Light the 13 candles of doom, brothers and sisters! For this 13th installment of Gross Anatomy we herald the arrival of Sweden's Saturnalia Temple with their debut full length recording Aion of Drakon. These invokers of psychedoomic Black Magic Metal reaffirmed my faith in the majesty of electric amplification and all things heavy. I am honored to be involved in the manifestation of their latest hypnotic masterpiece and delighted to announce its official release at the strike of midnight...TONIGHT! The evil seed bears its wicked fruit...
"Enlightenment consists not merely in the seeing of luminous shapes and visions, but in making the darkness visible." ~Carl Jung
I worked out the symmetry with this very loose pencil sketch. In many ways Aion of Drakon is a gateway for the listener and was very much a threshold for me as well. It will be most of the world's introduction to the band since their previous recordings were available in relatively limited pressings so I was conscious to arrange the central imagery within a portal of sorts. I also wanted to convey the seductive foreboding and transcendental awe that Saturnalia Temple inspires at their heaviest.
I started with the red ink to reduce smudging...
Many hours and several spent ballpoint pens later, I emerged from the dungeon with a nearly completed creation. My lady snapped this photo on her "smart phone", which is so damn clever I imagine it will be doing the actual drawing in a few years. As Fenriz recently remarked, "It's the best of both worlds, hand drawn covers and mobile phone photographs!"
The drawing is now desaturated for pure blacks and rich grey tones.
The CD version of Aion of Drakon is available NOW from the AJNA OFFENSIVE and in Europe from NUCLEAR WINTER. Vinyl pressing to be unleashed on the coming Solstice!
Until next time....
Shine on, you crazy diamond.