Decapitated have released the album artwork for their fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Carnival Is Forever. The album will be released in Poland and North America on July 12th and in the rest of Europe on July 15.
Now, here at NCS, we think Decapitated is the shit. This new album is on our most-anticipated list for 2011. But, to be brutally honest (which of course is the only kind of honest we know how to be), this album cover is lame. Really, what is this supposed to be? That mask looks like something out of a Disney movie. I’m sorry, this is not metal — and it is a huge fall-off from the awesome cover that Seth Siro Anton (Septic Flesh) did for the last album (which we’ll remind you about after the jump.)
These comments about the cover from guitarist and founding member Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka are revealing, and touchingly honest:
“Very intriguing and quite strange for a metal album but surely staying in memory. A vital thing is that it’s a photo. We did not want any computer graphics this time or anything artificial or plastic. The same regards the production of the album. We had actually been thinking about getting a painting for the cover but unfortunately we couldn’t do it. Maybe next time.”
The album title is a bit strange, too. More on what that’s supposed to mean, after the jump . . .
About the album title, Vogg has previously stated:
“Carnival: war, rape, lies, pathology, evil displayed through certain events and situations of the latest years in the world. Is Forever – I guess it doesn’t need explaining. Both the text and the title are bitterly ironic.”
I guess the carnivals in Poland are different from the ones we’re used to here in the States.
Oh well. Regardless of the underwhelming album art and the odd title, we’re still pretty damned sure the music will destroy everything in its path, and ultimately that’s what counts. While we wait, we’ll just have to gaze wistfully at the album art for the band’s last release, Organic Hallucinosis: