Unearthly Trance, 'V' -- Album Art of the Week
Smyth, prompted by the New York-based band's lyrics, researched ancient occult symbols and philosophy for design clues and inspiration. The end product involves a star intricately woven into a ram's head and horns gracing the cover, as well as a strangely serene, nighttime forest landscape for the gatefold.
"The end result was my version of the 'Ram of Mendes' (not a goat!), an incarnation of an ancient Egyptian deity called Banebdjedet, who is connected directly to the god Horus," Smyth explained of the cover. "This entity has particular significance in Unearthly Trance's cosmology. I like the fact that to many this will simply appear to be a dark and menacing image of Satan, but it is to my mind a challenging and transformative symbol that empowers rather than oppresses. And this is another aspect of the band's music itself that I think is often lost on more casual listeners."
Unearthly Trance embark on a partial U.S. tour with Suma starting at the end of September.