So who is the mysterious warrior soul known as Valgorth?
to You, Ace! Thank You for taking the time in sending this rapid
interrogatory. It is interesting to share valuable opinions and
thoughts. Regarding Your question, I have to say it depends what you
actually mean by “mysterious”. I guess there is mystery about my
persona, but that is only because I want everybody to focus on my works
and nothing else. I know that I did several projects and metal activism
for a couple of years, and because of that, I can be seen or classified
in many ways. However, I find it difficult to put myself into simple
categories. I constantly am modifying patterns of existency and I do
not want to encapsulate myself. I am like an explorer who seeks to
discover the limits of his abilities. The illustration, graphic and web
design, music, or just writing a report, statement, or portraying
myself with ornaments, or anything else, are just working tools,
elements, bridges, portals, signs that I swing in order to liberate a
message. I hardly am considering myself an artist nowadays. “Whatever
my passions demand of me, I become for the time being - artist,
musician, author, lecturer or anything else.” That is my guiding
condition. I am not a collective person but a neo-positivist and
individualist being. I hail to the intellectual revolution of mind,
through hard work and sacrifice, over simple pleasures of society. I am
just one like many others out there who possess the words “strength
through resistance” incrusted in the soul.
How and when were you introduced to Heavy Metal?
was seventeen when I felt interest in this music. I was handed 2 tapes,
a compilation containing several Manowar songs, and a Running Wild
recording from the Piles of Skulls album. I was immediately
enthusiastic about the energy, potency and magic of this special music.
I was not even caring about any other kind of sound before that. I was
partially a recluse anyway. I was just caring about my studies,
illustrations and martial arts. At the same time, I was developing a
huge interest in barbarian/sci-fi/dark illustrations. I was also
increasing a fascination in paganist and occultist lectures. It was
definitely an automatic reaction to reject any obscure and ridiculous
godly idea. So I can see how the combination of those growing artistic
passions, lectures, and ideas were constructing very specific mental
and spiritual codes for adequate impulses to connect myself with metal
music. In my opinion, I was always sworn by the metal winds except that
I was lacking some musical parameters to fulfill specific areas. I
would also like to add that I talk about metal, not heavy metal.
Because heavy, black, death, thrash, grind, etc, describe different
motivational and powerful aspects, structures and stimuli within metal.
Everything contributes to varied moods and emotions. They all work as a
tornado that purifies my metabolism. Ultimately, I am not perceiving
the idea of metal the same way as many do. I do not share the idea of
metal just as a musical form or movement. Neither is it a way of living
or to belong to a specific target of society. I consider metal a
condition or state of influence that contributes to certain emotions in
balancing the energy within. Some people call it metal; I call it
rebellion, liberation, strength, emancipation of senses. A force that
drives the impetus. All this must embrace a serious and important
meaning. Otherwise it has no real significance and purpose.
What was your first concert experience?
was an invitation to assist the Monsters of Rock Festival in 1995. It
wasn’t the best show, but it was interesting to see a huge concert like
that. Of course, much better events came after that one.
How old are you?
enough to know that age is not important when one is blessed by a heart
of fury! I never cared about time parameters. My energy will never fade
Have you lived in Argentina your whole life?
am currently localised in the boring city of Buenos Aires. But I am not
living in the pandemonium of noise, buildings, people and cars from the
central city. I hate the human zoo there. Argentina has very beautiful
landscapes and natural areas, but I cannot say the same about the
general population. There are exceptions though. Thankfully, mp3
players exist, so they can guard the sanity of Your mind against all
the possible signals of human disturbance while You walk the streets.
What is the metal scene like there?
I really do not pay too much attention to local or international
scenes. I am fervently not following anything. I only keep myself
informed and that’s all. I am so concentrated on work that I literally
disconnect myself from the outside world. I am not the classic guy who
goes to night clubs every weekend, so I don’t know what everybody is
doing out there. Basically, what You have here is not so different than
other places. There are very intelligent, organized and serious groups
of competent working persons; then there is a major sector of
accumulated human garbage, who are ruled by unculturalism and idiotism.
