Worst Album Art



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Posted by LeChron James, 07.10.2008 - 10:45
Recently, album covers have been taking dives in quality. Helloween's CGI on "Gambling With the Devil" is god awful and dont even get me started on "Dance of Death". but some bands have high quality album covers on a constant basis. Maiden, Priest and to a degree, Slayer all have had pretty insane album covers over the course of their expansive careers. Bathory and Windir have really killer album art as well. what are your highlights and lowlights in terms of album art?

UPDATE: DAMNATED has brought to my attention that there is a thread talking about best album covers so from here (10/15/08), this thread is only regarding BAD album covers.
31.01.2010 - 02:16
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Here are some ones I find awful!

Slayer - World Painted Blood (Great concept for the artwork, but it's poorly executed)

Megadeth - Cryptic Writings

Nuclear Assault - Out Of Order

Metallica - St. Anger

Entombed - Wolverine Blues

Gamma Ray - Sigh No More

Samson - Head On

Heavenly - Carpe Diem

Acid Reign - Obnoxious

Kreator - Extreme Aggression (What makes this boring cover even worse, is there was far better original artwork for the album which got banned. )

Lawnmower Deth - Billy

Black Sabbath - Born Again

Pantera - Metal Magic

Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague (I actually thought 'KILL' was a good, to the point cover. They just wanted something simple for that. The artwork for the latest just seems very boring and terribly uninspired to me.)

W.A.S.P. - Inside The Electric Circus

Deicide - In Torment In Hell (Amazingly, the art is almost as bad as the album itself, though not quite! )

King Diamond - Conspiracy

Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape

Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown

Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death (The artwork is so bad, that the artist wanted his name removed from the album credits! He actually hadn't finished it, and thats why he was so mad. )


Im sure there are loads more, but those are all I'll put for just now.
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31.01.2010 - 03:46
Kratos
The White Album by The Beatles....
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31.01.2010 - 04:45
thewall30
I definitely agree with you on Iron Maiden's "Dance Of Death" and Megadeth's "Cryptic Writings"...
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08.02.2010 - 01:27
Inlé
Re-Animator - Laughing

I think Ellrohir wins with Anal Blasphemy so far, though. That is just... Wat.
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08.02.2010 - 12:19
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Written by Angelic Storm on 31.01.2010 at 02:16

Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death (The artwork is so bad, that the artist wanted his name removed from the album credits! He actually hadn't finished it, and thats why he was so mad. )


i can live with the bad cover art here as long as the music is so good in fact one of my most favorite albums along with Seventh Son...
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08.02.2010 - 19:38
SerratedSyringe
Written by danielllewis on 30.01.2010 at 23:09

Metallica: Death Magnetic
-It looks like a hairy vagina

Haha My friend showed me that cover when it came out and I said "What is that, a vagina!?"
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08.02.2010 - 21:12
rageing atheist
Account deleted
I kind of dig some Manowar covers. The Metal Church album cover with the fat chicken-like lady is the worst metal album cover I can think of at the moment.




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09.02.2010 - 18:40
Valentin B
Iconoclast
The politically correct cover of Slayer - Christ Illusion is one of the worst i've ever seen lol.
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09.02.2010 - 18:59
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by Valentin B on 09.02.2010 at 18:40

The politically correct cover of Slayer - Christ Illusion is one of the worst i've ever seen lol.

They had to change that one too? Because I know that the "political correct" cover of "God Hates Us All" is ugly as hell, while the original one is really good looking.
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09.02.2010 - 19:01
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Written by Warman on 09.02.2010 at 18:59

Written by Valentin B on 09.02.2010 at 18:40

The politically correct cover of Slayer - Christ Illusion is one of the worst i've ever seen lol.

They had to change that one too? Because I know that the "political correct" cover of "God Hates Us All" is ugly as hell, while the original one is really good looking.

yeah:
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09.02.2010 - 19:04
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by Valentin B on 09.02.2010 at 19:01

yeah

Okay, that one was almost just as ugly...
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27.02.2010 - 17:30
Inlé
Bump.



Wat XD
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27.02.2010 - 17:43
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
This seems to be really funny band

"Novak Majstorovic was charged with arson and burglary in relation to the torching of the 100+-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church in Ascot Vale, Australia in August 2004. He was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in Youth Detention."

their "best of album" - "Is for people with computers. Contains programs, PORN, games, film clips and a 'best of' SchwarzReich. The SchwarzReich essential"
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27.02.2010 - 17:48
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by danielllewis on 30.01.2010 at 23:09

Album covers are really important for me. If a cover looks stupid, it makes me not want to buy or even listen to the album.


