Album production/mastering + Artwork design + band logo and photography for dark metal act ‘Black Shine Fever’

I can finally share it with you! Here’s s detail of one of my latest illustrations made for the Black Shine Fever debut album ‘Via Negativa’ – Dark/Goth Metal side-project by MaXX Maryan (Helalyn Flowers, IMJUDAS…) It will be released exclusively on Bandcamp next Friday. Magazines / Radios … interested in articles / interviews / rotation can contact the Toxic Visions promo staff at toxicvisionspromotion@gmail.comShare the news: Don’t miss this pearl from darkness!

Black Shine Fever is a newborn project hailing from the Sacred Ancient woods surrounding Rome, Italy, created by Maxx Maryan, the man behind the globally acclaimed female-fronted Electro Pop-Metal sensation duo Helalyn Flowers and futuristic reinvention of Industrial Rock IMJUDAS. He also used to be the demiurge behind well-known cult entities such as Okkultum Magnificentia and Arimonium Rex, which were deeply rooted into the 90’s elite black metal movement, as well as various extreme metal side-projects like The Wet and Blackcore.

Black Shine Fever somehow represents the twisted side of Maxx Maryan’s personal experiences in both Black Metal and Dark/ Goth worlds which has evolved into a new form through the years. The debut album ‘Via Negativa’ is the purest manifestation of its own mastermind’s efforts to merge several conflicting sides of his personality. As a matter of fact, ‘Via Negativa’ took shape in a gradual manner, without losing its wild emotivity, as it was summoned and expiated in different moments between Saturnalia 2015 and Vulcanalia 2018: it is the sum of a long journey through years of passion, uncertainties, unanswered questions and personal crises. All the feelings, the suffering, and the (broken) hopes conveyed by the music are also portrayed by the outstanding artwork created by talented artist Noemi Aurora/ Toxic Visions Design.

The core of the project is expressed not only through the lyrics but also through a cold output reminiscent of some of the most obscure personalities, as if Maxx Maryan was jamming with Rozz Williams, Quorthon and Pete Burns in a rubber room. The result is frenetic and caustic, elementally transformed into a style carrying a huge emotional burden and the emotional connection is one of the most important keys to fully understanding the album.

‘Via Negativa’ is burning dark wave on the verge of neural collapse.
‘Via Negativa’ is spiritually crucified doomish goth punk.
‘Via Negativa’ is a dense grey matter with a soft spot for Italian Opera on a degenerated punk layer.

Spiritual struggles, questioned beliefs and deep sense of loss are the ingredients of this Atto Uno. Don’t you dare miss it.

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A message from Maxx Maryan:

“dear friends from the globe, I have always liked to reflect on the idea that the music we create is something that exists fragmented in the ether, and that therefore already exists and that envelops us, before we encode it, through a creative process, in OUR music, our art. In this
case, music is physical, it has a body, it has a weight that pushes and impacts our senses. If so, it will probably be mortal like us, butevidently, surviving to us our own art has a much longer life! This consideration of time passing and which it does with due differences, has been, for a period, a cause for my concern.
Those who know me well know that music my signature so far published is only a tiny amount of how much I actually wrote and, in many many cases, recorded it. I often see myself as a sephirotic vase through which music flows, thus flowing elsewhere. I can no longer keep anything, my friends, in “this area” the music “inside” is too much and it’s time for me to let it go before it overtakes me. In particular, this Black Shine Fever album represents a perfect paradigm. A three-
year gestation, preceded by a lifetime’s psychic metamorphosis and followed by two years of limbo / Hades, broken promises, appearances and shadows, as fragile as concrete in one’s inner silence … But all this, why? As an artist, but above all in my specific role as an artist, which I just cannot separate from myself as a living being, I have always liked to spectacularize deep aspects of me, things that I can hardly speak openly to someone, especially without doing a little of confusion … What, at first glance, might seem something halfway between a narcissistic game and kind of a somnambulistic self-analysis, reveals itself, once consumed, a truthful reading of a part of our lives. If art and music know how to give us this, then it is true that they are part of us as we are of them. Thus a
testimony becomes a work of art, however in which nothing is fixed, essential or sacred; I myself did not want to offer an answer to the sore dualisms that I praised in “Via Negativa”. I like to think that each of you can find inside a piece of your own life, indeed I would like you to write me en masse to share your experience with me in the presence of this creature of mine, Black Shine Fever. Make it yours, girls and boys, it’s for you. It is time for it to be truly yours. It has been my personal intoxication for the past five years. As if it were a toxic Eucharist, take it from me. Wine for the intoxicated, bread for the greedy, however it is … enjoy it.
Yours, Maxx M. ”

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Un messaggio da Maxx Maryan: “cari amici e amiche dal globo, mi è sempre piaciuto riflettere sull’idea che la musica che creiamo sia qualcosa che esista frammentata nell’etere, e che quindi già esista e che ci avvolga, prima che noi la codifichiamo tramite un processo creativo nella NOSTRA musica, la nostra arte. In questo caso, la musica è fisica, ha un corpo, un suo peso che spinge e urta sui nostri sensi. Se così, sarà probabilmente mortale come noi, ma evidentemente, sopravvivendo a noi la nostra stessa arte, gode di vita assai più lunga! Questa considerazione del tempo che passa e che lo fa con le dovute differenze, è stata, per un periodo, causa di mio turbamento. Chi mi conosce bene sa che la musica a mia firma finora pubblicata è solo una minuscola quantità di quanta effettivamente io ne abbia scritta e, in molti casi, registrata. Spesso mi vedo come un vaso sephirotico attraverso cui la musica fluisce, sfociando quindi altrove. Non posso più trattenere nulla, amici miei, da queste parti la musica “dentro” è troppa ed è ora che io la lasci andare, prima che mi sopravvada. In particolare, questo album dei Black Shine Fever ne rappresenta un perfetto paradigma. Una gestazione di tre anni, preceduta da metamorfosi psichiche di una vita e succeduta da due anni di limbo/ Ade, promesse rotte, comparse e ombre, tanto fragili quanto concrete nel proprio silenzio interiore… Ma tutto ciò,
perchè? Come artista, ma soprattutto nelle mie specifiche vesti di artista, che proprio non riesco a scindere da me come essere vivente, mi è sempre piaciuto spettacolarizzare aspetti profondi di me, cose di cui difficilmente riesco a parlare apertamente a qualcuno, soprattuto senza fare un pò di confusione… Ciò che, sulle prime battute, potrebbe sembrare qualcosa a metà tra un giochetto narcisistico e un’autoanalisi sonnambolica, si rivela, una volta consumato, una lettura veritiera di una parte delle nostre vite. Se l’arte, la musica, sanno donarci ciò, allora è vero che esse fanno parte di noi come noi di esse. Così una testimonianza diventa un’opera d’arte, però in cui niente è fisso, imprescindibile o sacro; io stesso non ho voluto offrire risposta ai mal di dualismo che ho decantato in “Via Negativa”. Mi piace pensare che ognuno di voi possa trovarci dentro un pezzetto delle proprie vite, anzi mi piacerebbe che mi scriveste in massa per condividere con me la vostra esperienza al cospetto di questa mia creatura, Black Shine Fever. Fatelo vostro, ragazze e ragazzi, è per voi. E’ tempo che sia davvero vostro. Esso è stato il mio personale intossicante negli ultimi cinque anni. Come se fosse un’eucaristia tossica, prendetelo da me. Vino per gli ebbri, pane per i golosi, comunque sia… godetene.
Vostro, Maxx M.”
 

credits

released July 3, 2020

Spoken word on “Diakrisis” by G/Ab Volgar Svenym Dei Xacrestani of Deviate Damaen.
Lyrics on “Diakrisis” freely taken from Martin Luther’s “Opera Omnia”.
Lyrics on “Spiritual Critical Gothic” freely taken from Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s heretic letters.
“Via Negativa” was summoned and expiated in different moments between Saturnalia 2015 and Vulcanalia 2018.
Visuals and photos: Noemi Aurora for Toxic Visions (www.toxic-visions.com).

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Audio production + Cover design + promotional band photo for Helalyn Flowers new EP single ‘Metropolis Necropolis’

Simultaneously with the lockdown due to Covid-19, we were engaged in our factory in the recording, production and mastering of the new Helalyn Flowers EP entitled 'Metropolis Necropolis'. Curated entirely by Maxx Maryan and Noemi Aurora from audio production to graphic-photographic creation. An official lyric video is also available!
 

OUT NOW Helalyn Flowers new single ‘Metropolis Necropolis’

■ Available now as 3 tracks digital EP at:https://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com/album/metropolis-necropolis-ep

Also Available:

■ ‘Metropolis Necropolis’ Limited edition signed A3 Art-print poster + single track download at: https://helalynflowers.bandcamp.com/merch/helalyn-flowers-metropolis-necropolis-limited-edition-signed-a3-300gr-poster-single-track-download

■ ‘Metropolis Necropolis’ Limited edition signed A3 Art-print poster + handwritten lyrics: https://noemiaurora.bandcamp.com/

■ ‘Noemi Aurora’ Limited edition signed A3 Art-print poster + your name on Helalyn Flowers new album thanx list: https://noemiaurora.bandcamp.com/merch/noemi-aurora-metropolis-necropolis-limited-edition-signed-a3-300gr-poster-your-name-on-helalyn-flowers-new-album

 

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Artist Photo shooting + Cd Cover Design – Miss Ballistic from USA photographed by Noemi Aurora at Toxic Visions

American singer/ model Carley Girl came in Italy to reach the Toxic Visions factory and get a killer photoshoot done by Noemi Aurora for Angelspit’s side project Miss Ballistic.

BACKSTAGE ARTICLE ON SIDE-LINE MAGAZINE

A murder of beauty queens…and only one tiara.

Nasty music for nasty women who are empowered, defiant and over it – Miss Ballistic is part electro-pop band, part all-girl bar brawl. If you like electro girl pop with a twist, you’ll LOVE Miss Ballistic.

Produced by Industrial strength Hellectro outfit Angelspit, Miss Ballistics’ debut album “Blood and Glitter” packs a punch with 10 electro riot tracks. Featuring the vocals of Carley Girl, Maeze, Cel and Melanie Jade, “Blood and Glitter” will turn dance floors into a blitz with infectious sweet girl vocals, pop hooks and pounding beats.

On the surface, Miss Ballistics’ lyrics are light-hearted blood thirsty tales about winning a beauty pageant, but underneath are filled with strength and determination. Tackling issues of body image, the beauty myth, unwanted physical contact, the press’s lust for youth and the unachievable body image still being projected onto women everywhere.

“Violence is served as entertainment everywhere. It’s our turn to be aggressive and share an empowering message dripping with glitz and glamour.”
– Miss Ballistic

credits

Music: Zoog Von Rock
Lyrics: Carley G. and Zoog Von Rock
Exec Producer: Carley G
Vocals: Maeze, CEL, Carley G and Melanie Jade
Cover Artwork / Make-Up and photography by Noemi Aurora for Toxic Visions design

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Cover design for Helalyn Flowers digital EP ‘Suicidal Birds’

Digital Ep Artwork + Band Photography + Logo Design + Merchandise design + Website/Bandcamp/Youtube/Twitter/Facebook webdesign by Toxic Visions

With “Suicidal Birds”, the HELALYN FLOWERS volcano erupts with the first sonic blow from their forthcoming album announced for Spring 2020: “Àiresis”. This new instant hit grows on you in no time with Noemi Aurora’s unique vocal dimension powerfully pushed to the forefront by an arsenal of solid electro sequencing intermingled with edgy guitars. A splendid song announcing an uplifting sublimation of HELALYN FLOWERS’ roots and background references distilling a magma of early electro wave, 90’s nu-synth era and 21st century revolted industrial pop.

The Italian duo then initiated collaborations with 3 other Alfa Matrix label family members offering radically different versions of this title song. 808 DOT POP appropriates the strong electro roots of the song and turns it into a high-energy synthetic groove track with old-school EBM frantic rhythm patterns and pumping basslines reminiscent to some kind of KRAFTWERK meets DEPECHE MODE synth pop hybrid. To the contrary, LLUMEN opted for a more orchestral rendition of “Suicidal Birds” plunging Noemi Aurora’s raging voice in a bath of ethereal soundscapes and giving it all its grandeur. Last but not least, the fruitful jamming studio session with IMJUDAS resulting in a dangerous and almost sexual clash of contrasts between HELALYN FLOWERS lush female vocals and IMJUDAS’ deep and dark vox, evoking a sort of unexpected collaboration between LADYTRON and GARY NUMAN with the intricate electro touch of RECOIL.

A stunning new song announcing the more than promising next studio album, and another big “kick in the ass” revolted shout against human’s defective illusion of freedom, the way our self-destructive humanity keeps building its own cage to feel free… “Don’t be the prey – be the hunter!”.

Official lyric video for ‘Suicidal Birds’ from the new album ‘Airesis’ out worldwide in 2020.
Watch now at: https://youtu.be/yWorOxC3PNs

// Buy official merchandise + ‘Suicidal Birds’ single download at: https://helalynflowers.bandcamp.com
// Buy ‘Suicidal Birds’ digital EP at: https://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com/album/suicidal-birds-ep
Also available on all digital platforms


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Lorraine Casey – Fury Road cover design and photography by Toxic Visions

Welcome to life Lorraine Casey!
During the latest months I was involved in various visual projects for very talented musicians.
After my contribution as a graphic designer for the release of female-fronted Electro-Metal act Elyose (they’re collecting a huge response with their latest album ‘Reconnexion’! ) I finally can share with you another great work that I had the pleasure to take care of as a photographer/art-director/graphic designer and make-up artist.
Lorraine Casey is a young musician at his debut, tainted by a fresh Punk/Rock warmed by old-fashioned shades of classic Blues.

Lorraine Casey – Fury Road / Digital album cover design + Band Photography / Styling / Make Up
by Toxic Visions / © Copyright. All rights reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Casey is a new artist to be discovered. His debut EP ‘Fury Road’ is produced and arranged by my partner MaXX at our own studios. We had great times here, sharing music influences, imaginary, stories and sounds to better represent Lorraine’s personality. It was a 360° collaboration and we’re really proud of the result! If you want to support independent music have a listen at Lorraine Casey official bandcamp page below.

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Digipack and Lp design for Elyose new album ‘Reconnexion’

Once again I had the great pleasure to take care of the complete artwork design, merchandise design and photo manipulation for Electro Metal female-fronted band Elyose.

Their new album ‘Reconnexion’ is available on CD digipack and a beautiful full color Vinyl as well as all main digital stores. You can order your copy directly from the band’s official store (signed copies are also available!): https://shop.elyose.com/

Elyose 3rd studio album will be released on September 27, 2018 via Elyose Records / Season of Mist Distribution. Mixed by Frédéric Gervais and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima, the band gathered a great team around them to create what they see as the ultimate ELYOSE experience. They also have some amazing guest vocalists on this album:

Mark Jansen – Epica, Mayan
Raf Pener – T.A.N.K
Flo Lemonnier – Far Away
Aurélien Fouet-Barak – Assent

 

 

 

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Toxic Visions Design released artwork for Helalyn Flowers new album ‘Nyctophilia’

Awesome news from Electro Goth Metal act Helalyn Flowers! Their 5th full lenght album ‘Nyctophilia’ is out now woldwide!

Available on CD / 2CD and all digital platforms, it includes 10 epic songs that will defibrillate your hearts!

Shimmering, adrenalinic and darkly sensual. It already hit #1 Bandcamp place for the Electro Metal chart and aim to be named ‘Album of the Year’ by several magazines from the alternative press!

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Helalyn Flowers at our partner studios in Rome, even this time all the visual, artwork and photography has been created by Toxic Visions design.

Including the detonating hit ‘Kamikaze Angel’, the album comes in a beautiful full color limited edition gatefold card case.
This stunning new edition format also includes a thrilling artistic full color 8-pages booklet designed by Noemi Aurora for Toxic Visions which shows off stunning conceptual illustrations based on the own album nocturnal theme, by dipping the band itself in an exclusive darkly fascinating atmosphere.
The booklet also includes full lyrics + a special thanx list with the names of all those who supported the band during promotional campaign: ‘Your name on Helalyn Flowers next album’!
Last but not least, included in this special limited edition a tasty postcard and 2 killer Helalyn Flowers bookmarks!

Out Now via Alfa Matrix.

Nyctophilia_digipack preview artwork

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New artwork for Asylence band by Toxic Visions Design

Asylence Death Metal band from Detroit just released the official lyric video for their new single The Knight’s Oath!

Available on iTunes, Spotify and all streaming services soon!

Background artwork by Noemi Aurora at Toxic Visions Design.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/asylence

http://asylence.com/Music.htm

 


Asylence is a Detroit Metro Area based metal band. Formed in 2016, they combine a unique blend of melodic death, black, core and progressive metal. Pulling influence from bands such as: Cattle Decapitation, All Shall Perish, Black Sabbath, King Diamond, Mastodon and Behemoth. Asylence brings a grinding, heavy new sound sure to make heads bang.

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