Sunday Sesh: Show Us Your Siqqq Album Packaging

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Metalheads are notorious for buying physical media. There are a lot of reasons why we do it. Maybe we want to have a physical backup for our vast digital library. Maybe we want to feel that we’re doing something for the scene. One major reason we do it, though, is to get some of that sweet, sweet album art. Sure, not all of it is good, but album packaging is often rad enough to make it worthwhile. Today, I want to see some of the cool ways that bands have made it special to buy a little more than digital.

But first, a confession. I rarely keep the album packaging. Jewel cases are just clutter, and I genuinely have no interest in appearing on an episode of Hoarders. So, my typical modus operandi is to buy a CD, take out the sleeve art and anything else that’s cool, and store the album cover and CD together in a CD binder. Some cases, however, warrant adding a bit more consideration.

I recently made a sweet bulk purchase of doom and drone music from discogs. Although I was stoked to finally get some stuff from FleshpressLotus ThiefMares of Thrace, and Menace Ruine, one of the real scores was Light Rotting Out by Wreck of the Hesperus. This murky funeral doom outfit plays an excellent blend of classic, horrific doom and bluesy sludge. Listening to Light Rotting Out is like being lost in a mud floe deep underground. Struggle all you want, the most you can do is tread water amid the immensely heavy bottom-end and crushing bellows. If you like the reverent riff phrasing of Salome and the creeping peril of Aldebaran, you’re certain to like Wreck of the Hesperus.

But I’m not just here to talk about Wreck of the Hesperus. I want to show you the rad way that this band went the extra mile to make purchasing their music special. The digipack version of Light Rotting Out from Aesthetic Death comes in a limited edition slim, tall package with a unique piece of art to capture the mood of each of the three long doom tracks. This artwork was created by The Dull Fog of Eternity and laid out by Tom Cunningham to perfectly accentuate the bleak aesthetic of the music. Below I’ve uploaded pictures of the whole package. You can likely find some higher quality images on the internet, but I had trouble locating all of the pieces via Google, so I’ve uploaded my own shots of them all.

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Each of those pieces features the lyrics on the back of the insert. The combination of music, art, and lyrics present a unique way to orient yourself to each song on the album as a whole. It’s a cool approach to providing a complete work of art for fans, and I’ll definitely be keeping this digipack.

So now it’s your turn. What are some of the cool album packages you’ve gotten? Which bands have gone the extra mile? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Butts4Gutts

    You use a CD binder? Do you also keep it in a sweet cherry red Ford Ranger with the flare sides?

    Just keep the CDs in a shelf. I don’t understand how physical media can be overwhelming unless you literally just keep it lying on the floor.

    • Space Monster W.

      I live in a small apartment and don’t need another shelf for 200+ CDs. It’s a way, way more compact way to store everything effectively.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        BINDER ALWAYS DAMAGE MY CDS!!!!!!!!

      • more beer

        But what about that ranch in Crawford?

      • Butts4Gutts

        Being a poor academic is no excuse for using a cd binder.

    • Howard Dean

      The bed of my cherry red Ford Ranger is filled with empty cans of Surge and Faygo. They sometimes fly out when I’m cruising down the highway at 85 listening to Static-X. Totally phat. Wayne Static is immortal.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Static-X? Pffff…
        One does not simply mar the excellence of blasting this bona fide classic while cruising in a cherry red Ford Ranger.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJzeJiHHQOY

        • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          LATE 90S WERE TROOLY HORROR FYING TIME 2 B ALIVE & UNFROZEN…
          https://youtu.be/0NbkxcNjH9w

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Gorak plz! I love Spineshank!

          • KyleJMcBride

            You would’ve loved Ozzfest 1998 and 2001.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I wish I was at Ozzfest 1998 and 2001.

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            The first two Ozzfests actually had some enjoyable stuff (Black Sabbath, Slayer, Type O Negative, Drain STH, Neurosis)

          • KyleJMcBride

            1998 had Tool, Motorhead, & Megadeth.
            2001 had only Sabbath as it’s sole saving grace and the only reason I went.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            JUST LOOKED UP LINEUP!!!!!! WOW, IT HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!

