Maxime Taccardi Artworks

Taccardi’s art is disturbing and fascinating, beautiful and ugly at the same time.
The “french-born” artist is using parchment, ink and his own blood to express what is on his mind.
“I started to create my ‘visions’ in university because I had more time to draw and let my imagery emerge from my mind.” – Maxime Taccardi.

Taccardi always loved to draw creatures, gore, monsters – even his master’s thesis was about the monstrosity, he sais. He tries to give sense to everything and to see the image in a metaphoric way. Most of his ideas were born in his dreams, so the metaphor ain’t abstruse.


"I Didn't Chose Darkness... Darkness Chosen Me..."

“I like the art of symbolism behind a trivial representation; you can give a hidden sense with the association of different elements. My art is dark because life is dark, it can sound a little bit cliché but people would not be able to be in search of light if they didn’t know what darkness represents. There is no happiness without sadness, no love without hate.” – Maxime Taccardi

danse macabre


“Did you ever contemplate the darkness?”
“This is a self portrait, you can see me on the upper right, it’s called “Did you ever contemplate the darkness?” The eye in the midle symbolise some kind of a vortex, a dark divinity, it was done at a time where i was really dark, i had these strange dreams in which i was leaving my body, And i had some strange visions too. My parents are dead (last year for my father and 3 years ago for my mother) and i think i felt their presence, and some others. The kid in this drawing is holding flowers and a skull, it’s the representation of the mourning etc… I wrote a poem in french for this one:

Un deuil trop lourd à porter;
Un voile sombre et opaque en guise de prière avortée.
L’œil vif, inique, celui de l’accusateur;
Comme un venin acide, il a volé ton cœur.
Il te berce au sein d’un caveau putride;
Et joue avec tes sens comme cette immonde catin avec ta bite.
La mort rôde, branlante et décharnée;
Aussi grotesque que ce qui fut autrefois scellé.
Le deuil est tel une lame enfouie en plein cœur…
Rejeton de la haine, reflet de la douleur.
Des lambeaux de chair s’amoncèlent en un curieux puzzle;
Énigme de mon âme, au final on demeure toujours seul.
“Cachinus Auditur Diaboli”
Ma vie aurait dû être un empire,
Au lieu de ça, crasse, ténèbres et tristes soupirs…”

Visit Maxime Taccardi Artworks on facebook. There is also a new shortfilm, you can watch on youtube.


Rainbath Visual

Rainbath Visual, aka Reuben Sawyer is an illustrator, who works mainly in black & white using basic materials such as pen, sharpie, india ink, acrylic and sometimes spray paint. He is responsible for the artwork of bands like Deafheaven, Altar of Plagues, Ash Borer, WITTR and many others.
The illustrations are detailed and the lines build abstract forms.. Reubens main influence is the study of the natural world and its relation to the subconscious, so his works are mainly showing nature and animals, often with a frame of solid space around a central image. Nature and the universe, in the middle of all.

“ the Earth floats in a vast empty vacuum of Dark Matter.”







Bryan Proteau – Featured Artist July

Here is a short interview with Cloven Hoov/Natvres Mortes Illvstration – aka Bryan Proteau of San Francisco, California who was ready to answer some of my questions about his illustration. Be prepared!

0) Thank you very much. I really appreciate this!
Okay, here are just a few things that would be important for me to know:
Did you visit art school or are you a self-taught artist? Do you use specific materials that makes your style individual?
I went to San Francisco Art Institute for a year and a half and was majoring in printmaking, however, the work I’m producing now looks nothing like what I was making during my time at SFAI. It was only after leaving there and taking a break from art that I was able to really get back into it. I work with pencil, india ink pen, and nib pens. I sometimes use tattoo ink to get the really dark black if I’m blacking out a background. But the materials I use are pretty basic to the craft.

1) I really, really dig your style. Currently a lot of pretty good artists do artwork for pretty good bands..
QUESTION: What bands do you work with, who is you favourite clientele, with whom do you work best?

