Cover Art Battle

Cover Art of the Month: January – Meads of Asphodel, Stratovarius, Defiled

Posted by JDKleinhans on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:31 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.

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 going all the way back to January. For a look at what kick ass covers came out, head on over here.

And don’t forget to VOTE!

The Meads of Asphodel create an eclectic black metal sound and the cover “The Murder of Jesus the Jew” is an interesting representation of the album’s theme and sound. (Candlelight Records)

The Stratovarius‘s”Elysium” is incredible. Look at it! (Edel Music)

The Defiled “In Crisis” cover art makes me smile. This cover embraces the death metal sound of Defiled and the earth is definitely “In Crisis” as this beholder like beast hover over the Earth. Wicked cover. (Season of Mist)

What album cover kicked the most ass in January?

  • Stratovarius - "Elysium" (Edel Music) (62%)
  • Defiled - "In Crisis" (Season of Mist) (38%)
  • The Meads of Asphodel - "The Murder of Jesus the Jew" (Candlelight Records) (0%)
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