          • KyleJMcBride

            When I say Sabbath was the only good thing there, I mean it.
            I sat through that shitstorm 2 days in a row just to see Sabbath.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            GUESS I GOT LUCKY WITH 3 YEARS SEEN!!!!!! ALWAYS GOT A FEW BANDS ME LIKE, PRIMUS, SLAYER, DEFTONES, PANTERA, DIMMU BORGIR, JUDAS PRIEST, LAMB OF GOD, DEVILDRIVER & PROBABLY FORGETTING COUPLE!!!!!!

          • KyleJMcBride

            I was at 2004(Sabbath/Priest/Slayer) and 2005(Sabbath/Maiden) as well.

          • more beer

            Dude I listened to 16 seconds of that. It is truly horrible. Buy some Q-Tips. Your ears really need a good cleaning.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I’ve always had a soft spot for Spineshank.

          • more beer

            Q-Tips!

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            At least the girl in the video is hot

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Forget about Spineshank JJD. Have some Melvins instead!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U82sZKeqS78

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            Their best album

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            GORAK DIGS HOUDINI!!!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Bullhead, Lysol and Houdini are my favorite Melvins albums. Stoner Witch is not that far behind.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            EARLY 90S MELVINS IS BEST MELVINS!!!!!

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Hahahahaha I remember this band…fucking hell…
            The only thing that’s worse than the music is the nail polish wearing singer.

      • KyleJMcBride

        WHOOP WHOOP

      • more beer

        If Wayne Static were immortal. He wouldn’t be dead.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I love Static X and Surge!

        • KyleJMcBride

          Surge tastes like that crap they make you drink before surgery.

          • more beer

            The worst shit they can ever make you drink is the crap they give you before a colonoscopy. I will choose death over ever doing that again.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m not looking forward to it. I’ll tell you that for free.

          • more beer

            It is not fun. Like I said I would rather die than go through that again.

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            The Miralax? I’ve never had it but I’ve yet to meet someone who has had it and hasn’t hated it

          • KyleJMcBride

            I turn 50 this year so all this is coming for me soon. : (

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I love it. I only drink Surge when i want citrus soda.

          • RustyShackleford

            I actually had my first Surge EVER yesterday. It’s kinda watery mountain dew. Not bad but why wouldn’t you just get a DEW?!

    • I literally keep my cds on the floor.

      • Butts4Gutts

        I wish I had seen this vile admission before I voted for you against Ross, you scumbag.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      And on a very recent note, the Cultes Des Ghoules Coven digipack edition is great as well.

      http://new-era-productions.nl/shop/4123-thickbox_default/cultes-des-ghoules-coven-2xcd-digibook.jpg

      • Black Unbeard

        waiting for triple LP to come up for preorder

      • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

        Confirmed.

    • GoatForest

      Ya beat me to it.

    • Scar Sighted >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Second greatest Leviathan album imo. First is:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuBw6AYVFOg

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          First for me is Massive Conspiracy against All Life, followed by Tentacles of Whorror, followed by Scar Sighted

          • Howard Dean

            Tenth Sublevel, Massive Conspiracy, Tentacles, Howl Mockery for me.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I don’t count howl mockery at the cross as an album because it’s more of a compilation, but if we’re counting it then it’s my absolute favourite purely for Summoning Lupine

          • Howard Dean

            I want sure of the list parameters, so I just listed my favorites.

  • Al Bundy

    I just wanted to say that Mares of Thrace are a band that don’t get mentioned enough. I’d love to catch ’em live.

  • AndySynn

    Off the top of my head…

    “Senium” by Hadal Maw had some sweet packaging and layout going on.

    Dying Sun from Baltimore have their cds delivered in these handcrafted envelopes which make for a really nice touch.

    “Made out of Negative Matter” by In-Quest has a very cool special edition.

    All three Fyrnask albums come in these really awesome, tactile digipaks.

    Dodsengel’s “Imperator” is absolutely beautiful (and weighty).

