Kanye apparently ripped off metal album cover artist in new video

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Denis Forkas, a Russian artist known for designing metal album covers, apparently got ripped off by Kanye West in one of the rapper’s new music videos. Forkas shared his dismay for the “petty theft” in a post on his Instagram.

Forkas created the artwork featured on Behemoth’s iconic 2014 album cover Satanist, which actually had Nergal’s blood in the paint that was used for it. The artwork West used in his video for the song “Hurricane” was created by Forkas in 2017 and is titled golden hortus.

“Watchful followers drew attention to this petty theft of my 2017 piece golden hortus in Kanye West’s latest video, ‘Hurricane,'” Forkas wrote in the caption of the post, identifying the rapper. “I was never contacted by any party involved in the production – it was just hacked on the render for video.

“Now I doubt it was Kanye himself who authorized the sly nonsense, but one would still expect at least some measure of ethics, quality control and respect from a popular entertainer of his fame.”

See the post, which compares the two images side-by-side, below, as well as the music video for “Hurricane” below.

In addition to Behemoth, Forkas has also worked with bands such as Wolves In The Throne Room, Locrian, and Horseback to craft their albums. But, he doesn’t necessarily consider himself a metalhead.

I like to listen to heavy metal once in a while, but I don’t think I like it enough to call myself a fan,” he admitted to Heavy Music Artwork. “Heavy metal is a culture deeply rooted in mythology, religion and philosophy and these are the subjects that I too have chosen to explore in my work. I’m glad there are still artists/musicians and art lovers/listeners who refuse to conform to today’s generally low aesthetic standards. Talent is a great responsibility and I will do everything in my power not to betray the trust of my clients.”

Kanye West – “Hurricane”

Where are those iconic album cover designs now?

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