Story behind Book of Job’s album cover

The sleeve of Book of Job's Hamartia album on Wormhole Death label. Designed by James Rhys.
The sleeve of Book of Job's Hamartia album on Wormhole Death label. Designed by James Rhys.

Metal band Book of Job have a real buzz around them, to use that most clichéd of words in rock journalism, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.

Their debut album on Italian metal label Wormhole Death hasn’t even been released yet but word has been seeping out far and wide about just how good Hamartia is.

Fans will get the chance to hear what all the fuss is about at a special Bottom of the Bottle rock night at Rehab nightclub on December 16 where Kaya Tarsus (lead vocals) Luke Nelson (drums), Mike Liburd (guitar) and Chris Norris (bass) will be spinning tracks from the album all night with the help of local legend DJ Trev.

After an incident -packed recording stint in Italy, the finished album to emerge is a concept album, which music-lovers may be able to tell from the cover itself which features a collage of a suited man in despair to a backdrop of astral skies and inter-planetary mountains..

There’s even a story behind this. It seems the designer is James Rhys, a friend of the band who works at Monteys Rock Café.

Being a band who do things their own with full passion and commitment, they managed to persuade this talented artist to waive a fee in favour of an expensive bottle of booze!

What Gig Scene thinks may well turn out to be THE indie gig of the year in the entire district takes place at Mad Hatters in Ripon tomorrow, Friday.

Presented by local promoters DMB, the show stars Euros Childs, the talented songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player who first made his name in his late teens as a founder member of celebrated psych-folk band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. He will be bringing his full band to Mad Hatters in Ripon tomorrow, Friday, December 7.

As well as a run of brilliant solo albums, the quirky pop genius famously formed a duo with Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, releasing the album Jonny in 2011.

A man blues-rock fans should not miss is playing Harrogate’s Blues Bar tomorrow night, Friday. Having played keyboards over the years for the likes of Otis Grand, Osibisa, The Boogie Band and Linda Gail Lewis, virtuoso bluesman Charlie Lankester has ventured out on his own – despite being diagnosed with an incurable cancer this time only a year ago.

Despite that, Lankester went onto complete his debut album, Songs In A Minor Key, which has received rave reviews.

After undergoing inensive chemotherapy and other treatments to tackle the tumour, this amazing man is currently performing a six-date tour of Britain playing songs from the album with his backing band, The Mojo Killers who include some quality players on bass, drums, guitars, sax, trumpet and trombone.

The Blues Bar is lucky to get him, in more ways than one.

Monteys Rock Café in Harrogate continues its run of regular live gigs in the run-up to Christmas this Saturday night with a show by rock and pop covers kings MFOR led by vocalist Paul Kettley.

Well done to Ben Sowden for raising £700 for CETA charity with a fantastic acoustic music night at Monteys last Sunday.

Knaresborough has a new jazz club. Called, unsurprisingly, Knaresborough Jazz Club, Simon Parkinson launched it last night at The Mitre.

Congratulations to Knaresborough-based house and breaks DJ Rory Hoy who won the Yorkshire Young Achievers Award in Leeds last week in the company of Coronation Street stars and assorted heroes.