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I know I probably speak for a lot of people when I say that, very often, the artwork that a band chooses for a particular album can be the icing on the cake, essential to giving a visual depiction that tops off the overall aesthetic of the music. There are plenty of albums that I simply couldn't imagine listening to without staring, zoned out, to the big ball of glorious that is their cover art. Here are some such albums. In alphabetical order by band. Links to full images of the covers have been provided, as well as credits to the artists.

Created by: Apothecary | 06.11.2013



1. Aarni - Bathos
A bizarre psychedelic trip through a land of Great Old Ones and leprechauns, this album cover accentuates the vibe well with an interesting watercolor look. Complete with mushrooms, flowers, and mysterious doorways that seem to be an eerie invitation into the twisted caverns of Markus Marjomaa's mind. Creds to Tuomas Makela: http://fanart.tv/fanart/music/f7711954-04f9-43d9-ae84-8d2ee96efde2/albumcover/bathos-519260236af19.jpg
2. Absu - The Sun Of Tiphareth
An epic black metal album with lyrical themes about warriors and Mesopotamia? Well it just has to have a cover with some muscular dude holding a sword and shield and striking a pose, now doesn't it? Creds to Kris Verwimp for this piece of awesome: http://www.stfimages.com/loader/pictures/f3ba25b143b00648a8488c4362eaca9d.jpg
3. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Revolutionary for its time, this was one of the first death metal albums to ponder upon some more sophisticated (at times a bit sci fi) themes. Artist Justice Mitchell brought out this shift in the band's lyrical direction perfectly, depicting a child praying with two planets in the background: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/atheist-unquestionable-presence-cover.jpg
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
Arguably the beginning of Viking metal, and a huge transition in the band's sound, an album cover showing angry Norse gods raining down upon the unbelievers was almost obligatory for this one. Quorthon cheated here a bit, because the cover is actually a painting by the 19th century artist Peter Nicolai Arbo, entitled "The Wild Hunt Of Odin": http://www.kolonyrecords.com/store/images/detailed/0/cover13325308654f6cceb164c00.jpg
5. Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin
I'm not much of a BOC fan, but you have to admit that the concept behind this cover is quite interesting. A bunch of robed, shaman-looking people holding onto blue oyster shells. So, it seems, the artist tried to literally depict a "Blue Oyster Cult." Very creative, mad props to Greg Scott: http://www.simplysyndicated.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/BOC.jpg
6. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age
A prime cut of 90s French black metal, this epic cover seems to be showing a bunch of fallen angels gathered around some palace in Hell, Pandaemonium perhaps? Indeed, the art is actually a painting by Baroque artist Francois de Nomé, entitled "Les Enfers," which literally means "The Hell" in French: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/23932309/Memoria+Vetusta+I+Fathers+of+the+Icy+Age+memoriavetusta1.jpg
7. Botanist - III: Doom In Bloom
The perfect visual topping to a self-proclaimed "eco terrorist black metal" band, here we see an evil flower-looking creature ("Azalea") stretching its roots into someone's eardrum. Or, in other words, the desired effect that Roberto Martinelli likely wishes his project to have on the listener. Creds to M.S. Waldron: http://antigravitybunny.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/botanist-iii-doom-in-bloom-allies-album-cover.jpg
8. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
A classic First Wave black metal album, smothered in a fun, occult type of vibe. The artwork here is a painting that was made beforehand by the highly talented Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who was also behind the design for the Xenomorphs in the Alien movies, and Tom Warrior would go on to use another one of his paintings for the Triptykon debut. http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/metal-week/50-greatest-metal-albums/to-mega-therion-630-80.jpg
9. Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
A fitting accentuation to the band's themes of metaphysic Satanism and anti-Christianity, here we see a dying and diseased angel clinging desperately to the world. If you know your Deathspell lyrics, this seems to go hand in hand with a line from Sola Fide II that says "The heart of a lost angel is in the Earth." As much of the band's info is hidden, I couldn't dig up who was behind this cover: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ystz36fT4I4/UKxp2P8ELcI/AAAAAAAAFZM/WQY7vnyPfu4/s1600/Si+Monumentum+Requires,+Circumspice.jpg
10. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
Like with Fire Of Unknown Origin, here we seem to have a cover attempting to depict the band name. It looks like a devil/wizard, who's being "electrified" by the fine cannabis sativa he's smoking out of that candle/bong-looking thing. This art was a triple effort, between Hugh Gilmour, Tim Bagshaw and Jus Oborn: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/82580739/Dopethrone++png.png
11. Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry
A massive 2 hour masterpiece of funeral doom, with lyrics that seem to reflect an individual's spiritual transcendence. Topped off with a beautiful cover of some sort of mystical step pyramid, hidden amongst the mountains and clouds. Creds to Matt R. Martin: http://img.cdandlp.com/2012/06/imgL/115397720.png
12. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Perhaps the most elaborate cover from the early Norwegian BM scene, this legendary album's beautiful artwork depicts, according to artist Kristian "Necrolord" Wahlin, a group of Orcs en route to Minas Morgul: http://img3.nnm.ru/2/7/9/8/2/27982ea69b0d164aa6dc6af7d3156f0e_full.jpg
13. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
This is one of the types of album covers that is amazingly beautiful even though it doesn't really make much sense. Seven tracks of masterful, psychedelic-laden funeral doom are here topped off by artwork of a strange face, which seems to be attached to a snake whose tail spirals ever backwards into the unknown. Certainly a good one to stare at and get lost in with the music. Creds to Kati Astraeir: http://cutetapes.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/401377e3c16a30f4ddcbec887d7938f6_full.jpg
14. The Faceless - Planetary Duality
Say what you want about these guys, but I personally find them to be one of the more talented tech death bands in a genre that today reeks of unoriginality and pretentious showmanship. Chalk full of sci fi influences, how could this album not have some type of crazy alien mothership on its cover? Creds to Par Olofsson: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7xha8BGRy1rzm7rbo1_1280.jpg
15. A Forest Of Stars - A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
Always known for their folk influences, this album cover brings them out for the band like never before. Looks like it's depicting a man with a fish coming out of his head and an old wizardly fellow pointing at each other... or something like that. Couldn't find the person behind this big ball of strange: http://meatmeadmetal.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/afos_asfy_coverimage1.jpg
16. Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma
A fun as fuck blend of black metal and progressive rock, this album is both spooky and trippy in its mood shifts. The album art reflects this flawlessly: even though that little demon thing looks a bit creepy, the style of its drawing is still highly psychedelic. Artist unknown for this one, but mad respect to whoever did it: http://heavymetaltribune.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hsn-pneuma.jpg
17. Judas Priest - Stained Class
An interesting album in their discography, this one contains a lot of fantasy/sci fi themes in its lyrics. Fittingly then, the album art shows some type of robotic, oily-looking head being pierced my multiple beams of light. Trippy shit dude. Creds to Roslaw Szaybo: http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/3/4/434.jpg
18. Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
If you've ever listened to Wrest's one man project, you know its formula. That is, a sound equivalent to the bludgeoned cry of a weary soul that's been beaten and left out to dry for several ways. What better way to bring out this musical vibe than with artwork depicting some type of ugly alien creature writhing in agony? Wrest, who is also a tattoo artist, actually did the artwork for this one himself: http://detonation-distro.net/images_productos/5547.gif.jpg
19. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
A sharp departure from the band's earlier sludge sound, this is something of a concept album about a a guy who can astral project and goes back in time to Tsarist Russia (or something like that). Trippy cover art with a bear and some swirly Tsars holding balls of energy is the perfect accentuation, no? Creds to Paul Romano, who did the band's artwork for their first three albums as well: http://betweenparties.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/mastodon-crack-the-skye1.jpg
20. Melechesh - The Epigenesis
Israeli black metal for Mesopotamia nerds. Complete with a glorious cover of the inside of an Assyrian palace, topped off with statues of rulers, a Lamassu, and a Sephiroth. Mad props to John Coulthart for this one: http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/171/171304.jpg/1000x1000.jpg
21. Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle, Part 2
Revolving around themes of drug use and addiction, no doubt influenced by some of Blake Judd's own personal problems, the second part of the band's Black Meddle saga is adorned with a cover of a decaying face surrounded by various drugs. Well-executed to match the overall haunting vibe of the album. Creds to Derek Lea: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Nachtmystium-Addicts.jpg
22. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
Egyptian-themed death metal? It's nothing but sub-par unless it has an album cover that'd make Ramesses himself proud. Featuring two cobras attached to a scarab-looking thing with wings. Artist unavailable for this one: http://images.cdn.bigcartel.com/bigcartel/product_images/60242791/max_h-1000+max_w-1000/Nile-Annihilation_Of_The_Wicked.jpg
23. Nocturnus AD - The Key
A death metal concept album about a cyborg who goes back in time to kill Jesus? Gotta have some top notch artwork to bring out that theme, and Dan Seagrave delivered in spades: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QHlP3eb_1a0/Tlzm2lpHs7I/AAAAAAAAAEo/ot0tY1TPOS8/s1600/Nocturnus%2B-%2BThe%2BKey%2B-%2BFront.jpg
24. Pensées Nocturnes - Grotesque
Grotesque, indeed. This is another one of those album covers that's somehow beautiful even though it doesn't make sense, and is actually a bit disturbing. Some lady's pulling a plow/tractor looking thing with dirt in its box that a man's head is sitting on top of. The music on this album is more aggressive than the previous album Vacuum, so maybe the cover was meant to look ugly to match this rough transition. Creds to Stephen Rothwell: http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/6/3/5/263514.jpg
25. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
The debut of a spacy Italian black metal duo, this album is drenched in a fun sci fi aesthetic, perfectly topped off by its album art, which easily looks it could pass as the cover for a Robert A. Heinlein novel. Creds to Alexander Preuss: http://f0.bcbits.com/img/0001283067_20.jpg
26. The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)
The previous album covers for Von Meilenwald's one man project were pretty mediocre, but this one is admittedly at a much higher level. Emphasizing the dark church themes of the album, the artwork features a diseased-looking man with blue skin clutching onto a Bible in an ominous church setting. Creds to Axell Hermann: http://metalinjection.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Coverpic_complete-604x384.jpg
27. Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times
Another classic album from the early Norwegian scene, this one has a very strong medieval/neoclassical vibe to it. Appropriately, then, the album art shows a rider rearing up on his horse in front of a dark castle, in an icy land drenched in a thick sheet of snow. Couldn't find the artist for this one: http://red-liste.com/upload/albums/Dark_Medieval_Times_25149.jpg
28. Sleep - Dopesmoker
The original cover, not the new one that looks like a ripoff of Dune. What makes this album artwork so excellent is the fact that, once again, it doesn't make sense. But of course, this just goes wonderfully with the music, which doesn't either. And if you're baked off your ass listening to it, what better way to spend your time than trying to get your fried brain to discover what the fuck that thing on the cover is? Creds to Arik Roper: http://blog.defgrip.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/23kqmi1-Copy-600x673.jpg
29. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
A very eerie, mesmerizing album, reflected likewise in its album cover. A simple, yet effective photograph of The Cuckoo, wearing his trademark mask and clutching a trumpet looking device. Artist unavailable: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ndrYkMxjPss/TYM-9MHKmsI/AAAAAAAAASE/I0iBKptqSMo/s1600/Terra%2BTenebrosa%2B-%2BThe%2BTunnels.jpg
30. Vektor - Black Future
Sci fi thrash metal! Revolving around themes of space and technology, the artwork fittingly depicts a head with electrical cables emerging from a brain in a desolate, dystopian wasteland. Surprisingly, I couldn't find the artist behind this one: http://united-metal.ru/uploads/posts/2012-11/1352623951_1282115235_vektor-black-future-front.jpg
31. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
The debut of Icelander H.V. Lyngdal's one man project, this trippy cover reflects the psychedelic twists and turns of the music quite well. Swirly blue and yellow, with snakes, and those two spirally circles in the middle look an awful lot like the eyes of someone who took way too much LSD. As some have noted, this artwork looks a bit similar in design to that of Blut Aus Nord's The Desanctification. Artist unavailable: http://f0.bcbits.com/z/41/61/4161919883-1.jpg



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Erik M. - 10.11.2013 at 01:11  
Great list man.

Way better than your previous attempt of making this list. Oh yes, I know everything about lists on MS. You made this before with only 10-15 albums if I remember correctly. You put a lot of work in this one it seems. I will probably return with suggestions but this list certainly is already good enough without my suggestions (of course it can always be better ).
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2013 at 01:23  
Eh, you picked the wrong Melechesh album. I actually think that one looks tacky. The best one from their discography is easily Sphynx. It has just... a much more majestic and gigantic feeling to it.
Everything else is pretty damn good though.
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 01:24  
Written by Erik M. on 10.11.2013 at 01:11

Great list man.

Way better than your previous attempt of making this list. Oh yes, I know everything about lists on MS. You made this before with only 10-15 albums if I remember correctly. You put a lot of work in this one it seems. I will probably return with suggestions but this list certainly is already good enough without my suggestions (of course it can always be better ).

Thanks dude. I culled some out of the list to get it down to 30, my OCD won't allow me to have a list with an odd number of entries
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 01:27  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.11.2013 at 01:23

Eh, you picked the wrong Melechesh album. I actually think that one looks tacky. The best one from their discography is easily Sphynx. It has just... a much more majestic and gigantic feeling to it.
Everything else is pretty damn good though.

It definitely has a minimalist type of power, I'll agree: just that lamassu standing there, guarding the tombs of the Annunaki gods, and nothing more.
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2013 at 01:31  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 01:27
It definitely has a minimalist type of power, I'll agree: just that lamassu standing there, guarding the tombs of the Annunaki gods, and nothing more.

I also like the man close to Lamassu to give it the proper sense of size perspective along with the rays. Another thing that I prefer about Sphynx when it comes to the artwork it's that it feels like there was more thought put to it and a greater connection to the lyrics, specially lines like:

"Step in the bizarre bazaar
Here stands the ziggurat
Bursting plasma pointing to
Mercury's dimension
Micro-cosmic essence
Of the hallucinating vision"
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 01:34  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.11.2013 at 01:31

I also like the man close to Lamassu to give it the proper sense of size perspective along with the rays.

Holy shit, I never even noticed that little guy til now. Good eye, sir!
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2013 at 01:38  
Aye, it gives me an unsettling feeling for some reason which is probably why I like it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.11.2013 at 01:43  
Some nice ones, but I also have to say some rather drab and uninteresting ones for my personal taste.

Did a similar thing many years ago, though it's hella outdated now.

Niec 'eart
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 02:16  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.11.2013 at 01:43

Did a similar thing many years ago, though it's hella outdated now.

Niec 'eart

So that's what the cover for Kenose is... I always thought those things were ears
I also see that you included Om on that list, what do you suppose that thing on the cover is? That one's been bugging me ever since I heard the album.
Erik M. - 10.11.2013 at 02:23  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 01:24

Thanks dude. I culled some out of the list to get it down to 30, my OCD won't allow me to have a list with an odd number of entries


Wait, you ALSO have OCD? WTF, it seems most people on MS or at least most list-creators suffer from OCD, me included. And I'm the exact same when it comes to the amount of albums in a list. I won't have a list with 33 albums for example. Then I'd just have 30 and add the 3 remaining albums when I found 2 more to add, so to have 35 albums on it.
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2013 at 02:26  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 02:16

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.11.2013 at 01:43

Did a similar thing many years ago, though it's hella outdated now.

Niec 'eart

So that's what the cover for Kenose is... I always thought those things were ears

I still have no clue what it is...
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 02:49  
Written by Erik M. on 10.11.2013 at 02:23

Wait, you ALSO have OCD? WTF, it seems most people on MS or at least most list-creators suffer from OCD, me included. And I'm the exact same when it comes to the amount of albums in a list. I won't have a list with 33 albums for example. Then I'd just have 30 and add the 3 remaining albums when I found 2 more to add, so to have 35 albums on it.

I don't know if I literally do or not, but I do tend to be extremely nitpicky about how I organize my music. For example, in my room, the albums in my CD collection are organized alphabetically by artist name, and then chronologically by release date among each artist.
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2013 at 02:51  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 02:49
or example, in my room, the albums in my CD collection are organized alphabetically by artist name, and then chronologically by release date among each artist.

Same here (it gets harder no the more cds I own). But I highly doubt that is extreme enough for real OCD.
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 02:53  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.11.2013 at 02:51

Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 02:49
or example, in my room, the albums in my CD collection are organized alphabetically by artist name, and then chronologically by release date among each artist.

Same here (it gets harder no the more cds I own). But I highly doubt that is extreme enough for real OCD.

Probably not, but people misuse the OCD label all the time, so whatever
mz - 10.11.2013 at 12:28  
It's interesting how tastes differ. I always found Dopethrone, In The Nightside Eclipse and Massive Conspiracy Against All Life not so interesting. Anyway, some of my favorite cover photos are these:
death-TSOP
Blut Aus Nord- cosmosophy, Liber II and desanctifation
Tool-Laterarus
Ulcerate- Vermis (this has been my desktop background and fb cover photo for a while now)
King Crimson: In the Court of Crimson King
Dark side of the Moon
Cormorant-Dwelling (this one won the competition last year as you know)
Dark†SymphonY - 10.11.2013 at 13:47  
Great list and by the way, the cover of U.M.A was done by Alexander Preuss, he also did the booklet design too. You can check out his other works http://www.abalakin.de/artworks.asp if your interested.
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 14:16  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 10.11.2013 at 13:47

Great list and by the way, the cover of U.M.A was done by Alexander Preuss, he also did the booklet design too. You can check out his other works http://www.abalakin.de/artworks.asp if your interested.

Thanks for the tip, that has been fixed!
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 14:18  
Written by mz on 10.11.2013 at 12:28

It's interesting how tastes differ. I always found Dopethrone, In The Nightside Eclipse and Massive Conspiracy Against All Life not so interesting. Anyway, some of my favorite cover photos are these:
death-TSOP
Blut Aus Nord- cosmosophy, Liber II and desanctifation
Tool-Laterarus
Ulcerate- Vermis (this has been my desktop background and fb cover photo for a while now)
King Crimson: In the Court of Crimson King
Dark side of the Moon
Cormorant-Dwelling (this one won the competition last year as you know)

I love the cover for The Desanctification, and Dark Side Of The Moon and In The Court Of The Crimson King are just classic. Admittedly, I don't find the cover art for Massive Conspiracy nearly as good as Wrest's artwork inside the liner notes. If you ever buy the album you'll see what I mean, the inner art has a bunch of weird feathered alien creatures with tentacles, hella cool.
Zaphod - 10.11.2013 at 15:28  
Crack The Skye is probably my favorite album cover of all time
Erik M. - 10.11.2013 at 18:03  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 02:49

I don't know if I literally do or not, but I do tend to be extremely nitpicky about how I organize my music. For example, in my room, the albums in my CD collection are organized alphabetically by artist name, and then chronologically by release date among each artist.


