Annotations of an Autopsy, 'Reign of Darkness' -- Album Art of the Week
Interestingly, the situation surrounding the creation of the artwork for 'Reign of Darkness' is a first for Album Art of the Week. "They sent me a concept sketch and asked me to render a nice version of it, and so I did," Olofsson told Noisecreep. "So I´m not really sure what it represents."
The metal sub-industry has a special respect for graphic designers and their craft. Because of that, the decision and execution of the cover art is left mostly to the artist themselves -- working in concert with the artists themselves or possibly with a manager. Rarely is it created in a strange vacuum, as in Olofsson's case. "I didn't even talk to the band," Olofsson continued. "The sketch was e-mailed to me by [manager] Darren Toms (I think). So [I] have no idea who made the sketch. I only did the cover, nothing for the booklet and such."
The band has a European tour planned in the spring to promote the release.