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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

Oct 26 / admin

Bloodway | Prison Paradise | Official Video

I wrote and deleted for many times what I wanted to add here, in order to fit well with this video. It seems that I failed, everytime. Maybe is because of this moment, which is by far the most unfriendly for those who seek (generally speaking). Maybe is to much to write. “Prison paradise” is about remembering about the illusion we are living, about values imposed by society through your parents from the moment you get born, about rules of a double standard archetypal order, about how is to survive as a seeker behind the curtain of masked ignorance, born out of a type of racism nobody talks about. “Prison Paradise” is a song and an art video about the most hidden tabu of human society. This invention, called Eden, got lost in the plan of this prison, but there are people who are still able to read between the lines and to take further the magic of the dream. At the end of the day, if you destroy all the illusions, you might experience what others named “Paradise”. Thank you so much to all the people involved into this amazing project! I love you all!

Oct 24 / admin

Corrupt | Backstab | Front cover

Look my dear friend, there is some hope in your head. Enjoy it while I steal everything from inside you. People are watching, act like a real friend, let’s not make a scene. This is the story of this cover I made for Corrupt, a French metal band. Yeah, the album is entitled “Backstab”. For those who experienced the emotional blackmail.

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Oct 23 / admin

HALLATAR Logotype

The logo I did for HALLATAR (members of Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, Him) illustrates the beautiful crafted gold foil-stamped Velvet version of their debut vinyl. White Velvet vinyl has been sold out for some time now, so if you want one the remaining ones of the Black Velvet vinyl act fast as they are limited only to 300 copies.
If you order from Svart Records you will also get the album download link instantly! CLICK HERE.

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Oct 15 / admin

Aura Noir in US tour | Merchandise design

I am happy to be informed that Aura Noir merch is selling fast ! (2 out of 3 designs made by me) – Check em out in the North American Tour!

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Oct 10 / admin

Twilight Visions Over Athens | Documentary

Finally!! Here is the documentary about my exhibition in Greece! 13 minutes of compressed life! EnjoY! Thanx again so much George Bokos , Vassilis Bokos , Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery Gina Sandulescu and of course all of these great people attending at the event and also sharing their thoughts in the interviews! This was an amazing experience!

Oct 1 / admin

Wacken Open Air | Merchandise project

This was a surprising project this year and I really think the result is pretty nice. This is the merchandise line I designed for WOA 2017/2018. Enjoy!
These are available HERE.

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Sep 29 / admin

Sarke | Lyric videos

I am super excited to present you my first project for SARKE (for those who do not know yet is the Norwegian band featuring Nocturno Culto on vocals)! So, this is the lyric video I made for their brand new single. SARKE will drop their fifth full-lenght “Viige Urh” on October 13! The first snippet of the upcoming album is available today – as their first single “Dagger Entombed” is out now!
SARKE says: “‘Dagger Entombed’ will be the first taste from our new album “Viige Urh”. This track has a thumb up guarantee. True spirit of metal, dark and heavy.
‘Viige Urh’ is on fire and it will be on fire for a long time. We feel we have taken SARKE up to a new level. With the songwriting, the sound and the heaviness of the album.”
Pre-order physical
Pre-order digital
Stream/download “Dagger Entombed”

This is the second lyric video I made for SARKE new album ‘Viige Uhr’. “Jutul” is a very special song featuring also female vocals (!!) The beautiful guest vocals on this track are sung by Lena Fløitmoen.
Stream ‘Jutul’
Pre-order physical
Digital

Sep 27 / admin

Godspeed You! Black Emperor exclusive art poster

This is the craziest piece I made for Roadburn festival so far, a poster to celebrate the Godspeed You! Black Emperor exclusive show. This is a mix media piece, a collage made over watercolor painting. Enjoy!

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Sep 24 / admin

Thank you Athens!

Thank you so much Athens, “The Twilight Visions” is the greatest success to date by all means. Thank you so much to all of you attending, exchanging ideas, perspectives, passions at this event with me…a big thank you goes to all the members of various bands attending to both exhibition and listening session!! thank you so much George Bokos for being the best organizer i worked with to date and of course Vassilis and his amazing crew and venue!!!

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This was my very first public exhibition in Greece! After so many years of working with Greek bands, I was invited by George Bokos of Grindhouse Studios Athens (http\://grindhousestudiosathens.com/) and the result and his implication was mind-blowing. This will be a start for a very long friendship :D. Thank you so much to all people attending, for all the great feedback and exchange of ideas. Thank you so much Vassilios Filippakopoulos for his wide open heart and amazing venue and crew…I am speechless! I dedicate this event in the memory of my grand-grand mother, who was a Greek woman.