I'm pretty sure I have OCD although it's different for everyone and I'm definitely not like Nicholas Cage in Matchstick Man or Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets, for example. Strangely enough I only have all my CD's organized alphabetically by artist name and that's it. Doing that was enough trouble already, so I didn't bother with organizing the CD's of every artist alphabetically or by release date. I probably won't do that either unless I suddenly get the idea of doing so.
Erik M. - 10.11.2013 at 18:03  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 10.11.2013 at 13:47

Great list and by the way, the cover of U.M.A was done by Alexander Preuss, he also did the booklet design too. You can check out his other works http://www.abalakin.de/artworks.asp if your interested.


Wow. Okay, I honestly am not a fan of art at all in general but that guy surely is talented and I love his style. The artwork of U.M.A. blew me away when I first saw it (as much as cover artwork can do that ) and now it seems many other art here is just as awesome or even better. Thanks for the link.
Dark†SymphonY - 10.11.2013 at 18:09  
Written by Erik M. on 10.11.2013 at 18:03

Written by Dark†SymphonY on 10.11.2013 at 13:47

Great list and by the way, the cover of U.M.A was done by Alexander Preuss, he also did the booklet design too. You can check out his other works http://www.abalakin.de/artworks.asp if your interested.


Wow. Okay, I honestly am not a fan of art at all in general but that guy surely is talented are I love his style. The artwork of U.M.A. blew me away when I first saw it (as much as cover artwork can do that ) and now it seems many other art here is just as awesome or even better. Thanks for the link.

No prob, he his one of my favorite concept designers. I get so much nostalgia from sci-fi films like Star Wars just by looking at artwork.
Neroese - 10.11.2013 at 19:55  
I think that something from Born of Osiris could be good here.
Apothecary - 10.11.2013 at 20:00  
Written by Guest on 10.11.2013 at 19:55

I think that something from Born of Osiris could be good here.

I've never really gotten into them, so I'm not too familiar with any of their cover art. But just because you've made me curious, what cover(s) of theirs do you like?
Neroese - 10.11.2013 at 20:11  
Written by Apothecary on 10.11.2013 at 20:00

Written by Guest on 10.11.2013 at 19:55

I think that something from Born of Osiris could be good here.

I've never really gotten into them, so I'm not too familiar with any of their cover art. But just because you've made me curious, what cover(s) of theirs do you like?


Higher Place and Tomorrow We Die Deltaalive.
Erik M. - 12.11.2013 at 21:40  
I find it seriously funny you include Bathos in basically every list of yours. Your lists seem almost an excuse just to promote that album (and others too), hahaha.

Edit: Wtf?! You deleted yet another list it seems (and in that list Bathos was also included). Why? It was even quite popular if I remember correctly, like +14 or something...
Apothecary - 12.11.2013 at 22:03  
Written by Erik M. on 12.11.2013 at 21:40

I find it seriously funny you include Bathos in basically every list of yours. Your lists seem almost an excuse just to promote that album (and others too), hahaha.

Edit: Wtf?! You deleted yet another list it seems (and in that list Bathos was also included). Why? It was even quite popular if I remember correctly, like +14 or something...

For exactly that reason actually: I realized I had too many lists that include the same albums. So I'm trying to refine them a bit, I guess. Need to expand upon that Finnish Metal one, and I might make a best black metal of 2013 list. Yeah, it sounds cliche as fuck, but considering I'm so into the genre for me it's a bit obligatory.
Erik M. - 12.11.2013 at 22:14  
Written by Apothecary on 12.11.2013 at 22:03

For exactly that reason actually: I realized I had too many lists that include the same albums. So I'm trying to refine them a bit, I guess. Need to expand upon that Finnish Metal one, and I might make a best black metal of 2013 list. Yeah, it sounds cliche as fuck, but considering I'm so into the genre for me it's a bit obligatory.


