Insane – Hollow Death

The Cover?

It reminds me a lot of the tape-trading cover-art that you can find on the internet and also can find at collectors that have a bunch of old school thrash-gems in their bin. Supposedly a very raw and sketched out art, almost to the brink of it being a little bit humoristic (the font) but in all seriousness also a pretty scary cover at that. Featuring one of those ghastly ghouls that seem to pop up everywhere unannounced, pretty common on hard-rock covers but also in thrash-metal e.g. Morbid Saint if I could ever think of one. Like Eddie on Iron Maiden covers, but on steroids instead. Well, since their album is titled Hollow Death, one would assume that this creature is about to have a snack. Even though the gentleman to the far left of the picture seem to be very afraid, the ghoul is pointing his finger at me, the listener. So, I believe his advice would be “Insane” and “Hollow Death“, if not, he’s going to go at the poor little man’s brain or something. Pretty scary, pretty humorous and pretty nice cover which reminds me of many things dear to me. Also, the black and white of the picture just enhances the feeling for the record, almost implying a sub-conscious aura of: “this is a demo, this is a rare tape, this is something you should have – raw and feisty thrash-madness“. Lets see if this cover was right.

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Interview with Thomas from Beläten!

Thomas Ekelund is the man behind the label Beläten. He’s also a musician, graphic designer and visual artist and comes from Gothenburg. His older projects include Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words a musicproject active from 2000-2010, Fukk God Lets Create a MP3-label active from 2000-2005, Fukk Tapes Lets Erase a tapelabel active from 2005-2009. And also a bunch of other projects, currently he’s occupied with these projects: Trepaneringsritualen, Swollen SS (with Lina Babydoll), IRNI (with Joachim Nordwall) and also, at times, Teeth. So, in other words this man is obviously occupied and have been occupying himself with projects throughout the years. I got the opportunity to interview Thomas about his current “sideproject” Beläten, where he draws his influences from, what he thinks about the music industry, where he is in the piracy question, tips for people wanting to start out their own label and much more. This is the first label-interview ever published on Invisible Guy, make sure to check it out!

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