Player – Angel of Theft

  • RELEASED: 2004
  • FORMAT: 12″
  • LABEL: N/A
  • CAT No.: BLOOD00 1
  • DESIGN CREDITS: Openmind / Sixtoo (after Slayer and Def Jam)
  • EXTRA ZEN: Discogs page

Another boot I had the pleasure of designing was a ‘makeover’ of Slayer’s ‘Angel of Death’ by a well known producer and his label manager who I may have done a few designs for in the past. Being a massive fan of both the ‘Reign In Blood’ and ‘South of Heaven’ albums I could really get my teeth into this and immediately set about retooling the Slayer logo into a Player one with turntable arms instead of swords. The Def Jam logo (Slayer’s original label) was bastardised too into a not too subtle signpost to the authors and it was decided that this would be pressed on blood red vinyl (of course) with an etching on the reverse.

I went through various designs for the etching, some of which were not possible simply because the etching process at the time was unable to cope with the detail (story of my life). An original design of spiralling inverted crosses bit the dust for this reason as did the Player logo. Eventually an inverted Star of David was used which wasn’t ideal but did the job. Here are various different label designs and etchings that didn’t make it. Oh and the ‘Angel of Theft’ lettering was by Sixtoo.