ALDO "V" REQUENA

ART DIRECTION

Hammerblaze is a graphic design company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, operated since 2008 by Aldo 'Valgorth' Requena, who focuses on artwork illustration, brand identity, and visual content in the diverse industries of music, publishing, and entertainment. For over 10 years, Aldo Requena, most often operating under the moniker of Hammerblaze, has supplied over 100 album designs and works in various formats, supported events and tour campaigns; and established a worldwide presence with dedication for art and music. He works with bands and clients of all calibers - established names and new rising acts; from all around the globe.

The art of Hammerblaze emphasizes themes of barbarian fantasy, dramatic literary, historical, and legendary scenes to evoke immortal greatness against adversity. The works contain complex, highly original, imaginative, and dense use of details and iconography, some of which have made Hammerblaze's artworks a competitive and assertive force of recognition within the metal musical arena.

“My work with Hammerblaze is Art that stands for three simple principles: POWER to achieve results with perseverance, IDEALISM to create works with heart, and WAR to defy reality with artistic statements. I believe that a creative mind must stand outside the system and strongly reject all norms from the status-quo. That's the core of my work. Creativity Against The Norms.” — A.R. Valgorth

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TESTIMONIALS

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"Back in ’03 when we were completely immersed with all aspects of writing music and touring there was little time for working with our website and online promotion. That’s when we turned to Aldo “Valgorth” Requena. He helped not only to set up our new site but also continuously making updates and expanding our online presence. He is one of the most dedicated and professional persons I have ever met, and now almost 20 years later we still keep in touch. I also have the pleasure of calling him my friend."
Martin Vildinge (Lost Horizon)

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"I trust Hammerblaze with the visuals for all my projects. When it comes to epic and dark art, Aldo is the true master and ALWAYS exceeds my expectations."
Franco Tempesta (Naufragant)

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"If you want first class graphics and layouts for your releases Aldo is your man. It was always a real pleasure to work with him as he not only is a great artists, 100% reliable, but also puts a lot of passion into his work and adopts to the needs of his clients. He is one of the most professional artist I ever worked with in all the years as musician."
Jan Bünning (Paragon)

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"Valgorth is not only our artist but also part of the band. We have been working together since the very beginning of Skiltron. He has the power to perfectly describe our music with his pencil."
Emilio Souto (Skiltron)

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"Talk about working with a true master professional Aldo is it from his professional eye and attention to detail on the works of Feanor Power of the Chosen One graphic art film and just an all around great guy a brother of true metal you don't get much better than this guy thank you my friend you are truly a master."
David Shankle (former-Manowar / Feanor)

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"I have been working with Aldo Requena since 2005 until this present day including having him been the full time website designer for Black Majesty, album artwork and design for our 2015 releases and also with the art and layout for my most recent project The Dark Horde. Through out the years Aldo has only given 100% effort and super designs and has the understanding of Heavy Metal which he excels and delivers his own style with great quality all the time. I would highly recommend Aldo for art and design to anyone, anywhere in the world if you are chasing great quality work ."
Hanny Mohamed (Black Majesty)

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"Sonic Prophecy has used the artwork of Aldo Requena at Hammerblaze studio for all our albums and merchandise. After more than a decade of working with Aldo, he has never failed to create exceptional work, taking the time to delve into the music and lyrics, work through the ideas of the band, and come up with unique, one of a kind artwork that captures the power and feeling of each album. Aldo Requena creates high caliber artwork that is truly a visual representation of our music. I would highly recommend Aldo Requena to any musician looking to take the visuals of their band to the next level."
SHANE PROVSTGAARD (Sonic Prophecy)

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"November 12th 2021 not only marked the Celebration of the Vortex Society, it was a funeral experience towards a cycle which ended on that very night just so a new one can be born. We have never expected to be able to work closely with so many amazing artists like Aldo Requena who have embraced the Vortex Installation cause to a level we have never thought to be possible. Aldo proved himself to be one of the most interesting artists we have ever spoken and worked with. A true Vortex Ambassador which will remain in our core for the next years to come!"
Gaerea

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"Aldo was fantastic to work with. He really listened to what we wanted and was very good at creating the exact image we had in mind. He was easy to work and communicate with and was very professional. We had no issues with his designs when it came to printing artwork, all his work was of the highest standard. Would highly recommend him for any artwork needs."
Kat Sproule (Horizons Edge)

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"Working with Hammerplaze has been a pleasure for me. I appreciate the great ideas and the reliable implementation."
Sven D'Anna (Wizard / Feanor)

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"Trabajar con Aldo siempre es un placer para nosotros no solo por el nivel que tiene para plasmar lo que uno le pide a la hora de hacer un arte para un cd, remera, logo...etc ....sino porque siempre entiende la vision de la banda que tiene para el arte de los discos subiendo el nivel en cada lanzamiento que hacemos.... en pocas palabras Aldo es el equivalente a derek riggs para nosotros como el fue para maiden"
Jorge (Interceptor)

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"Conozco a Aldo Requena (VALGORTH) desde hace muchísimos años. Él siempre ha estado junto al HEAVY METAL de una u otra forma. Como FAN, apasionado por las vetas más genuinas, filosas y pesadas de nuestra escena; como ARTISTA, un “todo terreno” cuyos conocimientos y versatilidad, le permiten canalizar con certera puntería, cualquier idea o proyecto que uno tenga en mente. Él ha estado acompañando al METALICA FANZINE en gran parte de su trayecto, sea desde los tiempos en que concretó nuestra primera página web; pasando por los aguerridos diseños para los compilados “Código de Honor” en cd, y muchas otras cosas que serán develadas con el correr del tiempo. Cuando “peleas contra el mundo”….VALGORTH esta de tu lado!"
Fabián De La Torre (Metalica Fanzine)

CLIENTS & ASSOCIATIONS

Many clients and partners are located in WALES, UNITED STATES, SWEDEN, SCOTLAND, NORWAY, GERMANY, ENGLAND, CANADA, AUSTRALIA y ARGENTINA.

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Valgorth has spearheaded diverse operations in conspiracy with: Ancestral Tunes Records · Against The Plagues · Black Majesty · Blacksmith · Cataclysmical Maelstrom · Cellador · Clamando Venganza · Clan Wallace · Dark Shift · Deströyer 666 · Dolmen · Enthrall · Farseer · Faustcoven · Feanor · FlashBack 2029 · Heathen Alliance Festival · HolyHell · In-Defilade · Interceptor · Jaggernaut · Kingdom · Legendary Kingdoms · Lost Horizon · Luciferion · Lyra · Mandoble · Martin Walkyier · Maximal Collision · Metal Forces Magazine · Metal.com · Metalica Zine · Metal-Rules.com · Montreal · Omega’s Apple · Outer Beyond · Paragon · Quemando Cromo · Remedy Records · Running Wild (ReUnation) · Samsarra · Secret Port Records · Shackles · Sinterra · Skiltron · Skull & Bones · Sonic Prophecy · Splintered World · Tengwar · Vesperian Sorrow · Vic Records · Victimario · Vorgrum · Wacken Metal Battle Argentina.