The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

Categories: Metal

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By Jason Roche

Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside...

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25.
Helloween
Better Than Raw (1998)
This haunted house wouldn't be complete without an alluring and sexy witch to distract you, but you likely won't be happy with your final fate. Unfortunately, Helloween's Better Than Raw album cover (above) is more memorable than the music contained, as this album is not one of the European power-metal outfit's better efforts.

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Pentagram
Last Rites (2011)
Pentagram leader Bobby Liebling has been through hell and back since he first concocted his brand of doom-rock in the early 1970s. The album cover is a reminder that death will be waiting for you in the end, ready to log you into his guestbook.

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23.
Unsane
Wreck (2012)
New York noise-rockers Unsane's latest showed that five years off between albums had not dulled their edge. But the real question here is: Whose blood is this? Is it yours? Did it come from me? Does the blood on this man's hand belong to...both of us?

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22.
Deceased
Supernatural Addiction (2000)
Virginia death-thrashers Deceased have made a career out of mining the macabre. Edgar Allen Poe may feature prominently on this cover, but he is not the only source of inspiration on this album, which also features songs inspired by vintage EC Comics, The Twilight Zone, and more.

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Ghost
Opus Eponymous (2010)
When there's a large lurking evil pope hovering with its arms raised above a creepy house, you should probably stay away. These Swedish rockers sing delightfully melodic odes to Satan, which somehow seem even more sinister than abrasive death and black metal.


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12 comments
Tony Holzhauer
Tony Holzhauer

I also own a JW Gacy Pogo...he painted dozens of em via template, they are out there !!!...lets just say Mom aint too happy about it !!!!

azazel.acheron
azazel.acheron

No Carcass, "Symphonies of Sickness"?  Instead, Ozzy dressed up as Wolfman, and Marilyn Manson?  Marilyn Manson isn't even METAL...

Eric Eddy
Eric Eddy

Why are we regurgitating articles from Halloween-- 2 years ago?!

blackroseMD1
blackroseMD1

Mayhem - Dawn of the Black Hearts has to be the creepiest. The cover is a picture of their lead singer dead after he'd slashed his wrists, neck and then shot himself in the face with a shotgun. None of these come close to topping that.

Belphomet
Belphomet

lmao what an awful fucking list, clearly made by someone that's very out of touch with the Metal genre and was just paid to slap this shit together for the casuals.

DumboJumbo
DumboJumbo

Black Sabbath - Black SabbathDio - MagicaAnd as a Rammstein fan, I have to throw in Sehnsucht and LiFAD (imo one of the greatest album covers ever) 

BaldMitchConnor
BaldMitchConnor

this list sux. almost all your picks are cartoonish not creepy

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