It’s the first day of the New Year, and a Sunday on top of that, and except for the poor motherfuckers who have to work on Jan 1, I’m guessing most people are having a lazy, drag-ass kind of day — or they’re still in bed with eyes closed and drool coming out their moufs. But not us. No sir, we actually have a crapload of posts scheduled for today, starting with groverXIII’s wake-up call with some Cut Your Teeth loudness and the latest round of Trollfiend’s deathmatch with Amorphis.
I’m following that raucous video and the Amorphis bowel-perforation with the eye-catching album cover up there. It’s for the next full-length release (the 8th) by California’s Deeds of Flesh, Portals To Canaan. It reminds me a lot of Par Olofsson’s work, but the artist in this case is Raymond Swanland. It’s the first time I’ve come across his name — he seems to do a lot of his work for games such as Magic the Gathering and World of Warcraft. After the jump, I’ve got more of his striking artwork, plus a “pre-production teaser” for the new Deeds of Flesh album.
First, here’s the teaser. It’s just Guitar 1 and “drum mapping” (no 2nd guitar, leads, or vocals) that the band recently released to give fans an idea of what’s to come:
And now here’s more of Raymond Swanland’s art. To see still more, go here.
Sweet artwork. Wasn’t aware these guys run Unique Leader Records.
You mean, are on Unique Leader?
This is from information that I got a while back, but I think that the frontman runs the label and the band is on it. Not sure though…
Huh. I learn something new every day. According to this article in The Font of All Human Knowledge, Unique Leader was founded by the band members:
All their albums have been released on Unique Leader Records.
That’s some gosh-dang purty artwork.
Gosh, I didn’t know you had training in art criticism. A man of many talents . . .
I love the Predator with the Alien hounds pic…awesome.
Just nerdgasmed all over errythang
No one this awesome should ever do artwork for Disturbed
..and thats fucking Turok: Son of Stone in the last image..awesome
Work is work, but I had the same thought. Mr. Swanland needs to be offered more metal albums.
Reminds me of Par Olofsson, and in some cases, Dan Seagrave. Pretty sweet.
And now for some actual, brand new, Par Olofsson: