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...And Justice For Art: "The Chuck Schuldiner Reissues" - An Interview with Death's former manager Eric Greif
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Sep 09, 2013
In today's musical landscape many people believe that physical formats aren't as relevant as they use to be. Truth to be told, many have succumbed to the temptations of consuming music by just clicking a button on their computers, cell phones, iPods,…
...And Justice For Art: A Look Back to (some of) Judas Priest's Album Covers, featuring guitarist KK Downing and designers Mark Wilkinson and Pete Alander
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jun 27, 2013
Without Judas Priest, Heavy Metal wouldn't exist as we know it today. Their influence in the development of the genre has been well-documented thanks to their four decade-long career. The same can be said about the mostly iconic covers accompanying e…
...And Justice For Art: A Look Back to (some of) Darkthrone's Album Covers with Drummer Fenriz
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on May 24, 2013
If there's one band that has never been lured by the temptations of mainstream commercialism or false musical trends, look no further than Darkthrone. The Norwegian old school black/death/extreme metal duo has always been faithful to their own set of…
...And Justice For Art: "Fade To Black" - Interview with Author Extraordinaire Martin Popoff About His New Book on Hard Rock/Metal Album Covers
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on May 03, 2013
After publishing more than 7,000 album reviews and 40 Rock/Metal-related books, Martin Popoff can easily be considered one of genre's ultimate writers. The Toronto-based author has also professed on many occasions his love for the visual imagery used…
...And Justice For Art: "Out Of The Shadows" - Judas Priest's longtime illustrator Mark Wilkinson talks about his new book "Shadowplay"
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Feb 27, 2013
Bristish illustrator Mark Wilkinson’s work has been adorning the cover sleeves of Rock and Metal albums for decades. His work for bands like Judas Priest and Marillion, as well as for posters for the Monster of Rock Festival, Star Wars movies, and bo…
...And Justice For Art: "Unmasked" - An Interview with Legendary Illustrator and Filmmaker Andreas Marschall
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Feb 21, 2013
German visual artist Andreas Marschall is widely known as one of Metal's quintessential illustrators, his works having adorned album covers for decades. Bands like Blind Guardian, Kreator, Sodom, and In Flames, among many others, owe Marschall big ti…
...And Justice For Art: As I Lay Dying's "Awakened" - Pure American Metalcore... with a French Twist!
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Feb 08, 2013
In 2012, ten years into their career, California’s As I Lay Dying released their sixth studio album titled Awakened. With the help of legendary Black Flag drummer and producer Bill Stevenson, the group successfully refined their blend of Metalcore ad…
...And Justice For Art: Van Halen's "1984" - A Naughty Little Angel Meets a Hard Rock Landmark
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jan 24, 2013
Despite the mainstream success and commercial appeal of Van Halen's 1984, this mega-selling album was released with some accompanying controversial issues. For instance, though the album featured muscular Heavy Rock cuts such as "Panama" and "Hot For…
...And Justice For Art: A Guide to (some of) the Best Metal Album Covers of 2012 (Part II)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jan 11, 2013
This is the second part to our "A Guide to (some of) the Best Metal Album Covers of 2012" posting last week. As we know, cover artwork was a big thing for Metal music in 2012. Many of them were epic, cryptic, nightmarish and more importantly, artfull…
...And Justice For Art: A Guide to (some of) the Best Metal Album Covers of 2012 (Part I)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jan 04, 2013
As far as Metal music goes 2012 was one of the most interesting years in a long time. Masterful albums such as Sigh's In Somniphobia, Ihsahn's Eremita, Enslaved's Riitiir, Katatonia's Dead End Kings, among many others, kept the quality and innovative…
...And Justice For Art: "Motorized" - An Interview with Motorhead's Longtime Illustrator Joe Petagno
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Dec 20, 2012
In 2005, legendary North American illustrator Joe Petagno published via Feral House the book "Orgasmatron: The Heavy Metal Art of Joe Petagno". The impressively-illustrated volume compiled some of the most outstanding, eye-popping works the designer…
...And Justice For Art: "Beyond Time and Place" - A Conversation with Artist Paul Raymond Gregory
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Dec 05, 2012
Veteran visual artist Paul Raymond Gregory seems to be one of the busiest personalities in the world of heavy Metal. The British painter and illustrator recently completed the cover artwork for Saxon's upcoming album Sacrifice (his 12th for the band)…
...And Justice For Art: Guns N' Roses' "Lies" - Gossips, Tabloids and the Antics of one of Rock N' Roll's Wildest Bands
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Nov 16, 2012
