Cover lines Masthead Puff Main image Main cover line Bar code + date lineAnchor text Human interest stories
MastheadThe masthead is all in capitals in a san serif,distressed font. This all adds to the rockimage of the magazine by going against beingtraditional looking and using serif font. Thename ‘Kerrang’ in an onomatopoeic wordthat sounds like the strum of a guitar cordwhich relates to the content of the magazineand is a memorable name. The text is brokenup by lines running through the words whichgives the idea of chaos and destruction whichfits in which the typical ideas of rock bandsand rock music. The red of the font fits inwith the house style and can connotationaggression and passion.
Main Image The main images is of the leader singer of Young Guns, Gustav Wood, in mid shot. He has a direct gaze in the upper third of the cover which conforms to the magazine convention. The look onMain image his face is one of defiance which links to the achorage text “We had to fight for everything.” He has the image of a typical front man as he is attractive; tattooed and has his top off which gives off the impression of a rebellious attitude. It also relates to the achorage text “Brit rock’s new hero laid bare.” This picture appeals to both genders as the male readership aspire to be like him and the female readership will like this cover as he has his top off.
Cover lines + Achorage text These help pull in the reader to buy the magazine. On this cover the language is informal for example “Sort of” Most of the cover lines are in the left and bottom third of the page. Puff Fits in with house style and breaks up the page by drawing attention to this cover line Main cover line This shows what the main feature in the magazine this week will be and this attracts the readers. The Achorage hypes the band feature up- “Brit rock’sHuman interest story new hero.”Adding in human interest stories about the personal lives of people who create the music thereaders listen to helps the reader closer to the band and as if they can relate to their favourartists.
The cover of Kerrang! is very similar to an NME cover of Glasvegas’ front man. Despite covering different genres of rock music.
Cover lines Header Masthead Puff Main image Main cover line Bar code + Date lineAnchor text
MastheadMastheadNME is a well known magazine that has beengoing for decades so the title is instantlyrecognisable. The colour of the front variesfrom week to week. The black fits in with theimage of the band featured on the frontcover. Main image Main image The main images is a mid shot of the band White Lies. They are all dressed in dark colours with moody facial expressions. This and the glow of light coming from behind them gives them an enigmatic quality.
Cover lines There is a house style using yellow, black and white. Nearly all of the cover lines are in san serif font to match the modern feel of the magazine. Main cover lineMain cover lineThis cover line is in the centre third of thecover. The anchorage text is a quote from thearticle inside “Nirvana pissed people off.” Thelanguage used is informal and the statementis intriguing to the reader as Nirvana playedvery different music to White Lies this coulddraw someone in to buy the magazine. Thewords “Divide and conquer!” are in a seriffont which matches how traditional the
Cover lines Header Masthead Main image Main cover line Bar code + date line
Main imageMain imageThe shot for this front cover is an intentionallycrowded shot by the vocalists from variousbands who getting increasingly more popularon the British rock scene. Conventionally ona rock music magazine the bands lookingmoody or serious but this cover subverts thisconvention.lineMain coverThe main cover line is different to a typicalcover line as its on a slant and broken upwhich reflects the words. It’s also eyecatching. It adds to the rock images of themagazine.
Mast headMastheadThe masthead is in a san serif font which fitsin with the modern feel of the magazine as itfocuses heavily on up and coming bands andnew music. It’s obstructed by the main imagebut it is a well know magazine so the font andlayout are easy to identify as Rocksound. Cover lines These cover lines are also in a san serif font. They are arranged around the image and there is little anchorage text as they are just listing bands. The reader is encouraged to buy it as they can find out if bands they like are mentioned it in. As it is a relatively long list there is a good chance they will be interest in one or more.