The image of a fist is a universal sign of aggression, power and defiance yet there was a significant lack of albums featuring fists. I thought we’d be trawling through hundreds but it seems we have just the few seen below. It’s no mistake that most of the bands are metal and only one has [...]
Since forming in 1981, Metallica has become one of the world’s biggest selling bands, with over 50 million albums sold in the US alone. They’ve won 9 Grammy Awards and – from the battle over their first release through to the celebrated packaging for Death Magnetic – have created significant cover art as well.
I spent all of my teenage years listening and obsessing over metal. Then with the arrival of ‘Grunge’, I shamefully denounced the hair spray genre, swapping my denim jacket & cowboy boots for flannel shorts and Doc Martins. Then a few years later retired my flannel shirts for the indie/alternative music scene.
For die-hard fans of thrash, the release of Infidels is a major event. At War were an important part of the underground thrash scenes in the 80’s and were well known for the pro-military themes that run through their work.
Rocking Tunes: Check Kicking type treatment: Check Iconic Characters: Check Merchandise coming out of their asses: Check Band members not dead: Check Business Savvy: Check No, it’s not KISS it’s Iron Maiden. Up the Irons! You have to hand it to Iron Maiden and their dedication to their mascot Eddie. He’s gotta be second to [...]
O.k. I know the two-tone burning Zeppelin image is the Zep equivalent of the Stones’ tongue logo but when I think of Bonzo and co. album covers – I think of Richard Drews’ novelty rotating disc sleeve for Led Zeppelin III,
This has to be one of the best examples of a cover perfectly conveying the content of the music contained on the album, which in this case is a shitload of aggression. Sure a majority of metal covers have alot of dark and violent themes but it seems many take it for granted, like it’s [...]
Movie studios have been dancing under the sequel tree for as long as time can remember, networks caught on and now crank out sequels of shows that are still running but record labels haven’t done much in the way of sequels. That is unless you count Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell series. Note: This [...]
Can you remember the last time you heard Cannibal Corpse on the radio? What about on MTV? This is a band that gets zero mainstream support but is one of the highest selling death metal bands in the world. Cannibal Corpse’s covers, while not exactly the best examples of good taste or typography have become [...]
This album started an unholy obsession with both Sepultura and Michael Whelan’s art. I was actually put onto the band from the standout track Refuse/Resist, after seeing it used as the soundtrack for the Manga video promo seen below. On the inside was the first time I had seen the Supultura logo. Which would have [...]