Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Heavy Metal Cover Girls:Blindfold Beauties.

The hour is late and I've just remembered that I was supposed to be posting every day this week. 
Time to delve into my Cover Girls folder and see if there's a sub-folder that's nice and full. 

Ah. here we go. 

Album cover artists do tend to use and reuse the same tropes over and over again. Nakedness to represent  vulnerability, curled up in a corner to signify being lost and hurt , butt-cheeks to represent how much the artist likes arses. You get the idea. 
  Sometimes the message is clear. Sometimes it's a bit more obscure. Sometimes there isn't really a message - the band and artist merely wanted a striking visual image and any interpretation is in our own heads.

 So my question for you is this: When an album cover has a woman on the cover with her eyes hidden under a fold of cloth what do you think that's supposed to mean? 

  Kissin' Black - Heart Over Head (Switzerland/Italy 2014)

album cover blondfolded woman
  As blindfolds go, phase-shifting half her face into the shadow realm is pretty bloody effective.  

Sinner - Dangerous Charm (Germany 1987)

metal album blonde woman blindfolded
Whereas this blindfold is just bloody useless.
Oi you. No peeking. 

小雨 - 破墨山谷 

(Mysterain - After The End Of The Valley)(China 2016)

metal album cover girl blindfolded
This is one of those where I'm sure there's a story waiting to be told. 
Something about a sage, maybe?
There's at least two different ways you can interpret "After The End Of The Valley" and one of them is a bit grim.

Экскалибур - В руках судьбы EP (Russia 2011)

(Excalibur - In The Hands of Fate EP)
Blindfolded woman image
So why does a woman who can't see need a lantern anyway?
Hmm. Is this some sort of Zen thing?
And is this the sister of the lady in the Mysterain cover?

Azylya - Sweet Cerebral Destruction (Belgium 2013)

album cover blindfolded woman art
If nothing else we've established that album covers from literally all over the world can share similar themes. 
Anybody else find that interesting? 
The album cover?'s nice but I've got nothing. 

Constraint - Enlightened By Darkness (Italy 2016)

Try taking the bloody blindfold off. I guarantee you'll stop bumping into things. 

General Greed -Rectifying For Justice (Sweden 2017)

As superheroes go, Blindfold Singing Justice Woman was quite effective
She desperately needed a snappier name though. 
Very, very Comics-influenced isn't it. 

Excuse- Goddess Injsutice EP (Finland 2016)

Another rare case where the cover relates to the actual album title. 
Now look closely at her eyes. 
Changes the meaning, doesn't it?

The Longing - Bleed (USA 2016)

I think we just walked into a BDSM fantasy gone horribly wrong. 

Stonelake - Shades Of Eternity (Sweden 2009)

I like this cover despite the fact that I don't understand it.
Some sort of Sci-Fi thing going on...maybe something about perception?

Sometimes there was no hidden message beyond "Make it look cool"

That's all folks. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Alestorm have a new video out.

 Years and years back one of the regulars on the Bloodstock forums shared a link to some music his band had been working on. The band was called "Battleheart" and they described themselves as Scottish Pirate Metal.
 What I didn't know at the time was that Battleheart would evolve into Alestorm and while they might never be the biggest band in metal they sure as hell were one of the most entertaining. 
On April 21 the kings of True Scottish Pirate Metal released a taster for their upcoming album and all the trademarks are present and correct.  Keytar - check. Lyrics about Rum and pirates - check. Chorus that embeds itself in your skull - check. Fun video that doesn't take itself too seriously - check, check and check again.

 Alestorm make heavy metal to get drunk to. Excellent.

Is that Peter frigging Dinklage in the video? 
Somebody tell me if it is, I'm dying to know. 
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