of ...And Justice For Art's mini-series about the subject), we keep exploring some of these works of art. Discover what the people involved in their creation had to say....