In this post we’re spotlighting the “Album Cover of the Year” Figgie nominees.  When casting your vote for the album cover you think is the best, make sure you’re voting for the cover that not only has the best design, but also the most visual impact.  Does it communicate the band’s genre and content?  Clever is good, but it’s not everything, so keep that in mind when you cast your vote.

So here are the nominees (in no particular order):

“I Am Death Alive” – Minagoroshi

Designer – Nocturnal

In-A-Danna-Da-Vido – Byron Udderfly

Designer – RevSpike

“Picture of Oxygen” – Nom de Guerre

Designer – frizbee

“Gallows Hill” – Fait Accompli

Designer – overground

“The Bastard in Space”  (Single) – Fustercluck

Designer – RevSpike

“Black Sunrise” (German Import Single) – Coxswain Insignia

Designer – frizbee

“Barn Raising From Hell” – Amish Militia

Designer – javdoc

“Xenophilia Live” – Eccentric Arcade & Fait Accompli

Designer – frizbee

“Shorn Fleece” – John Lanolin

Designer – poppinfresh

“Hoof & Mouth” – KARKASS

Designer – thehoseman

“Chronicles” – Suicide by Papercut

Designer – bendertj

“Törnekrona” – Törnekrona

Designer – Hypnox

“Twisted Fate” – Entropic Touch

Designer – Hatefulsadness

“3” – Manifold Spaceport

Designer – theHoseman

Have you cast your vote yet?  No?  Well, what are you waiting for?  Check your email for your official Figgies ballot invite and get voting!  All of this year’s nominees are counting on your votes!

Our next spotlight will be on the nominees for the coveted “Best Tagline” Figgie!

Team Figment Racing!

February 23rd, 2010

Have you seen this car roaring past you on a track recently?  Probably not in the real world, but thanks to the work of Figment player javdoc Figment has entered the virtual world of Xbox Live Forza racing with their very own car sponsorship!

So thanks to javdoc for getting our car on the track, and if you play Forza on Xbox Live, keep your eyes on the road because that blur that just went by you was Team Figment!

If anyone else wants to represent Figment in the Xbox world or anywhere else please send us an email asking permission using the feedback link on the bottom of ever page on the site.

This is the first in a series of blog posts spotlighting each of the Figgie Award categories and the nominees in that category.

The Best Developed Band Figgie  recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – band back story (description), artwork, album cover design, song titles, marketing/promotion and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2009’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Fait Accompli.

This year’s nominees include (in no particular order):

Eccentric Arcade

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

Zeroth

!?

The Forgotten Falling

Big Poppa

Have you cast your vote yet?  No?  Well, what are you waiting for?  Check your email for your official Figgies ballot invite and get voting!  All of this year’s nominees are counting on your votes!

Our next spotlight will be on the nominees for the coveted “Album Cover of the Year” Figgie!

The 2010 Figgies!

February 15th, 2010

It’s that time of year again!  The time when you get to award those fake bands on Figment you think deserve to be recognized for their achievements in 2009.

The Figment Awards, or “Figgie’s” as we like to call them, are awards that are handed out once a year to those Figment bands and albums that garner the most votes from the Figment community.  They recognize excellence in fake band creation and design, and since they are voted on by the community represent those bands that have truly resonated with their peers on Figment.

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands and albums of 2009 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’re going one step further this year and giving you the opportunity to write-in a nominee if you think that band/album deserves it.

While clearly these awards are all in good fun, we ask that you try to be as fair and impartial as possible when casting your votes.  Try to vote for the band or album that you think best deserves the award.  If you honestly think your band or album deserves your vote that’s fine, but keep in mind that everyone else might not feel the same.

Also keep in mind that these awards are only open to bands/albums created in 2009, so if you write-in a band or album that wasn’t they will be disqualified, except in those awards like “Album of the Year” or “Album Cover of the Year” where only the album, not the band, is required to have been created in 2009.

