Contagion Press Release.

The terrifying artwork depicted on the cover of OCEANO's November 9 release, "Contagion" was created by Dusty Peterson. Known for his work with BLOODBATHSIX FEET UNDER and CATTLE DECAPITATION, he was sought out by the members of OCEANO as they are fans of his work. In the end, the band felt they couldn't have had made a better choice in an artist. "Adam [Warren, vocals] was particularly excited about the interior artwork to the album when I showed him," says Dusty. "He said something about some lyrics that he had written that matched up with it perfectly. The concept of theirs is very vivid, just like the artwork!"

So how exactly did Dusty go about taking things from concept to the final product presented on the album? As the artist himself puts it: "At the start, OCEANO had a very specific, lengthy concept that was based off of all of their lyrics. After considering the message that they wanted to convey, I basically dug deep into my horror movie interests and tried to make something that told the story of a government-caused viral outbreak but with a classic, old-school feel. I really wanted it to be colorful and eye-popping, but also very unsettling. I referenced everything from 28 days later to 'Dawn' and 'Day of the Dead' to classic DEATH album covers."



Interview for Dose of Metal.

I just did an interview with a new metal blog, "Dose of Metal", which can be seen here. Do yourself a favor and add these guys to your bookmarks. They write some great stuff that isn't just copy-pasted from some other news feeds like a lot of the metal sites out there, so support them if you find them interesting! 



Cattle Decapitation, "A Body Farm" Shirt.

As the first part of my "gory summer" that I get to finally show, here's the goriest of them all! This design for Cattle Decapitation, known for their extreme brand of grindcore, is based off of the song "A Body Farm".

From the press release, " we see a psychotic scientist who runs an environmental laboratory or "body farm" to study the effects of exposure, time and decomposition on human cadavers right in his back yard! All for the sake of crime scene investigation, right? WRONG: He's the one providing the cadavers...".

Check out the high resolution version here, and please do yourself a favor see these guys on tour to grab one of the many new awesome designs.


It's a gory summer.

Well, it's certainly a gory year for this death metal artist. Between my Oceano artwork , the T-shirt I am designing for Cattle Decapitation, and a couple of other things coming up later in the year, I am painting a lot of red stuff these days.  There's something very zen-like about painting shiny intestines and slimy, pus-filled blisters. Seeing as it was my last post, I'm sure you've seen my first piece of Oceano artwork, but now Oceano has a new myspace layout that features the artwork in massive high detail! Be sure to check it out, drop them a comment, and go check them out if they are heading to a show date near you.

As for that Cattle Decapitation T-shirt, I'm not quite finished with it yet, but it's already pretty sick. If you follow them at all, you know they have some pretty twisted lyrics and naturally I referred to them to come up with something really brutal. Check back soon for that!

Stay bloody!



Oceano "Contagion" album cover.

Here's the album cover that I did for Oceano for their upcoming album, "Contagion". I did 3 paintings for them (I'll post the rest at a later date) and the theme for the album is a man-made viral outbreak and the eradication of the infected. I really pushed the limits on this particular project and I tried to make everything as gooey and gross as possible. If you like what you see here, the interior layout artwork will blow your mind....

More on that later! Thanks for stopping by!

Click here to see the high resolution version of the artwork!