State of the Art: Are Album Covers Important?

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You’ve heard me say it before, and you’ll probably hear me say it again. “Never judge a book by its cover” is some of the worst advice that’s ever been offered to me, second only to the staggering number of times I’ve been advised to “jump off a bridge/cliff/building/etc.”

Do these people expect me to walk into a book store (do those exist?) and buy the book closest to the door? Select any book at random? A shitty suggestion. The cover of a book is more than the bread of a boring text sandwich for nerds — it’s there to make a statement about the content. Allow me explain with some shiny pictures.

Bad

Should I reserve judgement on these thrilling novels based on their covers? Should I purchase them with my hard-earned money and take them home with me? What are the chances that there is even one fucking dragon or laser gun between the three of them? Sure, these men on the cover are well put together and, yeah, their muscles glisten impressively in the light, but — despite the constant allegations — those are not my interests.

good

See, this is more like it. Armored beastrider — check. Space dragon — check. Sandworm — check. The probability that at least one of these books will speak to my interests is substantially higher than that of Sweaty Man with Exposed Chest by Mrs. Menopause, wouldn’t you agree? There. Judging books by their covers isn’t such a bad idea after all. So never say that shit.

The same applies (to a certain degree) to us in the realm of metal. I can’t stand the notion that album art is of little significance to the consumer. Ultimately it’s the quality of the music that really counts — this is something I’m sure we can all agree on — but to assert that the art that accompanies it serves no purpose makes very little sense to me. At the very least it provides a rather reliable way to sift through piles and piles of music in a way similar to choosing the right book. At this point in metal’s history, most subgenres have developed their own distinctive norms in respects to art style. These constructs are so prevalent that I’m sure someone even marginally versed in metal would have no trouble completing one of these:

Quiz

It’s obviously not an exhaustive list, but you get the point. Rarely does a band stray far from the model that has been established within their respective subgenre. If you know what genres you typically enjoy, I’d bet that you’re capable of discerning these models and that the presence or lack of them in an album cover influences your decision to listen or not. You’d better believe that if a die-hard War Metal fan happens across an album that has Satan molesting a nun or something on the cover, they’re going to give it a chance. These recycled themes in album art are perpetuated because they work. They allow the supplier to reach their target demographic (i.e., fans of the genre who are willing to pay money for it) by enabling the consumer to identify the product at first glance, which then leads to listening, which then leads to buying. We’re all a part of this. Admittedly a shallow analysis of the industry, but true nonetheless.

Which is why I find it ridiculous to hear people spouting off that the album cover is a “dying art form” and blah, blah, blah “internet” and blah, blah, blah “audio files.” It’s here to stay because it’s an effective market strategy. And even if it weren’t, how exactly is the album cover becoming less vital? I fail to see a significant difference between discovering Judas Priest in ’84 because Defenders of the Faith caught your eye in a record store and discovering Cormorant this year because you came across the excellent art for Earth Diver online. You hardly ever see music presented online without it being accompanied by the artwork, do you?

Defenders-Earth Diver

To me seems to be more relevant than ever. Metal as a genre is a hell of a lot more oversaturated than it was in 1984. Genre themes aside, there’s just a whole lot to choose from. In a seemingly endless sea of new music with more showing up every day, I’ll admit I’m less inclined to check out a new album from a band I’ve never heard of if the art is bad. If you don’t have time to hear it all, why not pick the ones that will look the prettiest in your collection?

Do you think that’s weird? Well, I don’t. I think album covers have more to do with how an album is received than some of us suspect. Picture in your mind some albums that are generally accepted as classics. Take your time. Overall, pretty solid album covers, right? Now picture similar albums that haven’t quite reached the same level of acclaim, even with music of equal or better quality. I’m guessing more than a few of those have some horrible art attached. I’m not drawing any conclusions here, and maybe it’s just me, but it sure seems like a trend. Here’s an example — Exodus’ Bonded by Blood:

Bonded by Blood

This abomination offends me thoroughly. I feel like it gets worse every time I see it. You’ve got your basic infant conjoined twins attached at the ass, only one of them has goblin ears, dentures, black fingernail extensions, fully developed pectoral muscles, and apparently a fucking armadillo shell for an abdomen. This looks like someone brought their failed scientific experiment to a Sears photo shoot. Why is he ripping that? It took me a long time to get into this album because I couldn’t bring myself to spend my money on something so ugly without actually throwing up. Maybe I’m not alone in that. Maybe Exodus‘ opus would have received more attention if the cover looked more like, gee, I don’t know, ANY OF THESE:

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Again, I’m not making any definitive statements, but what if that cover was the difference between The Big Four and The Big Five? WHAT IF? They certainly deserved it more than Anthrax ever did.

Even if they had no effect on the industry, album covers can have a direct influence on how the actual music is interpreted by the listener, especially in a genre so concerned with making you feel rather than just hear. The right album art can set the mood. It can light the metaphorical candles, spin the metaphorical smooth jazz grooves, or cover your metaphorical chest in metaphorical whipped cream before your sensual metal experience. Let’s talk about Tobias Möckl, a Swiss musician who channels his talent through two distinctly different black metal projects. Darkspace is his outlet for spacey, cosmic-themed aggression and Paysage d’Hiver (“Landscape of Winter” in French) is his black-metal-obligatory winter worship. Both are excellent and expressive representations of their respective motifs. Now, for the sake of discussion, let’s play make-believe and pretend that both Darkspace and Paysage d’Hiver were released under the moniker of Tobias Möckl to remove any aesthetic association with the subject matter apart from their album covers.

