The upcoming Ancient Bards album, A New Dawn Ending, is being detailed piece by piece. After revealing fans the first info about it, the Italian band is now sharing the cover artwork, created by renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Rhapsody Of Fire, Blind Guardian, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody).

These are the band's thoughts about the artwork: "The cover perfectly represents the essence embodied in this last chapter of The Black Crystal Sword Saga Pt.I: the final battle between Daltor and Sendor, which will reach its climax with an epic and unexpected conclusion."

The album that will hit the stores on April 25th via Limb Music and feature Rhapsody Of Fire's Fabio Lione in one of the tracks, will be available for pre-order from March 28th.




Tracks:

01. Before the Storm
02. A Greater Purpose
03. Flaming Heart
04. Across This Life
05. In My Arms
06. The Last Resort [feat. Fabio Lione]
07. Showdown
08. In The End
09. Spiriti Liberi
10. A New Dawn Ending


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Ancient Bards
 
Posted: 22.03.2014 by R Lewis



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R Lewis - 22.03.2014 at 21:34  
I love Felipe's artworks, even if they all look pretty much the same.
Stabby - 22.03.2014 at 21:44  
I like the color scheme, it's very understated and cool. He's definitely not a one-trick pony with his album covers.
mikeprado30 - 23.03.2014 at 04:02  
Well, this one doesn't look as an usual Machado's cover (not usage of yellow and cyan). Maybe he's evolving in his style.
holysleipnir - 23.03.2014 at 04:51  
Remarkable! This is one of my most expected albums of the year.
quirin - 23.03.2014 at 12:10  
This looks like a cheap photomanipulation: bland colours, weird perspective, artificial textures, inappropriate lighting.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 12:51  
Written by quirin on 23.03.2014 at 12:10

This looks like a cheap photomanipulation: bland colours, weird perspective, artificial textures, inappropriate lighting.

Yeah I'm amazed someone who made this could be a known-name in the industry. Very poor stuff.
mz - 23.03.2014 at 13:06  
Sorry for this comment, not want to bash an entire genre but I am believing that having shitty covers is the inherit characteristic of power metal.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 13:08  
Written by mz on 23.03.2014 at 13:06

Sorry for this comment, not want to bash an entire genre but I am believing that having shitty covers is the inherit characteristic of power metal.

If I ever saw a power metal cover with some quality artwork on I might be inclined to try it. Don't think that's ever happened though.
stormwarrior - 23.03.2014 at 13:44  
Try this:

http://www.metallyrica.com/bandpics/renacer.jpg
Pitwulf93 - 23.03.2014 at 16:18  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2014 at 13:08

Written by mz on 23.03.2014 at 13:06

Sorry for this comment, not want to bash an entire genre but I am believing that having shitty covers is the inherit characteristic of power metal.

If I ever saw a power metal cover with some quality artwork on I might be inclined to try it. Don't think that's ever happened though.


Try these
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/155/155827.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/167/167322.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/umr_getmusic_binary/binaries_img/full_00602517726789.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x1024/wizards/167093/wizards-demons-167093.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/132/132992.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://oktoberpromotion.com/files/media/gamma-ray-metal-821.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/156/156043.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VRQcUSRZHY8/TyLDURHonVI/AAAAAAAAH6w/vepQfAdy7VU/s1600/Myrath_300dpi3x3.jpg
http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Solar-Fragment-In-Our-Hands.jpg
http://stereokiller.com/newsreviews/newsimage/original/Ty'r%20-%20Valkyrja.jpg

This one is probably my favorite
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/172/172458.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
mz - 23.03.2014 at 16:26  
Written by Pitwulf93 on 23.03.2014 at 16:18

Try these
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/155/155827.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/167/167322.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/umr_getmusic_binary/binaries_img/full_00602517726789.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x1024/wizards/167093/wizards-demons-167093.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/132/132992.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://oktoberpromotion.com/files/media/gamma-ray-metal-821.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/156/156043.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VRQcUSRZHY8/TyLDURHonVI/AAAAAAAAH6w/vepQfAdy7VU/s1600/Myrath_300dpi3x3.jpg
http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Solar-Fragment-In-Our-Hands.jpg
http://stereokiller.com/newsreviews/newsimage/original/Ty'r%20-%20Valkyrja.jpg

This one is probably my favorite
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/172/172458.jpg/1000x1000.jpg

Were these supposed to be good?
I admit that the last one, your own favorite, was cool, but that's it. D:
SleepFan - 23.03.2014 at 16:56  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2014 at 13:08

Written by mz on 23.03.2014 at 13:06

Sorry for this comment, not want to bash an entire genre but I am believing that having shitty covers is the inherit characteristic of power metal.

If I ever saw a power metal cover with some quality artwork on I might be inclined to try it. Don't think that's ever happened though.


