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Archive: Prog Metal

Gojira Magma – boiling energies etched by Hibiki Miyazaki

26th of July, 2016

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.

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Orphaned Land – All is One. Metal without borders

22nd of July, 2013

Orphaned Land is a Progressive Metal band from Israel formed in 1991. They combine Progressive, Doom and Death Metal as well as Middle-Eastern folk music and Arabic traditions in a form of Oriental Metal. Their latest album All Is One, released in 2013, can best be described with one of their statements: “People should be judged by their hearts and inner sincerity, not their religious beliefs.” No wonder there even was an online petition in 2012 for them to be awarded with the Nobel Price for their commitment to bring people from different nations and religions together. In a Metal world where religion tends to be just an element for easy provocation and PR it’s important that bands like Orphaned Land exist. Their message is positive, rational and humanistic.

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Intronaut – Milk Leg

29th of June, 2013

Intronaut is a progressive Post-Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA, formed in 2004. The band features former members of Anubis Rising, Exhumed, Uphill Battle, and Impaled and has released four albums to this day. Habitual Levitations is their latest release with Milk Leg being its single. Milk Leg’s cover artwork was done by Randy Ortiz, a self-taught artist, illustrator and designer from Winnipeg, Canada.