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.
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Aarni - Bathos|
Absu - The Sun Of Tiphareth|
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence|
Bathory - Blood Fire Death|
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin|