Cover art for Australian metal band Zeolite. The guys came to me with a concept already in mind: a tortured man who is trapped in purgatory and hanging by nothing but his own veins. Here he is, suspended in damp, dark nothingness as he waits for his next judgement.
Release Date: March 20, 2019
Cover art for Russian modern metal band DeadHeaven. Their latest album, Twilight Zone, is inspired by what the future will hold if we continue to obey current social structures. Themes of brainwashing and enslavement are the thematic core of this album, therefore we decided to incorporate the brainwashing satellite I designed for their previous release, New World. Gamma rays, lightning and screen distortions were used to emphasize technology’s grip on humanity.
Release Date: TBA
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Cover art created for the dark metal project of Dominik Kowalczyk, Caynug. My objective for this cover was to abstractly represent the moment you decide to break out of a dark, depressive state. Your choice to do so pierces through every aching thought that has been weighing you down. The hand drawn sketch in the center triangle was drawn by Dominik's girlfriend, Jennifer Flaig (Cadel).
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Single cover art and lyric video for Swiss industrial metal band, Obsydians. This image was created for their third single, Ascension, which features Steve Fari of This Misery Garden. The first time I heard the instrumental demo for this song I knew that the tribal aspect of the Obsydians had to be the primary focus of my visual concept. Drawing further inspiration from Steve’s lyrics, I decided to showcase a soul arrow as it tears through the fabric of reality and into the unknown spaces of a shamanic trip.
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Cover art for progressive nu metal band Niverlare. This single is an ultra dark cover of a popular Deftones song, My Own Summer (Shove It). I’ll let the lyrics explain what you’re seeing: “I think god is moving its tongue, There's no crowd in the streets, And no sun in my own summer”.
Release Date: September 9, 2018
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Complete album art design for cyber industrial metal band, Shadow Domain. Their debut album, Digital Divide, is set in a rich cyberpunk universe that provided an immense amount of inspiration to work from. I chose to illustrate an android vessel whose brain is being printed after a hacking sequence was initiated. The automatic defense systems have placed the manufacturing facility in a state of lock-down in an effort to quarantine the hacker.
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Cover art for Russian metal band, DeadHeaven’s newest single, Sell Your Soul. Depicted is a storage facility of dead human soldiers. The one in the middle is seen early in the reanimation process.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
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Cover art for industrial metal project of Benjamin D.M. Nominet (Sybreed) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Scar The Martyr), Shadow Domain. This image was created for promotional purposes in the early stages of the project and is not the official cover of any upcoming releases. Stay tuned for that!
Revealed: July 30, 2018
Cover art for American deathcore band, Sokar’s Rest. Displayed is an archaic tree that feeds on and builds itself from human limbs and organs. It lures its victims in with an irresistibly sweet pheromone, tricking them into an agonizing death.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Cover art and lyric video for Swiss industrial metal band, Obsydians. This image was created for their second single, Axiom Fallacy. It is a direct continuation from the False Light cover that reveals the assembly of a new human vessel taking place within the mysterious white light of death. A strange and sterile environment represents the deceptively uplifting tone of the song; further complimenting overarching themes of alienation, deceit and separation from reality.
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Single cover art and lyric video for Swiss industrial metal band, Obsydians. This image was created for their first single, False Light Constructs, which depicts a death portal in a space void of time. We are witnessing a man submit to the welcoming light of death, only to have his brain stripped from his disintegrating body. The ancient Obsydians symbol is half-buried and harnesses the power of the portal. Its design and surroundings are purposely dangerous to act as warning signals to deter people from the false promise of ascendance. Wavy textures help convey the ominous power in the air, while digital and analog elements represent the futuristic nature of the synths used in the song.
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Cover art design for French metal band Ocean of Emptiness. My objective with this cover was to pull a gruesome representation of manipulation out of the shadows of the protagonist's mind. His vulnerability is on full display as his eye is helplessly plucked from its socket.
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Album art for Swiss progressive punk metal band The Erkonauts. Their debut album, I Did Something Bad, is being pressed for the fourth time, and I had the pleasure of recreating the original design in my own way.
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Album art for the metal project of Austin Woodward, Echopraxia. Pumpkin Palace literally injected me with the essence and energy of Halloween. I focused on creating a spooky environment with damp lighting effects and colors that evoke a bizarre and sinister atmosphere. Jack-o-lanterns that light your path into the palace were used to convey a wide array of feelings one might experience when approaching such an ominous place.
