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Cover Art Battle: April Ultimate Showdown!

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

April was a great month with tons of great albums with some sweet covers and you, my fellow heathens and cretins, voted your asses off once again. So, once again, here’s your opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Here are April’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown.

Week 1 Winner: Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends (Season Of Mist)
Week 2 Winner: ETHS – III (Season Of Mist)
Week 3 Winner: Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False (Ethereal Sound Works)
Week 4 Winner: Stonehaven – Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes (HPGD)

Cast your ballots here!

***WINNER*** ETHS – III (Season Of Mist)

Cover Art Battle: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

For the first week of May we have hand picked the eleven following nominees: Aquilus, Buffalo Theory MTL, Castle, Catheter, Diseim, Eternal Deformity, Eternal Helcaraxe, Holy Moses, Litrosis, Mekong Delta, When Tigers Fight.

Now get voting!

***WINNER*** Litrosis – I Am Death (Pitch Black)

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Cover Art Battle: Flora and Fauna, Earth and Sea

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

What is this now, three weeks in a row where we’re on schedule. And this week is one of the longest lists ever. It’s too damn good of a release week to narrow it down any further. So, we present to you our Top 20 Cover Art nominees for April 24th.

Now take your cretin hedonistic ass over here and get to voting!

***WINNER*** Stonehaven – Concerning Old-Strife And Man Banes

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Cover Art Battle: Babies, Faeries, and Dragons

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

My fellow heathens and cretins, welcome to the third battle of April. Once again, here’s an opportunity to show the world why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Let us begin with the nominees:

Bringing the “fagus” to the “anrtopo”: Antropofagus

Those eight legged creatures that hide in shadowed corners: Black Spiders

What a lawnmower is referred to by small dogs: Dog Shredder

Put the tron to the ve to the hell: Hellvetron

Rise up, rise up, beasts of stone: Primal Rock Rebellion

Upon thine throne, cast down thine visions: Thee Orakle

And his name was: Ufomammut

Cast your ballots here!

***WINNER*** Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False

Cover Art Battle: March Ultimate Showdown!

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

March was a hell of a month. Lots of great albums with some great covers and you, my fellow heathens and cretins, voted your asses off. Well, here’s another opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Here are March’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown.

Week 1 Winner: Cult CinemaIscariot (Siege Of Amida)
Week 2 Winner: Adrenaline Mob – Omerta (Elm City)
Week 3 Winner: Deals DeathElite (Spinefarm)
Week 4 Winner: BorknagarUrd (Century Media)

Cast your ballots here!

***WINNER*** Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

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Touchstone Discuss Latest Album, The City Sleeps

Posted by JDKleinhans on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM (PST)

January’s week 2 Cover Art Battle Winner, Touchstone, took a moment to talk about their latest album’s, The City Sleeps, cover art.

Touchstone guitarsist / SFX & Artwork guru, Adam Hodgson, took a moment to speak about this splendid piece of work: “Very happy to receive the award, the cover was actually very quick to come together in design… I had the plan in my head that this cover should be more of an emblem rather than a landscape that I had done for previous releases.

“I wanted something that could be recognised and used across all other mediums for posters / merch / t-shirts. The emblem is the crest for the mythical city of Archangel created for Wintercoast and it follows the theme from the story within the tracks.

“The actual images is a real big PhotoShop “mash up” of a statue in the city of Dusseldorf and some other elements from other references. Also if you look closely there are parts of every other album cover in the image also… the image itself took a very long time cutting out all my location shots and then creating the finished design, it looks symmetrical but I have changed little elements so its not a straight mirror –

“I think in the end there is over 150 separate layers making up the image. The background texture is a tapestry I photographed in a church in Rome changed in Photoshop again and the ”blood splat’ is a stock image. Other items in the artwork show images of the city gates which I created from location shots taken in Berlin. I am really happy with the way it looks and seeing it all over the world now really great… thanks again for the chance to talk about the cover and check out the album.

Cult Cinema Discuss Debut Album, Iscariot

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM (PST)

March’s week 1 Cover Art Battle Winner Cult Cinema took a moment to talk about their debut album, Iscariot.

Bassist Trev comments: “Firstly, thank you for featuring the artwork for our EP on your website, that’s awesome.

The music for the EP was part of a very lengthy writing process that started a few years back (before Cult Cinema was born). One of the key focuses for us was to make some really dark, miserable and epic music (a lofty ambition!) It was Ivan who really fed off of the music we had written and connected with it in a way we (the rest of the band) previously hadn’t. Ivan created the concept for the record, he really ‘got’ the music and the whole thing started to come together. There was now a conceptual thread running through the music that I feel influenced how we wanted things to sound and feel, and how we perform the music live and in the studio during recording.

