Death Angel

If you've got a weak stomach, you may not want to take a peek at the album cover for 'Relentless Retribution,' the forthcoming album from Death Angel. The cover, designed by Brent Elliot White -- who has worked with everyone from Job for a Cowboy to Whitechapel -- features satyr-like wolves, with what looks like goat horns growing out of their heads and baring bloodied fangs. It's a vivid image and it's metal as f---, with one alpha mutant creature standing atop the mangled corpses of other similar beasts.

The San Francisco bay area thrash dynamos will release 'Relentless Retribution' on Sept. 14. In a statement, vocalist Mark Osegueda said, "I haven't been as excited about the cover artwork on any other Death Angel album as I am for this one! It fits the whole theme of the album! Angry and aggressive! I think what excites me most is that Brent did the artwork based on our lyrics! It wasn't an already finished product. When we first saw Brent's work we were floored by the mixture of fantasy meets reality and we knew we wanted him to do the artwork for this album! In the end he surpassed our expectations with the fiercest Death Angel album cover to date!"

White himself said in the same statement that "originally the theme of this album was betrayal by those close to you and revenge against the deceitful. After a pretty spirited conversation with Rob and emails back and forth, the saying 'wolf in sheep's clothing' kept coming up. Basically we danced around that metaphor till it became pretty clear that a direct interpretation was the way to go. Illustrating betrayal and revenge in a single piece proved to be a challenge but as I received the lyrics to the songs things quickly fell into place."

For all your downloaders who don't give a crap about artwork, perhaps this album cover will inspire you to start doing so. After all, album covers are pretty crucial to the overall presentation.

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