I first came across Paolo Girardi’s name when writing about the Italian nuclear incinerator known as Blasphemophagher (here). Girardi painted the cover art for Blasphemophagher’s latest album, The III Command of the Absolute Chaos, which you can see above. He has painted many more album covers for metal bands, though it took a link from Rev. Will to one of Girardi’s most recent creations to remind me that I intended to explore his work in depth.
Girardi, who is also from Italy, doesn’t limit himself to album art for metal bands. He also paints landscapes, for example, such as these:
The artwork is very detailed and very realistic, and yet it also has a surreal quality. And in the case of the album covers, he vividly captures some grotesque/hellish images. Like this one:
This is the cover for a 12″ MLP called Black Mass Into The Church Of Rats by an Italian band named In League With Satan. I don’t know which album this next artwork is for, but I really like it.
And for those of you looking for more penis in your album covers, there’s this one, which is for the vinyl version of The III Command of the Absolute Chaos:
Girardi has recently added three new paintings to his Facebook album that are particularly eye-catching. This next one is just fucking stupendous. It’s for the next album by a Vancouver band called Tyrants Blood, which includes veterans of other bands, including Blasphemy.
Tyrants Blood have released two albums so far, plus a couple of splits and an EP. On their Facebook page, two songs from those earlier releases are available for free download. I’ve listened to both of them and want more. This is speed metal from hell for sure.
“Torn From the Sky” – Crushing Onward Into Oblivion (2010)[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/TYRANTS-BLOOD-Torn-From-The-Sky.mp3|titles=TYRANTS BLOOD-Torn From The Sky]
“Destruction Consuming” – Tyrannous Mutations of Sathanas (split) (2008)[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/TYRANTS-BLOOD-Destruction-Consuming.mp3|titles=TYRANTS BLOOD-Destruction Consuming]
The new album will be called Into the Kingdom of Graves. It appears the recording of it is almost finished.
Here’s another Girardi cover for a not-yet-released album. This awesome rendering was done for a French band called Warpstone:
Like Tyrants Blood, Warpstone is a new name to me. I think they have a MySpace page, which you can find at this location, but there’s no music there, or anywhere else that I’ve been able to find.
Here’s another new, stunning album cover by Paolo Girardi. This one is for a forthcoming release by another French band named Stav:
Stav self-released a 2010 demo called Possessed By the Metal Soul, and it appears that Chalice of the Blood Angel will release the band’s next offering, which will feature that Girardi painting. Four of the songs from Stav’s demo are available for streaming and download on Bandcamp, including a cover of “Funeral Bitch” by Master. The music is a cross-breeding of black metal, thrash, and punk, with some psychedelia thrown into the mix, too. Good stuff. Check it out:
Now, here’s one more painting by Madman Girardi. He recently added this to his Facebook photo albums, and describes it only as a commissioned work for an unidentified private client. It’s fuckin’ sweet, in an extremely bizarre kind of sweetness