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05.21.14 change 2.5 "average" to 2.5 "mediocre?"11.30.12 Albums Listened To Cuz Of Artwork

Albums Listened To Cuz Of Artwork

All of these albums I either checked out or flat-out purchased without even listening to the rralbum strictly on the basis of the album artwork. It would be the first time I would hear of any rof the bands.
1Advent
Remove the Earth


Where is this guy going?
2Barrow
Being Without


Admittedly, a small part of the reason why I checked this album out was because of the Sputnik review. That being said, I was largely captivated by the minimalist, grayscale picture of a bird taking off from the water. This art completely encapsulates the album's title, and brings about a despairing sense of solitude and/or abandonment. This vinyl is now hung on my wall.
3Boys Night Out
Make Yourself Sick


The big feature of this album was not only its original photo of a kid's head plunged in ice water, but the fact that it was released with a glossy finish. In 2003! Definitely catches one's eye on the shelves in 2003.
4Bring Me the Horizon
Count Your Blessings


There is something about the deep sea and its inhabitants being put on display that is truly awe-inspiring. Perhaps its the fact that the ocean is like another planet for humankind, and the creatures lurking beneath are very alien in comparison to what we know on land. Either way, Count Your Blessings caught my attention much like the real deal would have. It's unfortunate that upon listening to the album, I discovered the music wasn't nearly as awe-inspiring as the cover art.
5CFCF
Continent


What can I say? I like foliage. Trees. Jungles. And the music pairs up with this photo wonderfully.
6Converge
You Fail Me


This 2004 release did not pull me in enough to actually check out the band, unfortunately. But it did have me take note of them. Not long after, a friend of mine would play Petitioning the Empty Sky for me at a party, and I became hooked. I went out and bought No Heroes on its release day without a first listen. Now that's trust.
7Counterparts
Prophets


This album art reminded me very much of the book "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I obviously had to check it out upon such a recollection.
8Crime In Stereo
The Troubled Stateside


While it isn't the most visually stunning album art on the list by any means, it's more so the fact that it pulled me into the music of what is now one of my most respected hardcore/punk bands. The album cover blatantly states "observers/passersby watching their world from a safe distance get into trouble."
9Cursed
III: Architects of Troubled Sleep


The physical copy of this album has the arrowheads shimmering when held up to light. Very cool effect amidst the already fantastic artwork.
10The Devil Wears Prada
Zombie


This album art screams ominous. I purchased this album on iTunes and then later bought the album itself upon finding it at a record store, likely just to have a physical copy of the picture. The booklet itself also contains some fantastic photos.
11Elitist
Earth


Im a sucker for planet animations. What else can I say?
12The End
Within Dividia


For an obscure Canadian metal band, this album came with a seemingly expensive amount of packaging. Fold out digicase, along with a full colour booklet, all focusing around a Texas Chainsaw-ish theme. Some fantastically sinister photos are in the mix here, along with appropriate music to back it all up.
13 Give Up The Ghost
We're Down Til We're Underground


I know I should have heard of these guys sooner than the release of their last album, but I didn't. Either way, quite a cool concept from an even cooler band.
14Iselia
Life From Dead Limbs


This artwork had me actually inquire into who the artist responsible was. Erica Sperrazzo is to be held responsible, and I will undoubtedly be seeking her help upon attempting to release a solo album of my own. As far as the artwork is concerned. Is that another tree with an overcast sky underneath the green tree? Or is it just the earth and the tree's roots? Who knows... who knows...
15Johnny Truant
No Tears For The Creatures


If the amount of detail captured in this art didn't capture your attention firsthand, I'm not sure what's wrong with you. The booklet itself features a number of similar works of art, which makes for a good package.
16Jude the Obscure
The Coldest Winter


Ahhh another Canadian metal group. Or perhaps melodic hardcore. Whichever it is, these guys went largely undetected while they were around, releasing this sole album. Thankfully I had the decency to check it out upon seeing the intriguing photo of a subterranean hallway mixed with a neat digital theme going on. I wasn't disappointed either, to say the least.
17Killing The Dream
In Place, Apart


This band had the absolute pleasure (I'm sure) of Jacob Bannon contributing his talent towards their album cover. I picked this up off the shelves of a record store completely drawn to the minimalist use of colour and visceral quality. Low and behold, the music stuck out immensely as well. Jacob Bannon has some distinguishing features of his art, which makes the last three full lengths of this band come off almost as a series of works. Now if I could only find this album on vinyl to match the two others I've got hanging on my wall.
18Rise and Fall
Our Circle Is Vicious


Another Jacob Bannon work. I'm forever doomed to listen to anything Jacob Bannon is drawing for. Hopefully that will be a good thing.
19See You Next Tuesday
Parasite


While Parasite's art is certainly appealing and what got me into the band in the first place, their follow-up album "Intervals" had some work that was truly stellar. Based an art project of my own on the theme of Intervals' art.
20Taken
Between Two Unseens


Not much to say here, other than this EP being possibly one of my favourites of all time. I can also be a sucker for landscape art, and this one was no exception.
21This Is Hell
Sundowning


I've never seen spray-paint art done in such a fantastic manner; now if only this could be spray-painted on the back of some building in my neighbourhood. I could then get my wedding photos taken by it. Seems to be a current trend where I live. wedding photos next to graffiti.
2236 Crazyfists
Bitterness the Star


This album art doesn't necessarily come off as brilliant by any means, however it was certainly unconventional for the time when this record came out in 2002. That was enough for me to check out the group. It's too bad this band didn't get any better after their sophomore release. There had been a lot of potential and promise from the start.
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