DSPdH

They’re near-perfect portrayals of the music and two of my favorite covers. Darkspace’s is simplistic but but appropriately dark and spacey, and the blizzardborne landscape on Paysage d’Hiver’s is just the sort of reverie that the music so fluently conjures up. That said, here is my question. Would Darkspace take you to space if you hadn’t first been primed to go there by the album cover? Would you still have the same experience without having seen it first? Would everybody? Might some envision a journey to the subterranean depths of the earth or the bottom of the ocean instead? A nameless, faceless Darkspace would rely much more on subjective interpretation. The same goes for Paysage. Would Möckl be as capable of taking you to the intended place without the cover as a reference, or might that realm of icy forest become somewhere else altogether? Someone might even inversely think “space” when listening to Paysage d’Hiver and “winter” when listening to Darkspace, might they not? It’s something to think about.

I’d like to add that  the opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of ToH or make any sense at all. Can you think of any album covers that may have altered your listening experience, or are they completely separate and irrelevant to the music? Do you bemoan your silly and unfounded vision of a cold, dark future of artless albums? Which albums have you checked out recently based on album art alone? Let’s hear those opinions!

Lastly, here’s something relevant that you art-lovers might be interested in. Veteran music journalist Ramon Martos has finished a book called …And Justice for Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers, featuring tons of images, stories, interviews from metal legends, etc. Here’s the promotional video. It looks rad.

David Vincent (Morbid Angel) has this to say about it: “…AND JUSTICE FOR ART is a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”

Travis Ryan’s (Cattle Decapitation) two cents: “This is EXACTLY what the music world needs to remind us how important album covers have been.”

Apparently it’s all ready to go, he just needs some funds to get it all printed. If you want it on your coffee table, pitch in via the Indiegogo campaign.

  • I can’t tell you how annoying it is when a song pops up on my ipod and it doesn’t show album art. I have to drop everything right there and fix that shit.

    • Randall Thor

      UGH I KNOW

    • W.

      That’s why you shouldn’t use iTunes. Gotta keep that metadata clean.

      • Fuck itunes, I really want to write a hate filled article about them.

        • W.

          Do it. I don’t care if we lose any juicy Apple endorsement deals.

      • Zune!!!!!!!!1111

        • W.

          My man. Join with me in mocking this Apple-wielding pleb!

          • he probably has the Apple logo on the back of his Prius and a frequent shopper card to Starbucks.

          • lmao

          • I should clarify. I said ipod because I’m used to saying it. I actually use my phone now after the incident where itunes thought it wise to DELETE HALF OF MY LIBRARY WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A WARNING. I’m never giving them another cent.

          • According to my iTunes: I have bought 1051 songs to date.

            Hot damn diggity!

            GL

          • I don’t know how to check that and I don’t want to lol.

          • so George, i hear you’re not on the FB thingy. where do you live? how old are you?

          • Ha yeah, no FB for me! I’m 26. I live out in a corn field in Ohio.

            Actually my wife and I just closed on our 30 acre property we having been trying to buy. We are stoked. Hunting, fishing, chilling, its great!

            GL

          • good to meet you GL! i’m 33 and live in St. Louis.

          • I seem to remember you were from St. Louis, sweet

            BTW my hatred for the Cardinals is strong. I cannot believe the Reds have been sucking so much ass…. Horrible season all around….

            GL

          • sports aren’t my thing boss. though i do enjoy going to Cardinals games because if a girl is good-looking to begin with, she looks better in a Cardinals shirt.

          • Hey, that is a sound theory!

            GL

          • W.

            That’s great, dude! I actually turned 26 yesterday. Gotta get that health insurance now :/

          • happy late birthday, W!

          • W.

            Thanks, brah!

          • Ha you should petition our savior Bayrock Ohbama to get that changed lolz.

            Happy Birthday W.!

            GL

          • W.

            Thank you! And it wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t live in a certain state that wasn’t buying into the ACA program due to conservative stubbornness.

          • Tyree

            Is Joe 26? I’m 26, seems like a lot of us are in our mid 20’s.

          • 26 here.

          • W.

            He’s 26 or 27.

          • Tyree

            That’s three 6’s… Metal!

          • joe’s 27

        • Tyree

          I totally have a Zune. Who wants to buy it.

          • Lars Von Trier.

          • Tyree

            He would totally buy it. Chaos Reigns.

          • God

            No joke, I love album artwork so much that when I get paid Im gonna buy myself a zune.

          • W.

            I hope you can find one.

          • God

            there is a 120 gb one on amazon I have my eye on.

          • i’m still rocking a zune HD (they went up in price after production stopped). i have to launch windows XP in a virtual box to load songs on to it 😉

          • Gurp

            I’ve had an 8GB model since 2011. Battery life has seen better days but it still works fantastically and the Zune software is fantastic for taking care of metadata.

          • Hated the Zune software…hardware was good though. Seriously: I’d rather use iTunes any day than the Zune software.

          • Gurp

            Dude, for real? The Zune player was 10x more intuitive than iTunes was. I dunno, I haven’t used iTunes since 2010.

          • I thought the nonsensical maze of options one had to drill down through to get to common settings was an utter clusterfuck. Loved the Zune 80 Gb and Zune HD though. (Too bad there was jack for apps though. Microsoft loves to poorly support and then abandon halfway decent ideas.)

            I don’t have a problem with iTunes software…but that’s because I’m used to it. I can understand why some people would dislike it though. Especially those who use Windows exclusively.

          • Gurp

            Ha, fair enough. To each their own.

          • W.

            I love the Zunes software. It seems very intuitive and clean to me.

          • Gurp

            Right? It even searches out previously stored metadata for you with the ‘Find album info’ function.

          • W.

            I have a 120 GB and love it. I think the Zune software has changed now.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      That’s why I only have CDs.

  • Randall Thor

    100% agree to infinity and beyond.

    This is the best metal art ever. No argument.

