This is a self-titled album and the most significant feature on this cover is the band’s logo – the ‘deathbat’ – which is a skull with wings. This logo is featured on most of their merchandise.
Also, the font style of the band’s name is the same on all of their albums.
The font style and their logo are very important and represents what kind of band they are. For example, you can tell from the ‘deathbat’ that this wouldn’t be an R&B band, but more rock or metal. Also, on this cover there is a lot of ‘white space’, they chose this deliberately as it makes their logo, which is black, stand out a lot, so it looks appealing on the shelf to their fans.
As well as this, all their CD covers does not feature themselves on it. This could be because they want people to care more about their music than what they look like unlike, for example, Beyonce, she is featured on all of her album covers.
KoЯn – See you on the other side.
When you first look at this CD cover, you will think of Alice In Wonderland. But as you look at it you can tell it is a very twisted representation of the play. This shows that they can take something which is a happy fantasy and turn it into a dark and twisted fantasy.
As well as this I think the title of the band links in with the cover. It is called ‘See You On The Other Side’, these sides could refer to good and bad. I think they named it this as most people are on the good side, like in an Alice in Wonderland world for example, but the band could be on the bad side, which is completely the opposite & more creepy.
Because of this you can tell that this band isn’t going to be a pop band, but more of a dark, twisted metal band.
Metallica – Death Magnetic.
Like the band Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica also have the same font style for their name on every album and on their merchandise. It is like a brand logo for the band.
The main feature of this album is the outline of the coffin. Most people associated coffins with death, and death is a dark thing. This tells you that this band is going to be more dark and metal as you’re not going to find a coffin on R&B CD cover.
The album name also links with the image on the CD cover. It is called ‘Death Magnetic’ and obviously the coffin represents death. But also around the coffin, it looks like they are iron fillings, which magnets have been used to manipulate what direction they go in. The album title & image could be symbolic, maybe it means that death could be ‘magnetic’, as you can’t get away from it or escape it if you’re attracted to it.
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour.
This album is very different to the others because of all the different colours, however it is like the KoЯn album as they are very unusual.
You can tell from this cover that they have used a programme like Photoshop as it looks very computerised and technical. For example, there are a lot of layers to this over, the eye being the first one. In each of these layers they have changed the hue & saturation levels and made them very different.
As this album is so technical and you could call it almost ‘rave like’, you can tell that this is more like a techno, drum and bass kind of band.
Also, the band name and the title of the album are very clear. As they are both white on black or black on white, and the dominant colour of the CD cover is green, so they stand out a lot.
Even though this cover is very weird and has a lot of complex images and layers on it, I like it a lot because of this & because it is different. And also as it very bold and stands out a lot, I think this will appeal to their fans.