The Cosmic Dead – Inner Sanctum

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I’m a sucker for nature and the universe so this tickles me in all the right places. Glasgow’s The Cosmic Dead fried my brains live a few weeks back and I bought  a rad print of their world tour poster. Their drummer Julien Dicken did this artwork and the poster but Lewis Cook on synths has done covers too. Julien Dicken goes under the moniker Moonshake Design and has a bunch of awesome stuff. The Cosmic Dead live experience is other worldly and the image themes for their discography range from doomy death to psychadelic shamanic adventure. Get on this trip.

The Cosmic Dead – http://thecosmicdead.bandcamp.com/

Julien Dicken – http://moonshakedesign.tumblr.com/

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Sunnata – Zorya

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Zorya is surely an album of 2016 already! Sunnata are doing unique things with doom, taking it on a spacious journey through fuzz and psychadelica to sludge and retaining all that is heavy. With a name that translates to ’emptiness’ and 5 songs that all play out around 10 minutes a piece this art by Jeffrey Smith is as intoxicating, hypnotic and gorgeous as the music it fits to. Having produced works for Judd Madden and others he has an impressive gallery to check out.

Jeffrey Smith’s artwork – http://www.ascendingstorm.com/

listen to Sunnata – http://sunnataofficial.bandcamp.com/album/zorya

 

Elder – Lore

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Elder and Adrian Dexter have featured on this blog before, but you can’t have too much of a good thing. This is one of my favourite albums of the year and I’m sure I’ll still be saying that in December. Adrian Dexter has done the artwork for Elder’s previous albums, capturing the doom heavy psych perfectly. The vinyl has more artwork inside and it is a treat.

Elder – beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com

Adrian – http://afdexter.blogspot.co.uk/

Abrahma – Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird

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Due for release in May, Jalón de Aquiles expansive artwork for Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird has me counting down the days. An extraordinary display of talent throwing so much into this sleeve without it becoming over bearing or convoluted. The colours are so rich and vibrant but there’s a definite darkness to the imagery. Too much to describe here. Having heard two powerful songs from this album I feel Abrahma are set to make more than a few end of year lists again and I’m more than happy to see Jalón’s artwork everywhere. His blog is a showcase of wonder.

Check out Jalón de Aquiles here – http://enjalonate.blogspot.co.uk/

Listen to Abrahma – https://abrahma.bandcamp.com/

Junius – Days Of The Fallen Sun

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I’ve neglected this blog for a while, but going to see Junius in a month has got me stoked and I figured more people could do with listening to their music and Adrian Brouchy does an amazing job of visually describing their wonderful doom laden atmospheric gloomy end of the world sound. Having also drawn for bands like Ghost, Kongh and the Dwellers, Adrian has his own woodblock/screen print style and stays away from using vast amounts of colour to generate space and atmosphere. Instead relying on the etchings, lines and blocks of black and grey we’re ominously aware of what’s inside the packaging. His blog gives excellent step by step insight into a lot of his work too, well worth checking out.

Listen to Junius – junius.bandcamp.com

Look at Adrian’s art – http://coven-art.blogspot.co.uk/

Stoned Jesus – Seven Thunders Roar

Stoned Jesus - Seven Thunders Roar

Sadly I can find little information about the artist of this sleeve. Stoned Jesus say it is by Yuriy and that he was/is in the bands Nice Wings, Icarus! and Uprising Formalhaut. From this I can deduce that it is Yuriy Nagorniy but I can only find a graphic designer of that name and nothing remotely similar to this piece. Can anyone help? I would love to see more of his work.

Also, the riffs on this album are fantastic.

Listen to Stoned Jesus – http://stonedjesus.bandcamp.com/

High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine

High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine

Arik Roper does an amazing job on this sleeve. Are the snakes in conflict or embrace? Is that smoke or purple haze in the background? Great sleeve, great album.

Go find High On Fire here (or see them on tour soon) – http://www.highonfire.net/

Arik Roper has some great images for your viewing pleasure here – http://www.arikroper.com/