As we did last year, you’ll be asked to cast a vote on the following award categories:

Best Developed Band – this award recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – band back story (description), artwork, album cover design, song titles, marketing/promotion and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2009’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Fait Accompli.

Album Cover of the Year – this award recognizes the best album cover design of the year.  We’re looking for you to vote for the cover that not only has the best design and visual impact, but also best communicates the album’s genre and content.  Abbey Fold by The Bleatles was last year’s winner.

Best Tagline – this award recognizes the fake band with the best tagline.  Promotion is important in the music business, and with so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  We’re looking for you to cast a vote for the band that not only best summed up their band’s aesthetic in one line, but also created a memorable slogan that grabs your attention.  Last year’s winner Pushmower is a perfect example.

Album of the Year – this award recognizes the album that is the best of the best.  We’re looking for you to take into account the cover design, the album description and the song titles when casting your vote.  In short, which album do you think was the best of 2009.  “Havin’ Fun with Pastor of Muppets” by Pastor of Muppets took last year’s prize!

Best Band Name – this award recognizes the Figment fake band with the best name.  A name that captures not only your attention, but also a bit of the band’s aesthetic, while also being clever and original.   To give you an idea of what we’re talking about – here’s last year’s winner!

Best Single – this award recognizes the best song title!  We know a lot of you are releasing singles these days, but we’re not looking for you to cast your vote on album covers, but instead simply on how great of a song title it is and whether or not it made you want to buy the album .  Yeah, we’ve included quite a few funny ones in the nominees we put forward, but we’re also looking for a song title that resonated with you, so if you have a favorite that appeared on a 2009 album that isn’t funny please write it in – and remember to include the group that created it!  Last year’s winner was the single ““Riding Expeditiously in My Profligate Vehicle”.

So those are the awards we’ll be asking you to vote on this year.  We hope you’ll take a moment to check out all of the bands nominated before filling out your ballot.  The last day to submit your ballot is March 15, 2009, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on March 15th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 19, 2010 and each of the winners will receive an icon for their winning band/album page as well as 250 pieces of lucre.

Check your email because we’re sending out the invite that will link you to the ballot later today.  We’re looking forward to seeing who you vote for!

We’re excited to announce our newest contest, but in a first for Figment we’re teaming with another great site, Zooglobble, to put it on.

So what’s a Zooglobble you ask?  Zooglobble is children’s music site started by a friend of ours Stefan Shepherd.  Stefan first started to write about kids music in 2001 when his wife asked him to help out with a parenting newsletter.  Nearly a decade later, he has two kids and listens to more kids music than maybe a handful of people in the country.  His website, Zooglobble.com, features news, reviews, and interviews from the resurgent genre, and he’s appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and XM Radio and in the pages of Wired and Real Simple. In March he’ll be on a kids music panel at SXSW.

So needless to say, Stefan’s an expert on the burgeoning kids music scene and we’ll be leaning on his expertise to help us judge the final entries.  Even better, we’re hoping that by working together we can create some great cross-pollination between our sites.  After all, I defy anyone to tell me that Trout Fishing in AmericaYo Gabba Gabba or Dan Zanes don’t rock!

So let’s get to the particulars.  The contest begins today, Wednesday, February 10 and will run until Wednesday, March 10.  During that time you’re being asked to create a children’s album — or, at least, everything except the actual music.  The album’s artwork, description and songs all have to be relevant to the kids music genre.  Stefan and our Figment editorial staff  will be judging the entries and will crown a winner and two runners up.  The winner will receive a prize package containing 2,500 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt and a kids’ CD from Zooglobble.  The first runner up will receive 1,500 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt, and a kids’ CD, while the second runner up will receive 1,000 pieces of Lucre, a Figment t-shirt and a kids’ CD.

