Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The shame of art

Would you expect that the next big thing in Death Metal would come from Ireland? Well, the five young men (age 20-22) who named themselves after their home town of Knockatallon might be just that. Their concerts in Ireland and the UK have been sold-out for the past year, and they finally released their debut album last week. The shame of art is not an eye opener, but for fans of this death grunt style metal, a must hear. Best songs: Cadaver, and the album closer, a flabberghasting version of Genesis' Blood on the rooftops.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Knockatallon.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Izaak Walton: Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Red Death, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Daisy MF 60 Brick Red and Blood of Dracula 85 Brick Red, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.