Thank you so much, there are a lot of great artists collaborating with bands and I’m happy to play a small part in it. I mainly work with metal bands, black and doom metal bands, as well as some off projects for record labels, clothing companies etc. My favorite client to make art for would probably be Obolus. Their total anonymity allows me to create an identity through visuals, and I feel like I have a real understanding as to what they are trying to say musically, and that helps me create the visual side. But I also have a very special working relationship with the band Deafheaven. We were actually speaking at length about this recently. I’ve been with the band very early on, and all the work I’ve done for them has been pro bono. As the band has gotten more popular and my artwork has gotten more attention the result is mutually beneficial. They’re good friends of mine and we have a solid understanding of what the other is trying to accomplish artistically.

fornAbove: “Fórn”
"Death of Marat" originally by David ca. 1793. Redrawn 2013.Above: “Death of Marat” originally by David ca. 1793. Redrawn 2013.

2) You’re Blogtographer (haha, nice!) for SF Sludge, artist for Natvres Mortes Illvstration (alone or in a team?) and writer for CVLT Nation.
QUESTION: What do you prefer most and why?

Ha I say blogtographer because I don’t consider myself a real photographer, that would be an insult to people who actually know what they’re doing. Art is definitely my main focus. Change is nice but I’m at a point where I need to be fully invested in illustration. SF Sludge has been dead web space since February, and I’m not sure if I’ll pick it back up again. CVLT Nation is fun, but like with photography, I don’t consider myself a writer. I’m intimidated by writing record reviews, but luckily I can also do gig reviews and continue photographing live music. To answer your other question, Natvres Mortes is just me.

Above: artwork for SF funeral doom/sludge band Lycus’ demo

3)“Some of his work is heavily detailed, creating beautiful, crisp landscapes, and in some he reigns in his detailing and brings your focus to the subject.” (
QUESTION: Is there anything specific about you work, something you always have in mind while creating a new masterpiece or is there a higher importance in each artwork?

This is a difficult question to answer. I am trying to develop my own unique style, so I try and keep in mind that what I’m making should be cohesive with a body of work. But when it comes down to it when I’m creating art to always just do what’s best for the image. Some are more simplistic and rely more on contrast, others are more detail oriented. It varies each time.

Above: Art Zine, black on black covers, 10 pages, limited to 30 copies. Features art from both Rainbath and Cloven Hoov. – Sold Out –

Hey Kids, do us and especially Bryan a favour and check his Tumblr blog where he shares his artwork and inspirational stuff.
In his store you can buy patches, buttons and from time to time art zines.

Divine illustration by Richey Beckett

“I’m an illustrator. I work in pen and ink, predominantly in the realm of music related design projects – album artwork, merchandise and poster art.” says he, self-introducing. Richey Beckett is an illustrator based out of South Wales in the UK.

Somehow, yet with limited color and exponential detail, he conveys the beauty in the disturbing..

ABOVE – Mac Wants the Flamethrower by Richey Beckett
Based on his all time favourite movie, John Carpenter’s THE THING. The original illustration is currently on display at the new MONDO gallery in Austin Texas.

Mostly working on music-related design projects like album artwork, merchandise, and poster art, he says: “For me, working with new bands, exciting new records treading fresh ground – that’s as rewarding as working for any established act because you never know where it’s going to take you and what the finished record is capable of achieving,”

ABOVE – A limited edition signed/numbered giclee print of the original illustration ‘Iron Forge’ by Richey Beckett, a collaboration with IRON FORGE PRESS of Fort Lauderdale Florida. Strictly limited run of 50, these will never be reprinted.

ABOVE – Cover art for the new 7″ record by Life Exposed from Chicago.

ABOVE – Shirt illustration for Swiss band WHEN ICARUS FALLS.

For more art and info visit his homepage on
Or visit Richey Beckett on facebook and to buy his stuff visit

Black Uroborus – Literally tied to Nature

Stephen Wilson aka Black Uroborus is a New York illustrator and has already done works for Masakari, Tree of Sores and Lurker.
Black Uroborus’ artwork is not what you would call the “typical blood-and-gore type of metal imagery”. It is still dark and gloomy, but less brutal and aggressive, what you see is more organic.

(above) Logo for the blog of LURKER

Design for the band VOMM

Shirt design for SUTEKH HEXEN

MASAKARI shirt design by Black Uroborus

Here is – in his own words – a succinct description for such depth of work: It is a symbiosis of “metal, mythology, Lovecraftian themes, nature and spiritual decay”.



His work is highly textural and detailed and each piece contains – from pain and death to humanity’s inexorable connection to our place in Nature’s cycles. Very often you recognise tree roots, blood vessels and worm-like creatures.





Visit and please be so kind and check his blog on or read more on CVLT NATION