Chris Moyen Thorn Cross Book + Incantation/Archgoat LP. This is a KULT! BOOK + 12 LP vinyl
Chris Moyens Thorncross: Black Ink & Metal, a 208-page book featuring a retrospective of pen and ink (all black and white) artwork by the inimitable underground illustrator, Chris Moyen.
This will be a 12 x 12 hardbound book and will come with a bonus LP featuring two of the bands for which Moyen created some of his most highly regarded pieces: Archgoat and Incantation.
The Archgoat side contains the bands 1991 demo entitled, Jesus Spawn. Incantations side of the LP consists of the 1990 rehearsal demo as well as previously unreleased live recordings from the same year.
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Chris Moyen Thorn Cross Book + Incantation/Archgoat LP
Chris Moyen ThornCross bio:
“I have always been drawing, as far as I can remember. At home, at school, and so on. According to my parents, when I was two, I even tried my hand at freshly installed wallpaper…”
Fortunately, for an entire generation of metalheads, Christophe Moyen did not stop at desecrating the family house. Born in Marseille, in Southern France, the young man later to be known as the infamous ThornCross soon moved westward to the wine country of Bordeaux, where the virus of Heavy Metal claimed him at the age of 15.
“Iron Maiden, Saxon, Accept, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Manowar, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Mercyful Fate, you name it! I quickly turned to more aggressive bands though: Venom, Metallica, Exodus, Anthrax, Slayer… then Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Possessed, Death, Destruction, Kreator, Sodom, Bathory, Voïvod, Razor, Napalm Death, Necrophagia, Terrorizer, Sabbat, Morbid Angel, Autopsy and that whole raw Black/Death Metal wave.”
Fast forward to the year 1989 and the event that kick-started everything: the encounter with Ludo “Evil” Lejeune, who ran the European fan club for Sarcófago and Blasphemy. Friendship ensued and, first and foremost, a
fruitful graphic collaboration that got Chris the attention of many resounding names in the early 90’s underground.
Incantation, Blood, Amorphis, Beherit, Necromantia, Derkéta, Mortician, Vital Remains… Hard to expect a better customer base to build up your “business” from. “That was more of a hobby, and I was kind of proud to see my artwork on T-shirts or demos of bands I liked. I was not charging anything”, Chris explains.
Chris Moyen Thorn Cross Book + Incantation/Archgoat
“I remember earning $50 for the cover of Beherit’s The Oath of Black Blood! I was so thrilled, haha!”
That very cover pretty much epitomizes what would become the ThornCross style. Four emaciated corpses standing side by side, dressed up in ragged ecclesiastic garb, rewarding the watcher with ominous, skeleton grins.
There’s no denying the compelling, almost cinematic vileness of this painting, which lost none of its provocation and fascinating appeal 20 years down the line. “
The Oath Of Black Blood is indeed dear to me. Not because it is the best, but because it triggered some kind of recognition of my work.”
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