We commissioned Sin-eater for the job once we had a vision for EP as we felt he would really riff off the concept that Ivan was driving at. He did, and we love the artwork he created and we’re happy to hear other people like it, he’s a fantastic artist.

Thanks for taking an interest in our weird little band.

Stay tuned for the upcoming March Ultimate Cover Art Championship and help Cult Cinema’s Iscariot make it to the 2012 Championship round.

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Cover Art Battle: Skin, Flesh, & Innuendos

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Well look at this! We’re on time for once. Shut yer filthy mouth and pay attention. We’ve got some good ones this week… again. Here’s our top nominees for April 10th.

Now go get your hedonistic cretin ass to voting!

***WINNER*** – ETHS – III

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Cover Art Battle: Epic of Epic Epicness

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

So we’re two week’s late on this one (we’re working on it!). I wish we could say it was because of good TV right but this is from the week before the A Game of Thrones season 2 premiere. I’m rambling. Here’s our top nominees for March 27th – an epic week of epic releases with epic covers: …it’s a damn long list. Just go and vote already!

***WINNER*** Borknagar – Urd

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Cover Art Battle: Landscapes, Faces, and Stories

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Sorry we’re a week late on this one (again). There’s so much good TV right now that it keeps getting in the way. But fuck TV, you’re here for metal. So, here’s our top nominees for April 3rd, the week of visual storytelling: Akphaezya, Atoma, Beak, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace, Black Sheep Wall, High On Fire, Lonewolf, Outcast, Vertigo Steps.

Now take your cretin hedonistic ass over here and get to voting!

***WINNER*** Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends

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Cover Art Battle: Bucket o’ Death

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

This is another quiet release week but we were able to find some nice album cover art. This week’s top five are…

…the guys that but the tango in the bang: Bang Tango
…the band that only deal out death: Deals Death
…those that put the fest in infection: Fester
…the defenders of the the dark arts: Tribune
…and last but not least, the mighty wyrm who eats its own tail: Worm Ouroboros

We can’t divine this shit, so get your hedonistic cretin asses moving and get to voting right here!

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Cover Art Battle: Tentacles, Chains, & Monsters

Posted by JDKleinhans on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Sorry we’re a week late on this one (we were busy celebrating St. Patty’s week. Yes. Week). Sorry we’re late, as it was another gloriously decadent week in metal. Anyway, here’s are top ten: Adrenaline Mob, Barren Eearth, Cannibal Corpse, Depths of Hatred, Formloff, Lord Mantis, Sigh, Soulfly, Spawn of Possession, Thunderkraft.

So take your cretin hedonistic ass right here and get to voting!

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Cover Art Battle: Stones, Chics, & Nooses

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

This is a quieter week but not nearly as bad as that third week in February. Now that was a bad release week. Though Pallbearer‘s Sorrow and Extinction (Profound Lore) was pretty damn good. There just wasn’t a lot of releases. Only two I think. I’m rambling again aren’t I?

Anyway, here it is, this week’s top seven covers left for you to vote on (they’re all multisyllabic band names!): Cult Cinema, Diabolus In Musica, Hail Spirit Noir, Heidevolk, Hellsaw, Pharaoh, Xandria.

We can’t divine this shit, so get your asses moving and get to voting! Here!

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Cover Art Battle: Demons, Angels, & Popes

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

This is another week of large, sexy, and diverse metal releases. It was hard to pick but we got it down to these final twelve (yes, twelve, we’re making up for last week): Asphyx, Autopsy, Caliban, Christian Mistress, Desaster, Djerv, Dyscarnate, Forgjord, Lay Down Rotten, Opera IX, Savage Messiah, Terrorizer.

So take your cretin hedonistic ass right here and get to voting!

***UPDATE*** Caliban – I Am Nemesis for the win!

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Cover Art Battle: Demons, Shamans, & Warriors

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:11 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

This week is a large, sexy, and diverse metal release week . Not only are the covers awesome but so are the band and album names: Beneath the Massacre, Blood Ceremony, The Devastated, Earth, Goatwhore, Iron Mask, Lillian Axe, Macabra, Orange Goblin, Pilgrim, Witchaven.

Go here to vote and declare this week’s best damn cover art!

***UPDATE*** Witchaven’s Terrorstorm is this week’s winner!

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