The masthead this magazine has chosen is a large one, we can see this because the topsection of the magazine is occupied by the masthead only. They have used white for the obvious reason of capturing the readers attention by contrasting against the colours used on the background layer of the magazine. The masthead also contains symbolswhich are two triangles and a circle around the ‘R’ which I believe is the magazines logo and identity. The masthead is in text slang which leads me to believe that the magazine is aimed at a younger audience probably around the age of 17-20.
In the main image of this music magazine there are three young men looking directly atthe camera. From the reader’s point of view it looks as if these young men are looking at them, the purpose of this could be to achieve intimacy or some sort of bond or the aim could be for the subjects in the image to appear tough to compliment the magazine’s appearance.Also, I believe that due to the fact that dubstep is not such a big music genre the youngmen in the main image do not overlap the masthead like conventional music magazines because they’re status is not as ‘big’ as the magazine’s identity.A long shot makes up the main image however the two men on the right are only visible from the waist up because the rest of their body is obstructed by text and artistic graphics. This leads me to believe that the two young men on the right are not as important as the man on the left.
This is the main cover line of the magazine, we know this because it is the boldest, brightest and largest of all the other cover lines, it is almost as large as the masthead which could mean that it is the second most important feature on the magazine and that the reader should notice this secondly. The cover line reads ‘TheSummer of Dub’ which is a play on the words of lyrics of a song, this tells us that this issue of the magazine was released in summer and it is a summer edition which isprobably why it is the second most important feature, because it informs the reader that it is a summer edition. This cover line could also suggest that the magazine is aimed at fans who are serious about this genre of music and would have a summer filled with listening to dubstep.
This magazine does not have a price on it so I think that the magazine is expensive because the smaller the print of the price is, the more expensive it is.The front cover of this magazine contains 4 cover lines 3 of which are small and one is large. The layout of this magazine is informal and unconventional. Most music magazines are formal in their organisation of font size, cover lines and colour of words. The graphic effects are all created to ‘shout’ at the reader e.g. The maincover line, the puff in the bottom right corner at an angle and the top left corner. The colour scheme used is made up of the colours blue, green, pink, yellow orange and white but mainly orange, white, pink and blue. The orange and the yellow could relate to summer e.g. the colours of the sun; as does the green which could relate to the colour of the grass. The blue could connote the colour of the sky when it is summer, the pink could link to the colour of the sky when the sun rises in the summer and the white is a colour that matches and ties all the colours together.
The masthead chosen for this black metal magazine is also a large one however itdoes not have a section to itself because coverlines and other features crowd the space. This magazine has also used white most probably to catch the reader’s attention but also because the colour of most of the text on the front cover is white and any other colour porbably wouldn’t have looked as good; this colour was probably also chosen because it contrasts every colour used on the front cover especially the black scince it is used the most. The font used for themasthead is much more jagged and inspired by the music this magazine promotes where as the dubstep magazine’s masthead did not link to its genre.
This magazine uses a skyline which advertises a freebees which could mean that thismagazine has been running for years, is made for dedicated readers and fans and hasmade enough money to afford to give away freebees.Although the price cannot be seen clearly I can tell that the priceof this magazine is £5.99 and that the size of the font of heprice is very small which indicates that this magazine isexpensive enough to have the size of the font very small.There are 6 cover lines used 3 of them are aligned to beslightly slanted I believe that these are the cover lines thatstay in this style in each issue whereas the style of the restof the cover lines change according to the content andthe main image of the magazine.
The layout of this magazine is what I woulddescribe as organised chaos the reason being thatthere is hardly any white space, the magazine isfilled with cover lines and features however it isorganised because of the fonts resemble eachother in style. Because the magazine is quite chaotic you couldlink that to the idea that black metal music is quite chaotic and due to the various angles most of the cover lines are adjusted to it could be argued that this is quite rebellious because it is not followingthe convention of keeping everything straight and ordered.The colour scheme is made up of red, black, whiteand grey. The red could represent blood the white(I believe) is just a contrast colour and a colour totie all the other colours together, the black couldrepresent the darkness and evil that could beargued is in black metal and the grey that is in thepicture is added to age the image.