The concept album is a mainstay of popular music.  Whether it’s Frank Sinatra’s “In The Wee Small Hours of the Night” or Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the concept is the same, it’s an album whose songs all contribute to a single overall theme or unified story.

Last year Lords of Winter won our first Concept Album Contest with their album “The Saga of Carus:  I.  Journey to Roh’Orn”.  It was a great concept album and the fact that it was just the first album in a musical triptych only made it that much better, but the real take away was how well metal as a musical genre lent itself to the concept album format.

So when it came time to think about our 2nd Annual Concept Album Contest, we decided that rather than go broad we’d limit it to just one genre – Metal!  Now the challenge is even greater because to stand out in the crowd you’ll really need to ramp up your game.  In short, we want to test your metal mettle.

Now that we’ve thrown down the gauntlet, we also want you to that not just anyone is going to pick this year’s winner.  While all of us at Figment are metal fans, and are more than capable of paring down the entries to a Top 10, we felt we needed someone with direct experience in the metal world and bona fides to match.  Needless to say, Ed Repka is that person!  If you’re not familiar with Ed, you probably are familiar with his work.  Here’s a little info on him:

A connoisseur of the grotesque and proponent of supernatural realism, Ed Repka is known worldwide for his illustrations of Vic Rattlehead, Megadeth’s skeletal mascot, which over two decades have adorned CD covers, posters, t-shirts, and hordes of other metal merchandise.

Regarded as the undisputed king of “Thrash” metal art of the ’80’s, Ed specializes in menacing reminders of impending apocalypse, and grim visions of the irradiated aftermath.  His vibrant use of color and shadow combined with darkly satirical characterizations form his distinctive style which has garnered commissions from clients such as Atlantic Records, Brockum, Capital Records, Earache, Metal Blade, Relativity, Roadrunner, Ryko, Screamin’, Topps and many others for use on CDs covers, video covers, posters, trading cards, t-shirts, toys, comics, and magazines.

In 2002, he became the Art Director of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), where he designs, sculpts, paints and directs the successful action figure lines, Headknocker bobble-head figures and other pop culture collectibles the Association produces.

To say Ed is qualified judge this contest is an understatement, and we’re honored to have him on-board.

So let’s get to the nitty gritty!  The contest begins today, Wednesday, September 22nd and entries may be submitted until midnight on Friday, October 22nd.  During that time we’ll be asking you to create a metal concept album based around a central theme.  It can be for any genre or subgenre of metal music, but it has to be metal album.  We’re also asking that you only submit newer albums, so only entries created on or after September 6, 2010 will be eligible.

When the deadline for entries (October 22nd at midnight) passes, our crack Figment editorial staff will narrow the submissions to ten (10) finalists.  These ten (10) finalists will be sent to Ed Repka who will select a winner and two (2) runners up.

So what do you get if you win?  Well, we thought it was only appropriate that we put together a prize package that lived up to the subject matter, so we’ve put together a truly metal prize package for our winner!  The winner will receive:

A ZT Lunchbox guitar amplifier courtesy of ZT Amplifiers.  Since it’s introduction in early 2009, the ZT Lunchbox guitar amplifier has changed the way many musicians think about amps.  Never before has an ultra-compact amplifier reached gig-level output, let alone sounded good enough to be used not only live but in the recording studio as well (three Lunchboxes were in studio for MGMTs latest album “Congratulations”, and they are beginning to appear on several other recordings.)  Lunchboxes have found homes with pros such as Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and Hunter Perrin (John Fogerty Band) among many, many others.  This goes to show that the Lunchbox is useful even for players who can have any gear they wish.

A copy of the new metal concept album “Warp Riders” from Austin, TX based metal band The Sword courtesy of Brooklyn’s own Kemado Records.  We’re all HUGE fans of the band here at Figment and think “Warp Riders” will rightfully grace many a year-end Top 10 list this year.  This album should serve as suitable inspiration for the winner!

A copy of ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler’s new book “My Appetite for Destruction” courtesy of Harper Collins.  After 40 years, twenty-eight ODs, three botched suicides, two heart attacks, a couple of jail stints, and a debilitating stroke, Steven Adler, the most self-destructive rock star ever, sets the record straight on his year’s in Guns N’ Roses, his subsequent descent into addiction, and his ultimate recovery.  It’s a harrowing, but honest look at the highs and lows of being a rock star and a must-read for metal fans.

500 pieces of Lucre to put towards your own “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” lifestyle here on Figment.

The runners up will receive the following:

2nd Runner up will receive a copy of Steven Adler’s book “My Appetite for Destruction” courtesy of Harper Collins and 350 pieces of Lucre.

3rd Runner Up will receive a copy of Steven Adler’s book “My Appetite for Destruction” courtesy of Harper Collins and 200 pieces of Lucre.

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 click here to create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a fake band on Figment and release a Metal concept album with cover art.  You may also release a Metal concept album from an existing band that you have previously created.  To be considered an album must have been released on or after September 6, 2010, and be based around a central theme 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 as a comment to this post, so that we and other users can check it out.  If you don’t post the band/album name as a comment to this post or your metal concept album entry won’t be considered.

3. Users may enter as many metal concept albums as they would like, but only albums that were created on or after September 6, 2010 will be considered eligible.

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, September 22nd until Friday, October 22, 2010.  All submissions must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 22nd.

6.  All Figment players worldwide are eligible to enter.  Please note that prizes may not be compatible in all countries and that Figment nor it’s prize providers are responsible for make-goods in these situations.

