Dreamscape — Very

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.

Check out Mattias Norén's company website: ProgArt!

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

Dreamscape — Very (Rising Sun 0082122 RS, 1999)


Artwork by qwART in association with N.E.A.T.

Photos by Anna Kreilinger


category score
Design and composition
Technical skill
Connection to the music

Score: 2.0


It's much easier to pick the best cover of the year, than to pick the worst. This is definitely among the three most unattractive artworks I have seen on a prog CD in 1999.

It looks like the smoke from a bomb that has been rotated around the logo, but I'm not sure if that is what it really is.

I'm also not very fond of the color choice. I really can't stand enormous beveled hard metallic logos, and how can anyone come up with the idea to put a white shadow under it?

The booklet is the best part of this production. It's simple, sober, and has a very good band photo in the middle.

But I'm afraid that it doesn't help the over all impression of this production.

Too bad since it is a such a well-sounding album.