So this is basically where I go through my own CD-collection and take some photos of stuff that I consider weird, ugly, beautiful or just has to be dissected in one way or the other. I will try to focus more on the actual booklets, because there are tons of lists out there with just ugly album covers (although that's certain come up here as well). In other words, there wont be any vinyl-albums discussed here, nor will there be anything from In Flames or Opeth, because I don't own albums by those bands. I will more or less go through CD's random and see if there's anything interesting to be said about them.
Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them.
Let us begin with the swansong of Swedish death-thrashers Defleshed - namely the cover of "Reclaim the Beat". I read in some old interview when this album was just out, that one of the members (either guitarist Lars or vocalist/bassist Gustaf) was really impressed with the cover and described how he took a photo of some statue, but changed the colors to red in Photoshop so that it looked like the statue was hammering on something and the blood splashing all over.
their debut album if you don't believe me.
Next up, is some unknown band called Detriment. And no, I have absolutely no idea how their album "Surreal" found it's way into my CD-collection. I can't remember ever having heard the music, but let's be honest here - who in their right minds would actually want to listen to the music featured on a disc that looks like this?
It's a mish-mash of horrendous graphics (the skull, oh my god! The skull!) and a myriad of different fonts. Basically a prime example exactly on how not to do album designs. But I am very curious to know just how much design work this Devilbitch did after this one? I'm suspecting that he or she or the company didn't get that many job-offers after this one.
I really couldn't go through the D-section of my CD-collection without mentioning a single word about Dimmu Borgir, right? True, although there weren't as much to say about them as I first thought. But there is this one picture from "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" (1997) that I've always found really amusing.
Just like their British counterpart Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir at many points in their career chose to have a single photo of each band member (stating their name and occupation in the band) in their booklets. This is something that I really enjoy and in Dimmu Borgir's defense, I must say that I also enjoy their consistency of graphic design - just as the case was with Cradle of Filth. But the Filth actually did their job better than Dimmu (and not just in the graphic, but the music as well) which I really feel mirrors in the photos below.
So, apart from this boring (and very bad I might add) photo from a totally unreadable lyric in the booklet of Empyrium's "Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays" (1999) - that's all I have to offer this time. Hope you guys still follow this section of my blog. Cheers!