DANZIG III: HOW THE GODS KILLI love H.R. Giger's artwork, particularly because he designed the Alien, my all time favorite movie monster. I can't even describe what we have here, all I know is that it is pretty freaky. Danzig is something of a gothic doom metal band with several other genres mixed in as well. Danzig started his career as the singer for The Misfits and was also with Samhain prior to starting his own band. This is my favorite album from the band as it is the most metal.
CANNIBAL CORPSE: EATEN BACK TO LIFEThis is the debut album from Cannibal Corpse and it almost made it into the gory album covers post. It's yet another zombie album cover. Cannibal Corpse is one of the more infamous death metal bands and many of their albums have been banned in other countries (Germany for one) based on their bloody album covers. This one was no exception.
DISSECTION: THE SOMBERLAINI don't know what it is that makes this so freaky. There's just something unsettling and disturbing about seeing this dark stagecoach with black horses and a maniacal driver pushing this through the cemetery. This is Dissection's first full length album and is more primal and raw than their masterpiece Storm of the Light's Bane. I love listening to the drumming on the album.
MERCYFUL FATE: DON'T BREAK THE OATH
The great Mercyful Fate made their career in crafting eerie music. This is the band's debut album and the cover is one of the more imposing album covers in metal history. An amazing piece of art. The music itself is the band's greatest effort. It's not a concept album like a lot of the Mercyful Fate/King Diamond but it is nevertheless an amazing piece of music.
OBITUARY: CAUSE OF DEATH
Obituary is another of the earlier death metal bands. They've always had a bit more groove and southern metal style to their brand of death and this is no exception. The Tardy brothers write some amazingly catchy songs and this album featured such great tracks as "Chopped in Half" and "Infected". The art is surreal. That's really the only way to put it. It is also the same art as is on the cover of one of my H.P. Lovecraft books.