Friday, August 31, 2007

Album Art: "Shield"

This is the cover art to the closest thing we've gotten to an epic in 2006. I don't think the story of Hylas and the Nymphs relates to the song "Shield" in any feasable way...maybe it has to do with the really long guitar solo at the end.

Anyway, the art is a visual remix of a John William Waterhouse painting from 1896. I like how the square cover art totally takes the original painting out of context, that is, if the recolorization job didn't already. We have the presumably young Hierophant drawn to the yellow-green woman, while the greener woman looks green with envy. A happy accident, if I do say so myself.

So here's the original "Hylas and the Nymphs." One would say that Hylas was a quite a lucky man to have stumbled upon a pond full of brunettes, but in the original myth, Hylas was Hercules' pederastic lover, and I guess one (or more!) of the nymphs persuaded Hylas to leave Hercules and run away with her (or them!). Here's to ponds full of nude brunettes...cheers!

And this is the Society's visual remix, where the Hierophant is drawn to a lake full of paint, and the nymphs vaguely resemble Skittles:

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