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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Hoardefest: Faces of Heavy Metal Horror

Over at our joint venture site Whole Lotta Album Covers, myself along with Metal Mark, David Amulet and Bob Vinyl have a week-long feature dedicated to Halloween-themed album covers. Please take a visit at your convenience here: Whole Lotta Album Covers

Be on the lookout from covers by King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson and my entry yesterday, Grim Reaper's Fear No Evil.

Suffice it to say, heavy metal and horror go so hand-in-hand, the reflection is upon the covers, largely in the eighties, though the revival scene has more than its share of horror and Halloween-spirited artwork. Never mind the obvious pentagrams, goat heads and inverted crosses that are just simply cliche; Satanism, paganism and metal have always rubbed elbows, whether it's the season of Samhain or not. Still, in the tradition of our beloved terror season, here's a plethora of heavy metal album covers to get you in the Halloween mood one day early...

Megadeth - Killing's My Business... And Business is Good!
Yeah, skulls are another cliche of heavy metal, yet this birthright genesis of Vic Rattlehead is a sheer classic and it remains Megadeth's most stark album cover

Sodom - Get What You Deserve
Sodom has some notorious covers such as Obsessed by Cruelty and the infamous banned cover for Mortal Way of Live, but this one's quite nasty in itself

Slayer - Reign In Blood
Classic on all levels, this Bosch-like cover hardly prepares you for the horrific masterpiece lurking beneath

Exciter - Unveiling the Wicked
Vintage kabosh

Iron Maiden - Killers
You almost forget to see the hands of Eddie's victim clutching at his t-shirt...this one set a precdent

Grim Reaper - See You In Hell
See you in Hell, my friend, see you in Hell, my friend...

Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth
The Lucio Fulci of death metal... 'nuff said

Destruction - Release From Agony
I prefer Mad Butcher, but this is surreal and not so easy to take your eyes away from, despite the fact you'll probably get your nose chewed off by this creep

Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare
Probably what every kid sees in his or her sleep at least once

Testament - Souls of Black
The apocalypse will soon be near...

Death - Scream Bloody Gore
What else do ya need to say?

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
When Satan was still scary...

Savatage - The Dungeons Are Calling
Yep, another skull, but one of the best of the genre

W.A.S.P. - s/t
Okay, pretty cheesy by today's standards, but kinda effective in its day...

Darkthrone - The Cult is Alive

Gorerotted - A New Dawn For the Dead
Now known as simply The Rotted, they shred under either name

Kiss - Creatures of the Night
Oooooooooooooooooooh! We're creatures of the night!!!

Gwar - Scumdogs of the Universe
No comments necessary, especially if you've seen them live

Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
And he lived to tell about it...

Samhain - Initium
All murder...all guts...all fun... or Mommy, I Snuck Out and Killed Tonight and You're Next!

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