I am a huge fan of illustration, and when I look at Paul Gustave Dore‘s work it blows my mind. His lines have a serene, morbid quality about them that just draws me in and makes me search for the meaning behind each piece. He did not know that he was creating part of what would become underground illustration. It’s ironic – he was Christian, but so many of his works look like they could be covers for metal bands in the here and now. So today, we want to celebrate Paul Gustave Dore’s creative spirit with a huge gallery of his work!
Ireland, as a country, has always been one of our biggest supporters here at CVLT Nation. Not only do they produce amazing artists and bands, this land of mystery and magick also has some dope stores and clothing brands popping off. One of which is Kilkenny’s NINE LIVES, who carry some of our favorite brands and also produce their own line of sick tees etc., the latest collection being a collaboration with the great Sin-Eater. The results are some seriously fucking rad and evil tees! Nine Lives has also worked with Paul Jackson on a sick reinterpretation of the Joy Division drummer boy, which we absolutely love, plus a patch collabo with Daggers for Teeth. Check out these pieces and some other excellent Nine Lives merch below, which you can get online or in their Kilkenny shop…
Sick graphics have always been important to the world of skateboarding. Many underground illustrators who started in the metal & punk scenes have created some of the most coveted decks on the planet. Beyond that, not only are these pieces of wood used to grind ourselves all over the city in which we live, but illustrated skate decks are art pieces in their own right. So when I heard that the master of death and decay himself, Mark Riddick, had started a skateboard line through Boardpusher, I had to share it with our readers! They have have released six morbid decks featuring art that makes the underworld come to life. Even if you do not skate, hang these bastards on your wall and collect all six…SKATE OR DIE!…Riddickart skate decks are available HERE!
For a couple of months now, two of our favorite illustrators have been working on a special interview and illustration for us, and today we are so happy to unleash it on the world! Mark Riddick and Daniel “Desecrator” Corcuera are two of the world’s most notorious metal illustrators, and both of them know how to tap into the deep evils and fears of humanity. They teamed up on a brilliant piece of artwork (below) that we will be releasing as a limited edition, web-only tee in a couple of weeks. They also sat down for an in-depth and fascinating interview that explores them both as artists and people. So check out the full interview below and stay tuned for the tee announcement!
Fuck yeah, the art of Philippe Caza is is one gigantic pill of epicness! The color that flows out of his imagination is fucking amazing. This French Sci-Fi master has influenced many illustrators in the heavy scene. On a personal level, I just can’t get enough of looking at his art, because it inspires me and takes me back to my childhood. Philippe Caza’s work with Metal Hurant and all of his pieces from the 80′s will stand the test of time. Today CVLT Nation would like to paint the universe with Caza…So peep a huge gallery of his art trip out as your mind starts to melt!
Text via The Chirurgeons Apprentice
There is a common and ancient opinion that certain prophetic women who are popularly called ‘screech-owls’ suck the blood of infants as a means, insofar as they can, of growing young again. Why shouldn’t our old people, namely those who have no [other] recourse, likewise suck the blood of a youth? — a youth, I say who is willing, healthy, happy and temperate, whose blood is of the best but perhaps too abundant. They will suck, therefore, like leeches, an ounce or two from a scarcely- opened vein of the left arm; they will immediately take an equal amount of sugar and wine; they will do this when hungry and thirsty and when the moon is waxing. If they have difficulty digesting raw blood, let it first be cooked together with sugar; or let it be mixed with sugar and moderately distilled over hot water and then drunk. 
At first glance, cannibalistic medical practices such as this seem far removed from our own culture. However, the utilisation of body parts for medicinal purposes still persists today, albeit in different forms. Although blood transfusions or organ transplantation may seem dramatically different than drinking the blood or eating the flesh of another human being, these medical practices do share a common belief in the body as an instrument of healing.
The paintings of Takato Yamamoto have a vicious beauty; their stunning detail is akin to the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the 18th century that initially influenced his work, but Yamamoto has developed his style into something he calls “heisei aestheticism.” He combines brutality with serenity in his paintings – blood and gore envisioned in intricate and delicate lines, with a graceful flow running through each scene. There is a vibrant sexuality in much of his work, but he also works in death and torture in the disturbingly erotic way that you expect from manga. Yamamoto’s work is available as high quality prints here, and you can also pick up books of his work. Step through the gates of the underworld and check out a gallery of his work below…
This totally speaks to the nerd living inside of me – Sholim’s Animated Gif & Surreal Mechanical Heads. In the age we are living in, GIFs have become a part of our culture and on certain levels have become art! When you look at Sholim’s work long enough, you can see the deeper meanings he is trying to communicate about our society. Besides all of that, they are fun to look at, so check them out NOW!
Unholy awesomeness…Albin Brunovsky was a Slovak painter, graphic artist, lithographer, illustrator who had the skills to blow your mind. His illustrations are part nightmare and part reality that you will lose yourself in. As you look deeper into his work, you will start to see the different layers of terror scream at you in voices of silent pain. His lines and imagination are truly other worldly. So today, CVLT Nation celebrates the work of Albin Brunovsky – ask yourself, how did his mind work?
Death metal has been pushing the limits of music for a little over 30 years; bands such as Carcass, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Incantation, Obituary and many many more have left their marks in OSDM history. First time I fell in love with death metal is when I heard Obituary’s “Cause of Death” – it contained all of metal that I loved, everything from the riffs down to production. Later I moved on to Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha,” in my opinion the greatest death metal record ever written, but of course that’s a matter of opinion. I often dream about the perfect death metal show, but like a lot of you out there, I was born too late and missed out on all the epic shows that went down back in the day…here’s the next round of flyers…enjoy!