A recent black metal album cover is apparently causing quite a stir in certain corners of the metal community, but it's not exactly for the reasons you'd expect. It would seem that some metalheads are taking exception with Sacred Son's new sleeve art simply for being... well, just too damn idyllic.
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As covered by Kerrang!, the contender for "most black metal black metal album cover ever" (lol) features a quaint shot of the atmospheric black metal project's sole member seemingly enjoying some sort of scenic, seaside holiday. The tranquil vacation photo is, of course, counterbalanced with Sacred Son's near-illegible "black metal font" logo emblazoned on the cover.
Presumably, the reported hubbub merely stems from the fact that black metal album covers are usually, ahem, a tad more assertive (Is that the right word?) than Sacred Son's halcyon holiday snapshot. "Without the band logo," as noted by PULP, "this just looks like some guy's photo from vacation."
"The split in opinion on the cover has been quite something," Sacred Son's Dane Cross tells Kerrang! of the album cover contention. "One person lauding it as 'Andy Warhol levels of genius,' the next calling it, 'fucking hipster trash.'"
"It feels pretty damn surreal," Cross continues, indicating the unexpected boost the new album has received due to the cover photo's improbable nature. "I didn't for a second think anyone would actually hear about this record, so it's been a huge surprise to see the amount of coverage it's been getting."
Have a gander at the full Sacred Son album art in contention, below, from the band's debut, self-titled release. Then, take a look at the track listing and stream the new album via Sacred Son's official Bandcamp page, below, as well.
Sacred Son track list:
1. "Cleave The Alicorn"
2. "Apocalyptic Winter"
3. "Ethereal Light (Interlude)"
4. "Sepulchral Ritual"