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Annotation of Kerrang! magazineCreated by Josh Pamfilo

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Front cover of Kerrang! magazineThe masthead is

presented in bold writing (which is modified to simulate the perception of cracking). Its typography is well-known and recognisable to music fans and past Kerrang! Readers.Strategically placed in the middle, the headline can be clearly seen in white and bright yellow – “SLIPKNOT DESTROY DOWNLOAD” to give a sense of aggression towards hardcore music lovers. It also uses the rule of three for interest.

The luminous, aggressive colours used apply to a more mature rock-oriented audience. It makes the cover more aesthetically pleasing, with drapes of (primarily) red and yellow.They connote the hardcore rock scene associated with the same genre.The main cover image of Corey Taylor of Slipknot is on the front cover. His pose connotes victory, and his facemask strips all seriousness off of the front cover. As he is the lead singer he is more or less associated with the progressive rock sound and genre of Kerrang! Magazine.

The puffs on the front cover are highlighted in the usual yellow and red for an anchored mode of address. The band and artist names (Muse, Ice-T etc.) are made bold to highlight their prominence to the audience.

Situated on the pug of the magazine is a promotional “poster pull-out!” to easily capture the eye of the consumer.Beside the barcode is the website, issue number

and price. The website makes it possible for the audience to connect to Kerrang! online and view more

details easier.

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Contents pageIn what can be described as unusual, the typography, sans serif, of the contents page is presented in three-dimensional boldness, but littered in handwritten drawings of snakes, paper and a skull, particularly to reflect how unorganised music rockers are.

The image of Corey Taylor and another member of Slipknot keeps the contents page in

context with the front cover. He and his band mate giving the

rock sign to the audience ("directly" to the reader) may

encourage motivation from rock fans so as to become interested in further reading the magazine.

House style is clearly presented as the same yellow colours are used throughout the magazine. The same typography for the subheadings of each separate

article recur, anchoring the mode of address and the identity of the brand. This encourages brand loyalty.

The contents page is a single page only instead of two unlike certain magazines such as Q.

This may connote simplification of the magazine so less pages

are used and readers do not get bored.

The issue number and date (ISSUE 1573 JUNE 20, 2015)

are creatively presented in front of a trademark yellow

background. The font is kept uniform.

Unique to this contents page is a slanted, warning sign-like section in the right third. The note from the editor is written in the same way he might be interviewed. It follows the same informal in-

house style prominently featured throughout Kerrang's

band articles.

The article in the left third of the contents page "DAVE BREAKS A LEG" is illuminated in yellow

and displays an image of Grohl's x-ray of his broken leg - one of

the featured side articles. "STOP THE PRESS!" is also written at the top and bottom, informing the reader of a very important


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Double-sided layout

The headline "REIGN IN MUD" is presented in three-

dimensional fancy italic typography sans serif. It

acts as anchorage text for the image of Corey Taylor of

Slipknot which may recall how famous Slipknot is to

rock music fans.

The magazine's trademark yellow and red can be

prominently seen on both of these pages, keeping the

house style in issue context (both in quotes and in the

sub-border at the bottom of the pages).

Bold, highlighted band names are ranked with Ks, indicating

how good they are. The reviews listed below fuel the interests of

rock fans.

The layout of the photos on both pages are

presented in an dominated but unorganised style; this reflects the scattered and

untidy fashion of the Download K! festival, where everywhere is muddy and

music ravers dance around wildly to the progressive


There is a series of puffs to inform readers about the

reviews of other rock bands at the Download K! festival

- key insights into the recorded events told.

At the far right of both pages is a subsection

describing another known band (Beartooth). The

close-up of the lead singer (Caleb Shomo) connotes the aggressiveness of the vocals sung. The two other

main images are stereotypical of what

happens at music gigs.

The double-page layout is a summary of the events in

the Download K! Festival. At the top left of the page is an

additional image of a red British bulldog with an

aggravating stare and the sub-heading "DOWNLOAD -

THE MONSTER REVIEW", depicting a well-detailed

look back at the best moments of the weekend. Other images of lead singers

singing to the audience reflects the brash furiousness of rock music. Audiences will easily

relate to the progressive rock sound.