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No better way to start the day than to blast Mayhem's “Wolf’s Lair Abyss" on my headphones.

No better way to start the day than to blast Mayhem's “Wolf’s Lair Abyss" on my headphones.

"Killing is not only a human desire". 
-Myrkskog

"Killing is not only a human desire".

-Myrkskog

Song of the day: Myrkskog - Deathmachine.

Song of the day: Mayhem - Wall of Water

Song of the day: 1349 - Atomic Chapel.

Just chillin’ with my limited edition Meshuggah LP on double brown vinyl! (Taken with instagram)

Just chillin’ with my limited edition Meshuggah LP on double brown vinyl! (Taken with instagram)

Song of the day: Thorns - Existence.

One of the greatest black-metal albums ever released.

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Best Album Covers

To me, the packaging is a huge part of any album. This is also one of the main reasons I haven’t been able to embrace digital downloads. The artwork helps enhance the mood of the album, and is supposed to reflect the image of the band and the different albums.

I really enjoy reading the lyrics, recording info, credits etc while listening to albums. I have tried to make a list of some of my favourite album covers, but they are in no specific order. Let me know if you agree or not!

Behemoth -The Apostacy

There’s really no doubt that this is a blackened death metal album is there? I mean, you don’t expect anything else but double bassdrums and demonic vocals when you look at this album cover. I’ve always wanted the statue on the cover to be in front of my house. That’d keep the Jehova’s Witness away, wouldn’t it?

Bjork - Homogenic

Homogenic is Bjorks most klinical sounding album, and the artwork really reflects that. I love the almost inhuman look on her on the cover, and the sterile background colors.

Circa Survive - On Letting Go

I love all of Circa Survive’s album covers. They are done by an artist called Esao Andrews, and are all stellar!

Demdike Stare - Elemental

This is one of the most impressive packages I’ve seen. They have used art by  Andy Votel and made a four page fold out where you can insert the four different LPs into the respective folders. Remarkable!

 

Gojira - From Mars To Sirius

This cover is just sick. I actually have a tattoo based on this album cover, that’s how much I love it! The album is great too.

Julien-K - Death To Analog

I actually won this LP after entering a remix-contest of the track Kick The Bass.There’s really no doubt that this is an electro album by looking at the artwork. The fold out vinyl edition is just awesome. 

 

Ladytron - Gravity The Seducer

Really iconic art work. Reminds me of the 80’s and Bowie, Peter Gabriel and the rest.

Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals

This is just a really provocative album cover. It really capturers the mood of the album, and enhances the inhuman and sterile vibe in the songs.

 

Mayhem - Dawn of the Black Hearts

Needless to say, this album is banned in most countries around the globe. The Norwegian band used a picture of when they found their lead singer,Dead, dead in his apartment after cutting his own wrists and blowing his brains out with a shotgun. It doesn’t get more metal than this!

 

Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood

A legendary album cover from the kings of The Sunset Strip. Really sums up what 80’s heavy metal was all about.

 

Nirvana - Nevermind

Legendary band. Legendary album. Legendary album cover. Nuff said.

 

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Proof that modern artists still care about packaging in this digital age.  The cover is an illustration by Virgil Finlay from the pulp magazine Weird Tales. It depicts a vampire looking at himself in a mirror.

 

A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step

My absolute favourite APC album. Like all of APCs albums, the artwork is done by Steven R Gilmore. This guy is one of my favourite cover designers, and has made all of the album covers to Skinny Puppy, Static X and many others.

 

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

This album cover says it all! It’s hard not to get that this band is political, and the music is angry.

 

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

One of my all-time favourite albums. The album cover is just as epic as the album itself.

 

Tool - 10 000 days

The 3D art on this album is just out of this world. Not a big fan of the band, but I love the visuals they provide in packaging, videos and on stage.

There you, just a few album covers I love, off the top of my mind.

Until next time;

Expect the unexpected…

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This album has been blowing up the speakers in my car stereo today. Badass black metal! 
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This album has been blowing up the speakers in my car stereo today. Badass black metal! 

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