To enter please follow these basic rules:

1. You must be a registered Figment user to participate.  If you don’t currently have a Figment account please create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a fake band on Figment and release a children’s album with cover art.  You may also release a children’s album from an existing band that you have previously created.  To be considered an album must be targeted at children and families, which is articulated and reflected in the album artwork, description and song titles. Once you have released the album or album(s) you want to submit as an entry, please post the band and album name along with a link as a comment to the contest post on Zooglobble (not on this Figment post), so that we and Zooglobble users can check it out.  If you don’t post the band/album name as a comment to the contest post on Zooglobble your children’s album entry won’t be considered.

3. Users may enter as many children’s albums as they would like.

4.  Any artwork used in the creation of your album cover should either be original or at least one at which you have the permission of the copyright owner to use.  If you do use someone else’s work you need to make it your own by at the very least adding text or something that makes it your own.  Any album designs that are judged as being a copy of an existing work will be disqualified.  We will also disqualify any album cover that is offensive in nature – sexist, racist or hate-based.

5.  The contest will run from Wednesday, February 10 until Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  All submissions must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, March 10.

6.  By no later than Tuesday, March 16th, the combined Figment/Zooglobble editorial staff will select the Top 3 children’s albums – a winner and two runners up.  The winner and runners up will be announced on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

We’re really excited to be working with Zooglobble on this contest, and we hope you are too!  It should give us all an opportunity to gain new fans as we meet the Zooglobble community and vice versa.  Even better we’ll get a feel for some of the incredible children’s music that’s out there, and believe me the days of this have gladly been replaced by this!

So let’s have a nice playdate with Zooglobble and create some great children’s albums of our own!

What happens when you take two bands that are successful in their own rights and merge them?  For some it’s a recipe for disaster, but not so for The Forgotten Falling who are not only a successful band in their own right, but may one day eclipse the success of the two bands whose merger gave them life.

Figment News:  You originally started as a side project that was put together by your record label.  Can you tell us a little bit more about how that all came about?

Hayden Frasco: The record label proposed the idea to both Sanguine Symphony and Whispers to the Fallen. Wayne and I agreed because we felt we were finished with emo. Complaining about your life gets old after a while, you know? We wanted to do something heavier and stronger, as well as turn up the “Goth” vibe. We were also listening to a lot of Whispers to the Fallen at the time.

Wayne Smith Jr.: Hayden thought it was a good idea and I was never really the leader. Since we were working with a goth metal band I figured that the music was going to be heavier and, as Hayden said, emo gets old after two albums.

Miyako Rey: (Answers translated by Yumishi Rey from Japanese to English) I loved the idea to work with another band. Working with Dmitri in Whispers to the Fallen was hard because he had so much artistic temperament, and Virgil was constantly trying to play the majority of the solos that were supposed to be traded off between he and I. Working in Whispers to the Fallen can sometimes be a battle of sorts.

Malcolm Smith: That’s why I left too.

(Everyone stares at Hayden).

Hayden: So yeah. That’s the bulk of it.

Figment News:  What was it like merging two bands like that?  Did it lead to creative differences or did you all immediately click?

Hayden: There were minor things.  Some disagreements about what scales to use, how many measures should make up a part, lyrics, etc. But mostly the band had a single vision. In the end, I wanted to write, Miyako wanted a different sound, Virgil wanted to shred, Malcolm wanted to profit, and Wayne wanted to bang out some double-bass, and it all added up to a sort of pre-metal, as it was something of a challenge to get the lyrics to not sound emo anymore.

Figment News:  Is it hard splitting your time between 2 bands?

Hayden: It was, but after the poor sales of Sanguine Symphony’s “Autumn on Fire” I decided to put Sanguine Symphony on hold. I wonder what they’re doing now…

Miyako: Not really. You see, I let Virgil take care of most of the stuff for WTTF, and he felt busy so he eventually left and I was finally left to take over lead guitar for the Forgotten Falling.

Malcolm: Virgil and Miyako were always a little head to head. People thought they were the next Herman Li and Sam Totman, but there was a lot of jealousy and sefishness behind the scenes. Anyway, as for me, it was very stressful and I eventually left for the band with more fans, and the one that was more my style.

