Oct 22 / admin

Dream Walk With Me

„Dream Walk with Me” is the first garments series that is pressed with personal works created by Costin Chioreanu. Without deflecting from the artist’s established style of conceiving graphic projects by basing the creative process on philosophical analyses that are led by magical thinking and occultism, the present collection brings back the „dreaming” into the daily life. Obviously, it is not about that kind of dreaming caused by sleep. It is about dreaming as a state of mind found at the border between conscious realm and subconsciousness, that psychic state that connects us with the Universe and its unseen ways. The dreaming as it is presented here takes the lead on keeping the human spirit „awake” and far away from society and its given reality that is made up to be irresistible for the human mind. „Dream Walk with Me” doesn’t answer to existential questions but it’s an invitation to awaken the spirit. Practicing the way of awakening does not require a formula, as every man has his own way of discovering and understanding things. The secret is the creed of the one who wears these symbols and becomes the messenger of this concept among people. If there is no creed, the endeavor has no sense, no magic and (especially) no effect.

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“In ancient times, the vestments were adorned with visual elements, even if they were used for rituals or for the daily life and this applies to many cultures, including ours (i.e. South-Eastern European). Besides decorative quality, these elements were, most of the times related to a philosophical burden, corresponding to contemplations and issues of analyzing things seen and unseen. I don’t think that we desecrate these symbols or images if we put them on the clothes we wear everyday, just because we simply live in this day and age. There is no need to live exclusively in an ancestral place in order to enjoy our spiritual openings. I am deeply convinced that we can do it also here, in a city where the struggle to keep us „awake” is more powerful than in a space where it’s easier to make contact with the spiritual realm. Here, we are day after day invaded by a sensory world that alienates us from our species’ particularity.

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won’t talk too much about my artworks because their role is to give input. The input will be rejected or assimilated particularly by each of you. I prefer this code to be caught up by everyone that extracts it directly from the image and not from my explanations. The first work is called „Mother Earth, Father Sky” and the second is „The spider, creator of worlds”. Both themes are illustrated in various forms within the oldest civilizations of those we can still access. The novelty of this thing is given by someone’s personal approach, someone that has the experience of living in the world of today. I wanted to represent these themes by using my own visions, taking nothing from the shape they had in the past.

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Speaking of the clothing items that are selected for both genders, we tried to offer a special range and searched for pieces that are hard to find in merchandise areas. I am glad that I found great solutions to this logistic problem, together with my friends from „Stay Thirsty”,even if this option made the production costs higher. The main idea of this collection is to offer something special for people who are special, taking into account the product itself, the artwork that decorates it and its meaning.”
Costin Chioreanu, October 2014

For more info and direct orders click HERE.

The official release of this collection will take place at Maximum Rock Festival 2014 – October 24 and October 25, Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania.
See you there, where we can meet and talk.

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Oct 18 / admin

Roadkill Soda | YNHE

This is the artwork I made for the new opus of Roadkill Soda, a stoner band from Bucharest, Romania.

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The album can be purchased via Universal Romania, or:
Deezer: http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-deezer
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-spotify
Qobuz (lossless): http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-qobuz
GetMusic Ro: http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-gtmdld
Amazon UK: http://smarturl.it/rks-ingles-amazon

Oct 15 / admin

Einherjer | Nord og Ner | official video

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Video by Costin Chioreanu
Filmed by Costin Chioreanu & Gina Sandulescu in Haugesund, Norway.

For NOR go to P3Pyro: http://goo.gl/ipMMuw
For GSA go to Metal.de: http://goo.gl/g6gyQv
For UK go to Zero Tolerance Magazine: http://goo.gl/Ica9m0

This is not a trendy video, at it has no complex post-production, it has no lens flare, no wow effects, no naked girls, full of blood, no clean naked girls, no naked girls at all, no 3d animations, no digital “camera shaking”, no ass dancing, no parts with all band playing in some ruined factory, It is a video based on what was filmed and made for the sake of motion picture’s native magic. It is sometimes surreal, it is clear and sharp, pure as this song, filmed in the native place of this band. I m honored to be a part of this project and I want to thank to these proud vikings for trusting my ideas, my skills and above all, my vision. Also, I would like to thank to Gina Sandulescu for her help concerning tech assistance and filming additional angles. This video is my dedication to all real heavy metal listeners,interested in MUSIC, FELLING and MAGIC OF THIS MUSIC.

