Inspiration: Mastodon, Crack the Skye

Crack the Skye: Mastodon

Crack the Skye: Mastodon

Crack the Skye: Mastodon

My favorite metal act, Mastodon is set to release their fourth album on March 24th entitled Crack the Skye. My friends and I have been anxiously anticipating this release for the past year, so we are all adequately losing our minds with the launch date so rapidly approaching. I have been avoiding listening to online previews or downloads, my favorite bands deserve my undivided attention once I have their new CD in my hands.

Mastodon’s album artwork has always impressed me. Not only are the paintings for each album simply beautiful, but the overall design and identity of the band is always consistent with each release, which hasn’t changed for Crack the Skye. They launched the Crack the Skye promotional website yesterday which almost took my head off with the artistic quality they put together. Beautiful paintings and drawings, esoteric imagery and animation with great icons and symbolism.

To make this even better, my good pal and fellow metalhead Jonathan Mitchell over at Delicate Machines created the intricate and stylized 3D clock used as the navigation at the bottom of the website:

Crack the Skye: Mastodon

Crack the Skye: Mastodon

There arn’t many things better then seeing your buddy’s work on the website of your favorite metal band :) Well done, Jonny.

Duosseudo: We Are One

Duosseudo: We Are One

I was approached by the Australian electro/house group Duosseudo to design the full CD packaging for their newest release entitled We Are One. It is always a challenge to create a piece of art that needs to stand alone, yet sync up properly with the group, their music and ultimately the album it represents. Marc and Luc were excellent to work with during the entire creative process.

I will post more on this project when I get some photos of the full CD design.

In the meantime, check out Duosseudo on Myspace for more on the group and their sound.