Stephen Jensen, the art director, photographer, and graphic designer and founder of F3 Studios in Crystal Lake, Illinois, created the cover artwork for "Picture Perfect", the new album from Chicago heavy rockers SOIL.
Regarding how the design for the new CD was conceived, a posting on the F3 web site reads: "[SOIL] wanted to take a different direction with their artwork. The band returned to Stephen and F3 Studios, who also created their last album, 'True Self', to help take them in a new direction. They were growing tired of the typical dark, edgy design styles in metal music lately and wanted to move in more of a clean, classic-rock style and more photography-driven for the album cover. Stephen was excited about the idea because it's much more of the style that he was influenced by early in his career and was certainly down for the challenge."
"Picture Perfect" will be released in the U.S. on October 20 via Bieler Bros. Records and three days later in Europe through AFM Records/Soulfood.
"Picture Perfect" was created by the production team of Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND), Ulrich Wild (DEFTONES, INCUBUS) and SOIL, with Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE) handling mixing duties. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Like It Is", "Temptation", "Surrounded", and "Picture Perfect".
SOIL's new album was originally supposed to be released in the U.S. via Driven Music Group, the Phoenix, Arizona-based music label and entertainment company created by former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. However, that relationship appears to have been dissolved without producing any releases from the band.
SOIL has been added to KITTIE's forthcoming U.S. headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on September 27 in New York City. Also scheduled to appear are ARKAEA and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
SOIL's last album, "True Self", was released in May 2006 via DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to 2004's "Redefine" was recorded and mixed at Bomb Shelter studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Ulrich Wild (STATIC-X, TAPROOT).
SOIL in 2007 amicably parted ways with guitarist Shaun Glass due to "personal differences." The band decided against seeking a replacement guitarist and has opted to remain a four-piece, with Cavalier filling in on some of the guitar duties.