Monday, December 28, 2009

DOOM's (formerly MF Doom's) acclaimed solo release Operation: Doomsday, which has been out of print since 2001, will be reissued in the new year. No word on an official date for the project, just the assurance that it will be out sometime soon.

The (deluxe) reissue will be complete with revised artwork by Jason Jagel, who designed the art for MM...Food? in 2004. According to Stones Throw Records, the only thing holding back a reissue thus far was holdups on the rights to the work. If you're familiar with the album, you know that the original art was basically just a slightly modified version of a Marvel Comics image of the villain Dr. Doom.

^The original cover art for Operation: Doomsday

The revised art will be done in the style of MM...Food? and will include extensive paintings by Jagel. Check it out...

^Jagel's artwork for MM...Food?

^The newly-designed in-progress artwork for Operation: Doomsday
done in the style of MM...Food?

^Some samples of the finished product of the redesigned Operation: Doomsday
by Jason Jagel done in the style of his MM...Food? paintings

In addition to the revamped artwork for the project, the Operation: Doomsday reissue will include DOOM's self-picked "definitive tracklisting" for the album, as well as some other special goodies including trading cards.

Here's what Juxtapose magazine had to say about it:
“Fresh off his first solo shows in Milan and Copenhagen, San Francisco based artist Jason Jagel is riding a high of acclaim. Not only is he featured in our upcoming January 2010 issue, but he sent us over a sneak peak at the painting he made for the new deluxe MF DOOM OPERATION:DOOMSDAY lunch box reissue. ‘I'm working with Jeff Jank at Stones Throw to design it for Traffic Entertainment,’ Jason tells us. ‘We're making trading cards too. Not sure when it's due out, (sometime) in '10.’”
As expected, this project looks amazing.

DOOM has been hard at work in the scene since his recent release Born Like This. He's currently on a mini tour, coheadlining with Mos Def in Chicago, New York City, and Toronto.

The villain is back with a vengeance.



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