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Vallenfyre on Europe tour, Sept/Oct 2014!

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Hope you get a chance to see Vallenfyre on their tour starting today with Morgoth and Bolt Thrower, with Instinct of Survival on a few select German dates too! Bring ear protection and buy some merch!

Vallenfyre with Bolt Thrower & Morgoth

30.09.2014 — Le Trabendo , Paris, France
01.10.2014 — Garage, Saarbruecken, Germany
02.10.2014 — Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
03.10.2014 — LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
04.10.2014 — JUZ, Andernach, Germany
05.10.2014 — Muziekodroom, Hasselt, Belgium Vallenfyre + support
06.10.2014 — Merleyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
07.10.2014 — Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Headlining:

09.10.2014 — Turock, Essen, Germany
10.10.2014 — MTC, Cologne, Germany + Instinct of Survival
11.10.2014 — Kranhalle, Muenchen, Germany + Instinct of Survival
12.10.2014 — Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany + Instinct of Survival
13.10.2014 — Magnet, Berlin, Germany + Instinct of Survival
15.10.2014 — Exchange, Bristol, UK
16.10.2014 — Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
18.10.2014 — Best Buy Theater, New York, USA*
20.10.2014 — Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
21.10.2014 — The Dome, London, UK
* Decibel 10th Anniversary Show w/ Amon Amarth & Sabaton

Vallenfyre – Splinters LP artwork

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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/

Heartless – Hell is Other People LP-CD art and design

Here is the latest work I’ve completed for Pittsburgh’s Heartless. The LP is entitled Hell is Other People, after the Jean-Paul Sartre play No Exit, where it is revealed that the characters are locked in a room and have no torturers other than themselves. While working on visuals that would carry the theme, we came up with a central figure in collapse with disembodied eyes implying that these people are our judges, always staring. The back cover references isolation and broken teeth in the lyrics. There were some discussions whether this project would be in color or B/W, and ultimately B/W was decided, wherein the gatefold art needed to be done as well. I’m glad, and I love how the stark black with rough grey washes rounded everything out and gave the project a frantic, darkened look. Heartless‘ music is the real highlight (lowlight?) of all this – it’s a grimy, ugly and enraged slice of metal, hardcore, thrash and sludge all blended together into something really unique. This grey-blooded death beast was a true joy to be part of and I really moved forward with some of my own work. The LP/CD will be on Southern Lord, my favorite label and it’s easily one of the best. Needless to say I am excited and humbled.

Review on CVLTNation

Just got a stellar review from CVLTNation, a really great blog chock full of art, fashion, and metal/hardcore punk. I haven’t really gotten a lot of recognition or reviews outside of friends and a handful bands that I have worked with. I always get a bit nervous that I’m a hack (I am), but I’m glad others like what I’m doing. I think my artist’s “voice” is still developing and I like the trajectory I’m on into making more serious attempts at my work. I am really excited about this kind of feedback, thanks a bunch!