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
The much talked about death metal/grindcore outfit fronted by a parrot Hatebeak will be releasing their new album Number of the Beak on June 26, 2015 via Reptilian Records. Hatebeak was formed in Baltimore, MD as a studio project of Blake Harrison (now of Pig Destroyer) with Mark Sloan (The Index) and Waldo, a 21 year old African Grey Parrot. The album was mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) will be issued on CD, cassette, as well as limited vinyl runs (including 300 on a special Bird Shit black/white/clear color mix). Featuring a sure-to-be controversial cover by artist Stephen Kasner, one side of the vinyl collects all of Hatebeak’s long out-of-print EPs from 2004-2007 while the other side features six never released songs, the first new avian-metal to surface in eight years! Stream samples below.