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Since we had the whole MS album art awards, I figured I would try and list out my favourites.
This is not in any order and has no relation to the music, there are bands in here that I don't like, but the artwork is still great.
I'm not quite sure of some of the illustrators and designers on some covers, so they have been left blank, if you do know who did them, let me know. If you think there are some artists that I would dig coz of similar work, just leave me a shout.
This list is not finished so I will keep adding covers that I like.
I don't like Derek Riggs work too much so don't ask me why an Iron Maiden cover is not on the list.

Created by: Spirit Molecule | 25.08.2012



1. Baroness - Red Album
John Dyer Baizley
2. Baroness - Blue Record
John Dyer Baizley
3. Mastodon - Leviathan
Paul Romano
4. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse
Florian Bertmer
5. Kvelertak - Kvelertak
John Dyer Baizley
6. Kylesa - Static Tensions
John Dyer Baizley
7. 16 - Bridges to Burn
Florian Bertmer
8. Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Arik Roper
9. High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
Arik Roper
10. High on Fire - Death is this Communion
Arik Roper
11. Sleep - Dopesmoker
Arik Roper
12. Ufomammut - Idolum
Malleus
13. Alcest - Écailles de lune
Fursy Teyssier
14. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
Eliran Kantor
15. U.S. Christmas - Rtitn
Hush/Josh Graham
16. Beastwars - Beastwars
Nick Keller
17. Sorceress - Demo 2011
Cruise Winger
18. Rotor - 4
??
19. Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Travis Smith
20. King Diamond - Abigail II: The Revenge
Travis Smith
21. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
Hugh Syme
22. Behold the Monolith - Behold the Monolith
Dusty Peterson
23. Behold the Monolith - Defender, Redeemist
Dusty Peterson
24. Vildhjarta - Måsstaden
Rickard Westman
25. Cormorant - Dwellings
Alice Duke
26. Horn of the Rhino - Grengus
Rafa Garrés
27. Subrosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones
Glyn Smyth
28. Zoroaster - Voice of Saturn
Brian Mercer
29. Latitudes - Agonist
??
30. Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
David D'Andrea
31. Mastodon - Call of the Mastodon
Paul Romano
32. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Paul Romano
33. Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder
Josh Graham
34. Atoma - Skylight
Jan Meininghaus
35. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
Valnoir
36. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Valnoir
37. The Sword - Age of Winters
Conrad Keely
38. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
Hugh Gilmour/Electric Wizard
39. Howl - Howl
??
40. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Marcus Keef
41. Summoning - Minas Morgul
(Taken from a video game)
42. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
Andreas Marshall
43. Nevermore - Enemies of Reality
Travis Smith
44. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
Joe Duplantier
45. Rose Kemp - Unholy Majesty
Glyn Smyth
46. The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch
Arik Roper
47. The Gates Of Slumber - Suffer no guilt
Ken Kelly
48. Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know
Per Øyvind Haagensen
49. Deströyer 666 - Cold Steel... For An Iron Age
?? (Reissue)
50. Conan - Monnos
Anthony Roberts
51. Svart Crown - Witnessing the Fall
Stefan Thanneur
52. Serious Beak - Huxwhukw
Caitlin Hackett
53. In Flames - Sounds of a playground fading
Dave Correia
54. Abysmal Dawn - Leveling the Plane of Existence
Par Olofsxon
55. Sons of Tonatiuh - Sons of Tonatiuh
Vertebrae 33
56. Anathema - A Natural Disaster
Travis Smith



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Zaphod - 26.08.2012 at 15:02  
You forgot my favorite John Baizley artwork - Beyond The Permafrost. Nice list though, better than what resulted as the 50 highest rated ones in the contest.
Cynic Metalhead - 26.08.2012 at 18:28  
Meh. Mastodon's Leviathan shit is just shit. Cover art is fucking shit. Shit.
Array - 26.08.2012 at 18:32  
Always found that 'gold-blue coloured stripes and shit' -cover disgusting. His latest Paradise Lost effort was disgusting as well. And in both cases, especially with Paradise Lost, it doesn't suit the music inside.
Milena - 26.08.2012 at 20:41  
I like the fact there's some Travis Smith in here, though these are not quite my favorites you have nice taste, everything here is pleasant to look at and has some point.
Spirit Molecule - 26.08.2012 at 22:45  
Written by Zaphod on 26.08.2012 at 15:02

You forgot my favorite John Baizley artwork - Beyond The Permafrost. Nice list though, better than what resulted as the 50 highest rated ones in the contest.


I like all of John D's work actually, but I must say the Skeletonwitch one is my least favourite :/

Written by Milena on 26.08.2012 at 20:41

I like the fact there's some Travis Smith in here, though these are not quite my favorites you have nice taste, everything here is pleasant to look at and has some point.


Well I like some of his work, but his work for Nevermore is my favourite, I also like the cover for Anathema's A Natural Disaster.
I'm guessing you like his stuff for Opeth ? Or what are your favourites?
Milena - 27.08.2012 at 00:15  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 26.08.2012 at 22:45

Or what are your favourites?

