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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grave Digger, Grave Digger

Album Title:Liberty Or Death (2007)
Band: Grave Digger
Record Label: Locomotive Music
Artist: Gyula Havancsak

 Both illustrator and designer, Gyula Havancsak has been painting albums and book covers since the early 2000's. Working with bands like Annihilator, Nightingale, Destruction, Stratovarius, Grave Digger and many others, Gyula's preferred media is digital.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spawn Of Possession, Incurso

Album Title: Incurso (Year)
Band: Spawn Of Possession
Record Label: Relapse records
Artist: Par Olofsson

Swedish artist Par Olofsson painted this lovecraftian cover for death metal band Spawn of Possession. Olofson is also behind the album covers of Immortal, Dying Fetus, Immolation and several others.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Helloween, Better Than Raw

Album Title: Better Than Raw (1998)
Band: Helloween
Record Label: Castle
Artist: Rainer Laws

Germany-based artist Rainer Laws painted several covers for bands like Holy Moses, Helloween, and Masterplan. This Better Than Raw Helloween cover is a reference to the Smurfs, where evil sorcerer Gargamel plots to use the smurfs as ingredient for an evil potion. Laws depicted Gargamel as a sexy witch, and replaced the smurfs with Helloween's trademark pumpkins.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Meat Loaf, Dead Ringer

Album Title: Dead Ringer (1981)
Band: Meat Loaf
Record Label: Epic
Artist: Bernie Wrightson

Award-winning artist Bernie Wrightson was commissioned to work on this classic Meat Loaf album. Wrightson is famous for his horror comic books and illustrations, and is also the co-creator of Swamp Thing, with Marvel's Stan Lee.Wrightson won several awards with his work, including Shazam Award, HP Lovecraft Award, and more recently the National Cartoonist Society Award in 2012.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sepultura, Chaos A.D.

Album Title: Chaos A.D. (1993)
Band: Sepultura
Record Label: Roadrunner

Michael Whelan is an American artist who, for more than 30 years, has worked as a sci-fi and fantasy illustrator. Since the mid-90s, Michael is pursuing a fine art career, selling non-commissioned paintings through galleries in the United States. Michael Whelan is the first living artist to be inducted in the Science Fiction Hall Of Fame (2009).

Kreator, Phantom Antichrist

Album Title: Phantom Antichrist (2012)
Band: Kreator
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
Artist: Wes Benscoter

Pennsylvania, USA based artist Wes Benscoter is a well known figure in the heavy metal landscape. His unique airbrush art can be seen on famous albums from Vader, Slayer, Hypocrisy, Dio, Broken Hope and Autopsy, among many others.

Molly Hatchet, Molly Hatchet

Album Title: Molly Hatchet (1978)
Band: Molly Hatchet
Record Label: Epic

Frank Frazetta is a legendary sci-fi and fantasy artist. Notable for his paintings and creepy comic books, many paintings by Frazetta can be seen on heavy metal covers, including Molly Hatchet, Nazareth and Wolfmother.

Disturbed, The Lost Children

Album Title: The Lost Children (2011)
Band: Disturbed
Record Label: Reprise
Artist: Raymond Swanland

Raymond Swanland is a full-time freelance illustrator and designer. His credits include art for Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Aliens vs Predator and many others prestigious names and brands.

Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell

Album Title: Bat Out Of Hell (1977)
Band: Meat Loaf
Record Label: Cleveland Intl. / Epic

Concept for this cover art is credited to Jim Steinman, but the painting is by Richard Corben, a cult icon from the 70s and 80s. Corben influenced an entire generation of artists, thru his unique work in Heavy Metal magazine, and his countless illustrations published in the most famous magazines around the world.

Mercyful Fate, Don't Break The Oath

Album Title: Don't Break The Oath (1988)
Band: Mercyful Fate
Record Label: Roadracer
Artist: Thomas Holm

Sweden-based Thomas Holm works as a commercial illustrator and fine arts painter. Thomas painted most of Mercyful Fate / King Diamond's covers thru his company Studio Dzyan (co-owned with designer Torbjorn Jorgensen.

Suffocation, Pinnacle Of Bedlam

Album Title:Pinnacle of Bedlam (2013)
Band: Suffocation
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Artist: Raymond Swanland

Raymond Swanland is a full-time freelance illustrator and designer. His credits include art for Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Aliens vs Predator and many others prestigious names and brands.

Amon Amarth, Surtur Rising

Album Title: Surtur Rising (2011)
Band: Amon Amarth
Record Label: Metal Blade
Artist: Tom Thiel

German artist Tom Thiel is a commercial illustrator who worked for video games, advertising and editorial commissions. Tom is responsible for most covers of Amon Amarth,
and also bands like Bloodbound, Brainstorm, Cutty Sark and Symphony X.