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Created by: LordHypnos | 26.12.2012



1. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
This one is definitely my favorite ever. It's so beautiful, so dark and so epic. It's a depiction of orcs en route to Minas Morgul. What I like the most is the reaper flying in the sky, riding a horse and carrying its scythe. I can watch this for hours and hours, and I never get tired of it!
2. Anathema - Eternity
1996
3. Cormorant - Metazoa
2009
4. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007
5. Anathema - Weather Systems
2012
6. Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
1988
7. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
1995
8. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
2009
9. Summoning - Oath Bound
2006
10. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
2010
11. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
1994
12. Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure
2005
13. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
14. Rhapsody Of Fire - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret
2004
15. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
16. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
2012
17. Anathema - A Natural Disaster
2003
18. Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
2008
19. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
2011
20. Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost
2007
21. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
2012
22. Nightwish - Oceanborn
1998
23. Insomnium - In The Halls Of Awaiting
2002
24. Stratovarius - Elysium
2011
25. Alcest - Écailles De Lune
2010
26. Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
2003
27. Yearning - Frore Meadow
2000
28. Vision Divine - 9 Degrees West Of The Moon
2009
29. Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
2008
30. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
2007
31. In Flames - Colony
1999
32. Kamelot - The Black Halo
2005
33. Stratovarius - Visions
1997
34. Wintersun - Wintersun
2004
35. Sonata Arctica - The Days Of Grays
2009
36. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
37. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
1988
38. Symphony X - The Odyssey
2002



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LordHypnos - 26.12.2012 at 23:20  
Man, it's so hard to make a list!
Jaeryd17‍ - 27.12.2012 at 00:54  
I like all of these album covers, but what about Alcest? Those are some beautiful album covers.
LordHypnos - 27.12.2012 at 19:36  
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 27.12.2012 at 00:54

I like all of these album covers, but what about Alcest? Those are some beautiful album covers.

I never heard of this band before. I just checked it; yes, I agree with you: this band has some beautiful album covers! Except for the debut's cover, that one's not great.
Erik M. - 27.12.2012 at 20:03  
In my opinion... get rid of: The Black Halo, The Gallery, Follow The Reaper. And replace Eternity with A Natural Disaster (I don't like the album, but I love its cover), and Time I with Portal of I (Ne Obliviscaris), which is heavily superior to Time I.

As for suggestions:
- Insomnium - In The Halls Of Awaiting
- Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure (one of my all-time favourite covers for sure)
- Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
- Wintersun - Wintersun (always reminded me a bit of Emperor's debut, but less great)

Other than that, nice list. Well, and The Pale Haunt Departure is an absolute must for this list.
LordHypnos - 27.12.2012 at 20:42  
Written by Erik M. on 27.12.2012 at 20:03

In my opinion... get rid of: The Black Halo, The Gallery, Follow The Reaper. And replace Eternity with A Natural Disaster (I don't like the album, but I love its cover), and Time I with Portal of I (Ne Obliviscaris), which is heavily superior to Time I.

As for suggestions:
- Insomnium - In The Halls Of Awaiting
- Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure (one of my all-time favourite covers for sure)
- Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
- Wintersun - Wintersun (always reminded me a bit of Emperor's debut, but less great)

Other than that, nice list. Well, and The Pale Haunt Departure is an absolute must for this list.

Why remove The Gallery? I love that one so much! Anyway, I feel that a Top 20 wouldn't be enough, so please, suggest me more great covers!
LordHypnos - 27.12.2012 at 22:03  
Should I put Gojira's From Mars To Sirius?
Erik M. - 28.12.2012 at 14:55  
Written by LordHypnos on 27.12.2012 at 20:42

Why remove The Gallery? I love that one so much! Anyway, I feel that a Top 20 wouldn't be enough, so please, suggest me more great covers!


I don't like The Gallery all that much, so it's just personal preference I guess. Now that you put in The Pale Haunt Departure (and the others of course), you'll get my +1.

Written by LordHypnos on 27.12.2012 at 22:03

Should I put Gojira's From Mars To Sirius?


I looked at the cover, but I don't think it's good enough for this list.
LordHypnos - 28.12.2012 at 21:36  
Could anyone suggest me more covers? My list is still incomplete.
Erik M. - 29.12.2012 at 01:26  
Anathema - A Natural Disaster
Ayreon - Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
Star One - Space Metal
Yearning - Frore Meadow

Add those, and you're at 30.
LordHypnos - 29.12.2012 at 02:51  
Written by Erik M. on 29.12.2012 at 01:26

Anathema - A Natural Disaster
Ayreon - Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
Star One - Space Metal
Yearning - Frore Meadow

Add those, and you're at 30.

I didn't like Saturnus' cover, and I don't think that that Star One's cover is great enough (it looks weird imo). And I'm trying to decide which Ayreon cover is better: The Human Equation or Universal Migrator Pt. 1.
Big E - 29.12.2012 at 17:36  
The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls with Sand
LordHypnos - 29.12.2012 at 18:29  
Written by Big E on 29.12.2012 at 17:36

The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls with Sand

Thanks for the suggestion!
Pazdzioch - 30.12.2012 at 01:38  
To be honest, the vast majority of these covers are shit...

This is my fav which comes from self-titled debut album by Pyramids:
LordHypnos - 30.12.2012 at 04:30  
Written by Pazdzioch on 30.12.2012 at 01:38

To be honest, the vast majority of these covers are shit...

This is my fav which comes from self-titled debut album by Pyramids:


Nosurper - 30.12.2012 at 04:37  
Deafheaven - Roads to Judah and Candlemass - Nightfall
LordHypnos - 30.12.2012 at 04:45  
Written by Nosurper on 30.12.2012 at 04:37

Deafheaven - Roads to Judah and Candlemass - Nightfall

Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think the first one is great enough to be in this list. As for the Candlemass one, I don't know... But I think that Ancient Dreams is a lot more beautiful than Nightfall.
Rhiannon - 31.03.2013 at 22:20  
Nice list, I see blue is your favourite color

I have a few suggestions:
Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit
Orphaned Land - Mabool
Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine
Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
LordHypnos - 01.04.2013 at 21:07  
Written by Rhiannon on 31.03.2013 at 22:20

Nice list, I see blue is your favourite color

I have a few suggestions:
Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
Edenbridge - MyEarthDream
Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit
Orphaned Land - Mabool
Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine
Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest

That's right! Blue is my favorite color! And thanks for the suggestions. I really liked the covers of Edenbridge, Todesbonden and Madder Mortem (this one being the best of the suggestions). I'm going to add them right now.
LordHypnos - 01.04.2013 at 21:21  
Expanding to 40! \o/
Erik M. - 25.05.2013 at 19:17  
Not sure if you're still updating this list, but Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A. needs to be on it. That artwork is simply breathtaking!
LordHypnos - 26.05.2013 at 13:26  
Written by Erik M. on 25.05.2013 at 19:17

Not sure if you're still updating this list, but Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A. needs to be on it. That artwork is simply breathtaking!

Oh, thanks for remembering me. I always forget to update the list
Zaphod - 26.05.2013 at 15:00  
Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost

Those would definitely be on my list.

Other suggestions:
Anciients - Heart of Oak
Kreator - Pleasure To Kill (not really beautiful in any way, but definitely awesome)
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Cormorant - Metazoa
Summining - Oathbound or Stronghold, not sure which one's my favorite
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider (original one)
Dissection - The Somberlain

Those come to mind.

EDIT: And EMols86 is right, U.M.A. is awesome.
LordHypnos - 26.05.2013 at 15:11  
Pleasure To Kill lol
LordHypnos - 26.05.2013 at 15:27  
Okay, enough of blue covers.
LordHypnos - 26.05.2013 at 15:56  
Written by Zaphod on 26.05.2013 at 15:00

Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost

Those would definitely be on my list.

Other suggestions:
Anciients - Heart of Oak
Kreator - Pleasure To Kill (not really beautiful in any way, but definitely awesome)
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Cormorant - Metazoa
Summining - Oathbound or Stronghold, not sure which one's my favorite
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider (original one)
Dissection - The Somberlain

Those come to mind.

EDIT: And EMols86 is right, U.M.A. is awesome.

Thanks for your suggestions. About the Kreator cover, I think I'll put in another list I'll create (the Most Awesome Covers Ever, or something like that).
Zaphod - 26.05.2013 at 16:10  
Written by LordHypnos on 26.05.2013 at 15:56

Written by Zaphod on 26.05.2013 at 15:00

Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost

Those would definitely be on my list.

Other suggestions:
Anciients - Heart of Oak
Kreator - Pleasure To Kill (not really beautiful in any way, but definitely awesome)
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Cormorant - Metazoa
Summining - Oathbound or Stronghold, not sure which one's my favorite
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider (original one)
Dissection - The Somberlain

Those come to mind.

EDIT: And EMols86 is right, U.M.A. is awesome.

Thanks for your suggestions. About the Kreator cover, I think I'll put in another list I'll create (the Most Awesome Covers Ever, or something like that).

Yeah, it doesn't really fit in this one
Also, I don't know why I went for Night Of The Stormrider by Iced Earth, The Dark Saga is way better.
LordHypnos - 26.05.2013 at 16:37  
Written by Zaphod on 26.05.2013 at 16:10

Written by LordHypnos on 26.05.2013 at 15:56

Written by Zaphod on 26.05.2013 at 15:00

Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost

Those would definitely be on my list.

Other suggestions:
Anciients - Heart of Oak
Kreator - Pleasure To Kill (not really beautiful in any way, but definitely awesome)
Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
Cormorant - Metazoa
Summining - Oathbound or Stronghold, not sure which one's my favorite
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider (original one)
Dissection - The Somberlain

Those come to mind.

EDIT: And EMols86 is right, U.M.A. is awesome.

Thanks for your suggestions. About the Kreator cover, I think I'll put in another list I'll create (the Most Awesome Covers Ever, or something like that).

Yeah, it doesn't really fit in this one
Also, I don't know why I went for Night Of The Stormrider by Iced Earth, The Dark Saga is way better.

I'll also add The Dark Saga to the new list I'll create.
Erik M. - 18.06.2013 at 23:22  
Written by LordHypnos on 26.05.2013 at 15:27

Okay, enough of blue covers.


No, enough of the power metal albums.

Seriously, the fact that you still haven't added Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A. makes me like this list a lot less. Honestly, it tops pretty much everything on this list if you ask me, even Emperor.

Edit: Oh, I just noticed you DID add it, but I didn't recognize it because it isn't linked properly. So nevermind my comment.
LordHypnos - 18.06.2013 at 23:31  
Written by Erik M. on 18.06.2013 at 23:22

Written by LordHypnos on 26.05.2013 at 15:27

Okay, enough of blue covers.

Edit: Oh, I just noticed you DID add it, but I didn't recognize it because it isn't linked properly. So nevermind my comment.

No, it IS linked properly. I guess the image is not shown because the band profile is invisible.
Erik M. - 18.06.2013 at 23:35  
Written by LordHypnos on 18.06.2013 at 23:31

No, it IS linked properly. I guess the image is not shown because the band profile is invisible.


Trust me, it's not linked properly... I checked another list which has that album and there you can see the album cover. And the album title "U.M.A." isn't clickable.
LordHypnos - 18.06.2013 at 23:53  
Written by Erik M. on 18.06.2013 at 23:35

Written by LordHypnos on 18.06.2013 at 23:31

No, it IS linked properly. I guess the image is not shown because the band profile is invisible.


Trust me, it's not linked properly... I checked another list which has that album and there you can see the album cover. And the album title "U.M.A." isn't clickable.

It worked now!
Zaphod - 23.09.2013 at 18:13  
Written by Erik M. on 27.12.2012 at 20:03


- Wintersun - Wintersun (always reminded me a bit of Emperor's debut, but less great)


Probably because it's the same artist Also, I don't like the Wintersun one that much.

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