What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Black Clouds is a top 3 DT album cover for sure.
It's stuff like this that keeps some of the other covers rated low, there's always some weird graphic design flaw that makes the cover look sloppy. Sometimes, in the case of Black Clouds or I&W, it feels like there’s too much going on. My favorites are the more basic ones, like Scenes, Six Degrees, or Train of Thought. I like Distance Over Time especially for its sleekness and the feel it creates.I always hated that the strings don't line up on the Octavarium cover (the angle of the last one is just off, it's not right). Once you see that, you can't unsee that.
I think progressive metal has the best covers in metal because they usually go for abstract imagery rather than cartoonish stuff or huge models/scenes.
I like all metal album covers, it’s one of the best things about the genre. The Odyssey is a great cover.
I get your sentiment, but craftsmanship and creativity aren't mutually exclusive, I'm afraid. It is therefore possible for someone creative to achieve a more impressive, beautiful, poignant etc. work of art than someone with the craftsmanship skills.
I don't care about the "vision" of the artist, if the limbs do not fit, if the perspective is completely screwed and someone has midget legs, if the shadows are completely nonsensical etc.
Unfortunately, it's much easier to discern with music - at least there the people actually have to know how to play, because the resulting cacophony would be unpleasant to the ear
I'm saying you need both. If you are a visionary, yet are not able to be disciplined enough so as to at least learn the rules, then fuck you. I find that disrespectful to the art you want to make.
I’ll be nice to have a live recording of ANTR. Took a long time to get some Black Clouds material released.