Lots of artists stand out for designing some kick-ass metal covers — like the recently deceased Storm Thorgerson, for example, who lent his art to everyone from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath over the course of 30 years. But when it comes to weaving together the heavy metal standard of horror, the dark side of humanity, and substantial sacrifices to the heavy metal gods, the first person that comes to mind has to be Vincent Castiglia.
In short, his work is bloody wonderful.
He designed (with H.R. Giger) Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones, and is known for a collection of art that has appealed to everyone from Marilyn Manson to Metallica. He’s also known for this fact: His entire body of work is created exclusively in his own blood.
Castiglia creates detailed pieces in his studio, transferring actual flesh and