General album artwork appreciation

MindRuler

Ancient Mariner
This isn't a metal album but it's so great in the details, you can look at it for hours. The eyes of Beastie pierce right through you.
The water dripping out of the "painting" gives it a surreal element. Also great use of colours and nice contrast between figure and background. This is art. :wub:
If I ever get a tattoo, then I want a Beastie on my left shoulder...but that's only if.

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Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
This isn't a metal album but it's so great in the details, you can look at it for hours. The eyes of Beastie pierce right through you.
The water dripping out of the "painting" gives it a surreal element. Also great use of colours and nice contrast between figure and background. This is art. :wub:
If I ever get a tattoo, then I want a Beastie on my left shoulder...but that's only if.

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Not a metal album? Are you kidding? They even beat Metallica for the Grammy in 1988! :D
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
This is a great sea-themed album cover - the sea is drawn so realistic and the bright colours are in contrast with the dark petrified Poseidon, which is the best way to make the dark figure noticeable by merging the bright and dark colours properly. The details (seagulls, sharks, octopus and a sunk ship at the bottom of the sea) fits the thematic perfectly well.

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JudasMyGuide

A Moravian soul
I haven't heard the album itself yet, but I've always had a soft spot for sweet power-metalish covers (duh)

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and the idea of the dichotomy is an old one and nothing really innovative, but I genuinely like the execution. It's a cliché done right, with all the red/blue contrasts and lines transforming from one side to the other...
Definitely made me want to pick it up and try it out.
 

Spambot

Ancient Mariner
I haven't heard the album itself yet, but I've always had a soft spot for sweet power-metalish covers (duh)

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and the idea of the dichotomy is an old one and nothing really innovative, but I genuinely like the execution. It's a cliché done right, with all the red/blue contrasts and lines transforming from one side to the other...
Definitely made me want to pick it up and try it out.

It took me some time to realise those are not health-bars beneath their names.
 

Saapanael

Твои карие глаза, твои сладкие уста
I haven't heard the album itself yet, but I've always had a soft spot for sweet power-metalish covers (duh)

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and the idea of the dichotomy is an old one and nothing really innovative, but I genuinely like the execution. It's a cliché done right, with all the red/blue contrasts and lines transforming from one side to the other...
Definitely made me want to pick it up and try it out.
Sorry to be Negative Nancy but god-awful font and text size.
 

The Dissident

Ancient Mariner
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The above 8 albums, are the first ones that came to mind when thinking about this topic. It is interesing that primarily Blue albums make up 50% of these selections

  • Awaken The Guardian - I'll be honest when the title track of this album came up on my suggested listens on youtube, I didn't know much about Fates Warning except they have a song called The Eleventh Hour and they opened for Queensryche on their 2019 US tour which I didn't end up going to due to exams. This is a beautiful piece of album art, it is mystical and complete with the science fiction aspects surrounding it, I honestly would listen to the title track just to see the artwork.
  • Bat Out Of Hell - For an album which frankly isn't that heavy, this album looks like that of a metal album from the 70s instead it opens into a monstrous work of art. Like the album it belongs to. That bike and the bat are epic.
  • Alive In Athens - The red-blue colour contrast is amazing, and wow are those colours vibrant.
  • Somewhere In Time - Connecting to the science fiction comment from earlier, this image above isn't the most vibrant rendition of the album art, my personal vinyl is more colourful, that version is so 80s I love it.
  • Powerslave - This one is on my wall, it is epic, and fully deserving of the title track it represents
  • Live After Death - When my dad gave me his old records this was in it, I listened to it based on the fact that 1. I knew who Maiden were by name only and run to the hills, 2. This artwork screamed listen to me I'm going to be epic... it was and well we know where that journey went...
  • Ride The Lightning - A more simple artwork by comparrison, the Metallica label looks great and the album has a classic feel to it. Simple and effective
  • Rising - Well this is Rising after all, epic album needs an epic album cover. That is met with this masterpiece cover art, it screams Dio.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
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An awesome view.
And sort of symbolic as well because it fits well to how the band was shedding its light on some issues in the world, not being in the best condition.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
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The deep blue colours, I like landscapes, setting an atmosphere. It this certainly helped me to check out this album.
The colours are perfect for the atmosphere of the artwork (blue, black, grey). Landscape in album covers is always great.

This artwork certainly creates images in person's mind... - which is an important and a big bonus for album covers IMO (and somehow is a trademark for metal album covers).
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
While such a warrior may have nothing to do with the lyrical content, I really dig this beautiful striking artwork. I appreciate the warm colours. It fits well with the feel of this mid seventies music, containing some of Priest's slowest, moody songs. This collection from the first two Priest albums (plus a bonus track) was my first encounter with the band's studio material (apart from perhaps one or two songs, seen on TV).
The first Priest LP I bought was Unleashed in the East. Hero, Hero was a very fine companion. It also contained Priest's best and one of the (if not the) best logo's of all.

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