Heavy Metal-Inspired Artist Derek Hess to Guest on WJCU-FM Tonight


Celebrated Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess will be a guest tonight at 8:30 on the long-running Metal on Metal radio show on John Carroll University’s WJCU-FM 88.7.

Hess’ first burst of fame came in the ’90s when he created powerful flyers and posters for the shows he booked at the Euclid Tavern, bills which often featured bludgeoning, metal-inspired underground bands like Helmet and Unsane. His posters were based on his skillful drawings, which captured the spirit of the music in tense, sinewy figures in often threatening environments.

Since then he has moved on to producing fine-art drawings, inspired by if not directly related to the heavy music he likes. He recently released a book called Black Line White Lie that showcases more than 275 of his distinctive drawings.

Hess told metal site Brave Words,

Although the root origins may vary with each drawing, many were encouraged to grow with metal as the fertilizer. The classics, or I should say my classics are played time and again in the studio, BLACK SABBATH's Sabotage, UFO's Strangers In The Night, THIN LIZZY's Live And Dangerous, CELTIC FROST's Morbid Tales, JUDAS PRIEST's Unleashed In The East, EXODUS' Bonded By Blood, SAXON's Wheels Of Steel and so on. The drawings work because they are based on the fundamentals, but what makes them solid is heavy metal.

Tonight he’ll be talking about the book with show host Bill Peters and spinning some of his favorite heavy metal tracks. If you’re not in earshot of the station, you can listen to the stream online.

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