KAYA – FABULOUS
David: Case-in-point of perfect simplicity. Nearly a year after KAYA released the provocative image for his April 2018 single, “Fabulous” remains his most iconic, sexual, and powerful pose to date.
Man With A Mission – Take Me Under / Winding Road
David: Ride or Die with the rocking wolves, the “Take Me Under” jacket art brings adrenaline and danger to the double A-side release, matching the single’s action movie-themed music video.
Mary’s Blood – Revenant
David: There’s a bad moon on the rise, and Revenant‘s haunting but elegant design gives fair warning of the chilling guitar riffs waiting in lead track “World’s End”.
Wagakki Band – Otonoe
David: The bold watercolor strokes of Wagakki Band’s 5th album Otonoe evoke the artistry and elegance of the genre-defining band, with vocalist Yuko Suzuhana’s emotional visage at the forefront.
Onmyouza – Hadou Myouou
David: I might not be the only one who did a Game of Thrones double-take on Onmyouza’s 14th album Hadou Myouou. Band leader and bassist Matatabi atop a ghostly throne sets stage for the scathing metal album which includes the theme for Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou.
Gesu no Kiwami Otome – Suki Nara Towanai
Marc: On their fourth album, Suki Nara Towanai, the always enigmatic Gesu no Kiwami Otome serve up their acid-jazzy take on progressive rock, and the vibrant neon pachinko image on the cover reflects that spirit of playfulness.
SCANDAL – HONEY
Marc: The cover to SCANDAL’s eighth album, HONEY, is a case study in fearlessness, as the band eschews the need to show their faces and instead, backs turned, embrace one another in a show of warm solidarity and utter confidence. The album’s moniker placements have cheeky appeal, pun intended.
UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – MODE MOOD MODE
Marc: Why is there a giraffe on the cover of MODE MOOD MODE, and is that man or a monkey riding it? Answers are not forthcoming, but the cover intrigues by its very capriciousness.
MYTH & ROID – “Overlord III” (Anime) Intro Theme: VORACITY
Nhu: The hand’s crushing a heart! Okay, not really, it’s actually a tomato. A striking and sinister effect created where no heart had to actually be crushed in the making.
Plastic Tree – doorAdore
Michelle: It reminds me of an Ansel Adams photograph — striking black and white, evocative because it’s an open door on a desolate landscape. It invites you into a place beautiful but empty, lonely… which is fitting to the band’s often melancholy and contemplative tone.