"In mirrors digged up from the earth I see myself / Lambent upon my childhood fields in wounds" (Inmost Nigredo)
Fan homage to one of the best dark rock bands ever: In Solitude.
As well as to related artistic manifestations.

Scissorgod Is In The Details

How much does the visual aspect of a musical record matter at the end of the day? Well, undoubtedly for the vast majority of the albums out there, a generic photo/artwork with some cool lettering, will do. However, and this goes without saying for probably most of us here, some proper imagery that truly reflects and conveys the qualities and the shades of the music you'll find inside the album you're holding in your hands, contributes an undeniable added value to the whole experience you can have of such artifact.

And that certainly is the case for Scissorgod, one can immediately sense that from the first glimpse at its cover artwork, it looks as if a grotesquely playful colleague of Frankenstein was actually listening to the album while stitching and gluing together the pieces that make up the uncanny figure portrayed on it, intentionally leaving it without head and limbs (making "Boxing Helena" look like a Disney movie compared to it), bound to remain incomplete, neither fully alive nor dead, framed by a disquieting fabric that resembles a rotting shroud... and its grainy texture, its furry'n'bloody torso, the crepuscular hue of its colours...everything, on Scissorgod's cover artwork, actually instills right away in its listeners the suspicion that what is contained in the album, will not make them feel comfortable, will not be nice, will not be cheerful; more likely it will be filthy, irresistibly crooked and confusing, mischievously intriguing, and will not leave them alone after listening to it.

Sounds like your ideal album? Same here, of course.

Vocalist and founding member of Reveal! Crakk has offered an insight into the origin of Scissorgod's cover artwork, in this interview on Queens of Steel: "[...]The cover is a photo self-portrait (sculpture) of me/Crakk, and Spine [guitarist and founding member of Reveal!] made it into a cover with a disposable camera, some amphetamine, and dirty/bloody rags from some night that went a bit too far as a frame. But it’s meant as a ‘whole’ together with the back and insert. Actually, the sculpture used as cover has a box over the heart which contains an original December Moon demo by Morbid, as well as some other highly charged artifacts with poetical power. And every knife is fucked up moment in my life (Crakk’s life) which the Norns blessed me with. There’s more but I don’t want to spoil everything for eventual buyers."

The original sculpture depicted on Scissorgod's cover artwork, photos courtesy of Reveal!'s official Facebook page

Crakk has also explained later in the interview on Bardo Methodology, the lusciously grim end that the original sculpture encountered:
"The cover sculpture is no more. When the album was released, we destroyed him in splendorous fashion; we ganged up on him and tore him to shreds and all that was left was a pile of knives, confetti, and cum stains."

So, after having talked and praised Reveal!'s "Scissorgod" several times in the past mostly for its musical content, now we would like to take a moment to appreciate its visual side, too, as it is indeed an aspect which makes the Sickest RVL!'s album even more appalling - or appealing, when like in this case the two terms coincide.

Join us, if you will, in some aesthetic fetishism while we have this close encounter of the 666th kind with some of the details from Scissorgod's visuals, and drench yourself in its disturbing artwork and images.
(As always, to super-size your viewing displeasure, click on each image to enlarge it.)

If you wish to continue the morbid experience streaming Reveal!'s "Scissorgod" in its entirety, you can do so on Bandcamp.
If you still don't own a physical copy of the putrid creature, make it carnal now and acquire it on the Sepulchral Voice Records' section at High Roller Records' webshop (official online shop of SVR releases).