The Best Bands Featuring the Album Art of John Dyer Baizley
Tonight Norwegian power rock band Kvelertak play Webster Hall along with Georgia stoner hardcore metallers Black Tusk. (Canadian punks Cancer Bats open, as well.)
John Dyer Baizley - Album Cover of Meir, by Kvelertak (2013)
Besides loudness and shouted vocals (in very different languages), what do Kvelertak and Black Tusk have in common? That would be the artist who created their album artwork: John Dyer Baizley, better known as the guitarist of sludge metal band Baroness, also from Georgia.
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Baizley's art is easily recognizable for its primal beauty, and he's been commissioned to create covers for quite a few bands--not all of them metal, and, as in the case of Kvelertak, not all of them from the Savannah, GA, sludge scene.
We're not visual art critics, so we're not going to rank the covers. And we're not going to rank these bands, either. Just think of this as a greatest hits list of the best music with Baizley artwork.
Flight of the Conchords
Album: I Told You I Was Freaky (2009)
Ok, ok, this isn't a band in the traditional sense. It's the two-man team of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand stars of the HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords. Their folk parody songs have been compiled into several studio albums. I Told You I Was Freaky features Baizley-painted cover art and the notable rhyme of "asshole" with "casserole" in the tune "Hurt Feelings."
Albums: Worship the Witch EP (2006), Beyond the Permafrost (2007)
A five-piece from Athens, OH, this band combines speedy thrash riffs with death and black metal vocals. The defining characteristic of their music is, simply, fast. This is black metal for people who get bored with the drone of black metal. Two Skeletonwitch records bear Baizley artwork, including Beyond the Permafrost, the title track of which completely rips.
Album: Phantom Limb (2007)
Last year, Pig Destroyer's record Book Burner topped many a best-of-the-year list (not ours), but it's the cover of their 2007 album that puts them on this list. Gods of grindcore, these fellows from Richmond, VA, excel at crafting abrasive, gnarly tunes. See above.
Albums: Kvelertak (2010), Meir (2013)
When you think of Norway and metal, you probably think of black metal. Enter Kvelertak: from Norway, not black metal. This band's music is kind of an anomaly. It's power punk and hard rock, but the vocals are shouted (not sung). It's brighter than most metal, but there's still an edgy undercurrent. Maybe the fact that we have no idea what they're singing about makes them seem more mysterious. Their name means "chokehold," and the title of their new album Meir means "more". And as far as translation goes, that's all we've got.