Dear friends, welcome to the second installment of our coverage regarding the upcoming literary adaptation of the saga of the mythical nation of Kärgeräs, penned by the Grandiose Magus Jiří "BigBoss" Valter, as well as of the related reissue of both albums of BigBoss's project Equirhodont. Today, we are unveiling the visual artistry of the whole project, and along with it, more about its contents.
First, the art, which is authored by the Pilsen-based illustrator and visual artist Marek Pišl. From his studio thus comes not only the cover of the book itself, but also brand-new artworks for the "Equirhodont Grandiose Magus" and "Black Crystal" full-lenghts. And if you find his style somewhat familiar, it may be because Marek also authored the visuals for such albums as "Amnesia" by InnerSphere or "Theia" by Self-Hatred. Besides visual art, Marek is also a passionate organ player, which he manifests e.g. in Morbivod's doom metal project Quercus.
Contents-wise, the book is divided into three parts. The first one is the tale "Kärgeräs, ztracený národ" itself, with 13 chapters that, as we mentioned earlier, expand the narrative of the "Kärgeräs" album by Root from 1996. For that reason, you may find their titles familiar:
Příběh černého kamene / Jeskyně zrození I / Rodaxx / Vzkaz / Jeskyně zrození II / V zemi Plíživců / Gloxthan / Rodaxx v Zemi Předků / Rulbrah a pravda / Chrám Předků / Boj / Trygon – hrobník / Lykorian a Rodaxx
The second part contains "Legenda Nizotratio", which on one hand uses the Kärgeräs lore to some extent, but on the other hand is a standalone tale of two acts and 21 figures.
The final part then is where booklets of either album, that is of the first and second chapter of the saga of the Magus Equirhodont, are to be found, with each album offering eight tracks in total:
"Equirhodont Grandiose Magus": Grand Opening (Intro) / Meeting (My Father) / On the Other Side / Song (Dream) / The Lake Flower of Evil / The Monolith of Demons I / Bridge to the... / The Monolith of Demons II
"Black Crystal": The Crystal - Oration of Crystal / Return / Power of Crystal / The Way / Lar / My Father's Message / Lost Nation / Blood and Punishment
So, enjoy and more next time!