JRock247′s picks of the best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2013.
The GazettE – BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY
Dave: No album package made as big a stir as the awesomely bold (and crazy expensive) limited-edition release of BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY. 3D packaging + DVD + 30 illustrated cards made this a must-have for The GazettE fans worldwide. Could any other JRock band pull this off?
Miyavi – Miyavi
Dave: Intentionally Jesus-like, Miyavi’s suspended pose adds drama to this album of EDM-meets-slap guitar.
T.M.Revolution – UNDER:COVER II
Jen: I did a double take when I saw T.M.Revolution channeling Madonna and Pink. He pulls off the contrasting looks so well that I immediately knew the inspiration but didn’t realize it was him.
Soil & “PIMP” Session and Shiina Ringo – The Assassin’s Assassin
Nhu: It looks like a movie poster for a new gangster film– I’d watch it in a heartbeat.
URBANGARDE – Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE
Dave: URBANGARDE’s first “Best” album balances Yokotan’s beauty and the colorful/chaotic “trauma techno pop” that surrounds her in performance.
Matenrou Opera – Kassai to Gekijou no Gloria
Nhu: This cover has a fleeting dream quality to it — I hear music, a slight sand storm kicks up, and Matenrou Opera appears.
D – Rosenstrauss
Jen” The prevalence of white really gives Asagi’s vampire an angelic quality, and it makes the tears of blood stand out even more. You can’t help but admire and ache for this tormented creature.
Yousei Teikoku – PAX VESANIA
Dave: Decadent and playful, the ink-soaked tones of PAX VESANIA’s jacket art clue you in to vocalist Yui Itsuki’s dark inner thoughts.
SEKAI NO OWARI – RPG
Nhu: The use of light is playfully devilish!
The Hiatus – Horse Riding
Jen: Someone in the band must be an art history buff because this looks like a work by Hieronymou Bosch. It’s provocative, chaotic, and intellectual.
BULL ZEICHEN 88 – Lovely
Nhu: What “lovely” placement of hearts there!
Shakalabbits – Rabbits, Rabbits, All the way
Nhu: Rabbits for dinner or rabbit cake served by rabbits? I’ll take the cake!
Ecosystem – Ushiro no Shomen, Dilemma
Nhu: The peculiar sight of an owl covering the eyes of a pink haired girl makes me wonder what it doesn’t want her to see.
Alice Nine – Daybreak
Jen: This is proof that the visual aspect of visual kei isn’t all about the hair. This portrait of Shou looks like it could belong in a modern art museum.
Hayato Kishimoto – Naked
Jen: Illustrated by the mangaka of GTO, this cover reveals what’s really inside a musician.
The Back Horn – Battle Ima
Nhu: Flowers tend to stand still and look pretty, but these flowers explode in beauty.
Radwimps – Go gatsu no Hae / Last Virgin
Nhu: This drawing of the mouth bleeding onto the body is a little disturbing, but engrossing.