Mark Rudolph’s New Metal Art Book “Profane Creations” (Featuring Carcass, Celtic Frost, and More) Coming Soon

Creator of numerous metal arworks, from illustrations to caricatures, album covers to t-shirt designs, Mark Rudolph, is gearing up for the release of his new book. Profane Creations: the Metal Art of Mark Rudolph will come out on November 19th, 2024, through Dead Sky Publishing. Keep reading below to find out more.
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Jacob Bannon’s (Converge) “Dunedevil” Art Book Gets A 2nd Edition, Pre-Orders Go Live

Artist and musician Jacob Bannon of Converge and Wear Your Wounds has announced the 2nd Edition of his 300-page art book Dunedevil. Pre-orders are live now over at Jacob’s website. Limited to 500 copies, every copy is hand signed by Bannon and printed in the USA. Jacob shared the news on social media, offering more details about the book, which has an estimated ship date of October 5th. For a limited time, he is also offering prints from the pieces that inspired the book as well. Continue reading

Hiram-Maxim – Hiram-Maxim


In an age where physical releases are going the way of the dodo thanks to the all-conquering march of the digital epoch, it’s heartening when new bands still care enough about their fans to not only produce something that buyers can hold in their hands, but also to put real effort into making each copy a thing of beauty. The self-titled debut album from Cleveland, Ohio based Hiram-Maxim comes complete with a 100-page art book courtesy of local graphic designer Ron Kretsch, and his disturbing black and white images are the perfect accompaniment to the thirty-seven minutes of sprawling, oppressive psychedelia that comprise this debut release.

Spread over four tracks, the music on Hiram-Maxim (Aqualamb) sounds mostly improvised, giving it a genuine feeling of unease as the four band members craft sounds that could be the soundtrack to undergoing a particularly intense k-hole whilst locked in a Salvador Dali museum overnight. The loose, free-form approach often gives way to violent bursts of noise such as on the brutally harsh ‘Can’t Stop’ which sounds as if Throbbing Gristle had been force-fed mescaline. Elsewhere, the tortuous waltz of album opener ‘Visceral’ at least makes an attempt to appear normal in a kind of Sonic Youth-gone-wrong manner while the sparse post-rock melodies and languid singing of ‘One’ fight for prominence with buzzing drone and dissonant drumbeats to create an atmosphere of bemused melancholy.

Offering so much more than your average meat-and-potatoes heavy band, Hiram-Maxim may not have a clue where their compositions are going, but the terrain they visit on the way is freaky and challenging in the way all good psych should be, and crucially never feels pretentious. If you fancy a ramble into dissonant soundscapes where anything could happen then give this impressive first effort a spin and tune your mind into something very strange yet oddly nourishing.


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