Nov 30 / admin

In Vain | Seekers of the Truth | Lyric video

Seekers of the Truth is by far not a random lyric video. Pushed by the message of the song, I wanted to add a new dimension to the whole presentation, which can be discovered in the message of the illustrations. For me, the lyrics of this song are talking about one of the vital issues of nowadays society, an issue which is felt just by a very few. Those are the seekers, who are still living out there, among this terrifying crowd of people who switched their reality with a common illusion, agreed and imposed by the system. So, with all these dramatic moments I tried to catch in my illustrations for this video, I hope I could make the message of the band more powerful, and I hope it will be reached by those who need it to go on.

Nov 28 / admin

Arch Enemy | part of US tour stage design

There are only 6 dates left for Arch Enemy in US tour, promoting their new album. If you will attend to any of these, you will have a big surprise about the stage design. This is nothing but a small part of the whole insanity! 😀 Enjoy! \m/ Check out the rest of the dates HERE!

 photo Arch Enemy illustration costin Chioreanu web_zps1lkup5bc.jpg

Nov 22 / admin

Lisa Gerrard and The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices

I am very happy to present you the result of my work for this hystorical release between Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices. It is mainly a watercolor painting inspired by the story behind the main song. The 7″ will be followed by a full album! 🙂 But, until then check out this 7″ vinyl edition HERE.

 photo 54. Lisa Gerrard and The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices_zpsesj0mzme.jpg

Nov 20 / admin

Affasia | Adrift In Remorse

This is the front cover I made for Affasia – “Adrift In Remorse”. This is a very talented band from Richmond, Virginia and I need to say I really enjoyed this release very very much. You should check it out as well, it is not very easy for me to label them but I can put here some keywords: doom, a bit progressive here and there, interesting, melodic, clean and heavy vocals, great compositions, great sound, cinematic vibe, introspection, nostalgia, sadness. Made with heart. Check it out HERE.

 photo 53. Affasia - Adrift In Remorse_zpsldn3jqzq.jpg

Nov 17 / admin

In Vain | Currents | artwork

This is the front cover I made for the fourth album of Norwegian band In Vain. The album title, Currents, reflects on the colossal shifts and changes of our time. The present world is characterized by continental flows of people, traditions and cultures. Migration of people across continents and borders. Cultures merging. Dramatic shifts in lifestyle from one generation to the next. These are all currents – movements that distort old patterns, create tensions as well as new opportunities. I find myself blocked in the eye of this storm, observing but without finding a suitable alternative or a way of finding my place in this chaos.
Pre-order In Vain’s new album Currents and new merch HERE.

 photo 0002 In Vain - Currents_zpssdpsalpp.jpg

Nov 16 / admin

Hamferd | Hon syndrast | Lyric video

This is the lyric video I create, together with some exclusive illustrations and animation for this song off the new Hamferð album. The song is called “Hon syndrast” and it relates with one of the most intense moments of the story behind the album. You can pre-order their upcoming album right HERE.

Nov 9 / admin

Night In Gales | The Last Sunsets

I am happy that I can finally present you the front cover I did for the upcoming album of the legendary melodic death metal band Night In Gales. I remember even now the day when I got “Towards The Twilight” on tape from a gray and chaotic center of a post-communist Bucharest 🙂 So yeah, the band was around me for many years before I met Jens. The album is entitled “The Last Sunsets” and is set to be released 23.02.2018 via Apostasy Records! \m/ More info HERE.

 photo 50. Night In Gales - The Last Sunsets_zps4mhcrfs5.jpg

Nov 8 / admin

First Bloodway live clip from the new tour

So, here is the first official live video from our Tour with Darkest Era. This happened exactly on the same day with our new album’s release date, 3rd of November. I would like to thank to everyone involved for making this possible. Super extra thanx to Razvan Penda Raduta, Gina Sandulescu, Bogdan Pavaloi, Herman Heidel for making this video possible and Andrei Tudorache and Shape Concept, The Guest, Green Sound Team, Club Fabrica, I.Voidhanger Records for making this event possible.

Nov 7 / admin

Cellar Darling | Six Days | Animation

Hello everyone. I would like to present you my latest animation / video work, done this time for the band Cellar Darling. I really enjoyed the lyrical perspective of this song so I think the visual story compensate it pretty nice 🙂 It is an abstract trip into an imaginary world, marked by the story of this song. Enjoy!

