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.

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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.

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The result:

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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:

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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.

If you are interested in getting a copy of any issue just get in touch via: terrorcultprod@gmail.com

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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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Horrendous Plasmation…



..Is the title for the upcoming split release  between the italian bands Sepolcro from Verona and Presumed Dead from  Vitorio.
Italian  old school death metal scene is gaining my attention more and more, I was only aware of 90’s bands like Electrocution, Cenotaph, Natron , and … (well, sorry , that’s all about death metal… I guess I was more into the doom and black metal circles from Italy) . But in the last years a lot of great bands are spawning from the boot-shaped peninsula, with amazing demos and debut albums: Funest, Sepolcro,  Eroded, Morbo, Into Darkness, Horrid, Glory Hole…

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Come Back from the Dead – The Coffin Earth’s Entrails



One year ago Mr. Hector from  Nashgul and Black Panda contacted me to ask me about illustrating the  gatefold for  a new proyect called “Come Back From the Dead: A freaking awesome death n’ roll band in the vein of Wolverine Blues’ Entombed and Death Breath.
A lot of classic B-movie references can be found in this piece: The Plague of the Zombies, Vault of Horror, Revenge of Dr. X, etc
I made the logo by hand for better integration but it turned out to be too dirty for the final cover  and it was replaced by the original logo.
Also made a “stereo” symbol (like the one on the old records from the 60’s and 70’s) that will be placed on the backcover bottom.
“The Coffin Earth’s Entrails” should be released soon by Black Seed Productions, you can check an advance here:
http://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/

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