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Nile What Should Not Be Unearthed cover artwork by xaay
Nile What Should Not Be Unearthed cover artwork
This time something really special...

It took me a lot of time to draw all these details, but it was worth definitely, as the Nile band is something exceptional and unique in the whole extreme metal scene. I'm really glad that I could do the second cover artwork for them.


Here is the part of my official statement:

The Story behind the title goes deeply beneath everything we have already known, and we may not be ready to face.  With the art I excavated the theories of an elder ancient civilization which could give the origin to ancient Egypt. That's why you can find a new ingredient in the band imagery, pointing at some higher obscure intelligence, eroding and covered with time. That trace of a dismal legacy is resembled in the outer structure which radiates from the block, sealing the unknown, and it's only an adumbration of what we will meet, once it is removed.
  
The pyramid-shaped seal in the center doesn't contain a recipe for some Camel Stew or a Pharaoh's dining menu. An experienced eye will notice hieroglyphs taken from the "Book of the Dead", or the Seven Islands of Amentet glyph - depicting the ancient Underworld, and describing the elder reign of God-kings, which had ended circa. 9850 B.C. (perhaps some similarity with that of Atlantis?). But the main thing we should not miss here is a winged scarab sign in the exact center. We all know this most common Egyptian artifact giving protection... so the message is pretty clear... I hope it may become another fine element in band's repository for the Nile themed tattoos.
 
To sum it up: this album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence...
However, it will be a hard task to hold on to your curiosity. Well... it's a new Nile!
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Breaking of the World cover artwork by xaay
Breaking of the World cover artwork
And here is something special... A laborious line-art cover artwork for Glass Hammer, veterans of progressive rock. It's their 17th studio album! This is my second artwork for them.
Drawing these details was my constant dream for a couple of days after I've finished it, but I hope this was worth it... This version features coverart without the band logo.
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Aftereal cover artwork by xaay
Aftereal cover artwork
This is a part of a cover artwork I've created for the modern heavy power metallers Exlibris.
It was my collaboration with their guitarist Danny, who continued from the stage which you can see here.
Really good band, worth checking for the fans of Kamelot and Edguy.
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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long time havent check your gallery. Ill restart our prog group activity. I see you have new prog stuff good for our gallery. Ive sent the requests. 

Do you happen to know other artists here on dA that  create cover art for prog bands as well?
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Casca12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You! Time Traveling Llama 
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Heauton-timorumenos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Interface Designer
where can i find the full album deathbirth Xaay? :3
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xaay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi!
Please write me at: xaay79@gmail.com
I've several copies left, or I can send you a digital version.
Cheers!
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Heauton-timorumenos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
done ;)
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Casca12 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Greeting's Xaay,   I hope all is well. Please accept this Llama Badge i've sent you. I've also faved some of your work. You have great talent. I wish you the Best, and a "Happy" upcoming Halloween to you. Sincerely, Leonard Collins a.k.a. casca12   Time Traveling Llama 
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xaay Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Leonard! Thanks for the wishes, favs and that Badge, however I don't know what it is haha, I'm not familiar with some new crazy DA features.

My best wishes to you as well! Take care man!
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Love all of them !  pls let me feature this in my prog group proggroup.deviantart.com/

Dont miss the notification when comes to accept and if you do then just add them to my group by your own

You are also warmly invited to join !

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skeegoedhart Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing gallery, congrats!! Definitely deserves my Watch!
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bangsart13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hella sir
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SicJoey666 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sap brotha! hey, are you still working with nile?
I saw a preview of their latest cover.. wondering if you were knee deep with them again.

Cheers, mate!
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xaay Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey amigo! Unfortunately not this time. The newest cover art was done by Seth. Maybe they will order some other works soon. So far I'm their webmaster still.
Cheers!
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SicJoey666 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh ok, thanks for clearing that up.
In a prob not so related issue... what happenned to Nepenthe? is GK still attached to the band? i'd love to hear new songs or the old ones with GK sick drumming on them (:
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amordragon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just visiting your gallery. Love the Megadeth (Vic Rattlehead) poster. :horns:
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Kicu88 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Genialne prace! Szacunek szczególnie za cover Nile i za najnowszego Jelonka ;)
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