I really like his Riverside and Amorphis covers, and stuff he did for Novembre/Katatonia/Deadsoul Tribe is cool, there's some nice imagery in there even if I don't always like the way he delivers. My favorite is probably the cover he did for October Tide. Anyway, here's the full list for anyone interested: http://www.seempieces.com/GalleryFrameset.html
Spirit Molecule - 27.08.2012 at 14:38  
Written by Milena on 27.08.2012 at 00:15

I really like his Riverside and Amorphis covers, and stuff he did for Novembre/Katatonia/Deadsoul Tribe is cool, there's some nice imagery in there even if I don't always like the way he delivers. My favorite is probably the cover he did for October Tide. Anyway, here's the full list for anyone interested: http://www.seempieces.com/GalleryFrameset.html


Ah cool. Well I've seen most of his work. I do like some of his other work, but probably not as much as the ones I've got in the list.
I just realised I haven't added the anathema one.
You'll probably notice that I prefer illustrations to photo manipulated covers, but that is just me
Milena - 27.08.2012 at 14:46  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 27.08.2012 at 14:38

You'll probably notice that I prefer illustrations to photo manipulated covers, but that is just me

Yeah, that's pretty cool since illustrated covers are more rare nowadays, or at least they are in the genres I frequent
Spirit Molecule - 27.08.2012 at 15:15  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 26.08.2012 at 18:28

Meh. Mastodon's Leviathan shit is just shit. Cover art is fucking shit. Shit.


Topic title is directed at you

Written by Milena on 27.08.2012 at 14:46

Yeah, that's pretty cool since illustrated covers are more rare nowadays, or at least they are in the genres I frequent


True, 90% of prog art is photo manipulation. The sludge/stoner scene on the other hand is the complete opposite.

I guess there are a lot of people who don't really care for cover art, its like me with lyrics.
Cynic Metalhead - 28.08.2012 at 07:21  
By no ways, Mastodon's Leviathan art didn't hit on my face to be honest. Except for that huge shark playing around in water, I don't see anything attractive/ catchy in that artwork. It's plain and simple. So for me it's big MEH. Infact, 4 ,5 ,6, 26 is way better than what you placed at 3rd.
Carl Berg - 28.08.2012 at 10:43  
Burzum wins.
Spirit Molecule - 28.08.2012 at 10:47  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.08.2012 at 07:21

By no ways, Mastodon's Leviathan art didn't hit on my face to be honest. Except for that huge shark playing around in water, I don't see anything attractive/ catchy in that artwork. It's plain and simple. So for me it's big MEH. Infact, 4 ,5 ,6, 26 is way better than what you placed at 3rd.


Lol ok.
Firstly, it's not a shark.
Secondly, as the description says, this is not in any order.
Fredd - 28.08.2012 at 11:46  
Cynic, you're one strange guy.
theFIST - 28.08.2012 at 16:18  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 27.08.2012 at 15:15

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 26.08.2012 at 18:28

Meh. Mastodon's Leviathan shit is just shit. Cover art is fucking shit. Shit.


Topic title is directed at you

the idea of it is good, but it"s painted far too flat looking, so the final result looks terrible
Spirit Molecule - 28.08.2012 at 16:43  
Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 16:18

the idea of it is good, but it"s painted far too flat looking, so the final result looks terrible


You mean it lacks depth? Well I could see that. Still think it looks great though
theFIST - 28.08.2012 at 17:19  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 28.08.2012 at 16:43

Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 16:18

the idea of it is good, but it"s painted far too flat looking, so the final result looks terrible


You mean it lacks depth? Well I could see that. Still think it looks great though

Well rephrased, yes i mean that
Let"s compare it to something else for which flatness is bad:
If you, probably at a beach, got told there was a woman with no top and looked just to notice that she didn"t have breasts either, you wouldn"t say "still think it looks great"
And while a painting, no matter how well done, can never be as awesome as big breasts, that painting is still a great idea wasted by the execution, just like the situation in the comparison would be
Fredd - 28.08.2012 at 21:35  
Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 17:19

Well rephrased, yes i mean that
Let"s compare it to something else for which flatness is bad:
If you, probably at a beach, got told there was a woman with no top and looked just to notice that she didn"t have breasts either, you wouldn"t say "still think it looks great"
And while a painting, no matter how well done, can never be as awesome as big breasts, that painting is still a great idea wasted by the execution, just like the situation in the comparison would be

that's one disturbing analogy
theFIST - 28.08.2012 at 21:59  
Written by Fredd on 28.08.2012 at 21:35

Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 17:19

Well rephrased, yes i mean that
Let"s compare it to something else for which flatness is bad:
If you, probably at a beach, got told there was a woman with no top and looked just to notice that she didn"t have breasts either, you wouldn"t say "still think it looks great"
And while a painting, no matter how well done, can never be as awesome as big breasts, that painting is still a great idea wasted by the execution, just like the situation in the comparison would be

that's one disturbing analogy

sorry for having disturbed your young brain
anyways, do you agree to it or not?
Fredd - 28.08.2012 at 22:08  
Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 21:59

Written by Fredd on 28.08.2012 at 21:35

Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 17:19

Well rephrased, yes i mean that
Let"s compare it to something else for which flatness is bad:
If you, probably at a beach, got told there was a woman with no top and looked just to notice that she didn"t have breasts either, you wouldn"t say "still think it looks great"
And while a painting, no matter how well done, can never be as awesome as big breasts, that painting is still a great idea wasted by the execution, just like the situation in the comparison would be

that's one disturbing analogy

sorry for having disturbed your young brain
anyways, do you agree to it or not?

i pictured a post-mastectomy woman... fuck my education.

yes, you're kinda right.
theFIST - 28.08.2012 at 22:19  
Written by Fredd on 28.08.2012 at 22:08

Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 21:59

Written by Fredd on 28.08.2012 at 21:35

Written by theFIST on 28.08.2012 at 17:19

Well rephrased, yes i mean that
Let"s compare it to something else for which flatness is bad:
If you, probably at a beach, got told there was a woman with no top and looked just to notice that she didn"t have breasts either, you wouldn"t say "still think it looks great"
And while a painting, no matter how well done, can never be as awesome as big breasts, that painting is still a great idea wasted by the execution, just like the situation in the comparison would be

that's one disturbing analogy

sorry for having disturbed your young brain
anyways, do you agree to it or not?

i pictured a post-mastectomy woman... fuck my education.

yes, you're kinda right.

sorry about that, didn"t want your mental image to get close to a grindcore album cover
anyways, have fun with your education, but please get a room for that

great
Mr. Doctor - 28.08.2012 at 22:24  
Pffff...

Ass over tits any day of the week.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.08.2012 at 22:30  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.08.2012 at 22:24

Pffff...

Ass over tits any day of the week.


100% agreed.

Rather see small breast than big breasts anyway.
theFIST - 29.08.2012 at 01:27  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.08.2012 at 22:30

Rather see small breast than big breasts anyway.

Are you a pedophile?
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.08.2012 at 01:31  
Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 01:27

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.08.2012 at 22:30

Rather see small breast than big breasts anyway.

Are you a pedophile?


what does that have to do with preferring nice small perky breasts to ugly big ones?
theFIST - 29.08.2012 at 01:44  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.08.2012 at 01:31

Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 01:27

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.08.2012 at 22:30

Rather see small breast than big breasts anyway.

Are you a pedophile?


what does that have to do with preferring underdeveloped small breasts to nice round big ones?

Well, at some point the girl has none, somewhen they start growing
At first they are small (when she"s still underage) but if she develops well they become big and part of mature curves
Array - 29.08.2012 at 01:53  
Lol. So stupid.
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.08.2012 at 01:54  
Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 01:44


Well, at some point the girl has none, somewhen they start growing
At first they are small (when she"s still underage) but if she develops well they become big and part of mature curves


nope, most of the times they don't become big, thank God. I truly hate anything above cup d and higher. And the worst of them all are those fake boobs.
theFIST - 29.08.2012 at 02:09  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.08.2012 at 01:54

Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 01:44


Well, at some point the girl has none, somewhen they start growing
At first they are small (when she"s still underage) but if she develops well they become big and part of mature curves


nope, most of the times they don't become big, thank God. I truly hate anything above cup d and higher. And the worst of them all are those fake boobs.

What do you have against nice big natural breasts?
Scared of beauty and great feeling, doom guy?
Spirit Molecule - 29.08.2012 at 09:55  
Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 02:09

What do you have against nice big natural breasts?
Scared of beauty and great feeling, doom guy?


Beauty is such a subjective word innit ?

And I just love your comparison of the Mastodon cover to a girl with no tits. Hilarious. Awful comparison, but still hilarious
theFIST - 29.08.2012 at 11:49  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 29.08.2012 at 09:55

Written by theFIST on 29.08.2012 at 02:09

What do you have against nice big natural breasts?
Scared of beauty and great feeling, doom guy?


Beauty is such a subjective word innit ?

And I just love your comparison of the Mastodon cover to a girl with no tits. Hilarious. Awful comparison, but still hilarious

Of course it is, that last sentence was meant rather as a joke, yet it"s difficult to show voice changes and facial expressions through text

And glad to have amused you
Spirit Molecule - 29.08.2012 at 12:33  
That is what the internet is here for
R'Vannith - 29.08.2012 at 13:51  
This thread =

Also, in light of the discussion on breasts:


Cool choices btw Spirit
Spirit Molecule - 30.08.2012 at 12:42  
Written by R'Vannith on 29.08.2012 at 13:51

Cool choices btw Spirit


Haha Tack!

There are quite a few tits on the list actually. John D's stuff has some tits at least. But here you go


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