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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.
Remove the Earth

Where is this guy going?
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.

What can I say? I like foliage. Trees. Jungles. And the music pairs up with this
photo wonderfully.
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.

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."
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

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.

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.
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

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.
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

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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