Hello my friends! Marcelo Vasco here. I'm a brazilian cover artist specializing in the graphical underworld of music since the mid-90’s. I focus on print media, specifically artwork, CD/LP/DVD/BOOK covers, merch & apparel, and all other promotional designs for the metal musical culture. Over the years I have created artwork for numerous highly influential bands including Slayer, Machine Head, Kreator, Dee Snider, Soulfly, Hatebreed, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir. I'm head of graphic department for AISA (All Independent Service Alliance), with offices in North America and Europe. I had my work recognized by the metal media as part of the one greatest metal graphic artists today and also had my art printed in many publications including books like Arte Arcana, And Justice for Art #2, Metal & Hardcore Graphics, Darkadya Book #2 and magazines like Heavy Music Artwork, Inside Artscum etc. I got 1º place trophy in the North American award "Black Stars Awards", hosted by Darkadya Books, in the category "Master Artist", and I also have presented my art exhibitions at Inferno Festival in Oslo/Norway (2015), Tattoo Week Rio (2016) and at the amazing Comic Con Ecuador (2017). In 2018 I was invited to talk about my artwork at "THE NOITE com Danilo Gentili", the biggest Talk Show on Brazilian TV, and that was freaking awesome!
Client: SLAYER Album: The Repentless Killogy Label: Nuclear Blast, 2019
Client: SLAYER Final Tour Illustration 2018
Client: SLAYER Album: Repentless Label: Nuclear Blast, 2015
Client: SLAYER Artwork for the Final Tour
Client: BORKNAGAR Album: True North In partnership with the photographer Thor Erik Dullum.
Client: BORKNAGAR Album: Winter Thrice Label: Century Media, 2016
Client: HATEBREED Album: The Concrete Confessional Label: Nuclear Blast, 2016
Client: SOULFLY Album: Enslaved Label: Roadrunner, 2012
Client: TESTAMENT Album: The Gathering (Artwork Revisited)
Client: KREATOR Album: Gods of Violence Exclusive NA Cover Label: Nuclear Blast, 2016
Client: DEE SNIDER Album: For the Love of Metal Label: Napalm Records, 2018
Client: VALLEY OF CHROME Album: Victorious
Slayer, Machine Head, Kreator, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Hatebreed, Dark Funeral, Testament, Dee Snider, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Obituary, Borknagar, Mayhem, Vader, Belphegor, Enslaved, Ragnarok, Absu, Satyricon, Vintersorg, Venom Inc, Mortiis, Metal Allegiance, Audrey Horne, Sahg, Chrome Division, Coroner, Keep of Kalessin, Vital Remains, Brujeria, Lord Belial, Gorgoroth, Besatt, Kvelertak, Neurosis, Solefald, Einherjer, Vreid, 1349, Job For A Cowboy, Manegarm, Rebaelliun, Engangsgrill, Stonegard, Sarke, Djerv, Shining, Ov Hell, Godseed, Malevolent Creation, Gehenna, Suffocation, Azaghal, Niterain, Archer, Decrepit Birth, Grave, Misery Index, Kråke, The Faceless, Cronian, Hellsaw, Ad Hominem, Funeral, In Vain, Trinacria, Wardruna, Iskald, Merauder, Necrophagist, Born Of Osiris, Trident, Noctem, Red Harvest, Necrophagia, Devian, Hate, Assassin, Utbyrd, El Caco, Dead To This World, Thornium, Mencea, Incite, Lody Kong, Municipal Waste, Voltumna, Astafix, Distraught, Korzus, The Ordher, Nervochaos, I Gather Your Grief, Patria, Murder Rape, Magenta Harvest, Malefactor, Mysteriis, Reghency, Frost Despair, Riwen, Matanza, Unearthly, Munruthel, Carpatus, Hollow, Stigmhate, Swords at Hymns, Two Places at Once, Diabo Verde, Death Yell, Forahneo, Dying Suffocation, Arkanger, Hagbard, Images At Twilight, Luvart, Warshipper, Glitter Magic, Hagbard, Bywar, Laconist, Land of Fog, Litosth, Affront, By Norse Music, The Conjuring, Sculptor, Le Chant Noir, Shattered Sun, Válvera, Molejo, Thyrant, Agnideva, Malefactor, Warcursed, Natural Hate, Frost Despair, Warshipper, Death Tyrant, Carnifex, Valley of Chrome and many more +++
“We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork and we felt Marcelo's was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover”
Tom Araya SLAYER
“I had the pleasure of working with Marcelo for several years now, developing ideas for artwork with Dimmu Borgir, Chrome Division & Ov Hell and I highly recommend him, my number 1 choice... A true artist with passion for his work & dark art in any visual form. Professional, fast, effective & a good friend”
Shagrath DIMMU BORGIR / CHROME DIVISION / OV HELL
“Marcelo Vasco has been my personal artist for a couple of years now. I love his work. He brought a lot of new ideas and concepts to the Soulfly Merchandise. He is also the fastest artist I have ever worked with! I’m proud that he’s brazilian like me. He’s making a name for himself outside of Brazil”
Max Cavalera SOULFLY / CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
“Marcelo Vasco is truly a wizard of the highest grade in the world of visual design. He works along the lines of perfection and always deliver work that surpass any initial expectations, with the uttermost care and quality. What I appreciate the most, is his unique ability to visually portray musical/lyrical ideas with a mind-reading, almost scary, precision.”
Øystein G. Brun BORKNAGAR / CRONIAN
“I first had the pleasure of working with Marcelo Vasco on our most recent album "Bloodstone & Diamonds", after rejecting a different artists album cover ideas, at the 11th hour we commissioned Marcelo to do a large body of work in an incredibly short amount of time (three weeks) for a 28 page CD booklet, 48 page mediabook, and vinyl. Not only did he deliver in an extremely timely manner under an immense amount of pressure, he delivered some of the most disturbing, interesting and just flat-out fuckin' cool artwork Machine Head have had in some time.”
Robb Flyn MACHINE HEAD
"We've been working with Marcelo for years and every time he outdoes himself. Top quality work, extremely fast and always innovative. One of the best in the metal scene when it comes to artwork, layout and all things metal!"
Gerardo Martinez NUCLEAR BLAST AMERICA
"I have had the pleasure to work with Marcelo for many years, and we have also developed a personal friendship that I cherish. But right the focus is on his artistic talent, which, like his personality, is huge! He has an eye for clean, to-the-point and yet highly advanced and elegant artwork, design and layout. As a professional, he defines service, efficiency and trustworthiness. I sincerely hope I get to work with him again in the future!"
Ivar Bjørnson ENSLAVED