MAYHEM – 2011 Gig Poster – The Mouth of Madness!

I wanted to do something COMPLETELY different as a gig poster than I had ever done before, and since Mayhem has always had an aura of terror and mysticism about them (anyone who knows Norwegian black metal will tell you that!), and I wanted to capture the feeling I got from them when I listen to “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, specifically the title track.

MAYHEM will be playing The Trocadero November 4th at 7PM!

–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

The idea of the monster was that it was this… thing. I didn’t want it to be anything, actually, just this weird otherworldly creature. Its a mix of Chtulu and the monster from Watchmen, with a bit of my own weirdness mixed in.

One thing I loved about doing this piece was the fact that it reminded me of how I worked back in High School; sitting at my desk at night drawing the most Satanic and terrifying things I could imagine!

I did do the type separately in this case, and I drew it by hand and scanned it back in. Getting the tentacles to wrap was something I wanted, but I also wanted everything behind it, too.

Other than the way the entire typography was handled on this poster, the other big change is the way I showed the main band name; I decided to let it bleed off the page. I knew it was easy enough to read that passing by you would go, “Oh fuck, MAYHEM is in town? I need to go! NOW!”

Wednesday 13 – The Bride of Frankenstein!

Check out the piece on DeviantArt!

When I heard Wednesday 13 was coming to town, I knew I HAD to do a gig poster for it! He’s one of my favorite musicians, and his mix of horror, punk, and metal is just awesome! He has a sense of humor to his music that gives it a large amount of appeal, and his later work has taken on a more sinister tone that has given it a different life!

I wanted to do something that was a mix of classic horror fun and great illustration. I knew I wanted to do one of the “classic” horror movie monsters, you know, the Universal Studios monsters, and I knew I wanted to do them as women. I wound up going with The Bride of Frankenstein, which also happens to be one of my favorite songs written by Wednesday 13!

I decided to do this as fast as possible because I wanted to capture a mix of the old-style movie posters and the grindhouse ideal as well which were both heavily present in his music. I’m pretty happy with the end result!

WEDNESDAY 13 will be playing The Trocadero October 30th at 7PM!

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=—=-=-=-=-=-

Art-wise, this thing was insane! I had wanted to do it since August, but I never had a solid idea. With less than a week before the show, I knew I wanted to do something, so I came up with an idea Monday and Tuesday after I got home from work I went ahead and tried to do it full-tilt!

I wound up laying out everything twice, the second time just ignoring any of the rules I knew and having fun with it! That wound up being exactly what I needed, and I think there’s a good feel to the illustration that makes it come alive! I also did a live-blogging of it while working on it.

The hardest part, just like all of my posters, isn’t the illustration itself, it’s designing the actual poster. I got to it around 11:30AM and thought it would only be 30 minutes. How wrong I was! The design was the single hardest part of this piece!

I wound up using a bunch of grunge textures on it because I definitely wanted the piece to look a little old, but at the same time I wanted to make sure the colors still popped.

More than anything, though, I’ve wanted to do a great Bride of Frankenstein drawing for about 3 years now. I never really tried until I had an idea I loved, and I hope you enjoy it! She’ll be used in another piece soon!

True Sounds of Liberty – TSOL Gig Poster 2011

TSOL Gig Poster

What are the true sounds of liberty?

It’s anger, fury, and the refusal to surrender and die in the face of evil! Its the anger and fury that comes from the oppression of those who are not represented. It’s the sound of someone furious at their government for not doing what they should, and the even greater fury that those entrusted to keep liberty in check either fail or ignore their duty to either govern or even vote for the proper caretakers.

Its the sound of someone crying out in hunger as they die from starvation while the world around them is fat and over-fed!

Its the sound of joy when victory is had, when evil fails and the freedom of the millions wins. It’s the sound or rockets blasting in the night air, of a happy family, of someone achieving their potential.

This piece is struggling to do all of that at once, and the face alone reminds you that liberty comes at a price, and sometimes its painful as all hell!