7.  The Figment editiorial staff will select 10 finalists from all of the submissions and provide them to Ed Repka to judge by no later than Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

8.  On Friday, October 29, 2010 Figment will announce the Top 3 metal concept albums as selected by Ed Repka – a winner and two runners up.

You can view the full official rules at:  http://bit.ly/cvIhTm

We’re going to be judging the entries based on the creativity of the album’s central theme and how well that theme is conveyed throughout the album, from the artwork to the album description and the song titles.  So good luck and let the conceptualization begin!!!

37 Responses to “2nd Annual Figment Concept Album Contest”

  1. TMTYTF Says:

    Quick question. What if I have a band that isn’t necessarily a metal band, but they have a concept album coming out soon that portrays their metal side? Basically what I’m asking is if it is okay to enter the album into the contest.

  2. eric Says:

    Hmmm…well I don’t know of many non-metal bands that put out a metal album, so it’s kind of hard to answer that one, but I’d have to say as long as the album itself is clearly metal that’s what matters most. Having said that we don’t want to see a ton of non-metal bands suddenly releasing metal albums, so let’s not make this a trend.

  3. TMTYTF Says:

    It’s not a trend at all but it’s an idea I’ve had for awhile. Either way, it’s quite a concept album and since there’s no actual music to be heard from it, I think it’s up to the viewers to decide how it sounds.

  4. TMTYTF Says:

    Also, are we allowed to release metal concept EP albums??

  5. eric Says:

    No, just full albums. Which for you newbies is any album release that contains more than 6 tracks.

  6. Childofalma Says:

    So if the band’s genre is any kind of metal genre it’s fair game?

  7. algoreyou Says:

    I now regret not holding onto the “Censored for Your Protection” idea a little longer.

  8. eric Says:

    ChildofAlma – that’s correct. Any metal genre is eligible. Sorry, algoreyou! Maybe a continuation of the story?

  9. theHoseman Says:

    …too busy to comment…tryin’ to come up with a concept…

  10. Crypt_keeper Says:

    My entry will be Living Monstrosity’s next record (Z-Day) which will be released October 1st

  11. TMTYTF Says:

    The Placebo Effect by Fragment Shelter
    http://figment.cc/albums/3643/the-placebo-effect.fig

  12. Javdoc Says:

    ‘The American Way Of War’ by Jesus Wrench

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3820/the-american-way-of-war.fig

  13. Javdoc Says:

    Just as a side note, I think ‘Warp Riders’ is an awesome album. Spinning it quite frequently at the moment. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Sabbath-influenced stoner rock/metal.

  14. eric Says:

    Javdoc – I agree. It’s on heavy rotation here at Figment. Thanks again to Kemado for giving us a copy to give away as a prize.

  15. crypt_keeper Says:

    “Z-Day” by Living Monstrosity

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3804/z-day.fig

  16. bmick14 Says:

    umm… my entry is Welcome to the E.N.D. by Shox

  17. formerwageslave Says:

    “Wergeld: At What Cost, The Souls of Kinsmen Sain?” by Vengeance Burns Eternal

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3829/wergeld-at-what-cost-the-souls-of-kinsmen-slain.fig

  18. bmick14 Says:

    are we supposed to put a link ok then

    Welcome to the E.N.D. by Shox

    http://figment.cc/albums/3752/welcome-to-the-end.fig

  19. Childofalma Says:

    “I Am ZOMBIE” by Dollhouse in Black

    http://www.figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3717

  20. bmick14 Says:

    To The Edge… by Jamm Sessions

    http://figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3836

  21. formerwageslave Says:

    “In the Chamber of the Vorpal Queen” by Vorpal Queen

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3845/in-the-chamber-of-the-vorpal-queen.fig

  22. TMTYTF Says:

    Devil’s Playground by Devil’s Playground
    http://figment.cc/albums/3255/devils-playground.fig

  23. Algoreyou Says:

    And So It Begins… by Xoana
    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3799/and-so-it-begins.fig

  24. theHoseman Says:

    “philm” by Serpentinuum

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3805/philm.fig

  25. frizbee Says:

    Serpentinuum’s “philm” and Dollhouse In Black’s “I Am Zombie” get my vote!

  26. TMTYTF Says:

    Cassanova by Drifter
    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3759/cassanova.fig

  27. bmick14 Says:

    The Eye of the Storm by Caden Mullen

    http://figment.cc/albums/3875/the-eye-of-the-storm.fig

  28. javdoc Says:

    ‘babel’ by Zeroth

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3870/babel.fig

  29. theHoseman Says:

    “A Night At The Macabre” by KARKASS

    http://www.figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3862

  30. formerwageslave Says:

    “Seven Deadly Strings” by Dagur Odinsson

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3894/seven-deadly-strings.fig

  31. bmick14 Says:

    The Concept Album by Iron Avengers

    http://figment.cc/albums/3874/the-concept-album.fig

    I thought it just might be stupid enough to work!

  32. Algoreyou Says:

    Justice by Stealth

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3723/justice.fig

  33. Dan (@DaedalusT) Says:

    Married to the Machine by Children Of A Nuclear Winter

    http://figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3929

  34. TMTYTF Says:

    http://figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3903

  35. TMTYTF Says:

    sorry,

    Toxic Messiah by Gravestompers

    http://figment.cc/home/viewalbum.fig?id=3903

  36. javdoc Says:

    ‘five’ by Crimson Eye

    http://www.figment.cc/albums/3932/five.fig

  37. Eric Says:

    The deadline for entries in this contest has passed. Entries are no longer being accepted. Thanks to all of the players who entered.

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