Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario, formed in 1993. They have released 5 studio albums (6 including their first album Watoosh! when still named Pezz in 1999) and one greatest hits album called Hits. Their latest record Afraid of Heights was released on July 29, 2016.
The artwork and illustration was created by Igor Hofbauer from Zagreb, Croatia, while the layout and packaging design was created by Antje Schröder. Igor has worked for several newspapers and books as an illustrator and has designed more than 100 posters for the club Močvara in Zagreb. He also designed more than 20 CD covers.
Gojira is a French heavy metal band from Bayonne. They have released six studio albums and three live DVDs, most recently their album Magma on June 17, 2016 through Roadrunner Records. The band isn’t easy to categorize, they shift with ease between Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Thrash Metal. Their lyrical themes are equally broad – life, death and nature play major roles in their songs and albums.
The cover artwork for Magma was created by Hibiki Miyazaki from Portland, Oregon. Hibiki is an award winning artist focussing on prints, paintings and drawings who studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. I had the chance to ask Hibiki a few questions about the idea and process of this amazing artwork.
Gorguts is a Technical Death Metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The band was formed in 1989 and was part of the first wave of Death Metal. In 2013 I wrote a post about their fantastic release Colored Sands, a concept album about the Tibetan culture and history (Here’s the link to the article).
In 2016 Gorguts still surprises with exceptional music and a concept and topic that’s more than unusual for today’s Metal. Pleiades’ Dust is a concept EP consisting of a single track that lasts for more than 30 minutes. “A long narrative composition, that was not written with the intention of being edited in segments.” as Gorguts frontman Luc Lemay says about the EP.
Hatebreed is an American Metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016.
THE GRAPHICAL UNDERWORLD OF MARCELO VASCO
The artwork for The Concrete Confessional was created by Marcelo Vasco whose artworks have been prettifying albums of bands such as Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, Borknagar, Dark Funeral and many more.
Oceano is a Deathcore band from Chicago, IL, USA, formed in 2006. The band has released four albums to this day with Ascendants being the latest one – released in March 2015 via Earache Records.
Ascendants is an album conceptually centered around the opinions and views of Oceano’s lead singer Adam Warren about human origins, life itself and the concept of reality. For example the opener Nephilim is about the ancestry of humanity or The Dulce Incident is about the correspondent incident in an alleged secret alien underground facility.
BlackShore is a Black Metal band from Lübeck, Germany. The band was formed in 2007 by Hades and Blizzard and has released three albums (Railway to BlackShore, Legion and Terror) and two EPs. Terror – their latest album – was released in November 2013 via Black Skull Records. I briefly spoke to Hades about Terror’s cover artwork.