So who won?  That’s what you want to know right?  Well, Ed Repka looked at the 10 finalists and picked the following winner and 2 runners up!


Children of a Nuclear Winter “Married To The Machine”

Design by daedae

Here’s what Ed Repka had to say about “Married To The Machine”:

For me, the visual is the most important element and this cover has the most interesting image. I like the detail, use of colors and the story book narrative quality. The image draws you in and begs the viewer to figure out what is going on. It also works perfectly with the title and overall sci-fi concept. The song titles are well thought out and clever as they follow the cycle of a relationship.  The logo and title are bold and clear with the only drawback being their conservative placement. It looks like something you would get from an independent label rather than a major. Which is a good thing.

So congratulations to daedae for winning this year’s Figment Concept Album Contest.  As you may remember he placed 2nd in last year’s contest, so clearly daedae is a concept specialist!  He’ll be receiving a ZT Lunchbox Amplifier courtesy of ZT Amplifiers, a copy of the new concept album “Warp Riders” by The Sword courtesy of Kemado Records, and a copy of Steven Adler’s new autobiography “My Appetite for Destruction” courtesy of Harper Collins.  In addition, we’ll be depositing 500 pieces of lucre into daedae’s account to help him woodshed ideas for his next conceptual opus!

2nd Place

Gravestompers “Toxic Messiah”

Design by TMTYTF

Ed had this say about “Toxic Messiah”:

This album is a very close second. It’s almost a tie with the first. Toxic messiah has good compositional use of text and image giving it a professional look.  The placement of the text and image follow the classic 1/3 to 2/3 composition which really works for me but fails a bit since the title is a little hard to read on the left side and I don’t know what the “IX” is for.  The image is interesting, even though not particularly metal looking and I could see this in record stores. As for the concept, its a classic supernatural narrative and the song titles are evocative and typically metal.

So congratulations TMTYTF on your second place finish…sounds like you were a breath away from first, but for your efforts we’ll be sending you a copy of Steven Adler’s new autobiography “My Appetite for Destruction” as well as depositing 350 pieces of lucre into your account.

3rd Place

Dollhouse in Black “I Am Zombie”

Designed by ChildofAlma

Ed had this to say about “I Am Zombie”:

This works nicely because again, the image and the title work together to make a pleasing composition. The only drawback is the logo placement at the bottom in small type.  this would never occur on a real cover, the bands ego’s are too big to allow it and the marketing people always want the logo on top. It also has good song titles with a typical metal scenario.

Congratulations ChildofAlma, you’ll also be receiving a copy of Steven Adler’s new book “My Appetite for Destruction” as well as 200 pieces of lucre.

We’d like to thank Ed Repka for being such a terrific judge.  It’s not often you get to have someone of his stature in the design community look at your work, and his insights and keen eye for what makes a good metal concept album cover really made this contest a great one!

On a personal note, we’d like to extend our condolences to Ed and his family.  On October 5th, Ed’s father Edward L. Repka died at the age of 92.  Ed’s dad was very supportive of his work and even served as a model for some of the characters in his paintings.  All of us at Figment were saddened to hear the news and were appreciative of Ed’s commitment to judging this contest  despite this devastating loss.  According to Ed, his father had always taught him that you’re only as good as your word, so we thank him for being true to his father’s memory.  We hope you’ll join us in extending your condolences to Ed and his family by leaving a comment here on this page or on his MySpace page.   R.I.P.  Edward L. Repka.

We’d also like to thank Ken Kantor and ZT Amplifiers, Kemado Records, and Harper Collins for supplying all of the great prizes for this year’s contest!  We highly recommend you check out ZT Amps, buy the new Sword album “Warp Riders” and pick up a copy of “My Appetite for Destruction”.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and to our finalists – if you haven’t check them all out do it now!

5 Responses to “What A Concept: Concept Album Contest Winners!”

  1. poppinfresh Says:

    Congratulations to the winners! All three covers are excellent.

  2. TMTYTF Says:

    I feel this year’s winners are well-deserved, even though I am one of them. Thanks to Ed Repka for judging this year.

    I have the following response to Ed’s comments:

    “The IX is a Roman numeral for 9. This is Gravestompers’ 9th album, so I felt that it was necessary. It was a toss-up though.
    And my condolences on your loss.”

    I think Children of a Nuclear Winter put out a great release and a brilliant cover.

    Big time congrats to ChildofAlma on his 3rd place finish for Dollhouse In Black. Thanks for all the support!!

  3. theHoseman Says:

    Congratulations to all 3 of you! (And also to everyone else who participated.)

  4. theHoseman Says:

    @Ed Repka. My condolences to you and yours. A loss is never easy for those left behind. Sending good vibes your direction and thanks for your time judging this contest! It is certainly appreciated!

  5. TMTYTF Says:

    I would like to also add that “Toxic Messiah” was a bit of a last minute decision, but obviously it was a good one. As most Gravestompers fans know, the band released a deluxe version of their last album “Carnival For Cannibals”. This album had a pretty rad image of an evil looking carnival including a scary clown holding a doll whose eye had popped out. That would have been the band’s entry, but was banned due to the copyrighted image.

    Toxic Messiah was inspired by this album because it carried over some of the new songs that were put on the CFC Deluxe, including “Hurts So Good”, “I Just Wanna Shoot Somebody”, “Bury The Hatchet”, and of course “Toxic Messiah”. In fact, the only song that wasn’t carried over was the previously unreleased track titled “Carnival For Cannibals”.

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