After fans have accused The New York Times Magazine of ripping off the cover art of Dream Theater’s upcoming new album “Distance Over Time,” the band has briefly chimed in on the whole matter via Twitter.
The guys jokingly wrote:
“Imitation is the highest form of flattery, NY Times.”
— Dream Theater (@dreamtheaternet) November 26, 2018
The fans in the comment section, however, were not very pleased with the album’s artwork. One of the highest-voted comments reads:
“Please sack Hugh Syme. He is lazy sloppy clearly can’t be bothered and is a con artist. The new album cover is literally two stock pictures put together. I hope you didn’t pay him.
“There must be hundreds of artists who would work hard for the opportunity for their work to be seen. Hugh googled ‘Skull and robot hand’ and put them together in MS Paint and got paid. Absolute rubbish.
“One of the ‘pieces’ in the booklet for DT12 still has a fucking watermark on it from where he stole it off the internet and couldn’t even be bothered removing it. The original front cover of DT12 had a line through the middle of it he tried to hide but people spotted it. Con man.
“You don’t have to keep going back to him just because he did art for Rush.”
Another fan wrote, also receiving a solid amount of likes:
“Here’s the exact stock photo of the hand used on your new album. I hope you never paid your designer for their extremely shoddy work.”
Gail Bichler, the magazine’s Design Director, responded to the above image by writing:
“Yes, these things look remarkably similar but we had never seen the album. As far as I can tell the album and our cover were released within days of each other. Sometimes people independently come up with the same idea at the same time.”