I’m a sucker for nature and the universe so this tickles me in all the right places. Glasgow’s The Cosmic Dead fried my brains live a few weeks back and I bought a rad print of their world tour poster. Their drummer Julien Dicken did this artwork and the poster but Lewis Cook on synths has done covers too. Julien Dicken goes under the moniker Moonshake Design and has a bunch of awesome stuff. The Cosmic Dead live experience is other worldly and the image themes for their discography range from doomy death to psychadelic shamanic adventure. Get on this trip.
The Cosmic Dead – http://thecosmicdead.bandcamp.com/
Zorya is surely an album of 2016 already! Sunnata are doing unique things with doom, taking it on a spacious journey through fuzz and psychadelica to sludge and retaining all that is heavy. With a name that translates to ’emptiness’ and 5 songs that all play out around 10 minutes a piece this art by Jeffrey Smith is as intoxicating, hypnotic and gorgeous as the music it fits to. Having produced works for Judd Madden and others he has an impressive gallery to check out.
If you have an interest in heavy music you’ve probably seen posters or covers by Glyn Smyth. Having collaborated with Wolves In The Throne Room, Bacchus, Tombs, Year Of No Light, Tombstones and Zozobra (Savage Masters cover should probably get it’s own post) his style incorporates pagan, occult and ‘magick’ symbolism with bleak imagery. It’s visceral and raw yet well crafted. SubRosa’s experimental sludge doom has been making waves with their violins and female vocals. Intelligently thought out, there’s the obvious knowledge of folklore and history yet both artist and bands output is utterly unique. Glyn also did the art on their newest album, the great ‘More Constant Than The Gods’. This marriage between art and music is harmonious, both haunting and engrossing they deserve your time and you’ll be rewarded.
Due for release in May, Jalón de Aquiles expansive artwork for Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird has me counting down the days. An extraordinary display of talent throwing so much into this sleeve without it becoming over bearing or convoluted. The colours are so rich and vibrant but there’s a definite darkness to the imagery. Too much to describe here. Having heard two powerful songs from this album I feel Abrahma are set to make more than a few end of year lists again and I’m more than happy to see Jalón’s artwork everywhere. His blog is a showcase of wonder.
Check out Jalón de Aquiles here – http://enjalonate.blogspot.co.uk/
I’ve neglected this blog for a while, but going to see Junius in a month has got me stoked and I figured more people could do with listening to their music and Adrian Brouchy does an amazing job of visually describing their wonderful doom laden atmospheric gloomy end of the world sound. Having also drawn for bands like Ghost, Kongh and the Dwellers, Adrian has his own woodblock/screen print style and stays away from using vast amounts of colour to generate space and atmosphere. Instead relying on the etchings, lines and blocks of black and grey we’re ominously aware of what’s inside the packaging. His blog gives excellent step by step insight into a lot of his work too, well worth checking out.
Listen to Junius – junius.bandcamp.com
Look at Adrian’s art – http://coven-art.blogspot.co.uk/
What is actually going on in this picture I can’t quite tell you. The artwork was drawn by Luke and Kyle Thomas. Kyle is the vocalist/guitarist of Witch and he’s created, with the help of Luke(brother?), an intentionally fuzzy and enticingly scary album cover. Can’t stop looking closer at this one.
Art by Sean Reynolds Williams aka Animetalphysical.
A haunting mix of a shipwreck and white reaper set on a distant astral plane gives a very heavy spacious feel here, the doorway and the escaping light providing us with focus. Much like the sound of Pallbearer.