Trivium - In Waves

Best metal album covers 2011

Happy New Year 2012! Let’s all hope this one brings as much good album covers as did year 2011. We had a fine selection last year and as my first post in 2012 I’ll share 25 pieces of what was the best. The cream of the crap. Every month I did select one as the best monthly cover. However opinions change and I wanted to point out more variety and some covers I might even missed for some reason. Therefore this selection isn’t just the battle of previous year monthly covers. It is a general battle and ALL of them are really good album covers. I hope you agree with me at least with some of them. They are not in any particular order except the last one which is the best.

As always, it was more than hard to choose the best cover and if asked next year I could have a different opinion. The variety was really good last year. You got some “funny” yet good looking covers like Zombie Inc.’s ” A Dreadful Decease”, White Wizzards “Flying Tigers” and In Extremos “Sterneneisen”. Last two of them has also same and cool airplane theme.

There are planes, zombies, wolfs, statues, skulls and animals. All of them can work really well in a heavy metal album art when used properly. Enjoy these and feel free to comment! Salut!

Zombie INC. - A Dreadful Decease

Zombie INC. - A Dreadful Decease

 Good old zombie retro style with good typography. Never fails!

White Wizzard - Flying Tigers

White Wizzard - Flying Tigers

Good album cover can be funny too. Nice coloring and diagonality brings nice movement.

Sonne Adam - Transformation1

Sonne Adam - Transformation

A classic approach to album cover. B/W brings lot of depth.

Skindred - Union Black

Skindred - Union Black

Beautifully aligned elements with nice touch of black color.

Sixx A.M. - This is Gonna Hurt

Sixx A.M. - This is Gonna Hurt

One of the best albums overall from 2011 deserves a good album cover. Nice touch with the typography in album title.

Six Reasons To Kill - Architects of Perfection

Six Reasons To Kill - Architects of Perfection

Yes, more zombie action! If you want an illustrated monster, use a talented illustrator like SRTK have done here to avoid looking ridiculous.

Septic Flesh - The Great Mass

Septic Flesh - The Great Mass

This is really good example of good macro photography and stylish typography. Those statues look so alive it creeps me.

Powerwolf - Blood of the Saints

Powerwolf - Blood of the Saints

One of my personal favorite bands ever delivers excellent album covers also. This one is a killer!

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times MMXI

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times MMXI

Excellent typography and good illustration combined to brutal and killing yet romantic package.

Nightbringer - Hierophany of the Open Grave

Nightbringer - Hierophany of the Open Grave

I would love to see this on LP-format instead of small pic. Lot of cool details to look at.

Neonfly - Outshine the Sun

Neonfly - Outshine the Sun

Bring back the 80’s already! I just stop doing whatever I’m doing when looking at this. It is even hard to type… this.. sent… ence…

Lake of Tears - Illwill

Lake of Tears - Illwill

You gotta love the way how the branches orbit around the band logo.

Kittie - I've Failed You

Kittie - I've Failed You

The simplicity is the beauty factor in this touching artwork.

In Extremo - Sterneneisen

In Extremo - Sterneneisen

Like White Wizzard, cover art can be entertaining. This one is amazing!

Inevitable - End The Oculus

Inevitable - End The Oculus

This album art is so powerful and dramatic, yet simple. Nice touch with typography.

Evoken - Beneath The Frozen Soil

Evoken - Beneath The Frozen Soil

This is really haunting. I could place this on my wall with no problem whatsoever!

Disturbed - The Lost Children

Disturbed - The Lost Children

A brief to designer: “Put our Disturbed character hanging with weird looking kids. Make it look good, okay.” And so he did…

Decapitated - Carnival is Forever

Decapitated - Carnival is Forever

Good and simple image with nice focus on the face. Very effective.

Cycle of Pain - Cycle of Pain

Cycle of Pain - Cycle of Pain

What I really like this on is the color palette, which is very simple. The beautiful band logo fits here like a fist in the face.

Charred Walls Of The Damned - Cold Winds on Timeless Days

Charred Walls Of The Damned - Cold Winds on Timeless Days

Once again points to the designer. I can only imagine the creative brief he got. “Wintery scene, octopussy-like clock, triangles with hands, more hands, ice, glass…”

Book of Black - Earth The Cold Testament

Book of Black - Earth The Cold Testament

That wolf is the one wolf to rule them all. Really good illustration!

Bear - Doradus

Bear - Doradus

I just love the creative solution in this. Nice bear hands.

Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before The Hammer

Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before The Hammer

B/W works really well and the artwork is really something. Horns up!

Amorphis - The Beginning of Times

Amorphis - The Beginning of Times

It is an egg. A beautiful one. This is one of the best covers I’ve seen in years. Wolfmother had also the egg-theme in one of their covers but this one is just way better. Everything works here.

Best album cover 2011:

Trivium - In Waves

Trivium - In Waves

You don’t even see the band’s name here. Just the symbol which fits perfectly to this odd piece of land that is rising from the sea. Smoke, B/W, excellent photography and good typography makes this the best of the best 2011.

 

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