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DREAM THEATER USED CLIP ART FOR THEIR NEW ALBUM COVER

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Dream Theater Circus MaximusI’m not one to place much significance on album artwork in 2011. It’s pretty to look at and can compliment the music nicely, but when all you ever listen to are digital files you really only end up looking at the artwork once — when it’s announced and subsequently plastered across the metalwebs. But this cannot be ignored: Dream Theater used clip art for the cover of their forthcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events Since Mike Portnoy Left The Band.

Dream Theater might’ve gotten away with it if wasn’t for those pesky kids in Circus Maximus, whose 2005 album featured the very same $15.00 clip art image on the cover. Though the texture of the pants, hat, and positioning of one of the arms has been modified, the areas circled in the above image by some Internet smartass leave no doubt: clip art is clip art.

Luckily this is only the cover, which like I said isn’t all that important; the first song to be released from the album is pretty sweet. Still… lame. Mike Portnoy is frowning from his beach house somewhere in Long Island.

-VN

Thanks: The Number of the Blog

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