Here is the digital single cover I made for this release:
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Oct 5 / admin

Passiv Dodshjalp | ANTI WAR Tshirt

This is a 100% handmade black ink illustration, scanned and prepared for tshirt / merch print, for a crust band from Sweden , Passiv Dodshjalp.
Message I think is quite simple: WAR IS SHIT.
Listen the band HERE.

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Oct 1 / admin

Primordial | Where Greater Men Have Fallen

The project for the new Primordial album, entitled “Where greater men have fallen” was a very complex one and quite atypical for my way of working., as in their case some photo manipulation was needed. Let’s say we were looking for something really powerful as image so the impact and the solemn felling were way more important than anything else… So, going back to the project, the main cover is a digital manipulation of a photo made by Miluta Flueras in Bellu Cemetery (Bucharest) and the poster for the vinyl and deluxe edition is a digital art, combining more photos and textures. It is always nice to revisit thsi technique, even I do not use it frequently for some years already.

You can preorder the album HERE.

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Sep 29 / admin

Bloodway | after 3 celebrations of autumn

We just finished our 3 day-celebration of autumn and it was an extremely beautiful experience, which will remain in our souls for this life and beyond. In chronological order – Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Bucharest – were all amazing, at all levels. Sublime organization, great venues, great crowd. We want to show our deepest gratitude to all the great people we worked with and met in our trip – ALL of them showed maximum respect for our work and ALL of them treated with maximum attention all the details, in order to make something special: Stefan Panea (the sonic mastermind – our sound engineer), Gina Sandulescu (our VJ), Flo (the van driver), Hatework Booking (organizers of our show from Cluj-Napoca), Sincarnate (a very good band we shared the stage with at Cluj-Napoca), Flying Circus Club crew and tech crew, Radu Barna and Club Rockstadt plus their amazing tech/lights crew, The Thirteenth Sun (another very good band we shared the stage at Brasov), Emil Ionescu, Metalhead crew & Sonia Lodi (The crew behind a very nice festival entitled Metalhead Meeting), Gelu Lapusneanu for his great and vital tech support at Bucharest, Miluta Flueras, MarmotA Photography, Victor Cristescu Photography and of course, a BIG salute to all the people attending at our shows! We hope your experience was as great as ours! Bloodway will have just one more show this year – this is official and final decision. This show will be at November To Dismember metal fest, Bucharest/Fusion Arena, in one of these days: 28/29/30 November. We will be back with more info soon. Until then, enjoy a video with 2 tracks played at Metalhead Meeting – Bucharest / Arenele Romane – 2 days ago!

Sep 24 / admin

Blastfest 2015 imagery

Well, this was an interesting project I made for Blastfest Festival 2015. Using the same technique of handmade illustration / mixed media, I explored even more the reinterpretation of some traditional Norwegian visual elements, combining them with some visual elements related to black metal…in order to obtain something particular and…new :)

Check out more info about this event in Bergen HERE.

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Sep 20 / admin

Einherjer | tour poster

Another project for Einherjer, this time is about a tour poster. Be prepared for their new album, which will be a Northern Beast!

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Sep 19 / admin

Arch Enemy | Merch design

This is a new artwork which I made for Arch Enemy, this time is about a tshirt design. You can find the item in few versions for sale HERE. The artwork was completely handmade black ink illustration.

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Sep 16 / admin

Escape The Cult | Tshirt design

This is an exclusive artwork which I created for Escape The Cult, a very ambitious project initiated by bassist Peter Shallmin of the band Kamlath back in 2008. The quartet who are completed by the talents of drummer Tim Alexander of Primus/A Perfect Circle, guitarist Mike Wead of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate and singer Matthieu Romarin of Uneven Structure.

You can check out their music here.

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