Friday, August 17, 2007

Hammer Head-Rock Forever

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Bob scanned some covers for me so I will give you some bonus badness this week. Here is the cover of Rock Forever which was done by Hammer Head in 1987. Somehow I can imagine the whole band crowded around the artist and all of them were shouting out ideas.

"Make a skull, a big one!"
"Yeah, but give it a pig nose!"
"Oh, oh and it has to have pointed teeth!"
"A hammer, make a hammer smashing through the top of the skull!"
"Hey, that looks more like a gavel than a hammer" (This guy obviously didn't yell loud enough because he wasn't heard)
Last someone said
"We don't want it to look like too much like we are just a bunch of generic barbarians so make the logo kind of fancy."

Unfortunately during this creative brainstorming no one in the band mentioned the background color. So somewhere along the lines someone outside the band probably decided bright pink would work nicely and that's what the band got. It just ruins the whole effect of their otherwise brilliant and innovative ideas.


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I think pink was a conscious choice for the band. They were trying to break out of the creative constraints of heavy metal to follow their own path. Or not.

August 21, 2007 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Maybe they just ran out of all of the cool colors and had to settle for pink.

August 22, 2007 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, pink and skulls is like roses on slate grey, just bad form. Did this come before or after the much cooler Epicus Doomicus Metallicus from Candlemass?

August 24, 2007 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Ray-After, but I can't imagine these guys knowing about Candlemass. More than likely they saw the Metallica-Damage Inc. shirts.

August 24, 2007 at 6:25 AM  

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