    You cannot tell me that you weren’t struck with awe the first time you saw this art. It’s simple, yet perfect. And the album within represents it perfectly.

    http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/site/covers/MercyfulFate-DontBreakTheOath.jpg

    • Metaphysical Anus

      I don’t agree with you, good sir.

    • pigchop™

      Yep – first time I saw the album, I was like – awesome! Best metal art ever? no.

      This is also not the best (entirely subjective) but CHECK IT OUT, man! Imo Nothing tops this one:

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Yea, it’s pretty great, captures the seedy side of london, plus eddie is the ONLY metal mascot that completely rules. He is not corny and when he comes on stage it is always a HUGE deal.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        this is cool.

  • Scrimm

    Cover art is all important. I get so much more out of an album because of it, and I have bought so many albums that I ended up loving just cause the art was so good.

    • Randall Thor

      High on Fire’s Death is this Communion was my first art-based impulse buy, totally worth it

      • Scrimm

        Mine was Powerslave.

      • W.

        Haha, I mentioned the exact same thing elsewhere in this post.

  • Tyree

    Political Imagery, Gore, Gas Masks, War Imagery, Porn, Collages, Poverty, Religion, and Depravity.

    H. Grindcore:

  • Tyree

    This album cover is what made me want to become a graphic designer.

    • W.

      Such a great cover. Some of the t-shirt designs they released around that time were solid too.

      • Tyree

        I have two shirts with this design. Mick Kenney dose the artwork who is in Anaal Nathrakh. He dose all of the artwork for his bands. He is seriously one of my favorite artists.

        • Keegan Lavern Still

          I had no idea that Kenney was an artist. Now his Misanthropy clothesline makes more sense to me. Even though I like practically every Anaal Nathrakh cover, the art for the new album was a serious boner-killer.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            the art for desideratum is awful, hard to believe it’s done by the same guy who did Hell Is Empty and All The Devils Are Here

    • Wizard Aura

      Lol, I would have no idea based on the art you created that you like this…

      • Tyree

        Hahaha, yeah I know right!?

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          yea, i see the influence although this album cover has the feel of a photograph of 3 dimensional items at the forefront, at least to me.

  • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

    This is why I make album covers for bands I will never form in advance: http://i.imgur.com/3t9Rkf5.jpg

    • Xan

      One I made; not very good:

      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        I like it myself, looks pretty good!

      • W.

        I like this,

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    ..

    • Jim’s been listening to this a thousand times, he loves it so much!!

      it blows. so hard.

      • I am deeply saddened by the negativity being poured on them….

        What about it does not tickle your fancy JJM?

        GL

        • W.

          It’s just not interesting at all. Nothing jumps out and demands my attention. It’s so safe. It’s basically a well-worn pair of underwear.

        • the vocals are just pathetic — almost like pop. they’re trying to be radio-friendly soft rock and heavy-ish metal, resulting in a crummy mixture. they’ve got an identity crisis.
          yeah i’ve listened to the whole thing twice now. i didn’t mind giving it a chance since there are a few fans in the Toilet!

          • Fair enough. I think it is interesting you find the vocals the worst part. I happen to believe that Anders vocal improvements are the best thing going for it… Musically, the album is as melodic as they have ever been but I think the tone of the guitars are the weakest part. The tone is just too weak and thin

            Thanks for the reply JJM!

            GL

          • W.

            I see you ignored my critique 🙁

            I still love you GL because we are Gojira wiener cousins.

          • Well I didn’t ignore it. You basically said they played it safe with the melody. But they did what they do well, create melodies, hooks, etc. I love that ability.

            Gojira-wiener-cousins indeed!

            GL

          • W.

            Agree to disagree, then, bronan!

          • I cannot wait to sit in a circle and argue about new Gojira whenever it comes out.

            I got a flutter in my chest (just now) thinking about new Gojira music!!!

            IT MUST BE LOVE W!

            GL

          • W.

            Every day I find myself hoping Sea Shepherd will drop.

          • when do we get that coveted Sea Shepherd EP?? the one released song was rocket central

          • God

            I’m on team GL!

          • W.

            Boo!

          • God

            I like what I like dubya. I cant help it.

          • W.

            You do you, my man.

          • GL, it’s the least i can do for you, for providing the world with so many great guitar licks!!!
            it’s strange because there are a few engaging hooks hidden about.

    • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

      is this from the new at the gates?

      • jimmies slightly rustled.

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          I have a spare bowl of gorilla munch

    • I still think it looks like someone about to hurl. Which is oddly representative of the content within as it makes me sick.

      • Xan

        THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT!

  • Tyree

    Here is some album artwork that I designed for a band.

    These guys suck too. Awful music.

    • Randall Thor

      really meta-stuff dude, blank album art

      • Tyree

        It’s there. What are you talking about BRAH!

        • Randall Thor

          it hadn’t loaded when I commented, this rules

    • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

      Giger as all hell right there. I’m, more of a minimalist man myself, but damn that’s interesting looking, like damn, the contrast with the red and grayscale makes it for me.

    • Scrimm

      Yeah those guys are terrible.

      • Tyree

        Totally. Fucking god awful.

        • Scrimm

          Yet I still look forward to it.

          • Tyree

            Strange, me too.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        best cover ever, by a little band from canada, never made it big , kind of flew under the radar. The songs were good but their musicianship just wasn’t as good as kiss or foghat.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          i hate lego but this is cool.

        • pigchop™

          All hail one of the greatest bands to have ever graced recording studios and stages. RUSH!

        • Tyree

          Rush >>>>>>

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Holy living fuck that’s cool

    • Dude, seriously, start selling prints. I would have already shelled out for your “getting laid on bandcamp” print series, if they were available.

      • Tyree

        I’ve been slacking dude. I’ll try my best this week during the nights to get on this.

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      very cool T!

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        one word – scorpions – god bless those filthy minded krauts – ironically they are considered art since some of their covers were designed by storm thorgenson and hipgnosis ( floyd, zeppelin and countless others.)

        • Tyree

          Forks in the eyes.

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          yaaaaa!

    • pigchop™

      Nice. Medium?

    • crazytaco_12

      I love artworks that have numerous little things in it that can keep me looking at it for hours, such as “Somewhere in Time”, most of Cathedral’s stuff, etc. Good job brah.

      • Tyree

        Hey, thanks a lot.

      • Lacertilian

        like playing count the animals within the 2-tailed Thylacine on Animosity’s ‘Animal’ after ingesting a solid dose of psychedelics.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    One of my favorite artist of all time has some of my lease favorite album artwork of all time. Seriously, wtf is this? http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/6/5/4/1654.jpg

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt
  • Renan Ribeiro

    Bandcamp is best sorted by album covers. Specially when they’re lined up in someone’s collection, the best artwork always makes me go and give the album a listen.

    http://theheavychronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/album-covers/norska-album-cover.jpg

    This is one of my favorites, and it suits the music very well.

    • Tyree

      This band also kicks ass BRAH!

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Two of my favorites from this year:

    Athanatos – Unholy Union

    http://f1.bcbits.com/img/a4185530665_10.jpg

    Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

    http://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140416SacredWhiteNoise-636×640.jpg

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I never actually put the effort into learning how to pronounce Thantifaxath so I just mentally call them “Thanks for Snacks”

      • Renan Ribeiro

        That seems pretty close

  • W.

    I actually purchased Death Is This Communion solely because the art grabbed me. I’m glad it did, because now I love High on Fire.

    http://metalised.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/tumblr_m7oxhmwg4y1qelmubo1_1280.jpg

    • Renan Ribeiro

      This cover is awesome on so many different levels. Everything is rich with details.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      This makes me happy.

      • you did a great job on this record!

        • Tyree

          His Sweaty Left Nipple was a played as a huge factor in the greatness of this album.

          • Jormungandr

            I think the right nipple needs to start pulling it’s weight

  • Renan Ribeiro

    I got into metal because of the Black Sabbath’s Reunion album artwork, an impulse purchase when I was 9 or something.

    Also, how many of you slept by this release? Great cover.

    https://f1.bcbits.com/img/a2532511926_2.jpg

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    YES. To everything.

    To me, album art is the biggest preview in checking out a new album or a new band. Simply in the fact that humans really on sight more than any other sense to a pretty large degree(generally speaking, at least) should dispel any claim that album art is unimportant or secondary in that first exposure to the music.

    I particularly like abstract art, like on the two Pallbearer albums and the Malthusian demo (both cassette/CD and vinyl). My favorite metal art, though, are photography pieces like on Celeste’s “Animale(s)” and Altar of Plagues “Teethed Glory and Injury.” Both pieces hint at bleak and anxious atmospheres and yet are inherently organic and human, albeit in different ways.

    EDIT: I cannot attach pictures, for I is dumbbuttz.
    EDIT: Nevermind.

    • W.

      I love that Altar of Plagues cover.

    • Tyree

      Celeste’s artwork is SO GOOD! So much power and sorrow!

    • Mother Shabubu III

      I love Celeste’s covers. Really matches their music. Might be my favorite band right now. Wish I knew French for the lyrics though…

      PS: I finally got to hear what a tornado sounds like when covered by a heavy band, That part at 4:30 of “Cette silhouette paumée et délabrée qui sanglote et meurt”, holy living fuck.

    • Wizard Aura

      Dude those Pallbearer albums covers are definitely not abstract.

  • I actually heard Archspire for the first time because their album art caught my eye on the related videos of something I was watching.

    • Scrimm

      That’s a great cover. Almost made me buy it weeks before you talked me into it.

      • It was actually their ep, but yea I love the lucid collective cover art.

        • crazytaco_12

          Dude, Season of Mist needs to reiusse their first album

          • I keep saying ep and idk why, it was a full length.

    • the song “Kairos Chamber” — i REALLY hope it’s inspired by the game Kairo. that game fuckin rockets.

    • Xan

      I always like hearing stories of how couples first meet.

  • W.

    My favorite album and album art of the year: Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation: http://f1.bcbits.com/img/a2288447724_10.jpg

    • Scrimm

      So good. Like a demented Bolt Thrower cover.

      • W.

        I told my wife that this album art is the perfect explanation of the music within.

        • i just started dating someone about two months ago. Artificial Brain was the first metal i made her listen to in the car. she just about proposed to me then and there.

          • W.

            McNulty, I just nodded my head in approval.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            I remember this one time, when I made a woman do something! Evening or something, I told her apples tasted great. She was taken though, but god found out she ate his apple, he was pissssed.

          • God

            totally fucked up my plans.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            I thought you were looking for an excuse to toss those hobos out anyway.

          • God

            No I wanted to keep humanity as primitive as possible so they would always need me 🙁

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Ahh well, I have the population of norway, you have the southern states. But Allah, that greedy bastard has most of the middle east.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Actually, 76.1% of Norwegians are Evangelical Lutheran.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Only a sith deals in absolutes, and I’m down with Vader.

          • God
          • Metaphysical Anus

            But Lutherans are not Catholics!

          • God

            Its the closest I could find Ok??

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Well, it’s not close enough!

          • MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER!!!!!

            GL

          • God

            DO ANYTHING FOR DETHKLOK DO ANYTHING FOR DETHKLOK

            God

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Damn you George!
            *shakes fist in the air*

          • smh with that god…

          • She’s a keeper!

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Yov have my blessing, apostle ov the antikrist

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Lucky, I’m jealous.

        • Scrimm

          It really IS

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          The John Wayne Gacy picture on this… it explains the album perfectly. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Acid_Bath_-_When_The_Kite_String_Pops.jpg

          • JWG

            Those initials look familiar.

            Oh no…

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            I grew up in the Chicago land area. I was in middle school when they pulled the bodies out of the crawl space nightly on the news. Would you believe the rebuilt a house on the lot? Its very close to O’hare airport. I drove by one night on the way back to the airport after visiting family and someone was watching TV in one of the upstairs rooms. Mind blowing to me. This is the new house…8213 West Summerdale Avenue Chicago.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            To think, that 33 boys were raped and murdered in that very spot.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Crazy shit man! The night he was executed was big in Chicago…everyone was watching the news, it was an event.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            would be a great place for a black metal/occult band to make an album, no doubt the vibes would be perfect. Even if one doesn’t believe in spirits just the thought of being on that ground is intense. Same with the ammityville house, or any murder scene property i guess.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            yea i recently heard trent reznor recorded one of his big albums in the sharon tate/polanski house..(im always late to the party) lol!

          • W.

            It was the Downward Spiral, and he has since said he regrets doing so.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            I read Sharon Tates sister saw him around town while he lived there and said she asked him if he was trying to capitalize on the murders…he said he went back home and cried.

          • Scrimm

            I would stay there to write a novel…

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            here he is in the flesh, the crazy fucker.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            dude could he get any creepier? yeeeeech!

          • I hope they got a good deal!

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            haha! no deal is good enough!!!

      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        It probably helps that the skeleton robots are totally necrons.

        • Cock of Steele

          More like Necrons that somehow got a chaos affliction.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Nerglons!

          • W.

            Needs more Dakka!

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        a terrible cover, but i hope it’s a situation where the worse the cover is the better the music will be.

        • W.

          That’s awful.

        • Scrimm

          I agree that cover is SHIT.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I came

      • Jormungandr

        I saw

        • i kicked its ass! (ghostbusters reference… it’s a stretch)

          • Jormungandr

            That’s what I was going for!

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Its never a stretch to quote Bill Murray.

          • Tyree

            Never.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I flushed

    • Edward Meehan

      You always know all the right things to say, W.

      • W.

        You’re my muse, E.

    • Cock of Steele

      I got into that mainly from the album cover.

    • old_man_doom

      My favorite cover of the year is Pale Communion because I really love all the detail in the triptych, but this comes in as a close second favorite. I think it’s kind of a unique take on the whole “totally metal crucified person” theme, especially with the color palette (instead of black and white) and the various eels and sea creatures, which are equal parts disturbing and serene.

    • pigchop™

      yes. This is what Alien Vrs Predator should have been – complete carnage with nary a human in sight.

      • W.

        That movie was such a waste of good IPs.

    • MoshOff

      Paolo Girardi’s artwork is instantly recognizable. Also, it rules:

      http://www.paologirardi.it/paintings/opere.html

      • W.

        Cosigned.

  • Scrimm

    I got our album cover with the logo on it a few days ago and it makes the whole thing seem so much more legit to me.

    • Tyree

      Killer dude! Can’t wait to see it and hear it.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Album art absolutely matters, it helps set a visual flavor for the songs within. Look at this and tell me you’re not going to picture all the songs as a soundtrack to escaping some maniac’s torture chamber.

    • crazytaco_12

      Dude, honestly, I didn’t like this cover that much, for the fact that I couldn’t tell what it was. I always thought it was a view of some dude’s legs in a weird garbage bag tracks suit thrusting his wee wee into some sort of ambiguous hole.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    What would the world be like without album covers like these?

  • I’m tired of hearing “I saw an Iron Maiden album cover and bought it”.

    Yeah, I’ve never looked at an album and spent money on it just based off of a picture.

    • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

      I saw the cover of Christ Illusion and thought “maybe it’ll be like old slayer” bought it, it was shit, regretted it, flushed it.

      • bro i kinda liked that album

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          We are not all without sin, I sometimes jam to Frantic.

          • Frantic tick tick tick tick tick tick tock

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            FRANTICKTICKTICK, TICK, TICK, TICK TOOOOOCK!

        • God

          One thing I can say about slayer, no matter how bad the album is as a whole, there is always a track or two on each bad album that I love.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I bought Divine Intervention and Diabolus In Musica based off the covers. Same thing with Vengeance Falls by Trivium. I regret doing that.

    • Cock of Steele

      I did that because I thought Invocator would be sick OSDM.

      • Gurp

        But it turned out to be thrash!

        • Cock of Steele

          Not even that, like blandish groove metal.

          • Gurp

            Ah, you must have picked up Weaving the Apocalypse then, that had a great cover. Their first album, Excursion Demise was pretty badass.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loCxyKbFhpw

          • Cock of Steele

            Dude holy shit, it was totally Weaving the Apocalypse, I have that album name burned into the back of my head as lists of albums to flush.

    • nobody saw Dance of Death and bought it

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Lest we forget whom it was that set the standard for offensive death metal album art (NSFW):

    • mom’s apple pie?
      edit: not death metal. but still pretty NSFW

      • Guest

        Dammit

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Sometimes I really fucking hate Disqus

    • Metaphysical Anus

      What’s so good about Cannibal Corpse? I’ve always found them to be boring as fuck.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Booooooo you suuuuuckkkk

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I’m gonna stab a nipple soon.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t stab that nipple. What did he do to you?

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            I’d say I’d stab your anus, but that just doesn’t sound right.

          • Gurp

            That’s probably a CC song.

      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        it’s what I call a “metal snack” when you don’t want to or need to think about what your listening, and just want quick fun

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          You suck less but still suck.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            bisexvality is a trait ov hell

      • W.

        I think they have a few really good albums and a bunch of albums that are just kind of there.

      • their riffs are stupendous! i guess CC is like comfort food. things like sushi are always good, but every now and then you gotta make it simple.

  • Cock of Steele

    Leviathan and Blood Mountain are 2 examples of my favorite album art+good music packages. I’m all for colorful album art, in fact I think it makes the album all the more appealing but non colorful art such what a lot of black metal bands do or Vektor’s Black future I find equally as appealing.

    • the hunter & once more are two examples of great album art + shitty music

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Was “Once More” as bad as you say?

        • yes. a few songs were better than The Hunter, but most were worse. every song was predictable and there were no surprises.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Boooooo you suuuuucckk

          • crazytaco_12

            Don’t agree here; I will say thought that the album seemed pretty front loaded and there were some filler tracks. Overall though, I was satisfied with the money spent

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          It was a great album, RIFFS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuMjmQMZu5A

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          It wasn’t bad. I liked it about as much as Lordi’s output which wasn’t much to write home about. It’s not like Lordi comes from a real place considering they come from Finland.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Lordi sucks though.

      • Cock of Steele

        Eh, didn’t like the album art of the Hunter, and once more’s art was nice but didn’t seem appropriate for an album cover.

        • Lacertilian

          Agreed, ever since Paul Romano (Workhardened) stopped doing their art, both the covers & music fell away sharply.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    You can’t fuck with Necrolord.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      No. No you cannot.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Nope.

        • Tyree

          I wondered if you liked Dark Funeral or not. Fuck yes! This album is a scorcher.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            I have friends who hate any black metal that at all references satan, because they are huge hipsters, and fun hurts their indie cred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3q49Ie-Ct4

          • there’s a place in St. Louis that hosts “heavy metal brunch” on Sunday mornings. it’s chock full of hipsters! then you’ve got my friends and i (actual metalheads). one hipster had a Watain tour shirt on, i complimented him on it; he had no clue who it was.

          • Tyree

            No brunch for that tool.

          • Gurp

            uuuuuuuuuggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Why would he wear the shirt? I don’t understand that. That rustles my jimmies and I wasn’t even there.

          • a lot of hipsters around here fake liking metal. they’re like “LOL, what’s this metal about?” so they buy shirts that look kvlt, w/o knowing anything about it.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            That’s just stupid. I am in the red!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Hey! Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a fucking great band!

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            I was more commenting on the caption of the video, than the excellent post rock band. Don’t bend, ascend!

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Yes they are!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Just their first two releases really. Always loved Secrets artwork.

          • Tyree

            Ha, I had a feeling you would say that. I didn’t mind Diabolis Interium. Everything after that album I really did not enjoy.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fuck, forgot about Diabolis Interium. That one had some good moments. Saw them live once too. Total let down.

          • Tyree

            I saw them on tour with Morbid Angel and Grave. Their sound was totally fucked. Just awful. I was super bummed out.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Lame.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I particularly like the dude in the corner with the club.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Hnnnnngh!

    • it’s a thing of beauty. and judging from the snippet available to us, it’s going to sleigh.

  • Cock of Steele

    Alchemist’s album art was underrated.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    A lot of prog bands had good album art. Here’s an example

    • Cock of Steele

      Of the OSDM crowd, Nocturnus and Atheist appealed to me mainly because of their album art.

    • Wizard Aura

      Personally my favorite prog album art of all time is Hawkwind’s Space Ritual.

      http://www.paulgormanis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bb4.jpeg

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Warrior on the Edge Of Time is my favorite Hawkwind album cover.

        • Wizard Aura

          That one is indeed dope, but theres just no fucking with Barney Bubbles. If he didn’t do crazy die-cuts and shit for the first few albums, dude definitely wouldn’t have gone there with the Warrior of Time cover.

  • Tyree

    The Carcass Symphonies of Sickness art layout is glorious.

    • Cock of Steele

      I feel like that a lot of that stuff inspired Ghoul’s album art, albeit in a more cartoonish fashion.

      • Tyree

        Totally! Artwork and music. Well early music by Ghoul at least.

    • they got the idea for this from Dillinger Escape Plan’s Miss Machine

      • Tyree

        Did they?…

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I may not believe you.

  • Scrimm

    How about this.

    • Tyree

      This art just scream dread. Killer album, we need new shit from these lads.

      • Scrimm

        Had a feeling you liked these guys. Yes we do.

        • W.

          That is killer art.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah that’s one you can get lost in.

          • Scrimm

            Here’s one for the Lovecraft freaks.

          • crazytaco_12

            Holy shit that is cool

          • Scrimm

            Yeah that one instantly made it onto my favorite covers of all time list.

      • Gurp

        Or you could just listen to Incantation again for much the same effect! Zing!

        • Tyree

          Nothing wrong with that 😉

          • Gurp

            No sir!

  • Xan

    I love good album artwork. A couple of my favorites:

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    On the subject of album covers, here’s one I did for my covers album. I’m not really a creative person so I ripped off an album cover by Camel.

    • it… makes perfect sense

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        How does it make sense? It doesn’t even make sense to me.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          That’s why it does make sense.

  • Cock of Steele

    Now hey there, hate on the majority of Anthrax’s albums, but don’t deny that Spreading the disease and Among the Living are thrash classics. Cuz they are, and their album art was nice and juicy as well.

  • Tyree

    Boom! Dragged Into Sunlight Hatred for Mankind. This is some hateful shit.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Some of my favourite album covers.

    • i have to refresh the page to see them… i’m prepared for some disturbing shit…

      • Metaphysical Anus

        None of them are disturbing, mate.

        • nice DsO toss-in! first one reminds me of early Genesis. how old are you?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            How old am I?
            (By the way, that’s Van Der Graaf Generator, one of the best prog rock bands)

          • Wizard Aura

            Dude, Van Der Graf Generator totally are one of the best prog bands. Depressing prog isn’t really a thing, but VDDG is definitely depressing prog. And their sax player plays 2 saxophones at once!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Peter Hammill is love, Peter Hammill is life!

          • that’s what people say about Shrek.

          • yeah, it’s fun to learn about everyone in here!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What if I don’t have age? What if I’m five? What if I’m a dog? The world may never know…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What feel?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Also these.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Why are there no Roger Dean album covers here? He does such good album covers. Also, why are there no album covers of Asia or Manfred Mann’s Garbage Band? Manfred Mann had a way of getting good album covers. Asia also gets awesome album covers.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Roger Dean is overrated and Asia just fucking sucks.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          You’re so mean. Asia is so good. I saw them perform their debut in its entirety. You made my copy of the Asia debut very sad. Why would you do that?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Because Asia (the band, not the continent) is one of the worst things ever.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Stop being so mean to them. They don’t deserve your criticism especially when they are the Journey of prog rock.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Journey (not the destination) fucking sucks as well.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You just went there. Journey is amazing and you shouldn’t be mean to Steve, his replacements and the other band members. What next, are you going to bash Styx? Are you going to bash REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Santana? If so, I’m going to ask for a divorce.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I like all those bands to various degrees. Asia and journey the most, i agree the asia covers , especially the first one are classic, they are all good though. Journey cover are quite interesting too. Escape is a classic for sure, stone in love and escape are heavy songs as well. Frontiers has some hard edged stuff too, and a song like faithfully is infinitely better than something like motley crue’s home sweet home.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have the first two Asia albums on vinyl as well as the Journey albums from Departure up until Raised On Radio on vinyl. The covers on them are even more beautiful than if they were on CD.

    • TheCheezFace .

      +1 for VDGG.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    It takes a lot of creativity to write, play, or draw/design music or cover art. Tyree, Nice!!! Now is it me that when a band like Tool, A Storm of Light, Tombs, or Baroness who create their own cover art gives it a little more? It might tie in the concept or an enhanced sense of beauty.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I think you’re onto something with the idea of tying in concepts. Who would know the feeling of the album better than the band, or at least a member?

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Thanks Jim.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I also think that bad cover art can hurt the appreciation of the music. Take Danzig 6 that cover art made that album even more cartoony.

  • Tyree

    Dose this album artwork scare any one else? It’s so damn bleak and haunting!

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Not really, but this does.
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K2rwxs1gH9w

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      No. I bought a Vietnamese pressing of this for 4 dollars and I don’t see it being scary.

      • Tyree

        Huh, I guess the I’m the only one that gets chills from this artwork. Either way I find the haunting ambiance of this art to be eminence.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I’m haunted by one album cover I saw many years ago. Here is that album cover.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      yea, the green witch makes the whole cover, brings it up to 100 % classic. Without the witch it is nothing though. Incredible cover. Sabbath had a lot of good covers and a few bad ones too though. I am a born again fan, i have worn my born again shirt for 20 years, not much left of it. The cover and the baby it was based on. I always think the coolest thing in the world would be is if this kid somehow grew up to be a sabbath fan.

  • High quality post, MSD. Major props, brah.

  • As one who prefers physical media to digital AND vinyl to cd, So, for me the artwork is just as important as the music itself. It sets a tone for what’s contained before you ever start listening.

    Take The Swords cover for Warp Riders. A lone ship cruising in front of some asteroids? You know you’re in for an epic sci-fi rock story (opera?).

    I get especially excited when a release is hand made or screen printed….just makes me soo damn wet. Take for example the limited tour release of Isis’s 5th live album. The care that goes into these releases is incredible. If i can find a pic of that full screen print, i’ll update this comment, but i may just have to take a pic when i get home this afternoon.

    *found it – http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZSKR5b9lL-E/S-XsZ1WJycI/AAAAAAAABRc/Tjk0J90ttQU/s1600/Neely_ISIS_Live_5.jpg

  • BTW my copy of Yob’s “Clearing the Path to Ascend” came in this morning, so i’m gonna have one hell of an afternoon.

    • Tyree

      Awwwwww yeah!

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    I still subscribe to the crap cover, crap music ethos. I would say its about 85% accurate, it just works for me.

    • Enslametized Moshectomy’s cover is going to suuuuuuuuuuuuck.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        haha! really really
        bad!!!

  • Gurp

    I fucking love album covers. I have a folder on my computer filled only with cover art (mostly metal, naturally) that all meet the bare minimum requirements for cool. I will tie down anyone who thinks they’re going away and force them to view the entire thing on slideshow until they change their minds.

  • JWG

    I don’t often buy albums on a whim based on the artwork, but there were a few times this year when it was the artwork that swayed me (attached).

    Not that I wouldn’t have bought the Black Tusk single or Cannabis Corpse album anyway. They’re just an added bonus to the total package.

  • pigchop™

    I think of it as a great loss – album covers mostly replaced by digital downloads. Sad – just sad. Here is a collection of album covers from one of my favorite bands – RUSH. I am more of a 70’s – early 80’s Rush fan. http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/main/Wallpaper.htm

    Another interesting site: http://nwobhmbrasil.blogspot.ca/2008_02_01_archive.html

    And of course, http://www.originalalbumcoverart.com/index.php

    I love the Alice Cooper Greatest Hits art work: http://www.originalalbumcoverart.com/struzan/alice-cooper-greatest-hits.php

  • Not to nitpick, but I don’t remember Slayer getting any more attention than Exodus pre-Reign In Blood 😉

    • pigchop™

      which is crazy because Hell Awaits killed everything when it came out. – damn near killed me!

      • I admittedly didn’t really warm up to them too much until nearly the release of South of Heaven. (My brother was always a bigger fan of “extreme” stuff than I was. …and bands like Slayer and Death were the “extreme metal” of that time.) Later on I recognized Hell Awaits for the great album it was…it just took me more time hearing the more “extreme” stuff to open my mind to it.

        • pigchop™

          Yeah, I can dig that, man. When I first came across Slayer I had only just started listening to bands like Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ramones. I mean it had not been too long ago (at the time) that I was still heavily into KISS!

          Slayer, Hell Awaits knocked me on my ass. And then I saw Exodus play Piranha on that Combat tour studio 54 vid. I was hooked.

          • I just kept on listening to the mainstream and hair metal right along with thrash. Most people I knew weren’t conflicted about it. …but then again I grew up in the upper midwest where there wasn’t a lot of choices at the record stores. Most people just took their Whitesnake with their Overkill IME.

            Hardly any metal fan I knew tolerated Poison though. There was a line and they were way the fuck on the other side of it hahaha.

  • Max

    Great article and a very well-put argument.

    I’ve recently read that all of our senses are a lot more intertwined than previously thought. In other words – and there’s scientific studies to back this up – you’ll actually taste food differently depending on the colour of the crockery it’s served on. No shit.

    For me that explains a sneaking suspicion I’ve always had about myself perceiving music as sounding “darker” when black is the primary colour used for the backdrop of whatever the artwork is.

    So let us never discount the importance of album art! I would suggest, however, that in relation to vinyl vs. CD, a lot of bands didn’t really make the aesthetic transition toward artwork that’s more appropriate to a 5″ panel than a 12″ one. It’s a bit hard to “sit there and take in all the detail” of (say) Cathedral’s Forest of Equilibrium in those circumstances.

    In the CD and i-Pod display eras, bands are better off using artwork which is symbolic (like a flag) rather than narrative (or whatever the proper word would be for something like Bathory’s Blood Fire Death. Which is why the likes of Danzig I or Judas Priest’s British Steel look better on CD, I think, than Danzig III or Painkiller.

    • W.

      That’s an interesting observation, and it leads me to another question regarding uniformity of artistic presentation beyond just physical media. How important is it to have t-shirt designs, dvd covers, live backdrops, etc. uniform? I’m not sure, but I remember being very entranced by all the artwork Meshuggah used around the time they released the Alive DVD. Their Myspace page (lol) at the time was completely shifted into a green hue, and they repurposed the Nothing art into green in order to align with the packaging and promotion for Alive.

      • Max

        I would say very important. After all, you’ve clearly recalled the Meshuggah imagery used, so it kinda answers its own question. I don’t think a band having cohesive imagery that correlates to their albums is going to make someone who hates their music go and see them – or keep any fans away in its absence – but you only need look at the efforts of Iron Maiden in terms of how each tour’s stage scenery and Eddie was modified to fit the album covers to see how effective the practice is as a long-term branding strategy.

        And nobody marketed metal imagery as effectively as Iron Maiden. Nobody. Growing up, my best friend had two Maiden posters in his bedroom even though he didn’t like metal and to this day probably can’t name a single Maiden song title. He just bought them for the artwork. It was only after he got the second one that we realized they all featured the same character (we knew nothing about Maiden or their mascot at the time); so it was a question of collecting as many posters as you liked the context of for the character. It’s one thing to sell lots of merch to metal fans. Quite another when you start selling it to non-metallers; that’s impressive and lucrative. And although it didn’t convert my friend to the music, I find it impossible to believe it wouldn’t have in other cases aplenty.

  • crazytaco_12

    I definitely was sold on buying the new Mastodon album because of the artwork

  • pigchop™

    Here is some fun – a whole bunch of thrash album covers:
    http://www.nowcultured.com/2013/60-creative-metal-album-covers/

  • crazytaco_12

    One of my favorite album artworks of the year

    http://f1.bcbits.com/img/0002846621_10.jpg

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    another couple of classics

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I have Bat Out Of Hell on picture disc. While I’m thinking about it, Boston has the best album covers of their genre.

  • Lacertilian

    Tempel’s ‘On The Steps Of The Temple’ sums the album up perfectly.

    http://f1.bcbits.com/img/0002075335_10.jpg

  • Jointsalot

    I hate it when you buy a bands CD and you can tell they have put little to no effort into their booklet. Makes you wonder if they just want you to download their music instead.

  • Walter Melon

    Just getting in on the fun with my favorite art. Sons of Nero does/did such amazing stuff.

    • W.

      That’s great!

  • Nina Osegueda

    Yes, album artwork is VERY important! Especially to jackasses like young-me, who literally bought albums based on their art work. I do not apologize. This is how I got into Hammerfall and Iced Earth.

    • I’m old enough to remember a time before the internet (or at least before it became relevant), and picking up plenty of good albums based on the artwork (Samael, Suffocation, Tiamat, Amorphis, Emperor, Wumpscut, the list goes on and on). A few stinkers based on that here and there, but not many.

  • George Clarke

    yes. very important.

  • J.R.

    The ONLY reason I like Abysmal Dawn is because of their album covers.
    I was trudging through bandcamp the other day and for people w/o profile pictures it defaults to albums they have recently bought (or something i have no idea) but since they were small little icons I could only see the artwork and was led to some pretty cool acts based on them.

    Also related, the album booklets that come in the cases! I always enjoy when effort is put into them. really rounds out the whole experience to me. From image to disk art to music, the whole package is important to me and really established the mood.

  • I like Kate Bush better than Darkthrone. There, I said it! I just can’t stand Darkthrone, as much as my friends have tried to get me into them.