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Cryptwatcher
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:56 pm 
 

Post some album covers that find very depressing. Do you think these album covers match the feel of the music, and do you think there is any symbolism behind it?

For me, I have always found these quite depressing.

Wehmut-Ableben [promo]
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I dont find there to be much symbolism behind this cover, but the black and white coloring of the picture definitely supports feelings of coldness and lonliness in this demo, which work perfectly with the sound the album possesses.


Mirror of Deception-Shards
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This album cover has always gotten to me. I find there to be symbolism in the cover, and that is that when people are sad or upset or "their world is broken" they always go around to people asking for them for help and support. I don't find there to be much of a connection to the albums sound though. The album has an epic Candlemass like sound.
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I get a definite sense of 'what do we do with this balloon now that it's burst' off this, it fits the general theme of futile gratuitous defeatist decadence that runs through the album.

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This one definitely fits the mood of the album, beyond the obvious aspect of depicting the band name itself. I always think of the track 'Catherine Blake' when I see it.


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I like this one, you get the sense that the drowned protagonist mulled over his suicide for long enough to be completely resigned to it, and the act just came to him spontaneously and unceremoniously one day, there's something flippant and romantic about it. Suits the album I guess, the lyrics are dark but it's very chilled and indie sounding.
It gets confusing if you read too much into it though, as the last track is an angsty one with a happy ending that fades out to the sound of a guy walking on gravel (on a beach) ranting incoherently.

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Not metal but...

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Milo
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:03 pm 
 

That Wehmut cover is pretty awesome, very evocative to me.

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Intruder-Live to die

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:21 pm 
 

Most of Katatonia's album covers are very depressing and fit the music perfectly.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:51 pm 
 

Katatonia's Dance of December Souls always struck me as mysterious rather than depressing. Their EP before that looks even more confusing.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:04 pm 
 

For the most part, I don't find metal covers depressing.

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All great covers, but the Loss one is just amazing. I don't think you can get any bleaker than that.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:38 pm 
 

Here's some of the most depressive I've found, unless they were already posted.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:41 pm 
 

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Pretty much speaks for itself.


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The album name in conjunction with the cover seems to indicate (to me anyway) that "tonight's decision" was about committing suicide by way of train.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:51 pm 
 

Bassically, *insert any Gothic/Doom band here* but this one is very depressing too:
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A non doom or gothic album:
I find it depressing knowing how Valfar died, and I picture this album cover as maybe the image his family saw while waiting for him...so damn sad.
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Soooo, black and white photos of trees and shit makes y'all depressed?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:26 pm 
 

Warlocks_amulet wrote:
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Not depressing, but fucking creepy.

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shadowkrang
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:28 pm 
 

I think the Drudkh covers fit this, especially "Blood in our Wells", and "Songs Of Grief & Solitude"

Edit: Is the guy on the "Mirror of Deception" cover holding pepperoni?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:35 pm 
 

BastardHead wrote:
Soooo, black and white photos of trees and shit makes y'all depressed?

Yes.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:40 pm 
 

Snowgrave wrote:
BastardHead wrote:
Soooo, black and white photos of trees and shit makes y'all depressed?

Yes.


I guess that's just bizarre to me. I can understand how they would evoke feelings of lonesomeness or despair, but depressing doesn't seem like the term I would apply to them. The Solitude Aeturnus one was the only one to strike a chord within me so far.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:07 am 
 

BastardHead wrote:
Snowgrave wrote:
BastardHead wrote:
Soooo, black and white photos of trees and shit makes y'all depressed?

Yes.


I guess that's just bizarre to me. I can understand how they would evoke feelings of lonesomeness or despair, but depressing doesn't seem like the term I would apply to them. The Solitude Aeturnus one was the only one to strike a chord within me so far.


It's not really they are trees or anything, but its the atmosphere. I guess black and white pictures of trees promote a feeling of lonliness (the forest is empty, for example) The ones with Hate Forest promote that also, along with the snow making a colder atmosphere.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:14 am 
 

Warlocks_amulet wrote:
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Very few of these are 'depressing'.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:18 am 
 

Not a single one is to me, so far. But I very rarely am emotionally affected by still pictures.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:02 am 
 

I'm gonna side with rexxz here. I really don't find any of these depressing. Especially the Hate Forest ones. Not only is that a bloody stupid name for a band, the covers are unoriginal and had no REAL artistic merit behind them. The emotion they try to convey is superficial and only part of an image - a badly manufactured one at that.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:04 am 
 

RaveNStorM wrote:
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When you see it, you will shit bricks.


