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Album cover art thread- is this a dying art?
« on: March 29, 2015, 02:49:11 PM »
Those of us who grew up with LPs and CDs remember the days of really cool album cover art and liner notes.  I particularly liked White Zombie's Astro Creep 2000 liner notes with all of Rob Zombie's artwork.  And those of us who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s will remember the album cover controversies with stuff like Guns 'n Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" or Nirvana's "Nevermind."  With the advent of digital music, I feel like cover art is becoming a dying art.  So, let's talk about our favorite album covers.

My all time favorite album cover is easily that of "Gentlemen" by Afghan Whigs.  The boy's face... wow!   http://theafghanwhigs.com/music/gentlemen/ / The album itself is great too.  

Another album cover that just screams cool to me is "The Black Halo" by Kamelot.  I can't put my finger on why I dig it, I just do.  I haven't heard that album yet, save for one song, but I'm sure it's just as good as its cover since Kamelot is a pretty consistent band: http://www.metal-archives.com/images/6/4/7/3/64735.jpg?1534  

And although it's vulgar and disgusting (much like the band's music), the cover art for "Sperm Tsunami" by a local punk band called Sparklefight is really well drawn.  http://sparklefight.bandcamp.com/album/sperm-tsunamihttp://sparklefight.bandcamp.com/album/sperm-tsunami

So, yeah, what are/were some of your favorite album covers?  
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Re: Album cover art thread- is this a dying art?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 06:46:32 PM »
Dying isn't the word I'd use, but it's definitely become niche in these digital days.  I don't really have a problem with that, either.  Leave the mp3s to casual fans and let the devoted fans have something physical and unique.

There are still plenty of fantastic album covers around.  Just last year I bought a vinyl copy of Paradise Lost's B-side/rarity album "Tragic Illusion", and I have it displayed in a place of honor.

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Re: Album cover art thread- is this a dying art?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 05:11:21 PM »
And I notice your current avatar is from Tragic Idol.  I love Paradise Lost.  They've never been afraid to reinvent themselves and have pretty much kept the same lineup for much of their duration.  You can't say that about many bands. 

I like digital because that means less clutter in my living space, but when I'm browsing music on CDBaby or Bandcamp or something like that, some cool artwork definitely catches my eye and makes me want to give it a listen.  Also good to have a cool piece of album art to look at when I'm listening to music on my phone or iPad.  I wonder if digital liner notes will become a thing. 

And this may be a semi-shameless plug, but I definitely liked the album cover the guitarist in my old punk band Kryovax drew up for our EP: http://images.cdn.bigcartel.com/bigcartel/product_images/46017505/max_h-1000+max_w-1000/Krovax_Doomsday_CD.jpg
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