Third Voice — Reflections

The Art Corner was a series of articles by graphic artist Mattias Norén, who was part of the DPRP team and designed the layout we had at the time. In this series, Mattias reviewed the artwork of albums. The series started in January 1999 and ran for about 18 months.

The original introduction of the series is included below and will tell you what it was all about. This category no longer runs, so information about submitting an album for review has been removed, but we're keeping the archived articles as a separate series in the Features category.

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Dear visitor of The Art Corner!

Some people say that it's just the inside that counts, but I'm actually one of those men that cares much about the outside as well! :-)

The Art Corner only concentrates on the outside. What I think about the inside, the music, I'll keep for myself in this case.

Each album has been given 1 to 5 points in seven different categories.

  • Design / Composition: Is the idea and layout good?
  • Technical skill: Is the artist good at what he is doing?
  • Connection to the music: Is the artwork inspired by the music, album title and the lyrics? Does it feel good to look at the cover at the same time you listening to the music?
  • Logotype: How good is the design of the logotype?
  • Typography: How good is the typography? (cover and backcover)
  • Booklet: How good is the typography, artwork, layout and paper quality?
  • Disc: How good is the typography, artwork, layout on the disc?

Mattias Norén

Third Voice — Reflections (private release, 1998)


Cover art by Jeff Lavezoli.
Graphic design by E. Corbin.


category score
Design and composition
Technical skill
Connection to the music

Score: 3.1


A fine water colour painting covers this nice album by the band Third Voice from Pittsburgh. I actually prefer photographic covers for prog metal albums, but I think this artwork works OK on this production.

I like the right face a lot better than the left one. I think it's the mouth that annoys me the most. It looks almost as if he is about to swallow his upper lip.

I also think the light and the colours are much more interesting in the right part of the image. The rest of the booklet does definitely not play in the same division as the cover. Only four pages and it's printed on a very thin paper.

Some extra credits must be given to the outstanding promo-package I got from this band. A nice folder with the cover image on it, a professional photo of the band, information about the band and of course the CD, gave me a very professional impression. I wish this young band all the best of luck in the future.

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