The problem is that, due to this second group of living abortions, the
valuable persons are hardly taken seriously. It is better to not deal
with all those unscrupulous characters because they are just a waste of
time. As soon as I meet someone like that I just doom his presence to
oblivion. It is better to be surrounded by positive human beings.
have been providing a unique combination of artwork and webdesign for
the metal community for some time now. How long have you been in
Officially, I have been
active in this for 6 years now. Nevertheless, I consider my piles of
illustrations for the final issues of Leather Knights fanzine, an extra
impulsion of my career. That was during 1998 and 1999. Afterwards, I
developed my online portal called Maximal Collision in 2002 - a metal
website with a serious and furious point of view that was the
cornerstone work for my actual operations and responsibilities. That
site was also a primary bridge to expose my artworks and promote
related metal activities for colleagues of the force. Eventually, MC
was terminated in 2005.
As far as the combination of graphic and
web design go, I find it extremely interesting and valuable the
possibilities that both fields offer. If You know how to get the best
from them, the creative possibilities are endless. I generate very
particular conditions in different conscious and unconscious levels. I
can manipulate many forms of art in different directions. I have a
great motivation and I love to challenge my capacities. I still have a
lot of knowledge to assimilate. This is a continuous path and I am
discovering new methods and techniques all the time. I don’t think
there is a real point of perfection, only the capacity to constantly
overcome Your own limits.
Did you ever take any artistic lessons?
I did not take any. All come natural to me. I am completely
self-taught. Besides, I never had the proper enthusiastic or economical
support from others to have formal studies. So, I was basically
teaching myself how to do everything. I guess if I was mega rich I
would be going to the highest institutes but I never felt that I needed
that. This also leads me think about my max-ally and friend, Wojtek
Lisicki, who never went to any musical institute. Nevertheless, he
conceived albums of might that shake the foundations of everything we
know in metal music - blasting to dust the most famous and boring
albums of the past and last millenium. He is living proof of the power
You have worked with some famous bands now. How have those experiences been? Which is the most memorable?
or not, it is always a satisfaction to forge legacies with professional
and intelligent beings. All my experiences were very great so far.
People from the metal zone do not have to waste so much time explaining
to me how everything works. The communication is always good and
internet simplifies the interaction. I don’t think I can select just
one memorable experience. I have so many memories from everybody that
it would be unfair to leave anyone out.
Have any bands or labels ripped you off?
yet. I hope I do not have to experience that situation. I always try to
get involved in projects with persons who are serious. If there is real
commitment then we can have a deal and make a good working plan. As a
man of honour, I refuse anything that could compromise my principles.
However, I do not think that my methods, image, ideology, honoraries,
or everything that characterises me will appeal to the opportunist
rats. I think it is quite obvious the level of art that I offer. But
You never know...
How much work have you done for the non-metal community?
couple. My works are not only dedicated to the metal community. They
are also applicable to a broad spectrum of categories from music,
literature, sci-fi and fantasy to animation, video games,
cinematography, science and more. However, I am not interested in
political parties, religious or military organizations. But for
example, I would gladly hear an assignment proposal from an
environmental organization. Sometimes I give a hand to other colleagues
who have no clear idea what metal is all about or who Valgorth is. It
is very productive in a professional level to expand horizons in other
zones. There are always people who possess knowledge that one doesn’t
and You can learn a lot from them, even if You watch them do their
Tell us about the winged hammer and why you created it.
always admired the essence of the mighty ancient hammer. It is a very
significant symbol that reflects courage, guidance and inspiration. It
is a powerful symbol against tyranny. Especially back in the days of
iron when the rising oppression of an obscure religious belief was
severely suppressing and infecting the minds. Retrospectively, I am a
man of codes and analogies. It is a natural process for me to observe
and recognise signs everywhere. I systematically project my own
symbology in order to reject the influence of this reality and
transcend the liberty of my actions. I thought it was an adequate
choice to assimilate the essence of the sign of the hammer and make it
part of me. This is a shield to confront the modern society and oppose
their dogmatic mysticism and primitive ideas; and of course, it is
another way to deny the isolation from this world order. I do not
intend to instigate anyone to follow what I do or act according to what
I say. I have my codes of life, and everyone should find their own. But
it is my intention to free and deliver a message to construct a gateway
out from this matrix we call “reality”. I created both the winged and
encircled hammer as symbols of justice, strength and liberty. Not only
to identify myself and everything I do but also to inspire, encourage
and motivate the inner force. Everything I do has a meaning and a very
calculated thought. I strive for sagacity of mind. Something more than
just fancy words and colours to make the perception react and expand.
