Even in the digital music age, eye-striking cover art is still incredibly valued in the heavy metal genre. But the line between ridiculously awesome and awesomely ridiculous often gets walked very precariously. We present to you this year's metal album covers that crossed that line.10. Foreseen
There's so much going on here, yet all we can focus on is the stray pack of smokes that lies amidst the pile of skulls.
9. A Breach of Silence
The Darkest Road
Everyone involved with this album cover: "The vulture here looks SICK, bro!" Everyone else: "This vulture looks clinically sick. It's going to die very soon."
A potentially gory scene of a crocodile having something to do with the disembowelment of a trapeze artist loses punch with this presentation. It may belong in an art gallery, but not on a metal album cover.
Lessons in Decay
A band has rubbed a designer the wrong way when he draws the hot metal chick with a look that says, "Pay me now so I can get the eff away from these creeps."
6. The Prophecy 23
Untrue Like a Boss
This is what you get when your band settles for artwork that has been passed over by Prophecies 1 through 22.
5. American Heritage
At least the designer knows the correct usage of the word "literally."
The Great Divide
Someone took Bebop and Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, replaced Bebop with a second Rocksteady, and sucked away all the fun.
Return of the Old Goat
2014 will forever be remembered as the year that the short-lived Krusty the Clown character "Disgruntled Goat" made his return on a black metal album cover.
2. Hombre Malo
Persistent Murmur of Words of Wrath
A night in the forest has gone awry when a bunch of vultures are presented with fresh meat for the picking, but instead stand around looking confused and annoyed.
Unleash the Fire
Riot's seal-headed mascot Johnny has been in some insane scenarios throughout the band's thirty-year career. But never before have we feared the real possibility of falling under his rule.