NEED AWESOME LOOKING GIG POSTERS?!

Are you in a band? Are you sick and tired of not being able to get a decent looking gig poster so people will be at least interested in your band? Are you tired of people pointing and laughing at how utterly lame and horrible your posters are?

THEN HIRE LARRY WEST!

Yes, Larry West, the single greatest thing to come out of the Philadelphia’s Art Scene ever! But don’t let me overwhelming modesty stop you from picking this one-of-a-kind illustrator and designer of all things cool, why not listen to these awesome unverifiable quotes:

“Dude, you should work for bands!” – Random poster online
“AWESOME WORK!!!!” – Metal fan at a concert
“You need to start working for bands! Seriously, quit bugging me!” – Devin Townsend

Yes, you, too, can have work done metal and punk gig poster master and legend Larry West! But don’t let the humble ego of this artist and these quote deter you, why not check out the work yourself!

WANT MORE? WANT TO GET SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING?! WANT SOMETHING AWESOME FOR YOUR BAND?!

STOP SITTING AROUND READING THIS AND START CLICKING! HIRE LARRY TODAY!

Just click on the image below to check out more work:

KREATOR – "Evil Priestess of Hell (Enemy of God)"

CHECK OUT THE POSTER OF DEVIANTART!!!!

This piece is actually less about Kreator and more about the subject matter. It’s weird; it basically drew itself, but the design took a while to do. But it’s also based largely on the album cover for “Enemy of God Revisited”

On the surface, this is just a semi-generic piece, with a skull, inverted cross, and some hint of nudity. Below is some actual meaning and purpose. Is the piece a statement of the futility of religion in and of itself? Am I saying that going down the path of “evil” will lead to your demise?

The odd thing is I don’t honestly know.

There’s a meaning to this piece, a sense of purpose here, that even I can’t honestly explain. In the end, it could be nothing more than me taking a bit of a poke at Catholicism without really thinking about it. Why?

The inverted cross, while modernly referenced to Satanism, is actually a symbol of cleansing and purification. In fact, Peter, one of the 12 apostles, asked to be hung upside-down as he didn’t find himself worthy of being killed the same way as Jesus. As you may know, Peter was “the rock” upon which the Catholic Church is built.

At the same time, upon this head, we see a skull attached to a woman’s body. In reference to that last point, am I saying that this is, in fact, a dead church? And since there is a woman’s body, that said dead church gives life at the cost of death?

Maybe. Now that I think of it, it could be…. or maybe I did just want to draw something that looked awesome.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

KREATOR will be playing The Trocadero March 4th, 2010 at 7PM! They’ll be playing with Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D.

DEVIN TOWNSEND and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME! 1/31/2010! THE TROC!


Check out the Devin Townsend poster here.
Check out the Between the Buried and Me poster here.

So, this one needs little help from me, but I’m still pleased to do so with a double-shot of posters!

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be playing in Philadelphia at The Troc on January 31st at 6PM. Not only that, but Canadian Music-Master DEVIN TOWNSEND will be opening the whole affair!

YOU CAN GET TICKETS HERE!!!!!
Now, personally, I’m not a big fan of the headliner, Between the Buried and Me. For me, this show is all about Devin Townsend. He is, without a doubt, one of my favorite musicians. He’s start came via playing on Steve Vai’s “Sex and Religion” album, after which he went on to start his own label and release albums from more styles than you could imagine! From alt-rock to ambient to the heaviest fucking metal ever, and all the way to punk and even progressive rock and metal, Devin’s talent lies in being able to mix and match styles and, through it all, perfect them all.

Me and Devin Townsend

My favorite albums written and performed by Devin Townsend?

Ocean Machine: Biomech
Punky Bruster – “Cooked on Phonics”
Devin Townsend – “Infinity”
Strapping Young Lad – “City”
Devin Townsend Band – “Accelerated Evolution”

I hope I see you there!!!!!

Arch Enemy, Exodus, and Arsis – THE RISE OF EVIL!

