CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (July 19, 2019)

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I’m starting to wonder if this segment might be better with a monthly frequency. Like, there’s usually a decent selection of solid pieces of album artwork from week to week, and this week is no exception. But, the truly ridiculous pieces — the ones this segment was, ostensibly, created to highlight — seem to be fewer and farther between all the time. Although, to be fair, I never expected my post frequency to be as consistent as it has been, so maybe I just need to start being a bad blogger again? I don’t know. These are the things you think about when you write about bad album art, kids. Don’t jump into this field lightly. Anyway, here are this week’s highlights:

Tomb Mold — Planetary Clairvoyance

Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance

Tomb Mold just freaking gets it — with their music, of course, but also with their album artwork. On Planetary Clairvoyance, if the Toronto quartet isn’t wowing you aurally with their filthy, otherworldly death metal assault — or with how prolific they’ve been in delivering said assault over the last three years — then they’re doing so with a pitch-perfect cover that’s equal parts Seagrave and Giger. Admittedly, the orange palette of last year’s Manor of Infinite Forms — the band’s first foray into full-color artwork — took some getting used to. But this time? The dark-blue and bright green color contrast hits right off the bat. This band is a goddamn treasure.

Vomit Angel — Imprint of Extinction

Credit to Denmark grind duo Vomit Angel for staying true to their name with the cover design here. The artwork for the band’s debut, Imprint of Extinction, seems to answer, to a T, the long-pondered question: “what if snow angels, but vomit?” Bravo, guys.

Refore — Social Failure

I don’t have an issue with the design of this cover…

Okay, I don’t have an issue with the design of this cover aside from the generic typewriter title font…but what on earth is that logo? Like, I get it, relative-symmetry is cool and all, but you know what’s cooler? Being able to read the band name.

(If you get this message, you must forward it to ten underground death and black metal bands within an hour or you’ll become illiterate!)

Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi — Marynistyka suchego lądu

I have no idea what any of this means in English — Polish is difficult like that, you guys — but I do know this is a delightfully different-looking album cover. I feel like if Christopher Nolan were to try and design an experimental black metal album, this is what he’d come up with. Also, Michael Caine would probably feature in it somewhere. Anyway, this thing is really neat.

Cancer — Ballcutter EP

Subtlety is a fun activity, but that’s never really been Cancer’s bag — musically or artistically. What I love about the image for, er-hem… Ballcutter… is that it looks, at first glance, like a horror scene from a classy painting. There’s some real nice chiaroscuro up in this thing — yeah, this kid knows his art terms — and then oh, hey, a hedge-trimmer right to the balls. Which are apparently in this guy’s lower back. Does anyone wanna give Cancer an anatomy lesson? Cool, thanks.

Anyway, that’ll do it for this week’s edition! You know the drill from here: questions, comments and suggestions for future posts down below. We’ll see ya next week!

Dan

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