I listen to a lot of bands that espouse questionable ideologies to put it mildly. With the assimilation of black metal into the mainstream, typically left-leaning music fans like me have had to grapple with the fact that some of our favorite bands have at least expressed sympathy for Nationalist Socialism – you know, Nazism – if not fully embracing it. My rationale, however, for continuing to enjoy this music is that if I only listened to music made by people I agree with, there would be very little I could listen to – no GG Allin, no Merle Haggard, no NWA, no Slayer. Come to think of it, 90 percent of the musicians I admire express rather extreme viewpoints, and that’s precisely what I find so fascinating about them.
For nearly two decades, Mark Riddick has done illustrations, album covers, and t-shirts for metal bands such as Devourment, Hirax, Deceased, Kataklysm, Nunslaughter, Slayer, and countless others. No one draws rotting corpses, severed goat heads, or piles of maggots quite like him.