I figured as much. And to be honest I also realized you indeed had many of the same albums in your lists. I still would've gone against deleting that list though. Just don't create an avantgarde doom list so Bathos doesn't get included. A 2013 BM list isn't that cliché though... a general 2013 list would be totally cliché. Hell, I'd say go for it, since I'm always up for discovering new BM and I have a feeling you check out way more new BM than I do.
Monolithic - 13.11.2013 at 07:53  
Written by Erik M. on 12.11.2013 at 22:14

a general 2013 list would be totally cliché. Hell, I'd say go for it, since I'm always up for discovering new BM and I have a feeling you check out way more new BM than I do.

IMO the whole idea of listing artists/musicians/bands/albums could be cliché sometimes (like the idea Erik mentioned here) but I'd encourage you to do it as well.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.11.2013 at 11:54  
Written by Monolithic on 13.11.2013 at 07:53

Written by Erik M. on 12.11.2013 at 22:14

a general 2013 list would be totally cliché. Hell, I'd say go for it, since I'm always up for discovering new BM and I have a feeling you check out way more new BM than I do.

IMO the whole idea of listing artists/musicians/bands/albums could be cliché ...



And that's why every single list is a cliché. Because lists in music are as cliché as can be.
Fritillaria - 13.11.2013 at 11:58  
Written by Monolithic on 13.11.2013 at 07:53

IMO the whole idea of listing artists/musicians/bands/albums could be cliché sometimes (like the idea Erik mentioned here) but I'd encourage you to do it as well.

good, you didn't mention songs.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.11.2013 at 12:00  
Written by Fritillaria on 13.11.2013 at 11:58

Written by Monolithic on 13.11.2013 at 07:53

IMO the whole idea of listing artists/musicians/bands/albums could be cliché sometimes (like the idea Erik mentioned here) but I'd encourage you to do it as well.

good, you didn't mention songs.



and lists of songs as well. Any music list is cliché
Monolithic - 13.11.2013 at 12:05  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.11.2013 at 11:54


And that's why every single list is a cliché. Because lists in music are as cliché as can be.

Yeah, I agree to some extent but I think that sometimes it's fun to bring up something to discuss and lists could be good examples of what albums we choose based on our own qualifications, not to mention the volume of other stuff we discover.

So I'd say it's a rather useful cliché.

Written by Fritillaria on 13.11.2013 at 11:58

good, you didn't mention songs.

I find songs to be a lot more easier to check out therefore I don't consider them a cliche as much as the other parameters I've mentioned.
Fritillaria - 13.11.2013 at 13:07  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.11.2013 at 12:00


and lists of songs as well. Any music list is cliché

mean, you're mean

Written by Monolithic on 13.11.2013 at 12:05


I find songs to be a lot more easier to check out therefore I don't consider them a cliche as much as the other parameters I've mentioned.

Ahem
Fritillaria - 13.11.2013 at 13:15  
I love both Terra Tenebrosa and The Ruins Of Beverast album artworks
Apothecary - 13.11.2013 at 14:15  
Written by Monolithic on 13.11.2013 at 12:05

Yeah, I agree to some extent but I think that sometimes it's fun to bring up something to discuss and lists could be good examples of what albums we choose based on our own qualifications, not to mention the volume of other stuff we discover.

That's why I really enjoy them myself. Lists on this site can get a little old and sometimes annoying with the same topics, but overall I usually enjoy them. I appreciate the variety too, MS lists aren't like your typical "100 Best Metal Albums" Lists where you always see Master Of Puppets or Rust In Peace at the top, people on here actually have enough of a diversity in tastes to be able to make each list a unique blend of choices in itself, and I like that.
Monolithic - 13.11.2013 at 14:19  
Written by Apothecary on 13.11.2013 at 14:15

MS lists aren't like your typical "100 Best Metal Albums" Lists where you always see Master Of Puppets or Rust In Peace at the top, people on here actually have enough of a diversity in tastes to be able to make each list a unique blend of choices in itself, and I like that.

