Slayer Album Art Illustrator Lawrence “Larry” Carroll Dies

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Illustrator Lawrence “Larry” Carroll who worked on the artwork for Slayer’s album covers ‘Reign In Blood’, ‘South Of Heaven’, ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ and ‘Christ Illusion’ albums has died at the age of 65.

“Not many art directors were lining up to ask me to illustrate the next Aerosmith or Sting album,” Carroll said in a 2010 Revolver magazine interview. “I think they were afraid of what they would get. I was always told my work was too dark for most folks. So Slayer was a good fit for me.”

Carroll talked to Revolver that all the pieces he created for Slayer were mixed-media works. “The materials I use are often acrylic, oil, and collaged photocopied drawings,” he explained. “I often make drawings and then photocopy them on a Xerox machine, something I have been doing since the mid ’70s. I enlarge and multiply them if needed. Now they have Photoshop, [but] what I was doing was much more organic and physical. I still prefer this to the computer.”