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Best J-Rock Album Covers 2014

JRock247′s picks of the best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2014.

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Dir en Grey – Sustain the Untruth
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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
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Jen: The gorgeous ladies of Aldious look like Disney princesses… ready to rock!

URBANGARDE – Utsukushii Kuni
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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
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Jen: The fantastical artwork is reminiscent of The Dark Crystal and Lord of the Rings.

Onmyouza – Fujin Kaiko & Raijin Sosei (double release)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.