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rwpj_
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Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2023 8:38 am
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 7:04 am 
 

What's everyone's favorite album cover artist and why? Does it just look good or does it have a special meaning to you and the music itself?

Personally, Misanthropic Art is my favorite, his style is quite nice, varied, and generally my type of artwork. The gritty, painting-like style can look absolutely beautiful (The Great Pandemonium) or gorgeously morbid (Death Ordinance). He also helped me discover some great underground bands that I'd most likely never find any other way. Cauldron Black Ram, Total Hate, and Lunar Blood to name a few.

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ChineseDownhill
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 9:42 am 
 

I'm gonna go way out on a limb and namedrop an obscure artist named "Dan Seagrave."

His cover for Effigy of the Forgotten is probably the first example where I said Wow, that's quite good, I wonder who made that? Then learned to associate his name with a style that looks appropriate for metal, but without relying on gratuitous blood and gore.
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doomicus
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 10:14 am 
 

Probably Michael Whelan. That whole sci fi / fantasy pulp fiction style is just nostalgic to me and really captures the archaic and mystical feeling I love in heavy metal. Besides him, I’m particularly fond of Andreas Marschall. So many stone cold iconic classics in his portfolio.
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LilTito
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 10:59 am 
 

Adam Burke, Elijah Tamu, Antichrist Kramer, Metastazis on the top of my head. The label I, Voidhanger in general has the most fantastic artwork

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Evil Entity
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Joined: Tue Oct 03, 2023 5:31 am
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 11:15 am 
 

Jim Fitzpatrick for the classic celtic and Thin Lizzy stuff.

James Bousema is coming up quick. Spiritworld's "Deathwestern" is one of the best covers ever.

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akb88
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Joined: Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:28 pm
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Location: Iceland
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2023 11:46 am 
 

Derek Riggs
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Ghost of Christmas Last
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 9:21 am 
 

I say check out Artem Grigoryev. His works may look a bit samey but they are incredibly consistent and would not look out of place in a non-metal setting.

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Hardworlder
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Joined: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:42 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 11:12 am 
 

doomicus wrote:
Probably Michael Whelan. That whole sci fi / fantasy pulp fiction style is just nostalgic to me and really captures the archaic and mystical feeling I love in heavy metal. Besides him, I’m particularly fond of Andreas Marschall. So many stone cold iconic classics in his portfolio.


I'm a huge MW fan. I have a signed copy of The Dark Tower, and a framed print from the same series. He's one of my favorites.

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Xymosys
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 11:21 am 
 

Well, I would pick Travis Smith simply because of his Opeth and Katatonia album art. I adore that eerie, haunting, cold feeling and bleak colors...
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Goatizer
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Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:31 am
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 7:51 pm 
 

Chris Moyen, always kind of bleak looking, church of satan themed

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democracyiscringe
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Joined: Wed Jul 19, 2023 5:44 pm
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 8:15 pm 
 

Besides the usual suspects

Jon Zig for basically ruling the late 90s/post-millennium death metal aesthetic + sheer prolificness.

The various one hit wonder artists Dio used, like Steve Huston (credited for the incredibly haunting Dream Evil cover), etc. I'm not 100% convinced all these random artists who have one single Dio cover under their name aren't just the same guy going by different pseudonyms, but anyway, they all rule.

Ed Repka gets some shit for tracing/plagiarizing, but his garish comic book color schemes defined thrash metal in a lot of ways.


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SanPeron
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 8:33 pm 
 

Dan Seagrave is an absolute beast of a painter.
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metalkeith
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Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:07 pm
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 11:14 pm 
 

Joe Petagno. Obviously, he's probably best known for his work with Motörhead, but he's done fantastic covers and artwork for many bands. He's the master of "I'm going to look at this cover while I listen to the album" covers.

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lennonlikesmetal
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Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:25 am
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:03 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Torrid/66584

I love the Perversor art.

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CrystalMountain
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 2:15 pm 
 

I do agree that Dan Seagrave is kind of the goat. But for a newer, less popular pick; I'm a fan of Guang Yang

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CoconutBackwards
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Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:02 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 3:15 pm 
 

I'm posting this link, because I've found this endlessly entertaining over the years.

Also, I probably discovered this site through this board:

https://artplagiarism.wordpress.com/
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Wrldeatr
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Joined: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:13 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 10:58 pm 
 

CoconutBackwards wrote:
I'm posting this link, because I've found this endlessly entertaining over the years.

Also, I probably discovered this site through this board:

https://artplagiarism.wordpress.com/



This is fantastic, thanks. Pathetic that there are "artists" out there that resort to this crap, as if they were lazy college students, instead of artists getting paid to work.

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Kopremesis
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:15 pm
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Location: Germany
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2023 3:34 am 
 

Pär Olofsson

He is the reason for me to still buy albums just because of the cover artwork.

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Discordant
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Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:27 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2023 9:55 am 
 

Kristian "necrolord" Wåhlin have made some of my all-time favorite artwork. Weird no one mentioned him yet
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Meshugass666
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Joined: Sun Mar 05, 2023 9:12 am
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2023 5:53 pm 
 

Timo Ketola (RIP)

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