Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Today I bring you the fourth installment of my Muse album cover series, with Black Holes and Revelations. This album contains some of Muse's biggest hits, such as "Starlight", "Knights of Cydonia", and "Supermassive Black Hole". The album was released in July of 2006, three years after Absolution.
Black Holes and Revelations has a different sound and feel to their previous albums. Whilst writing and recording the album, Muse listened to music in the style of Joe Meek, Kill Bill and Nancy Sinatra. Matt Bellamy had been living in North Italy for a short while and had discovered some old Italian traditional folk music, and also listening to the style of his dad's band, The Tornadoes. They also were inspired by Belgian bands such as Millionaire and Evil Superstar. The band's bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, commented that the band listened to Islamic radio stations whilst writing the album and the progressive elements of that music influenced songs such as "Assassin". The general theme of the album centers on dystopian-orientated/kleptocratic politics, along with accompanying war. As well as in the music, this can be seen in the album art and booklet.
The album art, created by Storm Thorgerson, features the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation. Their four horses of different colors, are on the table. The rider of the white horse represents the Anti-Christ, the red one war, the black famine and the pale one represents death and decay. The horses are small to signify the ills of the riders had outgrown those of their horses. Pretty deep stuff.
The album art has two main colors, a deep, rusty orange and a vibrant blue, which are both bold and are opposite of each other. I knew this look was going to be a challenge, since these aren't colors that necessarily work together very well in a makeup look. So I thought I'd go with the flow of things, and create a bold, unconventional look with sharp edges and a cut crease to create an obvious contrast. I think it fits with the theme of the album as well. Oh, and I could not forget the glitter, of course!
This is album is another favorite of mine, and contains many of my most beloved Muse songs. But I have to give it to "Knights of Cydonia" here. It is hands down one of my all-time favorite songs ever, and it is mind-blowing live. It's so creative and unique, you just can't help but love it.
(skip to 2:28 if you don't want to watch the intro). Also, you should check out the official music video for this song. It features futuristic cowboys. Yes...you read that right.
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
- Make Up For Ever Powder Foundation in #200
- BFTE Eye and Lip Primer
- SugarPill Eyeshadow in Flame Point on inner half of lids
- TKB Trading Reflecks Natural Glitter in Burning Leaves and Copper over Flame Point
- SugarPill Eyeshadow in After Party on outer corner and crease
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Pride (matte dark blue shade) on outer corner and crease
- Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt on outer corner and crease
- Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Flamepoint and Poison Plum above crease
- TKB Trading Hi-Lite Eyeshadow in Copper on brow bone and tear duct
- NYX Liquid Liner in Black
- Rimmel Spark It Up! Gleaming Eye Darkening Liner in Black Gold in water line
- Kiss My Sass Eyeshadow in Vegas to set liner
- FAUX Lashes in Alexia
- Sigma Blush in Peche
- Makeup Geek Lipstick in Delightful
- TKB Trading Hi-Lite Eyeshadow in Copper
I hope you guys are doing well, and that you enjoyed this look. I sure am loving this series, and I'm sort of sad that I only have two albums left! I also hope you're excited for the holidays (if that's your kind of thing). It's getting nippy here in L.A. (finally), and I'm definitely loving it! Take care of yourselves, and I'll see you soon!