For some Hard Rock/Metal fans, the best way to support their favorite bands is by buying records, t-shirts, concert tickets, etc. Others go a little further and start fanzines, blogs and websites. There’s also a very select group of people that helps to protect and enhance the visual legacy of the genre. British designer, Hugh Gilmour is one of those such people. He’s been a true champion in keeping current the visual works of old masters like Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Dio and by also designing new, original covers for artists like Bruce Dickinson, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus, and the list goes on… Herein Gilmour talks about his origins as a designer, his passion for music and the particularities of creating the visuals for Special Edition reissues, something which he considers a unique privilege.

Without Judas Priest, Heavy Metal wouldn’t exist as we know it today. Their influence in the development of the genre has been well-documented thanks to their four decade-long career. The same can be said about the mostly iconic covers accompanying each of their album’s cover artworks. Whether they’re are portraying a fallen angel, a hand holding a razor blade, or an eagle ready to attack, the truth is that their impact on Metal aesthetics and popular culture in general is both undeniable and revolutionary.

For the last twelve years, UK’s Bloodstock festival (also know as Bloodstock Open Air or B.O.A) has kept developing to the point of becoming one of Europe’s most important Metal gatherings. For this year’s edition, more than 12,000 fans will meet in Derbyshire, England from August 8th to 12th. For four consecutive days they will enjoy all the live Metal they can handle, courtesy of Slayer, King Diamond, Lamb Of God, Amorphis, Anthrax, Kataklysm, and many, many more bands.