    The Infernal Sea did a few different editions of “The Great Mortality”, but the early fake-vinyl cd was a really nice touch imo.

    And Cormorant’s “Dwellings” has to be mentioned, for its three-panel vertical layout (which is something we’re also using for our album).

  • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    ALBUM NOT SO GOOD BUT THIS IS DELUXE EDITION KINDA COOL!!!
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91EcHDve4qL._SX466_.jpg

  • GoatForest

    Leviathan did something very similar with their last album. Each song also had a specific piece of art with lyrics attached. It was also neat. I buy physical media unless I absolutely cannot obtain it. I do it for every reason listed.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I’ve got a copy of the Beatles white album, 2x white LP’s and inside it has four 8×11 glossy color portrait photograpgs, one of each Beatle, and an unfoldable poster with lyrics on one side and a collage of pics on the other. It’s pretty swell. Will try to add a pic here later. Got a bunch of modern records that came with nice booklets or posters.

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      I have Magical Mystery Tour on vinyl. It has a booklet. Same with Grand Hotel by Procol Harum

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Elves and Dwarves, a Dungeon Synth project. One of my favorite aspects of the genre is the artists dedication to creating unique physical releases. Even including personalized notes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c8914cfdc66313b10ee1223f4964f53bdfcefc83c6af46ae44b0faf014011bd.jpg

    • more beer
      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Hahahaha, a tad different…

        • more beer

          Punk Rock!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            DAMN STRAIGHT!

    • RustyShackleford

      That is pretty fucking rad, the note especially. I really like the customized cassette. I don’t ever buy them but that’s pretty sick actually

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        The cool thing as well is that they really mean “limited edition” most of my DS tapes are hand numbered.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    You should see some of the album covers and gatefold packaging I have on vinyl. Specific favorites are as follows:

    Jefferson Starship-Freedom At Point Zero and any other album they did with Mickey Thomas
    Strawbs-Burning For You
    Orchestra of Electric Lights-Out Of The Blue
    Judas Priest-Screaming For Vengeance
    Molly Hatchet-Devil’s Canyon

    • KyleJMcBride

      I have some of those. I also have Yessongs, Topographic Oceans, and Fragile on vinyl to name but a few.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I own a lot of Yes albums on vinyltwo. They have great artworkm

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Boston Straight Edgers, Spirits, have released the most unique vinyl package I have ever seen. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/560f58905c087d04c8ed2eb7376b9fc41902481abf113b90d1160e41cf96da82.jpg

  • Howard Dean

    Though I buy physical media, I’m not really a typical collector and don’t really think much about collections. But this is the one I feel “collectorly” about–my Deathspell Omega CD collection. Everything they’ve ever released–from the early splits and Infernal Battles up to Synarchy. Even tossed in the two Hirilorn (pre-DsO band) I have. Stellar artwork and packaging across the board.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d3e1733e185a7cf682c84594ad4b787d97c96ed95b86064691ae97fc727c175.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1f6795765baeabc43d450f986abf4707c0d3639a67f7c1adf2984566859f7be.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e94e9472b9f28b33dbf877784b910692b7c293584b86114b0f0f9919c4c24e2.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/759a2368fbb2e601f686a6f586a74c087f281569fd7e85266f0c1f47d052ba5d.jpg

    Also a couple closeups of the massive three CD “Crushing the Holly Trinity” split they did with Clandestine Blaze, Exordium, Mgla, Musta Surma, and Stabat Mater. Gorgeous packaging.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c6293aaa10a79a13ac0d0a3d944a75de34fc404d35458f6dfd6bedcd6601e31.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/741aecf7c1479f0db6b0d46ca6428e54b85e76c6b4c6d3a5cabc66b498166635.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97edafb5781240f27ab745e6d0902aba2a91d6bea1b23c6cb2fbbee7350a659f.jpg

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Damn…I only own Circvmspice, Fas, Paracletus and Synarchy. Haven’t even picked up Kenose yet.

      • Howard Dean

        If you primarily dig the later era of the band (post-Circumspice), then Kenose, Mass Grave Aesthetics, Diabolus Absconditus, and Chaining the Katechon are essential.