How about Gloryhammer, man? Their album cover is slightly less chessy and their music is pretty cool. They dress in ridiculous costumes though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 17:45  
Written by Pitwulf93 on 23.03.2014 at 16:18

Try these
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/155/155827.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/167/167322.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/umr_getmusic_binary/binaries_img/full_00602517726789.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x1024/wizards/167093/wizards-demons-167093.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/132/132992.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://oktoberpromotion.com/files/media/gamma-ray-metal-821.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/156/156043.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VRQcUSRZHY8/TyLDURHonVI/AAAAAAAAH6w/vepQfAdy7VU/s1600/Myrath_300dpi3x3.jpg
http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Solar-Fragment-In-Our-Hands.jpg
http://stereokiller.com/newsreviews/newsimage/original/Ty'r%20-%20Valkyrja.jpg

This one is probably my favorite
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/172/172458.jpg/1000x1000.jpg

Well, I wasn't keen on the first half of these I'm afraid. Some of the latter ones aren't bad though, if not really my style. The Myrath and Grave Dogger ones were probably my favourite, they were pretty well done. The Solar Fragment one had a nice style but the album and title fonts kind of ruin it... The last one isn't bad either, it's well done at least and not a crappy photoshop.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 17:48  
Written by SleepFan on 23.03.2014 at 16:56


How about Gloryhammer, man? Their album cover is slightly less chessy and their music is pretty cool. They dress in ridiculous costumes though.

You mean this. Very much not my kind of thing
R Lewis - 23.03.2014 at 18:10  
Written by SleepFan on 23.03.2014 at 16:56

How about Gloryhammer, man? Their album cover is slightly less chessy and their music is pretty cool. They dress in ridiculous costumes though.

I'm a Gloryhammer fan, but man, they are cheesiness incarnate
Mr. Doctor - 23.03.2014 at 18:11  
I actually like the artwork of the first 3 Rhapsody albums. Good and classic drawning.
Empyror - 23.03.2014 at 18:20  
I know they are cheesy and not for everyone, but I love power metal album artwork and I think most of the time it fits perfectly with the music that is on the album. If you don't like power metal and find it too bright and cheesy or happy or whatever, then you probably aren't going to like the artwork that is made to reflect that.
Pitwulf93 - 23.03.2014 at 21:19  
Written by mz on 23.03.2014 at 16:26

Written by Pitwulf93 on 23.03.2014 at 16:18

Try these
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/155/155827.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/167/167322.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/umr_getmusic_binary/binaries_img/full_00602517726789.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x1024/wizards/167093/wizards-demons-167093.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/132/132992.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://oktoberpromotion.com/files/media/gamma-ray-metal-821.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/156/156043.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VRQcUSRZHY8/TyLDURHonVI/AAAAAAAAH6w/vepQfAdy7VU/s1600/Myrath_300dpi3x3.jpg
http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Solar-Fragment-In-Our-Hands.jpg
http://stereokiller.com/newsreviews/newsimage/original/Ty'r%20-%20Valkyrja.jpg

This one is probably my favorite
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/172/172458.jpg/1000x1000.jpg

Were these supposed to be good?
I admit that the last one, your own favorite, was cool, but that's it. D:

Oh well. Thanks for checking them out anyway
This one is also really nice I think
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MhuuhXh9xnk/UWSo2jjc0RI/AAAAAAAAEtg/WQhkXpQfYAc/s1600/Elvenking+-+Two+Tragedy+Poets+-+And+A+Caravan+Of+Weird+Figures.jpg
Pitwulf93 - 23.03.2014 at 21:22  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2014 at 17:45

Written by Pitwulf93 on 23.03.2014 at 16:18

Try these
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/155/155827.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/167/167322.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/umr_getmusic_binary/binaries_img/full_00602517726789.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x1024/wizards/167093/wizards-demons-167093.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/132/132992.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://oktoberpromotion.com/files/media/gamma-ray-metal-821.jpg
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/156/156043.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VRQcUSRZHY8/TyLDURHonVI/AAAAAAAAH6w/vepQfAdy7VU/s1600/Myrath_300dpi3x3.jpg
http://blackwindmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Solar-Fragment-In-Our-Hands.jpg
http://stereokiller.com/newsreviews/newsimage/original/Ty'r%20-%20Valkyrja.jpg

This one is probably my favorite
http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/172/172458.jpg/1000x1000.jpg

Well, I wasn't keen on the first half of these I'm afraid. Some of the latter ones aren't bad though, if not really my style. The Myrath and Grave Dogger ones were probably my favourite, they were pretty well done. The Solar Fragment one had a nice style but the album and title fonts kind of ruin it... The last one isn't bad either, it's well done at least and not a crappy photoshop.


I think photoshopped album covers can look really good actually. Do you like Blind Guardian's album covers?
mz - 23.03.2014 at 21:40  
Written by Pitwulf93 on 23.03.2014 at 21:19

Oh well. Thanks for checking them out anyway
This one is also really nice I think
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MhuuhXh9xnk/UWSo2jjc0RI/AAAAAAAAEtg/WQhkXpQfYAc/s1600/Elvenking+-+Two+Tragedy+Poets+-+And+A+Caravan+Of+Weird+Figures.jpg

This one was very good. Thank you
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.03.2014 at 17:34  
Written by Empyror on 23.03.2014 at 18:20

If you don't like power metal and find it too bright and cheesy or happy or whatever, then you probably aren't going to like the artwork that is made to reflect that.

I fully accept that the subject matter is never going to be to my tastes, but I still put my foot down at lazy photoshop jobs (that goes for every genre though, especially anything done by Seth Siro Anton).
Mr. Doctor - 24.03.2014 at 18:37  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 24.03.2014 at 17:34
Seth Siro Anton.

Urgh, that guy...

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