Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Every Shirt LXXII: Embryonic Devourment

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shirt: Embryonic Devourment
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2008
provenance: band

This one comes from the Deepsend tour that came through my neck of the woods in March 2008, when this band's current release was Fear of Reality Exceeds Fantasy, whose cover forms the main motif of this shirt, and is unfortunately overexposed in this image. In the flesh, this is a hell of awesome shirt, with the seriously intricate and varicolored cover painting translated almost perfectly into the print. With bands on non-major labels (and seriously, while Deepsend's average artist/release quality is at least on a par with, if not better than, the majors, their total turnover isn't on the same level), you don't really expect to see this level of production values, but because of that reset expectation, a lot of other hardened and jaded metalheads who saw this tour were probably also incentivized to get the shirt instead of just giving the band beers and backslaps; the investment in full-color shirts is a risk, but there's nothing in that that says that it won't pay off.

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