The Film That Precedes Music. “Prédateurs” by Les Discrets

Les Discrets used us with that dreamy post-rock and melancholic perfumes. In essence, “Prédateurs” preserves their specific theme, but instead it changes their shades. They somehow give up to the all metal implications and we are introduced to a kind of dark indie rock with many influences from where you can detach a shred of […]

Our Kids Are Growing Up. Andreea Goes to London

Andreea Andrei is one of the artists we feel in love to and let ourselves captured in her spirit. But let’s not make out of this a cheesy love story. Mihaela is about to present her new Polaroid project in two exhibitions, in Bucharest and in London, UK, on July 21. That makes us really […]

Chillin’ Down With the Light of Melancholy. “The Circle” by Heretoir

Should I have an opinion on this?! There is some responsibility behind every review. It’s not a complicated job, the one you’re trying to write some stuff about did all the hard work. I never flirted with the idea of myself being a music connoisseur; I enjoy music, it’s true, but it’s quite difficult to […]

I’m Absolutely Head Over Heels with Natalie Kucken’s Work

I haven’t written an article for about four or five days; I guess I needed a break, to let my thoughts go and to find inspiration else where. Or maybe I was waiting for the opportune moment to write about an incredibly brilliant young woman, Natalie Kucken. It’s been like three hours since I discovered […]

“In the Blue Dress”, by Lena Osmolovska

Jelena Osmolovska is a 33 years old photographer from Latvia who talks about innocence, solitude and delicacy via refreshing and eye-catching artworks. According to the self-taught artist, photography itself is nothing but an ample reflection of thoughts, situations and experiences that have deeply changed her. In the new photographic series, “In the Blue Dress”, Lena […]

Chris Mars – the musician and visual artist of outcasts

Chris Mars’s paintings had already been bugging my mind for a while, before I actually went one step further – into searching more about him, finding out who was behind those beautifully grotesque images. His work has been exhibited in USA and Canada (please, come to Romania 🙂 ). Some of his solo exhibitions were […]

8-bit stories – the Nostalgia of Humanity

Ever wondered how our emotions look like bulked up into something which uses as trademark the too-rapid-growth-for-humans-to-adapt-to-it-easily of technology? Or ever wondered how can you express those things which used to be said bluntly face to face to someone, years ago when your only source of contacting that person was to pass by his house? […]

The Poetry Brothel and their unearthly world (III)

The Poetry Brothel the creative “Cirque du Freak” from America and continuously extending to Europe. We talked about what the Poetry Brothel is in the first article and continued with a presentation of members within the second article. Their movement introduces you to a part of the world which you can find mostly only in […]

Vanessa Conway Shows The Harsh, Fearful Face of Loneliness

Vanessa Conway lives in Evansville, United States and she has more than eight years of design and art direction experience specializing in photo retouching and fine art photography. That’s pretty much what we know about her. It seems like abandoned places and buildings have become one of the most interesting subjects to photograph. Now mix […]

Cristina Altieri’s Emotion Lasts in Time and Space

Milan based photographer Cristina Altieri is been for a while my inspiration. She captures sensual human forms and the warm light she uses transform her photos into eternal feelings. Cristina is attracted to faded, bleached tones that are close to her dreams. “She tries to create a connection between her inner world and those of […]

New Video From Black Metallers Doedsvangr

[Press release] Whilst DOEDSVNGR is a relatively new band, there is no denying the fact that the Norwegian/Finnish lineup comprising Shatraug (HORNA, SARGEIST, BEHEXEN and NIGHTBRINGER),   Anti-Christian (TSJUDER,  BEATEN TO DEATH) and founder and frontman Doedsadmiral (NORDJEVEL, SVARTELDER, ENEPSIGOS) contains some of the most experienced and respected musicians on the Black Metal scene.  Parlaying this […]

Lucifer’s Child Reveal New Video

[Press Release] Formed by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER’s CHILD‘s sound is based on classic Greek Black Metal.  The lineup of Emmanuel (guitars) and Stathis (bass), together with Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums, creates a sound that ranges from the heavier end of the musical spectrum to […]

Bogdan Dullsky and The Purest Form of Photography

You might be familiar with the famous Russian experimentalist Bogdan Dullsky (responsible for the Quest Room Project). There are many sounds in his music, they come and go; it looks like he’s trying to transform these sounds into outstanding photos. Modern black and white photography at its best is art, and it seems to me […]

The Post-Rock Is Doom(ed). Ordeal & Plight (Review)

Ordeal & Plight has first appeared in 2012 but seemed to failed in presenting their musical intentions in a very visible way. Specifically, it all begun from K desire to start a band and there joined another guitarist, H from Black Horizons; this project sounds like post-rock with black metal influences. Once R (the bassist) […]

Drab Majesty’s “The Demonstration” (Review)

In the info section on the Drab Majesty Facebook page, the description reads: “Drab Majesty is an inter-dimensional platform aimed at channeling aural and visual messages founded by a human being from Los Angeles in 2013. “ That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? The aforementioned “human being” goes by the name of Deb Demure and the […]

OPEN CALL: To all people around the world!

