Fire Work With Me (Valnoir)


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Fire Work With Me – Valnoir
24 x 28 cm- 276 pages in colours – Hard Bound Cloth

This nearly 300pages book FIRE WORK WITH ME -Valnoir presents a broad selection of many of the visual productions created by the graphic design studio Metastazis this past 15 years.

It goes way beyond the mere compilation of album covers: FIRE WORK WITH ME offers more than a decade of documents, studies, and often unpublished texts.

For his work exceeds by far the limits of common musical illustration.  Valnoir, leader of the studio, hereby reveals a wide range of projects that flirt with contemporary arts and the fringes of legality.

Fire Work With Me – Valnoir

Among the 70 bands and artists he works with since the early 2000s can be found AlcestAmorphisArcturusBehemoth, Blut Aus NordLaibachMorbid AngelParadise LostSamaelSecrets of the Moon , Sunn O)))The Black Dahlia Murder , TriviumUlverUrfaustWatain

But also a vast array of projects, including in cooperation with north korean state, and thoroughly documented.

Many leading figures in the worlds of design and music, such as David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver), Erik Danielsson (Watain), Mkm (Antaeus). As well as Steven Heller (honored by first lady Michelle Obama for the National US design award), Mirko Ilic, Miran Mohar (NSK) or Morten Traavik exclusively contributed to this publication by providing their own texts and articles. ”


Jean-Emmanuel “Valnoir” Simoulin (1979) studied graphic design at EPSAA (Paris) for 5 years and graduated in 2004.

At first mostly influenced by the Slovenian collective NSK, he withdrew from commercial and corporate design to focus on extreme underground music scenes, such as noise, industrial and black metal, grounds of expression that are supposed to be free of the client’s usual domination over the designer.

In 2006 he wrote a manifesto stating that the client must trust the designer’s artistic stance from A to Z, accept or reject the project in its entirety, without any compromise.

Check also: The Valnoir/Metastazis Manifesto 

Recommended Book: The Art of Godmachine

Additional information

Weight 1750 g


Limited Edition