        The other stuff from the pictures (splits with Mutiilation, Moonblood, and Clandestine Blaze, Infernal Battles, Inquistors of Satan, and the two Manifestations compilations) is the old sound/old band. I really dig both eras/sounds of the band, but most people are either really into one era or the other.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          I dig the old stuff, but I think that from Circvmspice on they developed into something actually unique. I get into a lot of metal stuff, and I think there’s good to be found in any style or subgenre, so thus far I’ve been concentrating on the most “acclaimed”/classic stuff. I’m well over 500 albums now and there’s still stuff to buy haha

    • That is straight up pornographic.

      • Howard Dean

        Byah!

    • Black Unbeard

      lol… yeah lets just have a split with my own two bands

      • Howard Dean

        That was sort of the giveaway that Mikko was the vocalist of DsO (well, that and his actual vocals being fairly identifiable).

        I’m honestly not sure of the extent of his input with DsO besides vocals. Both the music and lyrics are unlike anything else he’s ever done, so consensus is he’s just the vocalist and that Hasjarl (and whoever else?) does the music, lyrics,.concept, etc. The band did state back on their 2004 interview that they started collaborating with Mikko because he had similar principles/beliefs, or something.

        • Black Unbeard

          i dig a lot of what Mikko puts down but i dont think you get that kind of an ego in a band without letting him have some measure of control.

          • Howard Dean

            I get your reasoning behind that (since he is usually either the sole member or controlling figure in every band with which he is acquainted), with DsO I actually think the opposite, and think he has little to no control over the band. He’s definitely not writing the music for DsO, and I don’t think he’s writing the lyrics, either (comparing them to his lyrics in pretty much every project he has). If anything, he might contribute to the concept or “artistic” direction (themes, helping to pick the artwork, etc).

            Also, Mikko is speaks pretty freely about his projects, and usually doesn’t mind talking about them or promoting them. He doesn’t do that at all with DsO, and I think that’s because it’s not his project to promote.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    These two special editions of Surgical Steel were pretty cool. I own them both, and got the first aid kit box autographed by Bill, Jeff and Ben https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05db9561251f5e1a610bcd4e51d3e8466d9225bdd53d9076fce3a308e1627304.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09ffa511934d94b2d6c47da0c8e1cc3dd73142aec1c4393e0615f44830c141a4.jpg

    • Waynecro

      Dude, I bought both of those as well!

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm
  • Max

    Off-hand I can’t think of ANY remarkable CD packaging I’ve gotten…except maybe that Danzig II album inlay which folds out into an inverted cross. Cool idea, although a little cumbersome frankly.

  • JWG79

    I forget what the official term for it is, but I’ve got a few of those special editions of CDs that are designed to look like tiny hardcover picture books (digibooks, that’s it). I wish more special editions were done like that, but I understand it’s just easier and more lucrative to produce a digipak with an extra disc of outtakes and charge more than its worth.

    But anyway, I think Kamelot’s Silverthorn takes the cake for totally running with the “storybook” appearance, and actually including one based on the album (or is it vice versa?).

    Or possibly Diablo Swing Orchestra’s Pandora’s Pinata because it works so well with the Twisted Children’s Tale aesthetic of the album itself.

  • Black Unbeard

    man, the new Bethlehem album is A LOT better than their other newer output

    • Count_Breznak

      Don’t really like the new singer..she’s ok, but she can’t seem to be able to go full demented.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Some serious chromatic DOOM vibes on this Wakeman(with help from Liszt) track
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsrI_6NiUVU&feature=youtu.be

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Wakeman>>>>>>

      • KyleJMcBride

        He was amazing, as always, when I saw Yes on the 1991 Union tour.

  • RJA

    “But first, a confession. I rarely keep the album packaging. Jewel cases are just clutter, and I genuinely have no interest in appearing on an episode of Hoarders. So, my typical modus operandi is to buy a CD, take out the sleeve art and anything else that’s cool, and store the album cover and CD together in a CD binder”

    The rational human being that I am – I understand you doing this.
    But, the OCD collector in me is sick to his stomach right now.

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