Word.
Erik M. - 13.11.2013 at 23:16  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.11.2013 at 11:54

And that's why every single list is a cliché. Because lists in music are as cliché as can be.


So that means your list is also cliché. In any case I totally disagree with you... and why just lists in music? Why not also lists in movies?

If there are 50 2013-lists then that kind of list is cliché, but if there's two or three lists like this one it's definitely not cliché.

Written by Apothecary on 13.11.2013 at 14:15

That's why I really enjoy them myself. Lists on this site can get a little old and sometimes annoying with the same topics, but overall I usually enjoy them. I appreciate the variety too, MS lists aren't like your typical "100 Best Metal Albums" Lists where you always see Master Of Puppets or Rust In Peace at the top, people on here actually have enough of a diversity in tastes to be able to make each list a unique blend of choices in itself, and I like that.


Indeed. I agree some lists are cliché but saying literally all lists are cliché is just ridiculous, sorry Marcel. And yes, take a look at IMDb's lists and you'll know what cliché lists mean. Way "worse" than MS, which isn't that strange because on IMDb there are of course much more users.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.11.2013 at 02:33  
Written by Erik M. on 13.11.2013 at 23:16

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.11.2013 at 11:54

And that's why every single list is a cliché. Because lists in music are as cliché as can be.


So that means your list is also cliché.



yes it is because there are so many decennium lists.
Erik M. - 16.11.2013 at 00:53  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.11.2013 at 02:33

yes it is because there are so many decennium lists.


Are you being sarcastic? Because as far as I know there are a lot of top 50 lists but not decennium lists.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.11.2013 at 04:44  
Written by Erik M. on 16.11.2013 at 00:53

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.11.2013 at 02:33

yes it is because there are so many decennium lists.


Are you being sarcastic? Because as far as I know there are a lot of top 50 lists but not decennium lists.



I wasn't being sarcastic. There are quite a few decennium lists areound by staff members.
Erik M. - 16.11.2013 at 16:43  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.11.2013 at 04:44

I wasn't being sarcastic. There are quite a few decennium lists areound by staff members.


Haha okay then. Good to know.
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 20:56  
This is a fantastic list, one of my favorites on the site now that I found it

one of the best tie-in album covers is from The Mantle, nothing completes that album's atmosphere better than that cover. it's just majestic.
also one of the best album covers i'd want a poster for is blackwater park, it's just so fucking awesome.

oh and check out alcest's 2nd album's cover art. it's excellent
Erik M. - 07.03.2014 at 22:49  
Written by Guest on 03.03.2014 at 20:56

also one of the best album covers i'd want a poster for is blackwater park, it's just so fucking awesome.


I have a Ghost Reveries poster hanging above my bed since 2005 (when the album was released and also when I saw them live for the first time). It's the only music poster I have left, as I used to have a lot more but removed all of them at one point. I also have movie posters of my favourite movies hanging in my room currently.
Gawain - 08.03.2014 at 10:41  
Written by Erik M. on 07.03.2014 at 22:49

Written by Guest on 03.03.2014 at 20:56

also one of the best album covers i'd want a poster for is blackwater park, it's just so fucking awesome.


I have a Ghost Reveries poster hanging above my bed since 2005 (when the album was released and also when I saw them live for the first time). It's the only music poster I have left, as I used to have a lot more but removed all of them at one point. I also have movie posters of my favourite movies hanging in my room currently.

i don't use my room for nothing except sleeping, i have 0 personal stuff in there
Erik M. - 12.03.2014 at 00:07  
Written by Guest on 08.03.2014 at 10:41

i don't use my room for nothing except sleeping, i have 0 personal stuff in there


Double negative alert.
Gawain - 12.03.2014 at 07:19  
Written by Erik M. on 12.03.2014 at 00:07

Written by Guest on 08.03.2014 at 10:41

i don't use my room for nothing except sleeping, i have 0 personal stuff in there


Double negative alert.


oh fuck my teacher!

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