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Metal album covers

Metal album covers
July 04, 2006, 11:22:20 AM
Most of them are 1024 x 786. You probably won't find Ildjarn here but...


btw - what are your favs?

Re: Metal album covers
July 04, 2006, 02:08:45 PM
Absu - Bartharum V.I.T.R.I.O.L.

It genuinely almost makes me cry, it's so amazing.  I could stare at it for hours on end.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 04:19:43 AM
The reason I got into metal to begin with.

Suffocation-Human Waste, Effigy of the Forgotten
Morbid Angel-Altars of Madness
Morpheus Descends-Rituals of Infinity
Baphomet-The Dead Shall Inherit
the original Carcass covers
Autopsy-Severed survival

The album Art I picked here is based not only on its visual appeal, but how it represents the album. I'm sure lots of people find the art on the Baphomet cover, and mabey even the Morpheus and Autopsy albums cheezy or unprofessional, but they do capture the feel of the album. Dirty, raw, and just ugly.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 07:34:48 AM
Or some of them even represent whole genre (at least IMO) -

Borknagar - Borknagar
Darkthrone - Panzerfaust

etc. ... Simply I like all the pics of forests and landscapes used for covers

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 08:47:10 AM
Thanks for the link.

I always loved the cover of Transilvanian Hunger. It seems perfectly representative of the music inside.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 08:57:17 AM
My all time favourite album cover is Iron Maiden`s Piece Of Mind.
The picture of Eddie in the padded cell is striking
and fits in with the cerebral nature of the material and title of the album.

Secondly it would be Black Sabbath`s Heaven And Hell with the angels smoking.
The angels represent the heavenly side of the title whilst a smoking addiction represents the
hellish side (at least that`s my interpretation).
I think whoever came up with this put some thought into it.

Next it would be Pestilence`s Consuming Impulse.
The look of horror on the guy`s face covered with ants sums up the sinister and horrifying aspects of death metal perfectly.

Lastly I`d have to say Running Wild`s Branded And Exiled with the band`s logo as a branding iron.
I don`t have any metal t shirts, but if I did, I`d want the front cover of that one on it.

My nomination for all time WORST would have to be Faith No More`s Angel Dust with a heron (or whatever bird that is) on the front.
It has nothing to do with the lyrics, album title and unless I`m missing some deeper meaning, is completely
unrelated to the whole spirit and content of the album.
Then again, that applies to all FNM album covers, so maybe it`s the whole point.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 10:32:15 AM
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse is a clear winner here, or Bathory's Blood Fire Death. I have to say that some of the worst album covers come from Immortal, good as the music is, their posing is just ridiculous. Having said that, At the Heart of Winter is up there with ITNE and BFD for shear coolness. The one album cover where they're not posing.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 10:44:06 AM
Black Sabbath 'Born Again'
Thorns s/t
Burzum 'Hyvis Lyset ...'
Celtic Frost 'Morbid Tales'
Morbid Angel 'Blessed are the Sick'
Iron Maiden's first 5 albums
Metallica 'Master of Puppets'
Possessed 'Beyond the gates'
Voi Vod's first 5 albums
Death 'Scream Bloody gore'
Slayer 'Reign in Blood', 'South of Heaven' and 'Seasons in the Abyss'
Godflesh 'Street Cleaner'
Judas Priest 'Sad Wings of Destiny'

Illustration/ painting is always better then pc art. The Chasm are the kings of attrocious Photoshop usage. Stop it. Now.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 12:59:11 PM
Burzum's Hlidskjalf

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 01:31:21 PM
Good thread. So many fvcking great metal album covers to choose from. So many are just too brutal for words. But my favourite isn't that brutal though, I think you'll agree it is totally cool:



Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 03:12:35 PM
Dismember - Like an Everflowing Stream
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

Both represent the music on the albums perfectly.

Re: Metal album covers
July 05, 2006, 11:59:57 PM
Yes Photoshop covers suck - that's true!
But what I hate the most are those PC edited LARP photos that are used as covers for some of Graveland's albums. That is so fake!


Re: Metal album covers
July 06, 2006, 02:12:00 AM
lal, http://www.truemetal.org/metalwallpaper/images/thousandswords.jpg

Hopefully, this will make me laugh once I've posted it:


Re: Metal album covers
July 06, 2006, 02:13:19 AM

Re: Metal album covers
July 06, 2006, 05:49:05 AM
Speaking of posers, check out Manowar`s Into Glory Ride, Witchkiller`s Day Of The Saxons
and Maniac Butcher`s Cerna Krev for some other awful covers.

And when it comes to truly terrible, I can`t forget Exciter`s `Violence And Force`
with the dagger hanging from the person/thing`s hand in a totally unthreatening
and laughable manner. What were they thinking?