From Iced Earth to Sodom. Axel Hermann was an art student with a Kiss fixation living in Dortmund until a meeting with Robert Kampf who had just formed his own record label Century Media catapulted him into the world of album cover illustration.
Starting his career as the in-house artist at Century Media in the second-half of the Eighties Hermann has become a highly-respected and much-in-demand freelance illustrator, and has worked with the likes of Sodom, Iced Earth and Edguy as well as more underground acts including Asphyx, Morgoth and Unleashed.
In this, his first collection, Hermann pulls together the cream of his first quarter-century in the business, and with the help of some of the bands he’s worked with he explains at various times the thinking, the process and/or the objective behind each cover design.
Expressive, provocative and challenging Hermann’s artwork is calibrated to shock at a number of levels and awe in equal measures, and even now he works hard at expanding both his horizons and his technique. It is little wonder that he is as exciting now as he was when he delivered his first album cover (for Poltergeist’s debut album Depression) back in 1989.
From Iced Earth to Sodom
Born in 1968, Axel Hermann is a selftaught illustrator and coverartist based in Dortmund, Germany.
Now in his 25th year of freelancing he is best known for his classic Death-Metal-coverartworks for bands like Asphyx, Morgoth, Grave and Unleashed.
Furthermore he created comissioned works for Sodom, In Flames, Iced Earth, Desaster, Samael. Ruins Of Beverast and a lot more.
He is also a Tattoo Artist at Sam’s Tattoo, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
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