Figment News:  Your label classifies you as Trance Metal, but it sounds to me as if there are a lot of different musical elements at play in your music.  How would you describe your sound?

Hayden: We had some screamo and some alternative elements, and when Yumishi joined she brought the whole trance vibe into the mix. I loved it. Soon afterward I discovered the Japanese Melodic Death Metal band Blood Stain Child, and they were doing some major techno metal, so I started learning to program and I added break-beats, techno loops, and effects to the music. They became a huge influence on our sound. Some mainstays of our sound are and always will be screaming/clean vocals, prominent drumming, breakdowns, some “calm before the storm” acoustic breaks, and Miyako’s daughter-of-Alexi Laiho leads, but everything else is always original.

Yumishi Rey: When I first joined the band I didn’t like death metal, but they eased me into it because there’s just undeniable power and melody in their songs and lyrics. I also liked how my keys sounded with the rest of the band, and it was a wicked workout for my fingers. (Laughs).

Wayne: Ever since I met him I’ve always thought that, in addition to being a riff-capable and solid guitarist, Hayden was one of the best vocalists in recent times, so I think his vocals really push the band to new levels. Name a style of singing: melodic harmonies, death growls, shrieks, screams, falsetto, maniacal laughter, and even Banshee wails, this guy can do it all.

Hayden: (Laughs) Oh stop, man.

Yumishi: No he’s right! It’s true.

Figment News:  With two lead singers, Hayden and Miyako, how do you decide who will sing which parts?

Miyako: It’s obvious that Hayden is the main vocalist of the band. I just started singing on “This is Sayonara”. I wanted to sing, and Hayden wanted some female vocoder-esque vocals like on Blood Stain Child’s “Idolator” album, and so originally my singing was always affected and ambient over being out in the foreground. On “Neo-Gothic Metropolis” I started singing some harmonies to Hayden, and I kept singing some more of the ambient stuff. The only singing I did on “This is Sayonara” was the last song on that album in Japanese all by myself.

Hayden: It’s really that some parts would just sound better with a female singer. Especially that Miyako has that rich, Japanese/Russian accent. It makes it sound really cool. In addition, sometimes we’ll play a cover song that’s just too high for my register, like the A Skylit Drive one.

Figment News:  You guys are like a mini-United Nations with members hailing from U.S, Russian, Japanese and Britain.  Do you think that adds to your sound?

Malcolm: Sort of, I guess. I brought some British slang into the lyrics if that’s anything.

(Band-wide laughter.)

Yumishi: How does that lyric in Shotgun Symphony go again?

Hayden: “The tart that’s all 6’s and 7’s?”

Yumishi: Yeah that one.

Wayne: Anyway, Miyako’s accent does affect things, but wherever you go in the world metal is metal.

Hayden: Yeah, but some of it’s in the image. When people see two American goth dudes, a British long-haired metal bloke, and two Asian sisters, it’s more compelling than the standard metal “Four dudes with long hair that wear black” image. Plus, I guess the Asian part is a little bit of a plus for Minagoroshi fans. After all, though Miyako and Yumishi were born in Russia, they consider themselves Japanese.

Miyako: Minagoroshi… I love that band.

Yumishi: I think the Russian vibe is really nonexistent. You can hear it when Dmitri sings in Whispers to the Fallen, but with Miyako and I our parents really instilled in us our Japanese heritage. For high school, they sent us to boarding school in Japan.

Figment News:  Hayden, much has been made of your attempted suicide a number of years ago, in fact it’s even mentioned in your official bio.  Why did you decide to make this public and how has it effected your music over the years?

Hayden: To be honest, I made it public to get some publicity for the band. It also helped me get it off my chest, but it was mostly to get noticed. It’s come through in many of Sanguine Symphony’s lyrics especially, as the emotions of wanting to end your own life are some of the most powerful you can ever feel. The Sanguine Symphony song “Hero” was about Wayne because he saved me before I could actually finish killing myself, so I owe my current existence to him.

