The beast of the Apocalypse
„Female Celtic Charioteer“ by Philhelm
Chosing an album cover should not be something that takes five minutes; after all, the album is going to be part of a band’s discography ingrained for eternal history, so finding the right balance between the artwork and the sound, soul and general image the band wants to portray is a crucial part of how the band will be perceived by the public.
What was truly amazing in this process is we found in Philhelm’s work not one, but two incredible images that immediately fitted what we were looking for.
How we came to choose the cover artwork of 'Agenbite Of Inwit':
Iain was searching the Internet looking for a fit for the album name “Agenbite of Inwit”, an old-English term meaning “Again, a bite of inner wit”, or in modern terms, a crisis of conscience or remorse. Googling the term arrived at a broad and unexpected interpretation with: “Beast of the Apocalypse”. Great, it must be easy to find an image along the lines of the Beast… but page after page of mostly biblical and gothic art depicting dragon-like beasts just wasn’t going to float the boat – after all, the band is driving and powerful, yet the music has hints of comedy and light-hearted excitement built into it – this was more suited to a world of dark fantasy computer games; none of this was going to match… just one more page turn and there it was… Encompassing humour, uniqueness, style, colour, modernity, everything the band stands for: “The Beast of the Apocalypse” - by Philhelm…Wow!
We thank Philhelm wholeheartedly for his immediate and very strong support; we hope that we can do justice to his work through our portrayal of his art on our joint platform and we publicly share our deep respect of a truly great artist and a very nice guy!