Martos, Ramon – …And Justice For Art Volume 2 (Book review)
Released: 2019, Dark Canvas Records
Reviewed: August, 2019
I feel like when I’m writing a review of Part 2 of a book series, if I wrote a review for the Part I, I feel like I’m repeating myself. This is the case with …AND JUSTICE FOR ART-Volume 2. In case you did not read my review of Part I, do yourself a favour and go read my review of that because very little has changed and you will want to own Volume 1 and 2.
The short version is that Ramon Martos is back with the follow up book and it is as equally wonderful in every way. The short synopsis is that AJFA2 has the same look, style, quality and feel as Part I. The book is a coffe table book collection of the finest in Metal cover artwork from across the ages with the story behind the creation of the art. Sometimes it is photography, sometimes, graphic design sometimes old fashioned painting but all of this art has a neat story behind it. This 250 page lush beauty has a foreword by Max Cavalera and features 59 pieces of cover art from 57 bands (Metallica and Judas Priest) each getting two covers represented. There is some of crossover in bands from the first volume with about 15 bands making the cut for both books.
I’d like to think that Martos took some of my constructive criticism of the first volume to heart, but that would be egotistical of me, however, some of the things I commented on previously, have been altered. In AJFA2 there is a more equal distribution of bands from across the ages, the first volume was very heavily slanted towards 90’s releases. Secondly, there are a broader representation of styles of bands, most notably Power Metal being virtually ignored in the first book. In AJFA2 we get stories behind cover art for bands like Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Skyclad and Stratovarius. Thirdly, of the deserving artists I felt were omitted from the first book, some of them (Andreas Marshall and JP Fournier) were featured. Overall, I felt AJFA2 was more balanced in it’s selections and presentation.
This was a great pleasure to read and look at. It is beautiful art that is done justice in an age of small CD art or even the digital age when young metal consumers may not even know what the album looks like, after illegally downloading it or only merely glancing at a tiny, thumbnail jpeg on-line.
Once again Martos has done great justice to the creation of these magnificent pieces of art and brings them to life again with wonderful stories of their creation.