BlogNovember 18, 2014 10:55 AM ET

The Dillinger Escape Plan calls The Ghost Inside album cover a 'rip off'

This morning The Dillinger Escape Plan took to Facebook to honor the artist who created the artwork for their One Of Us Is The Killer album:

"Two years ago the giant undertaking of recording this album was underway. The importance of the perfect visual representation of our songs and themes, as captured by the original artwork of Brian Montuori (who also created the artwork for Miss Machine), can't be overstated."

When The Ghost Inside unveiled the artwork for their new album 'Dear Youth' two months ago, more than a few people on the Internet noticed some similarities to the aforementioned DEP cover.

It may be a coincidence that Dillinger chose to publicly acknowledge the One Of Us Is The Killer cover within 24 hours of The Ghost Inside releasing their new LP, and it may not be. Either way, if there was any uncertainty as to how DEP feels about the new TGI artwork, Dillinger cleared things up just hours ago while responding to comments on their Facebook post (see below), calling The Ghost Inside cover an "offensively soulless rip off."

Dillinger Escape Plan accuses The Ghost Inside of ripping off cover art

Here are the two covers side-by-side. Thoughts?

Dillinger Escape Plan and The Ghost Inside cover comparison

UPDATE: When we posted about this on our Facebook earlier today, a few people said that they thought Dillinger was commenting on the fake Ghost Inside logo, which was made to look exactly like DEP's logo, not the cover artwork. While Dillinger's comment was technically a reply to that post, it doesn't seem like something they would say about an obviously fake logo. I'm pretty sure they're referring to the album art.

This morning we asked DEP guitarist Ben Weinman about the comment and its intent. Unfortunately, Weinman wasn't even aware of the comment and after checking it out said that it was posted by one of the other page moderators (he didn't know who was responsible).

We asked him directly if he thought the art was a rip-off and here's what he had to say:

"If I saw the two next to each other, I would have personally asked to make a few changes and not make the vinyl the same... I mean I wouldn't have let that slide personally but I don't give a shit what other bands do... I do feel bad that those guys have to deal with all this drama right now during the release of their album. I'm sure they worked really hard on it."


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anonymous 11/18/2014 8:12:17 AM

ambalamps 11/18/2014 8:14:11 AM

Who cares?

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:14:58 AM

Both seem to be a rip off off Drive Like Jehu's Yank Crime.

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:21:42 AM

Not close enough to be an offensively close rip off

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:22:07 AM

I guess DEP is the only band allowed to put a feather pen on there album cover forever

rick____tocchet 11/18/2014 8:24:10 AM

Isnt this the artists fault? Not ghost insides? The artist should have an idea of other bands artwork in the realm of album covers. Unless the ghost inside do their own art work...then i can see the issue.

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:28:30 AM

^^ it's not called a feather pen. You should try going to school you dumb homo

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:46:51 AM

What about the Sleeping with Sirens album 'Feel' artwork

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:49:56 AM

Its missing an entire object from DEP's cover. No where near a "souless ripoff" guys, cmon. \m/

BrettDeadly 11/18/2014 9:13:23 AM

No way, the concept is different. The use of the feather is different. The color scheme is different. And even the artistic style is different. Sigh, i also struggle with an inflated ego. Keepin the beast in check is a constant struggle. I love TDE but damn guys, chill out.

anonymous 11/18/2014 9:13:30 AM

Greasy DEP fans are pissed. New jack hardcore turds are pumped. Dear youth, you all suck.

anonymous 11/18/2014 9:25:24 AM

I thought the same thing when I first saw them. It doesn't matter that they're not completely similar, but the albums came out within a year of each other. TGI (and their artist) should've been aware of this.

anonymous 11/18/2014 9:25:48 AM


anonymous 11/18/2014 10:30:41 AM

Nope...nota ripoff.

anonymous 11/18/2014 10:59:37 AM

The artist is for a ghost inside is DEFINITELY to blame, it is his/her job to advise their client against plagiarizm, but the whole band is to blame too. Those brainless morons probably showed the cover to the "artist" and said "we want this...but different" good job AGI you're all brainless retards with no original thought of your own. The two covers are way too similar for this to even be a question of whether they ripped of DEP.