Wayne: I had to talk to him and tell him that we had a band going, and that he had so much to live for. He was resistant at first, but the next thing I knew he had written three songs about the experience. It was also some of the best material I had ever seen. I was like “Damn.”

Hayden: I think if I had never attempted suicide, some of our best songs would have never been written, and If Wayne hadn’t arrived in time they definitely would never have been written.

Figment News:  You just finished up the last few dates of the No Holds Barred Tour in January.  What was that experience like?

Hayden: It’s been incredible. Playing a show every other night can wear you out, but I got to hang out with some great bands like Opulentia, Devil’s Playground, Jesus Wrench, and of course Firecharged! And the Party in Vegas Fest was incredible. Those showgirls… that was one of the reasons why I started rocking.

Miyako: Before we get off the subject, Firecharged! really knows how to party. We were up until 3:03 A.M. during an improv jam session with those guys! We jammed to classics like “Train Kept A’Rollin’”, “Looks That Kill”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Thunderstruck.” Good times.

Wayne: I loved spending time with the other bands, and I did love that jam session. The free Dr. Pepper was also nice.

Yumishi: What I love is that the fans out there are mixed. Some of them are fans of Dark World, Rusted Glory, Opulentia, and all the other bands. Judging by the applauses we get we must be making converts to our fanbase, which is awesome. It also helps that I get a kick out of being on stage.

Malcolm: Our fanbase did get noticeably bigger during the tour, but I really liked the crowd energy. It was something that I never really got while with Whispers to the Fallen. With Whispers, it was more of a Criss Angel show than a concert.

Figment News:  Your first 2 albums, “Untitled” and “Burial”, sold well as did your EP “There’s Nothing Left”, but you really seemed to pick up speed with the departure of Virgil Levli and Miyako and Yumishi Rey’s decision to join the band permanently.  Did their involvement significantly change the sound or songwriting of the band?

(Miyako dons a smug grin)

Miyako: Well, I got to play all the solos, for one. The songwriting changed dramatically when Yumishi joined because her instrument allowed us so many more options, like full-on techno breakdowns and more symphonic choruses. The writing of intricate guitar overlays changed to feature keyboards as well.

Hayden: I agree. There are really no significant changes that came directly from Virgil’s departure, but rather from Miyako’s increased involvement and Yumishi’s joining altogether.

Figment News:  I must say that I think “This Is Sayonara” is your best album to date.  Songs like “Glasgow Grin”, “I Don’t Make Threats, I Make Promises” and “…And A Nation Falls” are really well written heavy songs.  What was the inspiration for that album?

Hayden: This is interesting. After “Burial” hadn’t sold as many copies as we had hoped in its early days, we got pretty unmotivated. The tension between Miyako and Virgil was rising, for one. Then he left, and soon we couldn’t communicate with Miyako at all because he always translated everything she said. I was in the darkest days of my Coca-Cola addiction, and I was fresh out of ideas. Then along comes Yumishi. Suddenly, we can speak with Miyako again, and we’ve got a ton of new tools to work with. We hadn’t released an album in a very long time, and we were just inspired. The songs just flowed. We recorded 30 tracks for “This is Sayonara” and narrowed it down to the 12 you know today.

Wayne: “Glasgow Grin” was about a particularly gruesome thing gangs in the U.K. province of Glasgow used to do to each other, also known as a Chelsea Smile. It’s pretty brutal. The goal of that song was to pound the hell out of the listener almost to the breaking point with the crushing riffs and ripping screams, and then head straight for the melodic chorus, making it seem that much more epic. The other two… Hayden?

Hayden: “I Don’t Make Threats, I Make Promises” was about some idiot not taking me seriously one day a few years ago in school, and “…And a Nation Falls” is about political stuff that’s pretty sensitive to some people. Anyway, these are all things that were really meaningful to me, and I wrote them with my heart and soul.

