Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Madball - Hold It Down

While this is a fine piece of 90s New York Hardcore, you'd never know by the cover. The image of the NYC skyline superimposed over an aerial shot of the city is okay I suppose, but the band logo looks like it was created in the early days of Power Point. That puts it a full step below the bad Photoshop that shows up so often today. The graffiti style lettering of the album title might fit in with Madball's street image, but it doesn't do much to help this poorly designed cover. I just hope they didn't actually pay someone to design this one. Their earlier album covers may have looked just as cheap, but they certainly weren't this cheesy. They had a certain DIY charm that eludes Hold It Down.



Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, I agree with you, Bob, though I suppose the minimalism might've been intentional, as to suggest a dirtiness of the NY streets they crept out of. In that regard, the band logo should've been equally grody, more of a concrete (as in surface) look to it

July 7, 2007 at 6:22 AM  

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