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

 

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SubRosa – No Help For The Mighty Ones

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If you have an interest in heavy music you’ve probably seen posters or covers by Glyn Smyth. Having collaborated with Wolves In The Throne Room, Bacchus, Tombs, Year Of No Light, Tombstones and Zozobra (Savage Masters cover should probably get it’s own post) his style incorporates pagan, occult and ‘magick’ symbolism with bleak imagery. It’s visceral and raw yet well crafted. SubRosa’s experimental sludge doom has been making waves with their violins and female vocals. Intelligently thought out, there’s the obvious knowledge of folklore and history yet both artist and bands output is utterly unique. Glyn also did the art on their newest album, the great ‘More Constant Than The Gods’. This marriage between art and music is harmonious, both haunting and engrossing they deserve your time and you’ll be rewarded.

Glyn Smyth – http://www.stagandserpent.com/

SubRosa – http://subrosausa.bandcamp.com/

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/

Beastwars – Beastwars

Beastwars - Beastwars

It’s been a while since I updated on here so I’ll leave you with a cover to get lost in. Beastwars self titled has it all. The atmosphere on here is Incredible. Nick Keller has also done the artwork on their newest album. Heavy heavy crunchy riffs abound.

Listen to Beastwars – beastwars.bandcamp.com

Amaze your eyes – http://nickbkeller.blogspot.co.uk/

Samsara Blues Experiment – Revelation and Mystery

Samsara Blues Experiment - Revelation and Mystery

A feast of an album and a feast for your eyes. Samsara Blues Experiment release yet another amazing album though this time it’s packaged in artwork by Oleg Korolev,

Samsara Blues Experiment – http://www.samsarabluesexperiment.com/

Oleg Korolev – http://www.koro-art.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/

WITCH

What is actually going on in this picture I can’t quite tell you. The artwork was drawn by Luke and Kyle Thomas. Kyle is the vocalist/guitarist of Witch and he’s created, with the help of Luke(brother?), an intentionally fuzzy and enticingly scary album cover. Can’t stop looking closer at this one.

I haven’t found any more art, just have some Witch – http://teepeerecords.com/bands/witch/index.php