Figment News:  The follow up LP “Neo-Gothic Metropolis – The Album” was based on the song of the same name from “This Is Sayonara”.  Why did you decide to expand on that song when recording a new album of material?

Hayden: That song is one of my favorites. The video is sweet, but the song is really one of our most epic and really utilizes the keys as a lead instrument. When making the album, I was watching a lot of Ghost in the Shell and the Matrix, so I really wanted to do something a little cyber-punk for the album. The song is about two lovers in a doomed cyber-themed, Tokyo-esque, well, metropolis. It was a dream I had one night. Then I realized that I could definitely expand on that premise. A lot of the songs on the album are about their story. I might write a novel one day…

Malcolm: “Neo-Gothic Metropolis: The Novel.”

Hayden: Something like that.

Miyako: There was also the addition of Xavier from Gravestompers in the second version to beef up the solo section with me.

Hayden: Ah yes, couldn’t forget that. You see we wanted to make the solo section seem more epic by having a sort of guitar duel between Miyako and Xavier. He’s a real nice guy, by the way. Anyway, it started off friendly enough. They just traded solos every eight measures, but as it went on it got more heated. Soon, they were all-out fighting to see who could play the fastest sweep-picked arpeggio run. I had to tell them to finish up eventually. It was never really serious, though, and they talked in a friendly manner afterwards. We ended up using that take for the final version.

Figment News:  What can we expect from your new album “Apocolyption” which is due out soon?

Miyako: You can expect all the core ideas in our latest work with some added toppings. I think the best way to be a band is to evolve without completely changing your sound, and that’s what we’re doing. “Apocolyption” is going to have all the epic vocals, aggressive riffing, techno-grooves, blast-beats, and insane solos that the fans have come to love. One new addition is the use of the bass to drive certain parts. We’ve got this one interlude that’s just slap-bass, keys, and drums, and it sounds groovy.

Hayden: She pretty much summed it up, but we have a few surprises for fans. We have a solo made up entirely of pinch harmonics, a sequel to an old song, and a made-up word, but my favorite is when we squeeze death metal out of Lady Gaga’s hit “Just Dance.” That was so much fun to record. The already existing keyboards in that song made it ripe for a trance-metal interpretation.

Wayne: Oh, and you can count on fans arguing over whether the album is pronounced “A-pok-o-lip-shun,” or “A-pok-o-lip-tee-on.”

Figment News:  My vote is for the first pronunciation.  Will you be touring to support “Apocolyption”?

Malcolm: Possibly.

Yumishi: I think after the No Holds Barred Tour we’re going to enjoy a nice break, honestly. However, there will be promotional gigs supporting the new album. You can count on that.

Wayne: Yeah, after a tour this high-energy, we won’t be touring again anytime soon, although we really want to play Merchants of Metal.

Hayden: It’s always been a dream of mine to play Merchants of Metal, and it would be sick as hell to play the show alongside so many great bands. I went to see Minagoroshi last time. I got caught in the mosh pit. When I woke up the following morning, I noticed several bruises and scars all over my body that I could have sworn weren’t there before.

Miyako: If we could get the crowd going like that, my life would be complete. That’s why I started rocking.

Figment News:  Where do you see The Forgotten Falling in 10 years?  Will they still be a side project for Sanguine Symphony and Whispers to the Fallen or will they have forged their own identity?

Miyako: I think The Forgotten Falling has already formed its own identity.

Hayden: Most of us are more or less done with our respective bands anyway. For me, at least, the Forgotten Falling is my band now. Sanguine Symphony was just practice. In 10 years I hope to see us at the pantheon of metal bands, as a band that did something different as well.

Wayne: That would be sweet. I think we’ll also be remembered for our stage shows too. Aside from the eccentric attire and foul language, they’re pretty memorable…

Malcolm: If you’re talking about the time Miyako kicked me in the bollocks on stage, you’re asking for it…

(Miyako rolls her eyes)

(Yumishi giggles)

Wayne: Hey man, it’s cool.

