Doubleshot Tuesday: Black Sabbath/Fleet Foxes

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[Today: Pieter Bruegel the Elder…]


The cover of Fleet Foxes’ self-titled 2008 debut, and the cover of Black Sabbath’s 1977 Greatest Hits were created by the same artist – a Netherlandish Renaissance painter named Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel was active between the years 1551 and 1569 (when he passed away) and was known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. The Fleet Foxes cover is a 1559 painting called Netherlandish Proverbs that features a chaotic village scene with a monkey on a throne, a man carrying a steaming vat of liquid, an ass hanging out of an outhouse, a man shooting arrow over a roof covered in pies, a saint blessing a sinner, and numerous other humorous and industrious vignettes. This art fits pretty well with Fleet Foxes sound – a heady mix of Gregorian chant and freak folk that contains a lot of depth and color.

The Black Sabbath cover is a 1562 Bruegel painting called The Triumph Of Death, and it also perfectly matches the music it was chosen to represent. Here we see coffins and carts full of skulls, gruesome battlefield scenes with rabid dogs gnawing on the dead, and angry skeletons grinding the living into dust. The color palette is the blacks and browns of death and decay, as opposed to the verdant greens and reds of Netherlandish Proverbs. Sabbath’s music was all about the heart of darkness – the agents of death, rampant paranoia, blood running through the gutters, etc. It’s a great tribute to Bruegel that his work could be used to sum up the angelic, white-light of folk, as well as the satanic black death of rock…

 

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One Response to “Doubleshot Tuesday: Black Sabbath/Fleet Foxes”

  1. devil dick Says:

    Here we see coffins and carts full of skulls, gruesome battlefield scenes with rabid dogs gnawing on the dead, and angry skeletons grinding the living into dust.

    my kind of party!!!

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