WHAT'S IN A COVER??...BACKGROUND TO THE ALBUM ART

Normally when you’re making an album the artwork is always a major to-do. Generally it gets left to last minute because in order to have an album cover you pretty much want to have a title in place…titles normally come last, so therefore by default Artwork comes after that…

With the Fateful Dark, we wanted to develop the cover from Plague of Conscience and develop and Iron Maiden style mascot (original huh?) so we reached out to Peter Sellai once again to do the work.

Artists are very fond of saying “what are the themes?”, “what sort of thing are you looking for?” etc…which I suppose isn’t entirely unreasonable; but my take is always “You’re the artist!!…you tell me??!” I’ve never considered myself to know ANYTHING about what makes a good or bad album cover and trying to describe the completely subjective nature of a “theme” to someone you’ve never even met is no small task!

Here are the various stages of development that we went through before finishing up with the cover as released. My least favourite of all SAVAGE MESSIAH album covers…maybe we’ll redo it one day…


Take one: The River Styxx…I had sent Peter some pictures of wild electrical storms and I guess this is the colour scheme. Not at all bad, but didn’t vibe. Notice the “Plague of Conscience” Title placeholder (Remember what I said about album titles coming last?). What’s interesting writing in the year 2019 is how similar it looks to something the band Ghost might do.

Take one: The River Styxx…I had sent Peter some pictures of wild electrical storms and I guess this is the colour scheme. Not at all bad, but didn’t vibe. Notice the “Plague of Conscience” Title placeholder (Remember what I said about album titles coming last?). What’s interesting writing in the year 2019 is how similar it looks to something the band Ghost might do.

Take Two: I think we said “do something a bit like Number of the Beast”

Take Two: I think we said “do something a bit like Number of the Beast”

Take Three: This was submitted as a last minute possible alternative. Mark Leary was the in house designer at Earache Records, we ended up using it as the single cover.

Take Three: This was submitted as a last minute possible alternative. Mark Leary was the in house designer at Earache Records, we ended up using it as the single cover.

Despite the aforementioned “cartoonish” nature of the cover, the final package was super cool and Earache did a great bundle on this one with the extra 10” disc and everything else.

Despite the aforementioned “cartoonish” nature of the cover, the final package was super cool and Earache did a great bundle on this one with the extra 10” disc and everything else.

The Fateful Darkdave silver