Huh. It appears I jumped the gun earlier today when I posted what I thought was the album art for Meshuggah’s new album, Koloss. If I had just waited, I would have seen THIS.
According to a press release I received, it’s going to be in 3-D, and its name is “Gateman”. It was developed by Luminokaya Lab — over a period of nine months. Luminokaya Lab appears to be the alter ego of a Russian graphic artist named Keerych Luminokaya. I found a lot more of his work, some of which you can see after the jump. “Eye-catching” is probably too mild a word for it. “Eye-popping” perhaps. Or “Eye-exploding”.
What I posted today as the Koloss album art turns out to be only a part of a bigger piece of work. I think I like the larger concept even more. But do yourself a favor, and see more of Luminokaya’s work after the jump, and much more can be found via that Luminokaya Lab link up above. This may be the first metal album cover he’s done, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last.
Kind of reminds me of the art used on Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye”, but on meth.
Yes — and maybe even a closer stylistic resemblance to the art for the “Divinations” single and for the Crack the Skye “instrumental score” version:
Holy mother of hell. I really have nothing else to say.
I feel like I just did a bunch of bad acid…
Oh and that art is pretty weird too
So it was the bad acid that made you jinx Necrophagist — again?
I jinxed nothing! You guys are all just superstitious weirdos.
After seeing this album art, one is semi-seriously wishing that Meshuggah try something along the lines of Mastodon’s Remission or Leviathan on Koloss, at least on a couple of songs. 😛
If there were still such a thing as “record stores” and if I were in one, and saw any of the above on a “record cover” there is an excellent chance I’d be making that purchase. If it were a band I’d never heard of, I mean, I’d likely be willing to buy it on the strength of that artwork alone. Not if it was Meshuggah, though – mankind has not yet developed the technology to create artwork THAT compelling to make me buy anything of theirs…
Not to seem defensive of Meshuggah, but is there a particular reason behind your somewhat extreme distaste for their music?
[One doesn’t own any of their albums other than Nothing for that matter.]
Hah. “Nothing” 😀
Ugh. One has no life. 😐
Well… when I first heard them (about ten years ago) I found the songs to be devoid of anything interesting. Just super-downtuned percussive boredom, in place of actual music.
Saw them live, as the opening act for Tool, later that year (2002) and my opinion went down even further. So I just decided to ignore them, hopinh they’d fade away. And then they spawned an entire legion of less-interesting, lower-quality imitators, go figure.
Well, one found some of their “imitators” first, and interesting. And compared to the music that one was listening to at the time (Linkin Park, Slipknot, Korn >_>), Gojira and Textures seemed a lot more interesting.
So, one should now ask: what else were you listening to when you happened upon Meshuggah?
Well, Old Man W…
By then thrash and were dead and buried, and mainstream metal was entirely swallowed by either ‘Children of the Korn’ or soulless, testicleless Eddie Vedder wannabes. I was a few years out of high school by then, and totally bored with anything that was readily available to me. Fortunately, this was also the height of the Napster age, so I was able to start discovering what else was out there. I remember finding and really liking Emporer and The Crown and Cradle of Filth. I ventured back way further too, spending a couple years listening to tons of 80’s thrash and 70’s prog and not giving a shit that the whole metal underground had been virtually eclipsed by the crap coming out of Gothenburg, because I had virtually everything ever recorded at my fingertips, waiting to be discovered.
Then that asshole Lars came along, with the shocking news that this new digital tape-trading (a larger version of the exact same phenomenon that skyrocketed his own band to superstardom) was not okay. Everything sort of came crashing down then. During that time, I heard Meshuggah, and found them utterly disappointing, basically a small step above the like of Slipknot and Mushroomhead at that time.
…and, for the record, life-having is very over-rated.
If I like the new album enough, I might buy a shirt of theirs finally because I haven’t found one that I liked to the point of buying, in fact I think a lot of their artwork could be much better.