And Justice for Art
Who's ever bought an album on the strength of it's cover artwork? Of course we all have. That's the power art that is. I can still remember the first time I saw the guitar-swinging maniac on the cover of K-Tel (ask your parents) compilation, Axe Attack back in 1980 or the first Iron Maiden cover. They called to me as powerfully as the music contained therein and changed my life forever.
Of course back then these were 12" slabs of vinyl and the covers were much bigger, allowing for more detail, but to this day I still love a good piece of artwork on a band's release. That is why I still buy music. Tangible, beautiful objects that you can hold that bring visual as well as aural delight.
Well I have some good news for all you geeky bastards out there! Author, Ramon ‘Oscuro’ Martos (who writes for MetalUnderground.com, This Is Metal Magazine, and PureGrainAudio.com, etc.) has spent more than three years, so you don't have to, interviewing bands such as Anthrax, Carcass, Amorphis, Enslaved, Morbid Angel, Testament, Devin Townsend, and renowned visual artists like Travis Smith, Eliran Kantor, Paul Raymond Gregory and Joe Petagno, among others, about the making of some of Metal’s greatest and most iconic sleeves. It includes 400 graphics (some of them never seen before) and 264 glossy, colour pages. So if you read on the toilet I would suggest some sort of laminating would be in order for this tome.
The first edition is limited to a run of 300 and they're flying out the door faster than pies at a fat bastard convention. You can pre-order yours here, http://goo.gl/aBMLVu but you better be quick as last night they were down to the last 10! If you miss out then fingers crossed for a reprint as this looks like a great book that documents some of Metal's finest visuals, which for me, are just as integral to our culture as the music itself. So go. Now.
Words: Paul Cookey