Blackphemy Zine – Blood Upon the Altar

About a month ago I got a call from Mr. Blackphemy, the mastermind behind Fornikator Productions, he wanted an illustration for “a secret release” to be done by me. No details were given about that, only that it must be the most blasphemous scene I could imagine in my mind with the title “Sangre sobre el altar” (Blood upon the altar, an obvious reference to the Ross Bay  cult).
With this brief definition I came out to the idea of a priest offering a mutilated  cherub to the Goat, having an erection while performing the abominable ritual .
This fitted perfectly and the day after delivering the finished job I was told about what  the commission was all about and that Blackphemy zine was being printed!


Inspiration for the abomination. Tape worship forever

This first issue features the dark entities of: Domains, Blaspherian, Bloody Productions, Sadomator, Nekromanteion, Sadistik Goathammer, Blood Urn, Slaughtbbath, Infernal Curse and Black Witchery, live ritual chronicles , the Initiation in the Eternal Cult (with Yasuyuki, CJS, Willie Desamero, Necrogoat, Philipp Kretschmer , Decaylust, Anastasis, Nocturnal, Jose Bouzas, Wes, Shaxul, Marcin Olczak, Gordoroth Vomit Noise, Stefan Ramm and Ram Priest), darkness prevails (with Witchcraft, Sacrifice, Possession, Interfectum, 13th Moon, Cadaveric Fumes, Ogdru Jahad, Angelholocaust, Occult and Vomit of Doom). In addition intolerant reviews and death sentences!

128 pages of black impure blasphemy in Spanishpresented in format 7 “color   hardcover.

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Ululate – Back to Cannibal World

Chinese black metal band ULULATE has evolved its style into a killer old school death metal, and  have signed to Xtreem Music for their new record “Back to Cannibal World”.
Dave Rotten got in touch with me a couple of months ago asking me for the artwork. The concept was clear: “chinese vampires and chinese hell”.
When I was young I was a lot into eastern horror movies like “Mr. Vampire”, “A chinese ghost story”,”The boxer’s omen”,”Robovampire” featured gruesome  chinese monsters, zombies, vampires and  incredibly grim scenes. I always liked the character of the Jiang shi, a  reanimated corpse  whose “evil half ” has not leave this world along its “good half”. Jiang shi behaves like a vampiric zombie, and can be controlled by nigromancy.
So the front cover shows a bunch of jiang shi rising from the tomb, and also some flying heads  and evil spirits.
The backcover shows the gates of the underworld  opening, with a jiang shi welcoming some mythical creatures from chinese hell, like the guardians Ox-head and Horse-face.
I tried to use a wash ink technique similar to  Shui-mo  (ancient chinese brush ink paintings) as well as my usual lineart.


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Under The Church

Sometimes being a freelance illustrator can be hard , you have to fight with inhuman deadlines, indecisive people, rip-offs and people whom working with is a true pain in the ass. Under the Church are all the opposite to these.
Getting to work with one of my favourite bands’ former members was awesome, but it was much more awesome to deal with such nice people.
At first Erik asked me to remake the logo for the band, it had to reek to old school swedeath, so I took the classic “Nihilist type” and gave it a twist, added a bell tower and some putridity.


Under the Church Logo

Some weeks after the logo was finished, Erik and Mik got in touch with me again, this time  asking me to do the whole artwork for their upcoming debut EP. They sent me the lyrics and I started sketching some drafts at small scale trying to mix  them with the demo cover  concept.




The result:


The EP was finally released by Pulverised Records in CD format. But Tapeworship Records  had plans to release in a special cassette edition.  New cover, bottle opener, patch and cardboard case. So I got my hands dirty again, and I thought about the old demo tapes that featured Nicke Andersson’s monsters on their covers.  I did small doodle for the CD booklet, so I redrew it  a bit more hideous  and detailed:

The quick doodle from the CD  booklet

The creature doodle from the booklet


The tape cover

The tape cover

The tape  label artwork

The tape label artwork

If you don’t know Under The Church just  listen to this sample and fall head over heels for these masters of death:

Terror Cult Zine #6

Some months ago I got in contact with the writer of  Terror Cult Zine, Waldemar K, who wanted to publish an interview with my band, Decapitated Christ. I got some copies of past issues and it was a really pleasant reading, so I strived to write compliant answers to his clever questions.
A few weeks after the 6th issue was finished  he asked me to illustrate the cover: anything that the spirit and attitude of Terror Cult  inspire me..  I couldn’t reject the offer, as we have almost iddentical points of view about music, (anti)religion,  the underground and  the extreme metal  scene.
So, what came to my mind was a mixture of true black and death metal topics: You can  spot weapons, wolves, serpents, goats, barbed wire, inverted crosses and a clear reference to Sodom‘s Knarrenheinz.
Terror Cult #6 includes the following interviews:Terror Cult
  Acherontas , Azaghal (Official), Die Hard, Decapitated Christ, Fördärv, Mongel´s Cross, Reckless Manslaughter, Scent of Death, Throne of Katarsis, Tyrant Goatgaldrakona, Xaos Oblivion and a huge reviews section.

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Goddefied- Inhumation of Shreds (Complete recordings 1991-2009)

Little could I expect that one day I would be able to work for one of the  my most anticipated releases  in the flood of reissues, compilations and rarities of extinct bands from the early 90′s.
One I was missing was Goddefied, who released  that gem  entitled “Abysmal Grief from ’93 (it was reissued on vinyl by Blood Harvest, but that edition was a bit poor, to be honest).
Well, Raúl from Memento Mori was keen enough to offer me the whole design and artwork for this huge compilation (19 tracks!!) that also included never before heard recordings and “Assembly of the Damned”, the demo of pre-Goddefied band Enshrined.
After brainstorming and crossing a good amount of mails full  with Jan Arvidsson, he let me almost total freedom for the design.
For the cover I tried to render the classic “Cloister Cemetery in the Snow” of Caspar David Friedrich from my point of view, inspired by Goddefied’s lyrics and a horrorific twist.
Booklet and backcover are typical death metal themes, I haven’t rack my brian too much here. HM2-pedals, skulls, deformed corpses and a mummy inspired by the ’92 promo demo  (only spread among record labels).


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