Hayden: …Well, that’s it. There’s no way we’ll ever go mainstream, but we want to get up there with the likes of Zeroth, Darkling, and Fait Accompli. You know, the big leagues.

Yumishi:  I see us with success.  We made it passed total obscurity, and I think we can go even bigger.

Wayne: Maybe make a cheesy Forgotten Falling movie. You know, like KISS

Hayden: No. Just no.

Figment Concert Poster Winners!

February 5th, 2010

Lonny Unitus has picked the winner and 2 runners up in our Figment Concert Poster Contest.  So without further adieu I will turn it over to Lonny:

AND THE WINNER IS!

Crashing Institute “It Only Takes One” NYC Concert Poster

by javdoc

Lonny Unitus:  This poster is the best executed with the best concept. The limited font choice and color pallet only strengthen the design. The layout is clever and avoids just being a bad pun with the “it only takes one” text. It’s
the kind of design that rewards you for spending more time looking at it.

2nd Place:

Ammonites Concert Poster

by RevSpike

Lonny Unitus:  To me this feels like a “real” flyer you’d see in a record store or stapled to a post. I like the extreme crop of the image and the type treatment for the band’s name. I’m not crazy about the “new font for each line of text” approach (especially that Disney font). Good job overall.

3rd Place:

Zeroth “2009 New Year’s Eve Moscow Poster [Banned]”

by javdoc

Lonny Unitus:  I was torn between Zeroth and Eccentric Arcade for third place. I liked the illustrations for both, but am guessing that both are “found” images from the internet as opposed to original work. Zeroth takes the prize for having better text integration. My critique for these would be that using found images isn’t uncommon, but the key to designing a poster using a found image is to recontextualize it somehow and progress the image with your design. (Not just stick text on an old/found illustration). Matching the Russian propaganda poster image with a “Russian” font is a good beginning and a step in the right direction, but as you make more posters you’ll want to show your work more and make (even found images) your own in some way.

So congratulations to javdoc and RevSpike.  javdoc will be receiving a custom designed poster created by Lonny Unitus himself as well as 2,500 pieces of lucre and 2 Figment t-shirts for having the 1st and 3rd place posters!  RevSpike will win 1,000 pieces of lucre and a Figment t-shirt, and since 3rd place was SO close we’ve decided to award frizbee with 250 pieces of lucre.

We’d like to thank Lonny Unitus for being such a great judge.  Don’t forget to check out his posters on GigPosters.com and if you like them drop him a line to buy one!  We’ll keep you posted on his design for javdoc and we’ll make sure to post it here on the blog as soon as it’s done!

We’d also like to thank everyone who participated in the contest.  Every time we run a contest we’re impressed with not only how great the submissions are, but also how much they improve each time.  So if you didn’t win or place in the Top 10 this time it doesn’t mean you won’t in the next!  Until next time…

We announced the Top 10 finalists in our Figment Podcast #6, but if you didn’t get a chance to listen to it yet here are the ten (in no particular order) that professional poster designer Lonny Unitus will be picking the winner and 2 runners up from.  You can click on any of the posters to find out more about them.

Zeroth “Live in Moscow” Poster

“Shot Full of Love” Tribute Show Poster

Dark Immortal “Controversy” Gig Poster

Eccentric Arcade Live at the House of Blues Poster

Zeroth Vienna Gig Posters

Crashing Institute “It Only Takes One Tour” NYC Poster

Ammonites Concert Tour Poster

Crashing Institute “It Only Takes One” Tour – Atlanta Shows Poster

Old Winter’s Eve Festival – Postponed Poster

Merchants of Metal Festival III Poster

Podcast #6: The Top 10!

February 2nd, 2010

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On Podcast #6, aka “The Long Lost Podcast”, we announce the Top 10 finalists for the Figment Concert Poster Contest, give your our Top 10 “real” albums of 2009 and Eric’s Top 10 Figment bands thus far!

Larry’s Top 10 “Real Albums” of 2009

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Eric’s Top 10 “Real Albums” of 2009

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