Art without essence is nothing. I consider important the way we
perceive the world, otherwise we would be just robotic automatons. One
should always follow his or her own spirit as guide and be strong like
the hammer of Thor to perform giant killing duties.
Tell us about ‘The Catalclysmical Metal Front’ newsletter and how people can subscribe.
Cataclysmical Metal Front is basically an online newsletter to inform
the audience and keep them updated with all the current activities and
news of the site. I didn’t want to name it only “Newsletter” because it
would sound too boring. I didn’t actually have a lot of time to work
with this publication either. I got too busy with assignments that I
didn’t find the time to properly bring to life that section. The
publication is a bit under suspended animation for the moment. However,
I have a better idea of what I want to do now. It is very possible that
I could just restart from the beginning all over again, change the name
and look of everything or whatever else. The people can subscribe just
sending their e-mail addresses using the subscription page from the
You also have created your own music. Tell us about that.
the process of creating music opened new gates for exploring more
artistic boundaries. This was something that was pounding my mind for a
long time. But when You do not have the right tools, neither the
knowledge, spiritual and metal maturity, or predisposition to affront
the task, then it is better to let the time make its magic and prepare
the terrain, to welcome Your return when You are ready. I have been
constructing music for a moderated period of time. At this moment there
is not so much that I want to reveal about it. I am concentrating on
learning, composing and arranging the material that I have so far. I am
not a musician nor do I care about that. But I have a lot of ideas that
I want to manifest. This is also a research of pure scientific and
musical investigation with a haughty renegade approach. What will
result from this is something that only the winds of tomorrow know.
So how has the Judo been going?
very well, thank You for asking. I had a very intense time during
January, February and March training with the national delegation. I
was also preparing the machinery for the national contest that took
place in La Rioja (an Argentinean province), in April where I got the
2nd position of my category. It was a very good achievement considering
that I wasn’t competing for the last four years. There were very
curious expectations from everybody to see “the return”. Everything was
perfect, contrary to the pleas of some pigs. When the national was
over, I went to an exile for two months to focus on work. Of course,
the training never stopped. However, I am not so sure if I will be so
involved with the national team as I used to be. I have H-I-G-H-E-R
priorities and deeper fights calling my name. My maximal motivation, in
connection to Judo, is exclusively the physical training to keep
perfecting and enduring myself. Besides, I am sick of the entire
political bullshit and internal masquerade with two-faces from our
national committee. They basically expect you to kiss their arses to
have results done. Well, that is something I will never do. They and
everybody who thinks that way can totally fuck-off.
How long have you practiced it?
years, since my 6 years old. I lost the count of how many combats I
did. I trained and fought in the most deplorable conditions: wounded,
sick, with cold and heat, without food, without resting. When I became
sensei, I even had my own dojo where I was teaching little kids from 4
to 12 years old. I enjoy this discipline a lot. I am currently training
with a group of people who are absolutely wonderful. True brothers at
Have you ever had to use it in a real life situation?
I was using it in real life situations since the first time I stepped
onto a tatami for combating others. It is not really a dancing act that
we do there. People can really go mean on you. If you do not respond
with proper aggression, you can get hurt, especially during extremely
high conditions of professional competition levels. I have pals who had
their arms and legs broken or lost their consciousness to the point of
hospitalization. I saw it all. In street fight terms, I was sadly
involved in a couple, but I do not like vainglory. It was only
self-defense because I avoid conflicts. Besides, I am not a fat
neanderthal anus-fighter wearing a Motörhead t-shirt who needs to prove
himself every weekend at the bar. People who are like that are apes.