anonymous 11/18/2014 11:05:54 AM

I never thought the feather was all that original but TGI's logo font and fade looks very similar to the main logo that TDEP didn't use for this version of the album. And the object beside the feather looks like it was taken right out of the inside of the One of Us is the Killer booklet. It really is similar to Dillinger's artwork for this era. If you only look at the cover then you won't see that. That doesn't automatically make it a rip off though

anonymous 11/18/2014 11:44:33 AM

DEP you fell off the face of the fu**ing earth in 2004. Shut up and cry somewhere where someone cares. Way to say something upon TGI album release just so you could hype your atrociously adrift sound and band. 35 year old record store losers are stoked.

anonymous 11/18/2014 12:31:19 PM

^ settle down vigil, you're still not a hardcore band

anonymous 11/18/2014 12:36:15 PM

Sorry DEP, you don't own the rights to all black feather pens and ink. This doesn't even look similarly designed, to be honest.

anonymous 11/18/2014 12:52:01 PM

feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen feather pen

anonymous 11/18/2014 12:55:20 PM

Could be way off, but in that picture it looks like they're replying to the picture above. You know, the troll one that is definitely a Dillinger logo. Article flip.

anonymous 11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM

because an artwork like this is original af anyway, huh? fck both lack creativity

anonymous 11/18/2014 1:14:53 PM

fur thur paaaan 122

anonymous 11/18/2014 1:20:59 PM

So.. TDEP owns any kind of art with a ink feather in it? HAHAH! No..

smokeweedhailsatan 11/18/2014 2:41:42 PM

I agree with ambalamps.

anonymous 11/18/2014 3:12:14 PM

shortly after TGI posted the album artwork on instagram (which was weeks before the album actually came out), there was a comment from DEP's page that said something along the lines of "really guys...?" that was quickly deleted why is everyone freaking out about it now?

anonymous 11/18/2014 3:17:49 PM

Both look like rip-offs of Jake Bannon artwork.

anonymous 11/18/2014 3:24:53 PM

I agree with anonymous!

anonymous 11/18/2014 3:26:52 PM 9/1308/28/34875daf121f.jpg now THATS a rip

anonymous 11/18/2014 4:37:59 PM

I think its heavily borrowing from DEPs artwork. It doesnt matter that the objects are similar its that fact that the stylizing is way too close. You can do a quill and ink wells all day long just stay away from the style which is already out there and that's already popularly known. For me its the splattered texturing that puts it in DEPs territory. Artists, Designers, and Illustrators should avoid similarities and want to be original.

anonymous 11/18/2014 4:39:49 PM

That's not even J Bannon's style. Either on them

anonymous 11/18/2014 4:58:30 PM

Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl Vol. 1 Its a conspiracy!

anonymous 11/18/2014 6:30:08 PM

seems like pinterest ideas made it to the music industry

anonymous 11/18/2014 6:35:40 PM

Newsflash: BOTH of these album covers suck shit. The fact that they can get away with calling themselves an artist should be a fcking crime.

anonymous 11/18/2014 8:17:08 PM


anonymous 11/18/2014 10:02:56 PM

who the fck even pays attention to album covers in these download/stream/digital days of music? better yet who the fck listens to music anymore?

anonymous 11/18/2014 11:08:03 PM

Taylor Gorman is a rapist and a child molestor.

anonymous 11/19/2014 7:00:21 AM

The whole TGI album is a rip off. From the beginning BMTH riff, to the lyrics "For whom the bell tolls", to the album artwork. Not to mention the shit production... I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something. Oh yeah, this album blows, HARD. I used to to love this band, but they have become generic.

anonymous 11/19/2014 8:33:04 AM

the sleeping w sirens cover looks like dillinger also

anonymous 11/19/2014 2:05:18 PM

Wow so not only do you all know nothing about branding and intellectual property but you are also retarded. Way to go.

anonymous 11/19/2014 4:04:24 PM

Atleast the album cover will be scene by people this time. Hah

anonymous 11/19/2014 8:19:45 PM

Vigil is so huge

anonymous 11/21/2014 5:12:30 PM

its literally just a feather just stop