A Gift to Artwork: In Flames

After a month off whilst I traveled the world, we’re back with October’s edition of A Gift to Artwork, and we’re looking at In Flames. The Gothenburg Trio alum took the world by storm when they emerged at the forefront of the melodic death metal movement in the mid-to-late ’90s; however, their change in sound and direction at the turn of the century – and again post-2010 – have polarised fans the world over. Though their modern relevance continues to erode, the artistic legacy they’ve left behind still stands the test of time. Part of this legacy rests within their cover artwork as well as their music, and so today we’re going to be looking at three album covers, one from each of the three main eras of the band’s history.

A Gift to Artwork: Mastodon

A Gift to Artwork breaks down and analyses your favourite album artwork to see what it communicates to the listener and how it interacts with the music and lyrics. Read other entries in this series here. A couple of months ago we did a lengthy *prognotes series on Mastodon’s Crack…

A Gift to Artwork: Fallujah

We’re sorry, we know we’ve been a little slack with getting these posts out to you and we’ll look to publish them at least once a month in future. Also, moving forward the first time an album is mentioned we’re going to link it with a large, high-res image of the covers we’re discussing so that you can see what we’re on about more clearly. Today we’re going to be analysing the album covers of Fallujah’s first two full-length records, and how they relate not only to those albums, but to the evolution of the band over time. First up we have 2011’s The Harvest Wombs.

A Gift to Artwork: Fleshgod Apocalypse

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally back with another edition of A Gift to Artwork, and today we’re looking at three records from none other than Fleshgod Apocalypse. We’ll be moving through chronologically, beginning with their sophomore effort Agony from 2011. The record is a concept album dealing with the evil inherent within mankind, and how the behaviours which stem from this can keep mankind within a perpetual state of agony. For an example at what kind of evils they’re discussing on the album, one need not look any further than the track listing to get a taste for it.

A Gift to Artwork: The Ocean/Mono’s Transcendental

Thus even in conclusion we are still left with ambiguities. Some will feel that the soul fell through each of the three bardo, preparing for rebirth and another cycle of life. Others will feel that it achieved Enlightenment, that it was liberated from the cycle of life and death, and that it successfully reached nirvana. One thing that we can all agree on is that The Ocean, Mono and cover artist Florian Bertmer have come together to craft a truly exceptional work of art, one in which the music, lyrics and artwork are intricately woven together into a most beautiful tapestry. Transcendental was declared the best EP of 2015 by the staff of Heavy Blog, and hopefully now we all know why.

A Gift to Artwork — Napalm Death

The grind kings are universally established as pioneers and for over three decades they have tortured passers by with their ever evolving sound. With a combination of filthy dystopian poetry, buzzsaw instruments and prisoner free attitude, the Brommies have given a world they look on with contempt, so much more than music. Let’s have a look.