JRock247′s picks of the best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2014.
Dir en Grey – Sustain the Untruth
Dave: Demonic-male-sexy as only DIR EN GREY can pull it off. This is the kind of album jacket that makes me buy something right off the shelf without hearing a note.
Aldious – Other World
Jen: The gorgeous ladies of Aldious look like Disney princesses… ready to rock!
URBANGARDE – Utsukushii Kuni
Dave: URBANGARDE’s Utsukushii Kuni features artwork by renowned Japanese painter Aida Makoto, a contemporary Japanese artist known for his provocative works of manga, painting, and sculpture. Paired with URBANGARDE’s always counter-culture lyrics, the painting takes on new life as a critique of a schoolgirl-obsessed society.
Man With a Mission – Tale of Purefly
Jen: The fantastical artwork is reminiscent of The Dark Crystal and Lord of the Rings.
Onmyouza – Fujin Kaiko & Raijin Sosei (double release)
Dave: EPIC is the word for the awesome double-concept-album artwork served up for Onmyouza’s mythology-themed releases of Fujin Kaiko & Raijin Sosei. This is a band that swings for the fences with their visual imagery, and their fan following worldwide continues to rise.
Rie a.k.a. Suzaku – Sonic City
Jen: With her brightly-colored hair and goggles, Rie a.k.a. Suzaku looks like a post apocalyptic anime heroine ready to protect the world from aliens and bad music.
THE KIDDIE – DYSTOPIA
Dave: The Kiddie’s Matrix-like cybernetic moment of capture strikes just the odd balance between horror, androgyny, and straight-on casual cool, tip of the hat included.
Blu BiLLioN – Sincerely Yours
Jen: There’s nothing more sincere than the heart, and the one of an artist is multifaceted and full of life. The eye in it seems to penetrate the soul.
Shiina Ringo – Gyakuyunyu Kowankyoku
Dave: Once again flawless and fearless, Shiina Ringo takes charge of her own Ports and Harbors Bureau to “re-import” herself on this album of seelf-covers for songs written for PUFFY, Chiaki Kuriyama, and SMAP among others.
VAMPS – Bloodsuckers
Dave: The jacket for VAMPS Bloodsuckers puts you in a dangerous position — save yourself or give in to the tattooed vixen who’s ready to bring your life to a sweet but sudden end.