Album Art of the Week: Coalesce - 'OX'
Coalesce's 'OX' marks the return of one of hardcore's most innovative craftsmen, so it makes sense punctuating their arrival with a design as unique as the band itself. For this they teamed up with the Clarks at Invisible Creature to bring their ideas to life, and there was plenty of personal excitement for the designers. "Working with Coalesce was a personal highlight for me," Don Clark told Noisecreep. "The band played an important role in my life regarding heavy music and starting a band. I instantly connected with Sean's lyrical themes, their song structures and overall 'I couldn't care less' attitude regarding music politics and the hardcore scene I was immersed in at the time."
"As far as the packaging concept for 'OX', it really was a partnership with Sean and his vision - which I highly respected and just got completely inspired by," Don continued. "He really wanted to go all out in regards to the physical piece: die-cuts, embossing, metallic inks, spot varnishes, etc. and I was completely on board. Many labels are dumping unique packaging options in favor of creating the cheapest physical product they can. Luckily Relapse supported our effort and was very hands-on to guarantee this release would look the way we envisioned it. We wanted to create something that Coalesce fans would want to own. I share the band's attitude regarding art being an important piece to the experience of owning and listening to music. This was (and is) very important to me."