The only fight that I am interested in is to combat the constant
oppression of this treacherous world that systematically intends to
slave our souls.
One thing I’ve
always admired about you, and personally find inspiring, is your level
of integrity and motivation. Where does this come from? Who and what
have inspired you to become who you are?
You very much for those great and honorific words! My sources of
inspirations and stimulus are many. They all come from many places such
as illustration, movies, martial arts, lectures, chats, friends, music,
visions, animals, nature, storms, winds, universe, theories, fantasy,
magic, un-magic, happiness and suffering. My mind is a radar constantly
assimilating signals from each zone. I like to get the best from
everything, even from misery. There is always discouragement in many
forms. But if you are able to believe in yourself beyond that sphere,
then you can obtain the extra-energy you need to keep moving forward.
Because the truth is that your inner golden voice is what really
matters. There are the ones who will always have very valuable wisdom,
and one could be stupid for not learning from other people’s mistakes.
But what the rest of the mob of right reproduces is just a collection
of thoughts to limit your capacities. At the end, you are the only one
who has the power to make things real. I am not the master of the world
or someone who knows everything, neither do I consider myself better
than anyone else. But I know what it is to submit mind, body and soul
into sacrifice for one’s goals. I learned to work through pain to
achieve certain objectives. I consider that Aggression, Fury and Hate
can be maximal allies in times of need when everything else has been
vanished. I believe in the hegemonic power and triumph of will and the
causes provoked by one’s own hand. That is the only faith that I
I cannot say that someone made me the way I am. I do not
feel so comfortable with that idea. Besides, this point of view also
implies a pre-participation from a god. I am totally a renegade with
that. Religion is a drug that pollutes the conscience. It intends to
dominate the mind and soul with totalitarian fundaments. There is a
magical purity in this world that should be protected from the hands of
mind-oppressors. We write our own books man.
Name some illustrators you like.
Bisley, Clint Langley, Alex Ross, Lucas/Mauro Cascioli/Ariel
Olivetti/Claudio Ramirez and their inspiring work with Cazador, Frank
Frazetta, Liam Sharp, Frank Bernard Dicksee, Mĺrten Eskil Winge,
Gustave Doré, H.R. Gigger and Alberto Breccia for “The Myths Of
What are you currently reading?
just put my hands on the volumes of Sláine: The Books Of Invasions;
that is a brilliant and fantastic publication! I am also reading a lot
of online dictionaries, tutorials of design and software, information
about totems, quotes, biographies, news about movies and comic books,
Nietszche, Sun Tzu or anything that I think could help me with my
plans, business or just to keep myself interested. I have books about
history, myths, satanism, paganism, odinism, including works from
Lovecraft (my favourite writer), Michael Moorcock, Tolkien and other
writers, and piles of comic books. Most of the time, I don’t read
newspapers, or stuff like that so much. Most of the times, I have no
idea what is going on out there until someone tells me.
What is your favorite super-hero movie?
absolutely mega love the film adaptations of Christopher Nolan’s
Batman. They really revindicated the essence of the character this
time. Batman Begins was like reading Year One by Frank Miller but on
giant screen. The Dark Knight movie was far beyond my expectations. It
was perfect. A fantastic movie full of action and meaning. It was very
inspiring. V For Vendetta was really great as well. As far as the
avalanche of Marvel movies, I like The Punisher and Incredible Hulk
with Edward Norton. I am interested about what they will do with Thor.
Another great movie based on a comic book that I enjoyed was 300. They
should definitely make an adaptation version based on Sláine Mac Roth
What is the ultimate movie of all times?
That title bellows to CONAN THE BARBARIAN.
last words from me! I am not disappearing or dying. I appreciate the
time you took for sending me this questionary to exchange words and
thoughts. There are still many goals to accomplish. I am preparing the
machinery to expand the entity to other sectors, to let the voice of
rebellion be heard with greater might. Keep an eye on my new
headquarters, HAMMERBLAZE, on www.hammerblaze.com - The Flame has been risen! A salutation of thunder to all those who are Allies. Power to the Circle Of The Arcanes!
SHARPEN UP THE STEEL!