Metal (and some rock) bands usually have great album covers – from realistic to dark to dark-fantasy to gore to computerized artworks. I generally go for dark-realistic but straight and non-abstract covers which can connect with the album title, lyrics, message and most importantly – the music. Here are some of the album covers that I think are GREAT.
NAPALM DEATH: SCUM (1987)
Genocide of the starving nations”
These lines explain it all.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (1992)
The burning monk on the cover of Rage Against The Machine is Thich Quang Duc, an elderly Buddhist monk. He is immolating himself on a main intersection in Saigon, Vietnam on June 11, 1963 to protest the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, the American-backed leader of Vietnam who was leading an anti-Buddhist campaign in southern Vietnam. This action was witnessed and filmed by many members of the American media and led to the end of the Diem rule in Vietnam.
TERRORIZER: WORLD DOWNFALL (1989)
It’s pretty much on the vein of the SCUM. Awesome artwork!
FAITH NO MORE: ANGEL DUST (1992)
The front cover depicts a Swan. So what’s so great about it? It looks peaceful, serene and calm. The front is only half the cover, what makes it great is the inlay – scene of a butcher house – which a complete dichotomy of the front half. Life and death, peace and chaos – just the way the whole album is.
OBITUARY: CAUSE OF DEATH (1990)
A perfect cover for a perfect death metal album. Evil eye, with a menacing stare – a dying body wrapped and trapped in a web of horror – a slow and painful demise, a perfect cause of death.
NILE: BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE (2000)
I haven’t really figured out whose face that lies behind the broken wooden cask of the mummy but the album cover sure is creepy. May be it is Ur or Ramses or Horus or Amalek or some unknown Pharaoh. Nile is a bunch of “genius” researchers, lyricists and musicians.
PANTERA: VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER (1992)
A fkn fist on the face – simple, straight and full of aggression – just like the album itself.