Here I am–let’s start with a look back at album covers for 2013….
I had a great year doing album covers in 2013. Perhaps the most interesting project was Protest the Hero, a Progressive/Metal band from Toronto, Canada. These guys have been through the Record Company grind, and decided to do an independent release for their fourth album. They asked for $125,000.00 to complete the album, and obviously underestimated their fan base–they ended up with $341,000.00. So without going into detail, I was paid satisfactorily!
The actual cover was deemed a bit racy for American record store placement, so this image, which became known as the Profile Vulture, was created as an alternative G Rated cover. I enjoy working in mixed media when I can. this image was created using Copic markers, gel pens, pen and ink. When PTH’s manager saw it, he said “That’s Iconic.” I asked Luke, PTH Guitarist and keyboard player, “Who has he managed?” Luke’s reply, “Kiss, Pat Benatar, and Steve Vai, among others.” OK, then, I believe he knows what he’s talking about.
The album was released on October 27, 2013, as I recall. It hit #20 in the Billboard top 200 for that week–pretty much unheard of for a Prog/Metal band. Needless to say, I’m very happy to have been involved in this project.
Luke sent me this shot from a small club somewhere in Canada. As I write this the European leg of the tour is in progress. Safe Journey, you guys!
Next time–The ACTUAL Volition cover.