Artist Stephen Kasner (Sunn O))), Integrity, Justin Broadrick) Dead at age 49

Iconic artist Stephen Kasner who came out of the underground scene to create horror-themed art for films, books, and avant-garde and metal artists’ albums, died on Christmas Day. He was just 48. In addition to painting, art and other mixed media, Kasner also made music under the Blood Fountains moniker. He created art for albums from a variety of artists such as Khlyst, Sunn O))), Integrity, Lotus Eaters, Skullflower, Justin Broadrick, Subarachnoid Space, and Martin Grech among others. Kasner released the book Stephen Kasner Works: 1993 – 2006 (Scapegoat Publishing, 2007), a lavish career retrospective with text by various artistic luminaries and collaborations with Seldon Hunt, David D’Andrea, Dwid Hellion, Steven Leyba, and Steven Cerio. Dwid’s Integrity band posted a remembrance of Kasner on Social Media.  Continue reading

Integrity – Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume

For nearly thirty years, Dwid Hellion (in real life bearing the much less fearsome name of Jack McLimans), has been at the forefront of the Crossover genre, combining Metal and Hardcore Punk with ferocious intensity with Columbus, Ohio crew, Integrity. Continue reading

Riding The Snake – An Interview With Integrity

Integrity 1With their latest release, Suicide Black Snake (A389 Recordings), experimental hardcore outfit Integrity once again underlined their position as one of the most forward thinking bands in their field. Ghost Cult scribe Christine Hager caught up with frontman Dwid Hellion to pride his mind on all things Integrity… Continue reading