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|Album art that speaks volumes|
Good album cover art can intensify the experience and appreciation of the music. On the contrary: bad album art can spoil a lot of fun. The metal genre is notorious for cover art revealing bad taste, humorless hyperboles and ridiculous over the top inanity. Fortunately there are some fine examples, especially in the metal and prog rock spheres. Borrowing from gothic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, E.A. Poe, William Blake, Aleister Crowley, film and games, and J.R.R. Tolkien these artists created really enjoyable cover art.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson) created the most iconic album cover in music ever: the famous prism and rainbow colours.Very appropriate for the most impressive album to ever have seen the light
The Anthropocene Extinction
Wes Benscoter - Benscoter's bleak, gruesome vision of man's future demise and fatal industrial-technological direction matches the misanthropic brutality of the band perfectly.
Conrad Lant (aka Cronos) – Cronos is responsible for the mishmash of satanic imagery decorating the first Venom albums. Not being a professional artist he although created a very distinctive style and atmoshpere, including the first 'evil' logo in metal.
Hvis lyset tar oss
Theodor Kittelsen - Kittelsen is not the designer, but his art work has been used to create really terrifying and unsettling album covers, executed in black and white. The drawings of this nineteenth century Norwegian artist fit the folklore oriented, depressive music so well.
Derek Riggs - Famous illustrator in punky horror comic book style. Riggs gave shape to one of metal's most notorious mascottes, providing the zombie's 'ead with arms and legs.
Adrian Vandenberg – Not only known as the very successful and talented guitar player in Whitesnake, but -less known- also a very skilled painter who designed the covers of his band Vandenberg in the 80's in characteristic surrealist style.
Close to the Edge
Roger Dean – Band logo and exotic, sci fi, fantasy landscape paintings were groundbreaking and contributed substantially to the eery, spaceship aesthetics of the band.
To Mega Therion
R.H. Giger - He was a Swiss artist who excelled at cold, erotic, biomechanical rendition of humanoid creatures. His cover art for Celtic Frost is particularly disturbing, depicting a diabolical creature with a catapult- crucifix
Rust in Peace
Ed RepkaThe hyper realistic, iconic-ironic art of Repka is well known to thrash and death metal fans. One of his finest is the depiction of Vic Rattlehead in front of an alien body and surrounded by world leaders.
Time Tells No Lies
Rodney Matthews - Mattews' epic sci-fi fantasy style has suited many album covers, ranging from metal to prog. Praying Mantis is musically and visually a combination of both genres.
Travis Smith Dark and introspective, brooding and sometimes horrific, that's the art of Smith, one of the truly talented craftsmen in the graphic arts. His album cover for Blackwater Park is almost monochrome, quite decent and gloomy.
Par Olofsson Over the top lovecraftian imagery of weird horror, replete with tentacled creatures and all devouring monsters. The cover art for Abysmal Dawn's 'Obsolence' is also impressive.
Ken Kelly. Fantasy painter Kelly executed the iconic, larger than life album cover for Rainbow. His style is illustrative, romantic, over the top and sentimental. Still – being a good craftsman – he is responsible for (the interchangeable) famous art work for Kiss and Manowar.
Mariusz Lewandowski's quite creepy, surrealist and otherworldly art is enchanting, like this bewildering cover art for Bell Witch by the Polish artist. One of doom metal's favorites.
Away (Michel Langevin) - Voivod's drummer and main painter-designer of the band's cover art work is a multitalented musician. His spiky, angular, punky and eery, agressive style, depicting a post apocalyptic world, goes well with Voivod's music.
|Where is Loveless|
Also cool list I like album covers
|Phaedra - Tangerine Dream|
|Tangerine Dream, yes: Stratosfear is beautiful|
|14 is one of the best from the past decade|
|nice list! totally forgot 14, amazing artwork.|
|14 is boutta make me check out 14|
|Dio, Holy Diver - Dio said that onetime a devote christian asked him why there's a monster killing a priest if his music isn't satanic, Dio Replied with: "How do you know which one is the monster?"|
|bucketehad - pike #13|
|Ha ha. Funny james dio!|
|Cool list and descriptions my dude. I like the thought you put into em |
|Away (Voivod) has disappeared...gone away. Gonna put him back asap...|
|I don’t know who did it, I suppose google is my friend, but Awaken The Guardian (Fates Warning) album art is perfect.|
|dan seagrave and necrolord|
|Fine looking list|
|You know what genre has mostly bad covers? Classical. Fucking thing is just full of boring ass images of something random kind of related to the music (or not) or a picture of the performer. The only I like (and the best part is that I love the album) is Andras Schiff's Franz Schubert.|
|7 is horrifically bad|
most of these are boring af heavy metal covers which are generic beyond belief
|Spinal Tap - The Black Album|
|literally ANY mewithoutYou cover|
|Genericness is part if the metal culture, true to standard values and imagery. But done well it's no problem.|
|There are a lot of better album covers than the ones featured here.|
|Interesting. I always thought the Bell Witch cover was as Beksinski work, I'll have to check out Lewandowski's stuff. Thanks for that little fact!|
|Yeah, mwY artwork is good stuff.|
|Killers isn't even in the top 5 Maiden cover arts for me but yeah it still rips|
|the blue album|
opeth always has spectacular artwork minus one or two albs like hearse
i always thought kamelot had sweet art during their golden era too albeit some cheese
|This is a great list, wish you added more entries honestly.|
|"exotic, sci fi, fantasy landscape"|
it's a fucking green to black gradient
|Easy now THVRTVVN! Take a look inside the album! Broaden your horizon: take al look at the other designs by Dean. And even a green to black gradient can become a fantasy landscape in the minds of people with Imagination...|
|needs more dragons, cool list tho|