This sounds really funny from a guy who likes a band with an album with two girl full of shit making out in their cover.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.02.2010 - 18:36
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.02.2010 at 17:48

Written by danielllewis on 30.01.2010 at 23:09

Album covers are really important for me. If a cover looks stupid, it makes me not want to buy or even listen to the album.


This sounds really funny from a guy who likes a band with an album with two girl full of shit making out in their cover.


Girls making out!? Which album?
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27.02.2010 - 19:38
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I was wondering too, but was ashamed of asking
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27.02.2010 - 20:10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Ellrohir on 27.02.2010 at 19:38

I was wondering too, but was ashamed of asking


Written by Uirapuru on 27.02.2010 at 18:36

Girls making out!? Which album?


Ok... so there are two options:
1- You did not read the full sentence that explained that those girls were full of shit, literally....
2- You want to see two girls full of shit making out... you sick dude.

I'm not posting it here, so just search for Torsofuck - Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy...


You guys are sick.... The music is good though!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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28.02.2010 - 04:59
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.02.2010 at 20:10

Written by Ellrohir on 27.02.2010 at 19:38

I was wondering too, but was ashamed of asking


Written by Uirapuru on 27.02.2010 at 18:36

Girls making out!? Which album?


Ok... so there are two options:
1- You did not read the full sentence that explained that those girls were full of shit, literally....
2- You want to see two girls full of shit making out... you sick dude.

I'm not posting it here, so just search for Torsofuck - Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy...


You guys are sick.... The music is good though!


hahaha

I've seen the ''covered in shit'' part.

Its just that.. girls making out... better see and regret after than never see it... except for Two girls One cup...
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28.02.2010 - 09:35
Harlequin Devon
Black Sabbath's Paranoid


It's seriously awful, but I never hear anybody talk shit about it because the songs themselves are classics.
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28.02.2010 - 11:21
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Lol...is it motorcycle helmet on the guy's head?
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01.03.2010 - 18:24
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Uirapuru on 27.02.2010 at 18:36

Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.02.2010 at 17:48

Written by danielllewis on 30.01.2010 at 23:09

Album covers are really important for me. If a cover looks stupid, it makes me not want to buy or even listen to the album.


This sounds really funny from a guy who likes a band with an album with two girl full of shit making out in their cover.


Girls making out!? Which album?


I thought he was referring to Heavenly's "Carpe Diem"
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01.03.2010 - 22:51
Don Martin
le fu-
This is probably the worst cover I've ever seen (music in general):


Turning Point, my dad has this record...

Worst Metal cover:


Key Dragon, they look pretty cheesy too
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02.03.2010 - 01:15
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Quote:
Written by JÄY on 01.03.2010 at 18:24

Girls making out!? Which album?


I thought he was referring to Heavenly's "Carpe Diem"


omg
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02.03.2010 - 01:19
Warman
Erotic Stains
OMFG! I've never taken a close look at the "Paranoid" cover... can't believe how f-ing ugly it is!

Oh and Key Dragon covers rules!
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02.03.2010 - 04:53
danielllewis
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.02.2010 at 17:48

Written by danielllewis on 30.01.2010 at 23:09

Album covers are really important for me. If a cover looks stupid, it makes me not want to buy or even listen to the album.


This sounds really funny from a guy who likes a band with an album with two girl full of shit making out in their cover.


Well personally I thought it was funny... This one is even better!
http://img12.nnm.ru/a/b/4/3/c/ab43c79a471907bcc7725c0787f5a630_full.jpg
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10.04.2010 - 04:15
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust


That mustache is pretty sweet though...
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14.04.2010 - 22:56
GT
Coffee!!
Written by Introspekrieg on 09.01.2010 at 20:57

Written by Guest on 09.01.2010 at 20:47

The Russian Roulette cover is a pretty unique metaphor in regard to the album title (find out which burger is tainted with mad cow)


I wouldn't give them too much credit, that album is from 1980, didn't mad cow come into precedence around 1984?

It might also have something to do with the razorblade sticking out from the burger on the right
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15.04.2010 - 02:17
Zombie
Thrash'tillDeath
Dethkorpz - Metal Tit

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15.04.2010 - 02:44
Insineratehymn
Account deleted
Written by Zombie on 15.04.2010 at 02:17

Dethkorpz - Metal Tit



This is the only way I know how to respond to something like that:
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15.04.2010 - 03:02
Zombie
Thrash'tillDeath
LULZ !!
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