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Best J-Rock Album Covers 2017

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2017, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Michelle Minikhiem, Todd Nelson, and Nhu Nguyen.

VAMPS – Underworld
David: The key to damnation never looked so alluring, and VAMPS delivered a dangerously fierce rock album to all who dared to enter.

Transparent Branches – Plastic Tree (Tribute)
Michelle: An illustration as dreamlike as the songs found on the album. Perfectly represents the mood it will put you in.

MUCC – Myakuhaku
Michelle: A masterpiece of intricate detail, the unarguably gorgeous artwork is as sinister as it is sensual. Take a closer look and you’ll see why.

Shiina Ringo – Reimport Vol. 2 – Civil Aviation Bureau
David: For the second volume of Shiina Ringo’s self-cover project, the master songstress revisits the Oiran style of the first volume, Gyakuyunyu -Kowankyoku-, with a clever twist — she’s definitely smuggling something in that doll.

Denkare – Carnaval The Abyss
Todd: This album cover fits their sound and lyrics perfectly — kawaii merged with the macabre.

Polkadot Stingray – Dai Seigi
David: Polkadot Stingray turned heads with guitar-vocalist Shizuku’s “Kick-Ass” cosplay in their music video for “Electric Public”. The vintage comic-book style half-tone coloring for their Dai Seigi album cover drove the point home — get ready for an adventure.

DOLL$BOXX – high $pec
Todd: Artist Masayuki Kojo is a big fan of and friends with Gacharic Spin. Some months back he created an awesome drawing of the band. It looks like the band must have really liked it.

LOVEBITES – Awakening from Abyss
Todd: Totally sums up what the listener is in store for — radiant beauty delivering sounds of powerful destruction.

Keisuke Kuwata – GARAKUTA
Nhu: Six rubber duckies in various occupational outfits are lined up on the front of Kuwata Keisuke’s latest LP. It’s a simple but telling cover: it’s been six years since the release of his 2011 album Musicman, and GARAKUTA is filled with tracks of varied genres (rock/country “Sugisarishi Hibi (Going Down)”, jazzy “Yin Yang”) and moods (pensive “Kimi He no Tegami”, Caribbean-filled vibes of “Ai no Prelude”).

Nhu: When beautiful moments come by, be sure to catch them! The thoughtful reminder is suggested on Haruka, the second album from rock band LACCO TOWER, by a pair of hands held out together with palms facing upwards, catching the flower petals gently falling down.
Lacco Tower Haruka

Yousei Teikoku – flamma idola
David: This fearsome fantasy image elevates Yousei Teikoku’s mythical status as the Fairy Empire’s Grand Dictator for Life, Empress Yui, revels in her arcane mechanical transformation. Seductive, dark beauty and a powerful stare match the power of the band’s 20th anniversary single.

cali≠gari – 13
Nhu: The album artwork for cali≠gari’s album 13 is of the Great Duke of Hell, Astaroth — it’s not cali≠gari if it’s not dark and sinister. The new and unique interpretation is all due to Mineo Maya, an artist who specializes in the classic style of manga drawing.