Arch Enemy, Exodus, AND Arsis are coming to Philadelphia on January 21st to The TLA! Tickets range between $16 and $20, and starts at 8PM!

Feel free to download this poster, make copies, and just spread the word about this show!

Get your tickets either at the box office or online.

— Now, on that note, I want to take some time to do something I do almost as well as I draw and design: Complain about crap that’s pissing me off!

My blog, Angry, Young, and Poor, has become a sort-of defacto newsource for major metal shows in Philly and Larry West Productions has done all we (well, I) can do to help in the effort of supporting metal in Philly. To that end, I am disappointed that a majority of blogs that devote time and effort to posting about shows and concerts RARELY post about metal, and only then to either do it ironically or to make fun of it. Granted, this is not a flat-out truth, nor is it true of every blog out there in Philly. That said, it is still frustrating seeing some annoying hipster band that acts as background music get more press than, say, a national long-standing group that comes around and actually challenges its listeners to think and be active.

To that end, I am going to encourage my local partners in Philly Concert Blogging to step up to the cause of promoting MORE acts in this city!

Now, some may scoff at certain blogs about this idea. To that end, I would like to point out that you simply never know who’s really is into metal and willing to come out to a show. Its shocking going out around town and talking to people about concerts who are clean-cut and in suits, and hearing how annoyed they are that they missed seeing Municipal Waste come to town because no one told them!

My goal, as both an artist, musician, and just someone who fucking LOVES metal, has been, and will be, to make sure national acts and even LOCAL acts (Just contact me! I’m looking at you, Ray-Gradys!) get the word out and as much press and exposure as possible! But I can’t do it alone. I’ve drawn, designed, printed, and handed out all the flyers you’ve seen posted all by myself, and its a lot for one guy to handle.

If you want more metal and punk acts to come to Philly and NOT Allentown or Atlantic City, then you MUST support toe metal scene HERE! THAT’S what its going to take, and THAT’S how we keep getting bigger and better shows!

Support the cause and stay true to your metal and punk roots!

THE ANVIL EXPERIENCE: Coming to Philadelphia January 17th!

Photobucket

Check out the full-sized poster on DeviantArt.com

With four clicks on a drum, the song begins. As the first verse goes through your head, you know something epic and triumphant is coming. As the song slowly builds up to the chorus, the refrain comes in and the fists start pumping.

The song is “Metal on Metal”, and the band is ANVIL.

 

Anvil took the world stage by storm last year with the documentary about their life and struggle of starting a metal band and never, ever, EVER refusing to cave in and surrender! “ANVIL: The Story of Anvil” has won awards, prizes, and the rightly-deserved fame and recognition they deserve. You can watch the trailer for yourself.


On January 17th, 2010, Anvil will come to The TLA here in Philadelphia.

What you see above isn’t the official poster, but my art inspired by the story of this band, and my love of their music. Back in 2003, I bought the Metal Blade 20th Anniversary box set and there were two songs on there by a band called “Anvil”. The songs always stuck out in my mind and in 2009 when I heard that Anvil was coming to town based on a movie about their lives, I had to go. Since then, the band has always held a place in my heart.

About a week ago I got a copy of “Metal on Metal” and thanks to that AND the fact that they were coming to town, I decided to do a tour poster for them! It was inspired by the feeling I get from them and their music, and the fact that, music aside, they’ve become something bigger than themselves: A symbol of the triumph of perseverance.

Carry on, ANVIL!

 

MUNICIPAL WASTE IS GONNA FUCK YOU UP!!!

Municipal Waste, for the uninitiated, is a crossover thrash metal band from the great state of Virgina. For years, they have built a loyal and dedicated fan base here in Philadelphia, and have played at the First Unitarian Church to countless applause and moshpits!

Thursday, December 10th at 7:30PM, they will take the stage yet again at the First Unitarian Church and destroy all in their way!

Make sure you download and hand out the original poster, which you can get here!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW NOW NOW!!!!!

And check out the video for their latest song, “Wrong Answer”: