Cover Art Battle

Cover Art of the Month: February – Crowbar, Deicide, Elvenking, Noisear

Posted by JDKleinhans on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 4:19 AM (PST)

How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? I have found many a hidden gems and a few utter disappointments but there are few things greater in this world than gently cracking open the liner notes for the first time as the smell of ink and paper washes over you.

In the world of iTunes and Pandora, the art form that is the album cover is slowly dying. But we’re here to remind  you that in the world of heavy metal, the art of the album cover is alive and well! So each Tuesday we’ll present to you the best album covers of the week to declare what we all already know – Heavy Metal is art.

So welcome to another episode of: KICK ASS ALBUM COVERS OF THE MONTH!!! (insert blistering guitar shred here). It was an interesting week watching Stratovarius “Elysium” (Edel Music) battling it out with Defiled “In Crisis” (Season of Mist) but ultimately Stratovarius came out on top.

We missed the first few months of 2011 so we are now giving you the opportunity to let us know what the Album Covers of the Month should be. This week we’re heading back to February. For a look at the Top 4, head on over here and make sure to VOTE.

1. A pretty wicked cover for a very badass album. Crowbar‘s “Sever the Wicked Hand” represents! (E1 Entertainment)


2. Deicide has not only made a slew of ball busting death metal for over two decades but they’ve also been making one hell of an album cover portfolio. And “To Hell With God” is no exception. (Century Media)


3. Folky progressive power metal at its finest, Elvenking‘s “Red Silent Tides” is a stunning piece of art. I’d hang this in my study. (AFM Records)


4. So judging by this cover would think Noisear is a grindcore band? The cover for “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm” is a dead giveaway as to what to expect when you hit play. Which trust me, is a good thing. (Relapse Records)

What album cover kicked the most ass in February?

  • Elvenking - "Red Silent Tides" (AFM Records) (59%)
  • Deicide - "To Hell With God" (Century Media) (18%)
  • Noisear - "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm" (Relapse Records) (18%)
  • Crowbar - "Sever the Wicked Hand" (E1 Entertainment) (5%)
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