Here’s the art for the new Vallenfyre 7″, “The Last of Our Kind“, which will be available during the Decibel Magazine U.S. tour this Spring supporting At The Gates, Converge, and Pallbearer. This new design I drew keeps the grimness of their Splinters LP, while paying homage to those before them such as Axegrinder and Hellhammer, presented in the classic and Spartan flat graphic style of long ago. Musically, expect nothing less than two powder-burned and and shrapnel-torn broadsides from these talented veterans.
Here’s two new shirt designs that come from the gatefold of the new Vallenfyre LP, Splinters. The designs are meant to have an old-school metal/crust look in both design and color way.
My latest project is an album design and illustration for Century Media artists Vallenfyre (UK) – featuring members of legendary bands I’ve been a fan of for nearly 20 years: Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) – Vocals and Lead Guitars, Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Scoot (Doom, Extinction of Mankind) – Bass, and Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, Paradise Lost, The Haunted) – Drums. Additionally, mastering by Brad Boatright, guitars and vocals for longtime fave From Ashes Rise, and recorded by Kurt Ballou of Converge at God City Studio. I’m beyond excited to be a part of this project, with these people. Everything was drawn and inked by hand, including a custom font I built and named ‘Splinters’ so the entire project has a unique feel. After a thorough run-through of different concepts for the cover, I came up with this one per their suggestion (even referencing some of my previous personal and commercial work) that it have an old school death metal look with some classic crustcore monochrome and angular spikes (splinters), keeping with the overall intent of the music on this, their sophomore LP.
Now! Preorders of the LP/Digipak/Shirt standalone or as a music/tee bundle are up now, as of April 3, 2014: http://www.omerch.eu/shop/vallenfyre/
This is a new shirt design for Denver’s Call of the Void. I wanted it to be in a similar style to the other design I did for them. The design has a vengeful vulture stabbing two kitchen knives through a skull. Get the shirt here or get one in person during their Fall 2013 U.S. tour with Ringworm and Howl.
This one was a fast doodle with a silver Sharpie on black board. I like working with high-contrast sometimes, and had fun going freeform without an outline too. I think subconsciously this piece had me thinking about an album cover by now-defunct Scottish crusters Sedition, featuring a Pictish man, cartoony, but in full adornment. I of course put my own twist on it by incorporating the Middle Eastern, Art Nouveau and Punk styles I often reference.