Meshuggah are known for their complex musical structure and dark poetic themes. This album art needed to convey ferocity and complexity at the same time. The nature of Meshuggah's music often touches upon forces of nature, the cosmos, and altered states of mind.
The title "Maelstrom" aims to connect the themes of aggressive power to a massive storm, something that is both dangerous and difficult for a single human mind to fully understand and compartmentalize. I realized this concept with photo manipulation to stitch together an impossibly large super storm, over an open, infinite ocean. In addition, the repeated vector geometry draws parallels to the complex mathematical structure of Meshuggah's music.