Godmachine – born in Cardiff, South Wales – is one of the most impressive rising artists in Metal illustration – yet unbelievably underrated. His artistic style is clearly inspired by comic illustrations (as he states on his website he “grew up with a steady diet of … 2000AD comics“) while adding a very morbid, dark atmosphere, grungly elements and an insane amount of details. Another source of inspiration is Jim Philips and Santa Cruz skateboards, famous for their shrill illustrations (like the iconic screaming hand). There are various books available covering Jim Philips’ work, for example Surf, Skate & Rock.
Biohazard, the Hardcore veterans from Brooklyn (New York), USA, originally formed in 1987, were one of the first to combine Hardcore with Hip Hop elements. They’ve released two demos (in 1988 and 1989), nine studio albums and two live albums (1997’s No Holds Barred is one of my favorite live albums of all times). They wrote legendary songs like Punishment, Tales from the Hard Side or Shades of Grey. As the band had to undergo several line-up changes throughout the years I would need a whole paragraph to mention all of them. But thanks to Wikipedia we have this amazing graph:
Jacob Bannon (portrait shot by Brook Pifer) is one of the most famous faces in the Hardcore scene. He is the vocalist and lyricist of Hardcore pioneers Converge, a famous graphic designer and artist and founder and CEO of the independent record label Deathwish Inc. He somehow can be compared to John Baizley of Baroness, who’s also a jack of all trades being a brilliant artist, musician and vocalist (I can’t wait for their new album being released on 17th July).
Bannon’s work is very bold and iconic. It uses very graphic stylistic elements combined with a grungy graffiti and silk screen technique. The artworks are mostly symbolic and very reduced, using only a minimum amount of colors.
Now to a Jack of all trades: John Baizley. He is a painter and musician based in Savannah, Georgia, USA. He is notable for his album cover art and t-shirts for artists including Kylesa, Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Daughters, Skeletonwitch, Torche, Cursed, Black Tusk, Kvelertak, Vitamin X, Flight of the Conchords, The Red Chord, Gillian Welch and his own band, Baroness, for which he is the singer and rhythm guitarist. So let’s sum up: