It seems like 2012 is the year of the 7". Who puts out CDs anymore? It's all about digital singles and 7". Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust are getting in on the action, releasing a split appropriately titled Toxic Waste (see what they did there?). The fine folks at Decibel got their hands on the artwork, illustrated by the super-talented Andrei Bouzikov and it's absolutely beautiful. The split will be out June 12th on TankCrimes in either “die hard” (picture disc) or “glow in the dark” (vinyl w/ poster of the cover art and “Toxic Waste” beer koozie) format.
We've told you about the forthcoming split 7" that Mastodon are doing with pop artist Feist, where each artist will cover the other's. Mastodon will cover “A Commotion," while Feist will take a stab at "Black Tongue." I really dig the collage created with Feist and presumably Brent Hinds, seeing as though his face tattoo is at the very top of the artwork. Also, you gotta love the logo with the nice added touch of a sweet inverted cross. Kudos to the designer! The 7" comes out on Record Store Day, which is April 21. Participating retailers can be found here.
I don't usually write about reissues, but I had to write about this one. Sleep's opus Dopesmoker will be remastered "from the original smoke-encrusted Ampex reels" and re-released this summer. The deluxe reissue will also feature a live bootleg of their performance of “Holy Mountain” from San Francisco’s I-Beam in 1994. But seriously, this artwork by Arik Roper is what sells it for me. More details and European tour dates here.
Check out the amazing artwork for Municipal Waste's upcoming release, The Fatal Feast (Waste In Space), due out in North America on April 10th and in Europe on April 13th. The artwork was created by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design (who just so happened to also design a shirt for Metal Injection). A concept album about the Waste in space? Sign me up!
Rammstein have the best sense of humor in heavy music. These Germans don't seem to take themselves too serious, with the latest evidence being the artwork for their upcoming single "Mein Land" which will be released on November 11th. Another video is in the works and will be released on the same day. As I said when I interviewed the band, they make some of the best videos around. The track will also be featured on the band's upcoming retrospective release, Made In Germany 1995-2011, which does not yet have a release date.
Ever walk into a Macy's or any other branded department store and see these really gaudy black shirts with the equivalent of metal clip art on them. Well, if not, this shirt provides the perfect template. I'm not sure if this was an intentional joke, or somebody just forgot to insert the clipart. Either way, thanks for the laugh! Here is an artist rendering of what the shirt would look like with proper clipart inserted: (more…)
It may just be. MetalBandArt.com, a great new site exploring the artwork behind our favorite genre, has discovered this to be the album cover for Mastodon's next opus, The Hunter. The artwork is a departure from the 'don style of yore, and with reason; this is the first cover not done by Paul Romano. Romano painted all of the Atlanta natives' previous album covers. For this one, they enlisted the incredibly talented AJ Fosik. Personally, I am a big fan of the colors picked for the album, and I really like the typopgraphy of both the band's logo and the album title. (more…)
This shit makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Made out of reconstituted tour shirts, these quilts are rightfully hanging in a gallery somewhere, although if we're lucky someday these will be available to the mass public. The best part about this is that the artist – Mr. Ben Venom – looks like a guy who would have been operating the Tilt-A-Whirl if this were 1976. (more…)
Opeth have just revealed the cover for their upcoming tenth studio release, Heritage and it looks rather amazing. Designed by Travis Smith, it shows the band's heads in a tree with a seemingly siamese devil hanging out underground while some fans pick at a tree. Needless to say, it's very surreal. Is it September yet? I want to hear new Opeth already!
While I don't feel that the Between The Buried and Me shirt is appropriate (maybe a Winds of Plague shirt instead), I do find this hilarious. What do you guys think? Does this comic have a point or is he just exaggerating?
You may recall that when Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun called into the Livecast last month, he revealed to us that the band's upcoming summer release would be called The Black Crown. Today, we can reveal the album art. It's quite the stunning visual. It is indeed a crown, although it's not so much black as many shades of gray. The album also has an official release date, July 12th on Century Media, so be on the lookout!
Woah! Woah! Woah! We've already seen the cover art to Devy's lighter album, Ghost, and today Devy tweeted the artwork for his heavier album coming out in June, Deconstruction and wow, that is a fucking awesome album cover. The artist behind the work is Anthony Clarkson, and he did quite a stellar job. Both Ghost and Deconstruction come out June 20 on InsideOut Music. Also, check out the slip case for the album, featuring a stylized version of the "DTP " logo… (more…)
Every once in a while, we like to put the spotlight on album art that looks awesome, because it's almost a lost art nowadays, what with downloading music off the interwebs and all. The artwork for death metal legends' Autoposy's first full length in over 15 years does not disappoint. The album, Macabre Eternal, is set to release May 15th. Hopefully, we'll hear some samples sooner than later.
When we last caught up with Arch Enemy, they were in the final weeks of pre-production, but it looks like the band is shifted gears into the fast lane, wrapped up recording and are ready to release this sucker into the world. The band have revealed the killer artwork for the album, as well as it's title, Khaos Legions. The artwork was designed by Brent Elliott White (Megadeth, Death Angel). The band have yet to set an official release date, but estimate it will be out late Spring/early Summer. Are you guys pumped for this or am I all alone here?
Look what we got our dirty little paws on… the cover art for Becoming The Archetype's forthcoming release, Celestial Completion. The original paiting was done by Dan Seagrave with art direction from Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature. What can this cover mean? Celestial is of course "of the heaven or the spirit" and the creature in the cover art, sure doesn't look heavenly. Looks like he came up from under the ocean…and Google Maps tells me that's not where heaven is. And look at those poor boats. What did those boats ever do to anybody? Leave the boats alone!
Becoming The Archetype'sCelestial Completion is due March 29th on Solid State Records.