Nov 3 / admin

Bloodway | The graphic side of the riddle

How should I start presenting this vital piece having my mind completely fried? I will do my best to De-crypt the Riddle here….This story started 2 years ago….when I wrote the very first chorus part of this album…for the song which later become the opening track of this album.. and that was “This was not supposed to be a nightmare, this was just supposed to be a dream – My dream. Our dream.”
On all Bloodway albums we have the character and his shadow represented, somehow, on the front cover. This cover keeps the legacy of previous two records, at this chapter. Now the character is on fire and is yelling in pain, while the shadow tries to calm it down. Is yelling loud to a closed sky, pushed by all experiences he had achieved among humans, by understanding the darkest essence of human life in this thing called society. He is the child of fire, that inner child every creative person needs to have and to protect. The child is desperate, he is still playing at those strings of a key. The key has two meanings: once it represents the key of the prison cell which nobody want to leave in order to live outside society, but is also presents the idea that music is the key to the soul and high realms. The music is also a portal to the depths of mind, as that higher character is showing in the picture.. the key has a chain. The chain tells a story as well: there are moments when you might want to quit music, from various reasons, but you simply cannot, as you are totally addicted to it. And you feel stuck completely in a lifetime prison, created by your childish expectations. Sometimes this addiction can harm your soul, when you see musicians and friends from the scene turning into monsters by hunting just fame and money, when you see the void exploited at maximum and the whole artistic decadence for the sake of attention and profit. The addiction to music can be also like a blessing, that dream world we all dreamers need so much. Depends on us how we can get the power to keep ourselves in that dream world as much as possible. Depends on the band’s unity and love and passion shared by the members. That is what people can call “Heaven”.
The shadow of the character is having for the first time wings. Is a sign that it will soon departure to higher realms, to reach different worlds, higher than the flesh or flames of his companion.

 photo 43. Bloodway - A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues_zpsz3q8rfbc.jpg

The entire base of this world is falling, piece by piece. This is the foundation / landscape of the entire story. As much as the character understands the structure of the prison around him, created only by a sick imposed perception, as more the foundation of this world is turning into pieces. The math-squares from behind which are “measuring” the spectrum of visible universe are a parody to the pathetic human tendency of measuring and classifying everything. That’s a classic, so to say.

The face made of leaves is the soul of the band. This band is heavily related to autumn and it will forever remain like that. So, the bars of the prison are having as well a second meaning: those are the hands of 3 characters which are the band members, Me, Alex and Mihai. We created with our hands and minds this whole thing, maybe sometimes without being even conscious about what we are doing, but led by an unseen force which is obviously the spirit of the band …so we are there as well. This is the cover for ” A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues”, the closing chapter of our trilogy, which started in 2014, with our first release “Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon”.

And now, I will present each booklet illustration I made for this album.

 photo Encounters To Pray For Costin Chioreanu_zpsfdg4louy.jpg

From all points of view, from the level of details to the amount of information / metaphors, this is probably the most complex illustration I’ve done so far. It is entitled “Encounters To Pray For” and relates to the darkest places from life and dream world.

 photo 49. Bloodway - A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues booklet_zpsyicaqjfz.jpg

This is the second illustration I made for the booklet of Bloodway – “A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues”. It speaks about more subjects at the same time, but I can name it “The eternal martyr waiting for a logistical miracle”.

 photo 55. Bloodway - A fragile - booklet_zpscqotdrxm.jpg

This is the last illustration I made for the last part of the trilogy we started back in 2014 with our band Bloodway. Basically this is the last drawing which is completing the whole story. I can talk hours and hours about this drawing or I can just say nothing, for me is cool, I feel now complete because I finished the most complex task I ever gave to myself since I started making music. Ok, I can resume the image to a short text: “In the end my dreams will sing in the rhythm of Cosmos, dancing in circles as cycles, until the day I will leave. Outside the prison of a trained mind there is no good or evil, no above, no below, outside these bars there is everything just the way it is. I wish I can enjoy it in full someday, before I leave.”
However, please check out my band here, and believe me you will discover some interesting things.

The album is available HERE.