The Top 20 Most Outrageous Heavy Metal Album Covers

December 19, 2008

Heavy metal bands have always relied on their album covers. Most metal bands wouldn’t have been half as popular if it wasn’t for their ridiculously awesome album art. But how did it go so wrong? When did bands start thinking it was okay to take their shirts off and pose as medieval warriors?

By Dustin Sussman

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20. Stryper: Soldiers Under Command

The Bible + Guns = Metal Masterpiece

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19. Stryken: First Strike

Strike three, you're out!

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18. Boned: Up At The Crack

Really?

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17. Attila: Attila

Billy Joel’s first band obviously had a thing for meat lockers.

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16. Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Not really sure who is raping this chick, but it doesn’t look pleasant.

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15. Whitesnake: Lovehunter

This had to be David Coverdale’s’ idea. What other metal mind would want to have a naked chick giving a lap dance to a giant snake on their record cover?

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14. Ozzy Osbourne: Speak of the Devil

Is that raspberry jam in his mouth?

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13. Morbid Angel: Covenant

It's like Satan study hall!

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12. Exodus: Bonded by Blood

That dude on the left got hosed.

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11. Anthrax: Fistful of Metal

Tiger uppercut!

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10. Pantera: Metal Magic

You would have thought that Dime and his Pantera chums could have created a better metal mascot than this cheesy catman creature. Meow!

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9. Metallica: Metal Up Your Ass

It's unbelievable to think that  Metal up Your Ass was supposed to be used as the band's first album name and sleeve. However, the record company convinced them to change it to Kill 'Em All.

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8. Danzig: Thrall Demonsweatlive

Glenn Danzig used to date this chick back in the '80s. I think she now works at a Denny's in Reno.

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7. Scorpions: Lovedrive

Freakin' Germans.

 

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6. Metallica: Load

This is what happens when friends let friends get really short haircuts.

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5. Twisted Sister: Stay Hungry

Pretty twisted, Dee.

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4. Poison: Look What the Cat Dragged In

This is just plain disgusting.

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3. Manowar: Anthology

I heard these guys work in Las Vegas handing out porn cards to tourists on the strip.

 

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2. W.A.S.P: Animal (F*ck Like a Beast)

I'm pretty sure Tipper Gore has this framed on the wall in her home office.

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1. Cannibal Corpse: Wretched Spawn

Every single Cannibal Corpse record is pretty revolting, but you've gotta give these guys credit for their creativity.

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