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Single cover art for Swiss progressive punk metal band The Erkonauts. The song I was asked to illustrate is Chaos Never Fails To Appeal, which is featured on their latest album, I Shall Forgive. This track evokes a feeling of rising from the dead for me. So I chose to illustrate an awakening event and display how the heart and mind collectively crave chaos.
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Cover art for Canadian metal band Devolver. This image depicts the same devolver character from the first album. Except this time we see him from the side as his soul separates from him.
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Single cover art for Swiss progressive punk metal band The Erkonauts. The song I was asked to illustrate is Seven Macaw, which is featured on their latest album, I Shall Forgive. This track has a wild side to it that I wanted to portray with a vibrant green. I chose to illustrate the bond of two brothers who are stuck together in the forest of the underworld.
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Cover art for American metal project Echopraxia. Candle Cove is an entertaining instrumental journey through a mysteriously spooky but surprisingly playful universe. I wanted the character to appear magical amidst an ambiguous environment that plays with your sense of depth perception.
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Cover art and design for Australian metal band Zeolite. The band came to me with a request for a poster design that could be used for multiple things; cover, lyric video, stage banner and various merchandise. Using their single Compulsion as a source of inspiration, I crafted an eerie ritual site where their logo/crest spews powerful dark energy.
Release Date: November 13, 2016
Cover art for Swiss metal band Xaon. The band came to me in search of a colorful cover that displayed a character that could fit within their lyrical universe. I specifically wanted this character, Balaam, to appear petrified of old age. He had lost his crown and his sight, but not his knowledge of the world he has traveled endlessly. Over the years, he has slowly become one with the organic matter and beings of his realm.
Release Date: October 16, 2016
Album art for Canadian metal band Devolver. This record was originally going to be titled “Renewal”, so that was the core of my concept for this cover. A dark burial ground was used as the setting in order to contrast with the bright auras of hope and rebirth.
Release Date: April 29, 2016
Album art design for Australian metal band Zeolite. Their self-titled debut is a relentless force of technicality and heaviness with densely dark overtones. My objective with this cover was to represent the themes found within the lyrics in a mental patchwork that is difficult to decipher. It’s dark and muted much like a painful memory that reveals visceral imagery upon further inspection/reflection.
Release Date: February 21, 2016
Cover art for French rock band Mist of Dead End. Their debut EP, Never Explain Anything, has a mysterious atmosphere that ebbs and flows. At times it is hauntingly dark, giving a sense of corruption and doubt, but then there are moments that clear the fog from your mind to reveal some truly beautiful moments. I wanted the cover to have a strange corrupter taking over an abstract city; to represent a technological tool taking over a nation.
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Cover art for Russian metal band DeadHeaven. Their EP, New World, has a great futuristic atmosphere with very catchy choruses. Aggressive mechanical instrumentation drives their music and sounds like it’s from a post-apocalyptic future. My intent with this image was to show what a world would look like if all of its inhabitants were forced to be like-minded. The device I created is broadcasting a brainwashing signal into the atmosphere.
Release Date: November 22, 2015
Two single panels designed for apocalyptic metal band Deathcode Society's debut album, Eschatonizer. These were created to visually represent two songs from the album; The Inner Vortex and Noos.
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Album art for Norwegian metal band Alien Orchestra. Fall of Mars takes you on an orbital journey around Mars. The tone of the cover is specifically cold to represent the death of the planet, which has been brought about by a powerful alien race.
Release Date: October 15, 2014
Complete album art design for American metal band Aronious. Truth In Perception is a dynamic album full of technical riffs, complex drumming and a dark brooding atmosphere. It was key that the band’s logo was the main focus of the cover image, so I integrated it into an abstract concept of being sucked into a mental black hole. There are multiple eyes witnessing the event, sending signals of decay to the brain.
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Complete album art design for Swiss metal band Ever Since. The cover for Bring Out The Gimp was originally a personal piece that the band members specifically requested to use. I happily agreed and created a full digipak design to match it. The album is full of energy and poetic lyrics that influenced an idea to reveal key moments of the subject’s internal journey.
Release Date: February 27, 2014
Complete album art design for Swedish metal band Humanity’s Last Breath. This is the self-titled album that redefined their sound in a big way. The tone of the art is bleak with heavy doses of contrast to match the atmosphere and power of the album. A bright red was used to highlight specific elements to bring out a sense of malice in certain panels.
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Complete album art design for Norwegian metal band Sphere. Primordial was their debut album, and quite fittingly also my debut work as an album artist. The tone of the art is dark, gritty and spacey in order to match the futuristic and apocalyptic themes within the album. The overarching concept of the booklet was to represent chemical and physical reactions in a fashion that matched my favorite verses and choruses.
Release Date: September 20, 2013