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. Check out this week’s top 3 pieces of metal art here and rock the vote!
1. This week’s top cover art is brought to you by LA’s legendary Otep and their fifth studio release “Atavist”. This is a cover that would make me pause, pick up, and hesitate to put down after minutes of investigating this complex cover. The album cover was done by artist Joey James. A fitting cover for a band that embraces the metal art-form that shows not only in this cover but in their music as well. (Victory Records)
2. Next up is Sweden’s metal trio Turbocharged and their debut release “antiXtian” (cleverly pronounced “Anti-Christian”). Classically inspired with its antiqued color and penciled design, this makes you pause and wander what this band is about – a Motörhead sound tinged with elements of a black metal message. (Chaos Records)
3. And our third cover of the week is Primordial‘s “Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand”. Simple yet catching, this cover resembles an medieval coin or medallion that one might find in ancient burial site or in a wreckage buried in the sea. Another fitting cover for Primordial’s black folk metal sound. (Metal Blade Records)