The main image ties in with the strap line ‘Metal monsters crush the USA” with the lead singer appearing to be crushing something in his hands. The lead singer is positioned in front of the others to show leadership and is the main focal point because of his facial expression., which is quite aggressive. The band is represented as being quite laid back, in comparison, smiling in the back ground, while the lead singer is seen as being quite hard-core and .confrontational. The colour scheme is white, red and black , a traditional and successful colour combination for rock orientated music magazines, with white being the dominate colour on this cover. The lay out is a little unconventional in this issue as there is very little text on the left third. However there is an ad for a free gift with the magazine. Kerrang has a devoted following and may not need to grab attention on the magazine stand as other lesser known magazine do. Fans of Metallica are also more likely to buy this issue with the band as the lead feature. Skyline Strap line Coverlines Barcode Lead article Main image Masthead Flash Freebies
Left third Flash Masthead Coverlines Lead article Coverlines Slogo Flash Barcode The artist is represented as almost angelic due to the halo of light above him and the light shining down on him. His pose is also very honest and gentle but this contrasts with the pull quote “I have definitely gone too far.” This suggests that this shot was chosen to represent the artist because of its irony. The colour scheme used is quite dark blue and grey shades that contrast better with the white light and text. The lead article is shown in the left third as well as some of the coverlines and a flash about an article on a Muse CD. This would attract fans of the artist, Muse or any of the other artists mentioned in the coverlines. Pull quote
Slogo Coverlines Left third Coverline Barcode Coverlines Lead article Pull quote Masthead The artist is represented as being quite cool and anti-establishment as well as a traditional rock artist, smashing the masthead with the guitar. This is supported by the pull quote, which suggests that he’s in the business for the love of music rather than for glamour and wealth, and the strap line “Matt Bellamy is out of control.”, which alludes to the destruction of the masthead. The main colour scheme is red, black and white, a common colour choice in these kinds of magazines. The cover is quite light and almost plain, with the main image barely taking up a third of the cover. The lay out is fairly traditional, with heavy use of the left third. Some coverlines are black text on white boxes to make them stand out better.