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The Metal Insight Podcast #42

PODCAST - the Irishman who did Morbid Angel's new artwork

Pop culture references and Trey Azagthoth's single vision

Imagine in the feeling of having a secret image on your PC for nearly a year – that only you knew was the artwork for the new Morbid Angel album.

That’s the awesome situation that Irish design artist Ken Coleman has been in right up until the release of ‘Kingdoms Disdained’ just last week.

When Steve Tucker and Trey Azagthoth were trying to realise their vision for an album that’s organic and furiously aggressive – it was Ken who was given the honor of realizing it. This podcast is the story of how it all came about.


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  1. Great to hear 🙂 Irelands got some fantastic artists in this genre now working with established international acts. Glyn Smyth, Paul McCarroll, Bone Divinations, Sean Fitzgerald, Emmet Mulligan and Bite Radius Designs( shameless self promotion).

  2. Interesting stuff. His experience with young bands as an artist would reflect the experience of every sound engineer too.

  3. Kudos for landing the gig and hats off to artistic creativity, but that style of cover design is so commonplace of late, it simply isn’t that arresting.

  4. Fair do’s ta this guy. Digital art still gets hell despite how the music is indulged. All the principles in criticism but hardly buy a fucking record these cunts.

  5. Fair play to him!!!

  6. Interesting listen. It’s a strange cover for a MA album, not a bad piece but wouldn’t be my bag personally. Digital art can be so hit and miss,to me it’s almost like the challenge is creating a digital piece that doesn’t look like a digital piece. It’s personal taste at the end of the day but there is definitely something lost with a lot of out and out digital art. The thing that jumped out at me when I saw the cover first was the black logo which is a no no for me and also where it’s situated on the cover looks all wrong to my eye. Having said all that, hats off to the guy for landing the job, he’s talented at what he does but that particular picture wouldn’t be to my personal taste.

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