Beauty Among The Abyss: The Art of Timo Ketola

A celebration of his works as he leaves behind a legacy with his passing.


The year that keeps on taking has taken one more. This time, it is Timo Ketola, one of metal's most renowned and accomplished artists - an artist that we ourselves have featured time and time again for his paintings illustrate a madness that pairs well with those who craft it's soundtrack.


Born in Finland's southern capital of Helsinki, Ketola has crafted illustrations of all kinds, including posters, album covers, and logos, for the likes of OPETH, WATAIN, SUNN O))), TEITANBLOOD, DEAD CONGREGATION, MALTHUSIAN, and tons more. His oil paintings are as organic as it gets, resembling that of a living, breathing depiction in comparison to a digital one. His collaborative approach was welcoming and engaging as he formed relationships with bands across the underground spectrum, leading to subsequent commissions for shirts, album covers, and more. He was a man shrouded in mystery, never one to take on interviews or elaborate on his creative process, and rightfully so. Timo may have left the world today, but his art will forever live on.


We honor his name and bring you some of his best visual endeavors:

SERPENT NOIR - Eromysticism


DEAD CONGREGATION - Graves of the Archangels


CHAPEL OF DISEASE - .​.​.​And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye


KRYPTS - Remnants of Expansion


TEITANBLOOD - Seven Chalices


LVCIFYRE - Sacrament


DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum


ALTAR OF PLAGUES - Mammal


ABHORRENCE - Intransigence


HISSING / SUTEKH HEXEN - Split


MORTUUS - Grape of the Vine


WODENSTHRONE - Curse


VULTURINE / AIN SOF AUR - Qliphotic Death Worship


OMMADON - End Times


NECROS CHRISTOS - Nine Graves

Let the above covers serve as a testament to the power of Ketola's oil paintings, the likes of which will forever hold a place in metal's rich history. Long live, Timo Ketola.


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