Christ, you're right. I saw it as soon as you said that.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:12 am 
 

just saw it too. shit dude, haven't got chills like that in awhile. I cannot believe I never saw that before!

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Crick wrote:
I'm gonna side with rexxz here. I really don't find any of these depressing. Especially the Hate Forest ones. Not only is that a bloody stupid name for a band, the covers are unoriginal and had no REAL artistic merit behind them. The emotion they try to convey is superficial and only part of an image - a badly manufactured one at that.


Actually, Hate Forest's covers fit the music pretty well. Cold, dark forests in the middle of nowhere. Sure Forest is a cooler band name but Hate Forest is nice too. More evil.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:18 am 
 

TheJizzHammer wrote:
RaveNStorM wrote:
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When you see it, you will shit bricks.


Christ, you're right. I saw it as soon as you said that.


Ahm... sorry, but... what'er ya talkin' about?
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Blacklinkz wrote:
TheJizzHammer wrote:
RaveNStorM wrote:
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When you see it, you will shit bricks.


Christ, you're right. I saw it as soon as you said that.


Ahm... sorry, but... what'er ya talkin' about?


The dude in the mirror.
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TheJizzHammer wrote:
Blacklinkz wrote:
TheJizzHammer wrote:
RaveNStorM wrote:
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When you see it, you will shit bricks.


Christ, you're right. I saw it as soon as you said that.


Ahm... sorry, but... what'er ya talkin' about?


The dude in the mirror.


Oh... just that? I thought you were talking about the ghost-like thing between the mirror-dude and the guy doing some air-guitar behing the courtain
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:26 am 
 

Well, he could have been refering to that, but mirror-dude gave me quite a start.

I'm not seeing the other thing though...
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That's just a glass with a plant.

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Blacklinkz wrote:
Oh... just that? I thought you were talking about the ghost-like thing between the mirror-dude and the guy doing some air-guitar behing the courtain


Silly, he isn't air guitaring. This is an Opeth album. He's clearly in the middle of writing an acoustic ballad to his dead love - WITH HIS MIND. Because he's a vampire and can do stuff like that.
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I don't find many album covers depressing, but a lot of doom and black metal ones are very bleak. Transylvanian Hunger is a classic in that department. He looks so agonized.
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Well ... Obviously this classic.

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unsermaestro wrote:
Well ... Obviously this classic.

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That isn't depressing at all. It probably belongs in the 'album covers in poorest taste' thread, though.
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Since you all seem to get depressed by people in nooses and shit...

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There. Guy alone on a hill, ready to end his life by self-hanging, while riding onto the scene on a very sad-looking horse. At sunset, the time of death for the day. Now enjoy the happy-go-lucky psychedelia of the album. BORN IN THE MIDNIGHT SUN!
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Ribos wrote:
Since you all seem to get depressed by people in nooses and shit...

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I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be ..
-GACK-

This is what first came to mind when I saw that image.
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More scary than depressing, but it fits both I feel.
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Feels depressing to me.
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Well, obviously. :P
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I don't get what's up with relating those lovely nature pictures to depression. The good ones might evoke a feeling of isolation and the atmosphere of being in the BOSOM of the wilderness, but not depression. The bad ones (ie. 90% of the album art used for black metal) just suck. It's like 'We can't afford Travis Smith, so let's go to our back yard and take a picture of a tree with a squirrel hole in it. The hole represents the void in my soul, if anyone asks.'

Gay.

Anathema's A Fine Day to Exit, already posted here, probably has the most genuine potency to depress if one stares at it long enough. So many possible stories behind the full unfolded art (the cover is only one third of the picture.)

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also with Tearstained - Monumental in its sorrow
sorry for the pic it was taken in a 2mp cam.

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SepticTomb wrote:
Very few of these are 'depressing'.

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