Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Warlock - Triumph and Agony

In honor of my interview with Doro Pesch the other night, I wanted to cue up this album cover, particularly since my t-shirt uses this image on the front with "Doro" scrawled across the top, with other artwork from this album on the back, which is the same evil spectre crushing Doro in his clutches.

It's all cheesy, but it's so deliciously reminiscent of 80s metal, the sword and sorcery ambience with Doro seeming to derive strength, not pleasure, from the creepy sorcerer who's inches away from getting a handful, so to speak. It's slightly erotic without crossing the line, but moreover, the detail is pretty good, as far as this genre of artwork goes.

Love it or hate it, it's glorious for its time and place. Stay hard! True as steel... Wait, that was the album before this one, but that album cover is nowhere near as fun.


Blogger Metal Mark said...

I like all the blue on it. Yet I am not sure we need to see two images of the Warlock guy. The other thing is it shows a shift from it being a band to being more Doro's project as she would soon go solo. Just two albums earlier the whole band was on the cover of Hellbound and now it was just her on the cover.

June 12, 2007 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

There were a lot of over-the-top metal covers back then. Some worked and some didn't. I'd say this one didn't. I guess we can at least be glad that it looks like it was done by someone with only the mentality of a middle school kid and not the talent as well.

June 12, 2007 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

That's a good observation, Mark, but I think she was such a figurehead in the eighties mostly because it was unique at the time to have a female lead vocalist, on top of her being beautiful, that I'm positive the record label sought to capitalize on it by highlighting her on the cover. She told me there will never be any new Warlock material and probably never another reunion, but the one on her new DVD which has a three-song full Warlock reunion in the middle of her 3 hour 20th anniversary show is very magical. She said half of Warlock gave up their instruments completely. Of course, the biggest highlight is her and Lemmy and Mikkey Dee together onstage. Explosive.

Actually, Bob, if it was a middle school kid, Doro's already inflated breasts on the cover would be on full parade

June 13, 2007 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Ray - Good point.

June 13, 2007 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Circus Circus said...

I totally agree, it's a great cover that instantly tells you it's an 80s heavy metal album. Cover art is dying craft that should be treasured. 5 star record btw...

December 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Is that five stars out of 10 or 20?

December 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

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