TOP 25 Best album covers 2013

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TOP 25 Best album covers 2013 chosen by Bandmill

Here are the 25 holy chosen ones from 2013 (see the rest 119 best album covers from here). It was great to see such diversity throughout the year and like always bands that are still trying to get to the top have the best covers. The only ‘mainstream’ (if you can say this anymore in metal and hard rock genre) bands included to this list are Amorphis, Carcass (with amazing comeback album), Ghost (album of the year?), Michael Monroe and Satyricon. Ok, maybe Serenity and Six Feet Under could go under this category.

So why these not so familiar bands have better covers than many mainstream bands with bigger budgets? From my experience it’s mainly because they still have the hunger and creative vitality in everything what they do. They are more willing to try out different things and are more open for creative solutions. But sometimes this quite blue-eyed and naive thinking can also do really bad damage (see my upcoming and previous posts about funny album covers) but in these cases below everything went smoothly. This is also why I love to work with younger bands. Unlike many experienced bands they give room and creative freedom for the graphic designer so you don’t get that tied up feeling. On the other hand older bands and musicians know better what they want and the feedback is usually more honest. To a designer they can give more challenge which is always good thing.

There are pros and cons in everything, probably also in my choices here. Let me know your thoughts and opinions from these. They are not in particular order, I ordered them alphabetically so there is not number 1 anymore. Enjoy and have a metal year 2014!

Alghazanth - The three-faced pilgrim

Alghazanth – The three-faced pilgrim

Amorphis - Circle

Amorphis – Circle

Black Crucifixion - Coronation of King Darkness

Black Crucifixion – Coronation of King Darkness

Breakdown Of Sanity - Perception

Breakdown Of Sanity – Perception

Carcass - Surgical Steel

Carcass – Surgical Steel

Code - Augur nox

<Code> – Augur nox

Demon Lung - The Hundredth Name

Demon Lung – The Hundredth Name

Evergreen Terrace - Dead horses

Evergreen Terrace – Dead horses

Ghost-Infestissimum

Ghost-Infestissimum

Herder - Herder

Herder – Herder

In the Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad

In the Silence – A Fair Dream Gone Mad

Isaak - The longer the beard the harder the sound

Isaak – The longer the beard the harder the sound

Kuolemanlaakso - Musta aurinko nousee

Kuolemanlaakso – Musta aurinko nousee

Larman Clamor - Alligator heart

Larman Clamor – Alligator heart

Lord Dying - Summon the faithless

Lord Dying – Summon the faithless

Lumbar - The first and last days of unwelcome

Lumbar – The first and last days of unwelcome

Michael Monroe - Horns and halos

Michael Monroe – Horns and halos

Otargos - Apex Terror

Otargos – Apex Terror

Palms - Palms

Palms – Palms

Red Fang - Whales and leeches

Red Fang – Whales and leeches

Satyricon - Satyricon

Satyricon – Satyricon

Serenity - War of ages

Serenity – War of ages

Six Feet Under - Unborn

Six Feet Under – Unborn

Svart Crown - Profane

Svart Crown – Profane

The Brains - The Monster Within

The Brains – The Monster Within

 

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2 Responses to TOP 25 Best album covers 2013

  1. Thanos December 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Beastwars – Blood Becomes Fire
    Sulphur Aeon – Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide

    • Bandmill December 31, 2013 at 5:33 am #

      Good choices both! Throughout the year I try to find every release but for some reason I had missed these two. Especially Beastwars looked really good! Thanx for commenting!

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