We all know that 2016 was a political mess on a global scale. Not forgetting, but leaving ISIS aside, for the moment, last year started a process of chaos which “happily” continues in 2017, turning many people’s lives upside down. So what happened in 2016 exactly? Lets take it from the beginning. The year started […]

“It’s a Good Mental Exercise to Try to Experience Art.” Interview with Ashenspire

“Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary” is a harrowing, yet distinctly human odyssey through the absurdities and tragedies of British imperialism, voiced in an appropriately deranged sprechgesang by the band’s creative director, Alasdair Dunn. The band takes influence from the original approach to black metal found in bands such as A Forest of Stars, Dødheimsgard, […]

The Philosophical Sense Of Music. Interview with NOÊTA

The duo from Västra Götaland, Sweden are musically described as black ambient, the band’s multi instrumentalists Êlea and Ândris aim to create music as an accompaniment to introspection. The music of NOÊTA is fascinating and compelling. It is music as mood; poetic, dark, ambient landscapes laid out with vintage equipment and Êlea’s enticing, mesmerizing voice. Your music […]

“Indeterminate music” by Daria Amaranth

Already familiar to her photos, we know Daria Amaranth likes to portray fragile and melancholic emotions, sensual and sad feelings, disturbing and confused ones. Her brand new series is called “Indeterminate music” and it has been already published on PhotoVogue, too.  Full of emotion and with a dramatic representation, everything sums up to a pure heaven […]

The Poetry Brothel and Their Unearthly World (II)

Continuing the “saga” of The Poetry Brothel, in this second article we will talk about, the so-called “poetry whores”. In the previous article, I said that they remind me of a book series written by Darren Shan, about a freak show which mixes the abnormal with the paranormal. I wrote about the management and presented […]

“Labyrinth” by White Cube Has the Right Amount of Ambience and Post-Rock

White Cube is a so-called secret side project from the creators of musicformessier and Eensdenkend. I’m here writing this because of a recommendation and I must confess White Cube music fits perfectly my mood. Released on January 16, this psychedelic ambient/post-rock makes me escape from this ordinary, misplaced galaxy. Irony or not, these seven songs […]

“Analogue is the New Black” by Ani Buero

Today’s featured on Cultartes is Ani Buero, an Argentinian photographer and a public accountant. I have followed her photographs for just about a week, but it’s that ironic, powerful and fresh style that made me keep on doing that. As she states: “Analogue is the new black“, the magic begins once she starts clicking. Let […]

Girl Crush: Warm and Feminine Portraits by Ana Santos

When I discovered Ana Santos on Instagram, I immediately knew I was having a crush for her work. No one can resist these beautiful, delicate and creative illustrations. Ana is a Spanish artist and not only does she handle lines apart, but her color choices are both warm and feminine, but also playful and free.  […]

The Poetry Brothel and Their Unearthly World

The Poetry Brothel reminds me of Darren Shan’s book series “The Darren Shan Saga” in which the main action takes place within (as the title of the first book says) a “Cirque du Freaks”. What caught my attention when I read the books was, how the author mixed anomalies with paranormal powers. The story’s main […]

Mind-Bendingly Manipulated Landscapes that Warp the Perception of the World

Petey Ulatan has one of the best Instagram account ever; he is a creative professional based out of Honolulu, Hawai. It’s so lovely to follow him. Ulatan creates mind-bendingly manipulated landscapes that warp the perception of the world around us. Inspired by Inception or Interstellar, where the laws of physics are turned on their head, in Petey’s […]

Sarah Likes Pretty Girls And We Like Sarah

Sarah Bleszynski has a “bad” habit, sarahlikesprettygirls, as we all do. “Sarah Bleszynski´s work represents a refreshing honest pictorial of women made by women.” (source) Very true, indeed, but for me, this sounds more like a woman fight, into a boxing ring fenced with all kinds of subtleties. I won’t use big words, big words is for nerds; […]

NIИ’s “Not The Actual Events” (EP) – Review

Among the festivities and all the Christmas cheer that’s inevitably shoved down your throat year after year, Nine Inch Nails coming out with a new album and pissing all over your Greatest Christmas Carols compilation is the most wonderful of miracles. On December 16th, Trent Reznor announced the release of the 5-track EP Not The […]

Cultartes Features: Alex Lee by Bleeblu

Mark Harless a.k.a. Bleeblu is a portrait photographer based in Alabama. He believes it’s important you know he is not from there. He merely just lives there until new opportunities come up. Bleeblu was born in the Philippines but spent most of his youth on an island in the the Pacific Ocean called Kwajalein.    This […]

Music 4 X-Mas; The Unconventional Mode Activated

I don’t know what’s the trick about this but many musical artists, at least the ones I know, consider to release their albums on Christmas Eve or even on Christmas Day. Is it weird or what? Well, I thought to throw on the tray some of this cool steaming materials. Be careful, not to be consider […]