John Awesome and Nydia Hernandez were having an engagement photoshoot with photographer Janet Wheeland in Holy Jim Canyon, California when they stumbled into an entirely different kind of shoot. Black metal band Coldvoid happened to be in the same woods shooting promo photos under the full moon, and the two groups decided to join forces.
“During the last part of the session, we noticed a few guys with some corpse paint makeup on sitting at a nearby bench blaring out some black metal music,” Awesome told ABC News. “We just randomly thought it would be a funny idea if we could get them to be a part of our engagement shoot. So we approached them and asked and they more than happy to accept! Super nice people. I seriously can’t make this stuff up.”
Coldvoid were just as surprised. “It was a completely random encounter,” frontman Dysmal tells BuzzFeed. “We were there taking photos for our band and our drummer Zack’s girlfriend took our photos. The couple approached us with their photographer and we chatted for a bit, and then they asked to take a photo and we were happy to do it.”
Apparently Awesome used to be in a metal band — how could he not have been, with that name? And after finishing up the engagement photoshoot, Wheeland even did a little mini-shoot with the band. “They gave us a copy of their new demo and it was the perfect eerie soundtrack for the drive out of the woods,” she says. “It was a perfect, spontaneous finale to our photo shoot. We couldn’t have planned it better.”
Check out the photos and Coldvoid’s new demo below.