Making great album covers is an art form that should never be lost, yet it seems to be slowly disappearing. Thankfully still seems to honor the tradition and great album covers still get produced. Also, thankfully there’s indie publisher, Dark Canvas, which has seen fit to produce a limited, revised edition of the out-of-print book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories features more than 450 color graphics and recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer’s Reign In Blood, ’s …And Justice For All, Morbid Angel’s Blessed Are the Sick, ’s 13, Death’s Symbolic, Carcass’ Heartwork, Sleep’s Dopesmoker, Testament’s Dark Roots of Earth, Opeth’s Heritage, and many others. These stories are told through 105 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons, like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) among many others.
Additionally, the book’s revised edition also features new revealing commentaries by Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Kelly Schaefer (Atheist), Neige (Alcest), and by critically acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.
The first edition of this 264-color-page volume was first published in 2015, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. The constant demand and the new available material motivated author Ramon Oscuro Martos, to create a new Revised Edition featuring additional interviews, commentaries, and graphics.
Martos commented on the Revised Edition:
I didn’t want to just re-print the same book again. I had new material available. So, I decided to introduce some changes that definitely bring something new to the table while keeping intact the essence of previous edition. It’s still the same book… but dramatically improved and updated.
The Revised Edition of …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers is exclusively available here.
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