Various artists — Prog. DisDURPance Vol. 2

The Art Corner was a series of articles by graphic artist Mattias Norén, who was part of the DPRP team and designed the layout we had at the time. In this series, Mattias reviewed the artwork of albums. The series started in January 1999 and ran for about 18 months.

The original introduction of the series is included below and will tell you what it was all about. This category no longer runs, so information about submitting an album for review has been removed, but we're keeping the archived articles as a separate series in the Features category.

Check out Mattias Norén's company website: ProgArt!

Dear visitor of The Art Corner!

Some people say that it's just the inside that counts, but I'm actually one of those men that cares much about the outside as well! :-)

The Art Corner only concentrates on the outside. What I think about the inside, the music, I'll keep for myself in this case.

Each album has been given 1 to 5 points in seven different categories.

  • Design / Composition: Is the idea and layout good?
  • Technical skill: Is the artist good at what he is doing?
  • Connection to the music: Is the artwork inspired by the music, album title and the lyrics? Does it feel good to look at the cover at the same time you listening to the music?
  • Logotype: How good is the design of the logotype?
  • Typography: How good is the typography? (cover and backcover)
  • Booklet: How good is the typography, artwork, layout and paper quality?
  • Disc: How good is the typography, artwork, layout on the disc?

Mattias Norén

Various artists - DisDURPance, Vol. 2 (DURP, 1999)


Cover artwork by Stephanie Law.
Artwork concept by Markus Weis.
DTP by Susanne Bertenbreiter / DTP Factory München.


category score
Design and composition
Technical skill
Connection to the music

Score: 2.8


Markus Weis' efforts to support unknown prog bands is admirable. This is the second compilation that he releases.

The package of the first one was really terrible, so this was a very pleasant surprise. Staphanie Law has become one of my favourite artists, but I think this is the first time you can see her work on a progressive CD. Thank you, Markus, for that.

Even if this isn't one of my favourite paintings by Stephanie, it is still very well done.

Unfortunately, most of the feelings in the image disappear because of the bad layout on the cover. The logo is too big and what on earth are all the names of the bands on the cover?

Please visit Markus' web page DURP. We need more people like him to spread the knowledge of progressive rock.