Let’s compare the first half of Guns N' Roses' roller coaster-like career with a winning hand in a card game. We have the mega-selling, game-changer Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the twin behemoths Use Your Illusion I & II (1991). Then, stuck i…
...And Justice For Art: Katatonia's "Dead End Kings" - A Vision of Man and Nature's Decay
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Oct 18, 2012
"To follow your own vision without compromising and conforming to other people’s demands and expectations would make you a king in what people would just define as a dead end", says Katatonia’s guitarist Anders Nyström when referring to the title of…
...And Justice For Art: Cynic's "Focus" - The Cosmic Marriage Between Progressive Metal and Angelic Art
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Oct 11, 2012
In many ways, Cynic’s 1993 debut full-length, Focus, was such a revolutionary recording that even by today's standards it still sounds as current as ever. Its unparalleled uniqueness still produces amusement, especially among the legions of Progressi…
...And Justice For Art: Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers (Part 4)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Oct 04, 2012
This is it! Unlike our mix-up last week, we present with the fourth and final episode in our And Justice For Art mini series dubbed "Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers". We're ending it with a bang and bringing you fave covers from some of…
...And Justice For Art: Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers (Part 3)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Sep 27, 2012
Welcome to the third installment of "Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers". While last week we were under the impression that this would be the final part of our mini-series, we realized that we actually had enough sick content, to bring you…
...And Justice For Art: Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers (Part 2)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Sep 21, 2012
Last week both veteran and upcoming Metal artists talked about some of their all-time favorite album covers and the long lasting impressions and influences that many of those visuals have imprinted on them. Today, we keep exploring this subject and a…
...And Justice For Art: Metal Artists' All-Time Favorite Album Covers (Part 1)
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Sep 13, 2012
Everyone, metal musicians included (unless of course you are Devin Townsend), has a favorite album cover. At some point in their lives, these musicians have fallen in love with a particular cover art that has long-since resonated with them and in som…
...And Justice For Art: Pantera's "Vulgar Display Of Power" - The Truth Behind One of Metal's Most Mythical Images
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Aug 24, 2012
Vulgar Display Of Power was definitely the album that catapulted Pantera into the role of quintessential American Metal band of 90's. Between Dimebag Darrell's towering riffing and superlative solos, Phil Anselmo's vicious vocal delivery and Vinnie P…
...And Justice For Art: Archaios' "The Distant" - A Third World’s Cry of Emptiness
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Aug 16, 2012
By the time Dominican Republic‘s melodic death metal quintet Archaios got signed by Tampa Bay's Dark Canvas Records, they had already been fighting for more than 15 years to survive as a band without the support of labels, proper management or a worl…
...And Justice For Art: Anthrax's "Among The Living" - An Intriguing Painting for a Thrash Metal Masterpiece
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Aug 09, 2012
What else could be said that hasn't been said before about Anthrax's seminal 1987 masterpiece Among the Living? The album that contained such classic Metal hymns as "Caught in a Mosh", "I am The Law" and "Indians". The album that was superbly co-prod…
...And Justice For Art: Cormorant's "Dwellings" - The Triumph of the Independent Spirit
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Aug 02, 2012
"Be ambitious, original, passionate and never let all the people telling you 'No' dissuade you from your goals. You are your own best advocate and now is the best time in the history of recorded sound to be an independent musician. Embrace it." That'…
...And Justice For Art: SIGH's "In Somniphobia" - The Mysteries Behind a Nightmarish Market Scene
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jul 26, 2012
Avant-garde Metallers SIGH are certainly a one-of-a-kind band. Theirs is an unprecedented concoction of styles that goes from Black/Death Metal, Retro Rock and Middle Eastern music to the works of classical composers like Bach, Chopin, Stockhausen an…
...And Justice For Art: DEATH's "Symbolic" - The Intertwined Fates of Two Creative Geniuses
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jul 19, 2012
Despite the commercial and gigantic critical success of the highly influential albums Human (1991) and Individual Thought Patterns (1993), many consider DEATH's sixth recording, Symbolic (1995), to be one of the band's greatest achievements. On the s…
...And Justice For Art: "The Beginning of a Visual Journey"
Comments Special Reports » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Jul 11, 2012
Take a moment and think about your favorite album, that special selection of songs that you've learned to love with so much passion. Now, try to go beyond the music and most likely, the first thing that will pop into your mind's eye is the cover artw…