Recent Blasphemy

Album Cover Art- Rudimentary Peni “Death Church” (1983)

…the thought of trying to properly explain Rudimentary Peni, let alone the career of Mr. Blinko, is an intimidating task.

I freely admit that, so far, this series on album cover art has also involved records that I would consider very influential to my own musical output. I suspect it may hold true for many people if you ask them what their favourite album cover is, it’s likely they’ll choose an LP that is probably still in heavy rotation on their playlists. Death Church by Rudimentary Peni continues that theme here. Like the previous album cover installments, I can’t separate the art from the music. I love them both.

The artist for Death Church is none other than Rudimentary Peni’s frontman, Nick Blinko. I could have very easily selected this record as the first in the series, but the thought of trying to properly explain Rudimentary Peni, let alone the career of Mr. Blinko, is an intimidating task. If you are already familiar with the band, you know where I’m going with this. We could be looking at a book length blog post. Not kidding.

So let’s not do that, shall we?

Just take a moment, admire the madness and intricacy of the artwork, the madness of the music, and should you be piqued enough to look deeper I offer this advice. Start at the beginning with the EP’s, and explore the history of Rudimentary Peni in chronological order. It may not make sense, but you’ll get it. Every album cover was crafted by Nick Blinko, and they make for a wild ride seen through his eyes. Don’t be put off by the extreme turn that the follow up to Death Church, “Cacophony” brings. It’s merely¬†an entire album about HP Lovecraft, and is a masterpiece in its own right, but massively strange. I’m such a fan that I also have a copy of Blinko’s book The Primal Screamer that holds a place of honour in my bookshelf, and I haven’t read it in over 20 years. If I want to peer into Blinko’s world, and I can’t say that’s a good idea, I’ll just put on Death Church.

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