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Post by bjorn agin on Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:42 am

One of the parts of having a physical album is having the cover artwork. That being said, what do you consider some of the all time best album artwork for Christian bands?
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Post by deathisgain on Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:27 pm

Messiah Prophet's "Mast of the Metal"
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Post by Throne of thorns on Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:48 pm

Excellent thread why didn't I think of that I will be back with some covers later so many to pic from.
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Post by Peter who was Vaak on Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:12 pm

These are my favorite.  The first is so weird, but so interesting.  Dave Quiggle made some legit covers back in the day.  Antestor's I just love because it's just different.  The picture matches the CDs atmosphere.  If it wouldn't be so weird, it'd almost feel right to be at a graveyard playing the CD which has the grim atmosphere, but great lyrics.  And Theocracy's is just perfect and encapsulates what the song was trying to get across.  The dude who did it(DiG, I think?) did a fantastic job.





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Post by Thiago-Brazil on Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:53 am

Nice thread. I need to think about it, this is a hard decision.

All I can say is: the winner won't be any of guardian artcovers. I will save those for the worst album cover artwork.
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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:40 pm

another fave of mine:


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Post by bjorn agin on Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:09 pm

A couple favorites of mine happen to be Tourniquet releases





This topic isn't limited to metal releases. This one just so happens to be my avatar. I love the humor in it (at least it's funny to me)



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Post by Candlemass on Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:16 pm

The beacons are lit!
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:49 am

Always Petra on thread like this!!! If not its a sin!!!  lol!













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Post by strangerhoncho on Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:31 pm

All I can say is "good album cover art is in the eye of the beholder!"  Haha.  Most of those posted are decent but others are TERRIBLE by any artistic standard!  That Theocracy cover looks like it was done in a free Paint program by a 12 year old.  Don't get me started on Tourniquet...they haven't had a single album cover that doesn't make me want to stab my eyes out (other than Stop the Bleeding which was mediocre but ok).  They're probably used in design classes the world over as examples of what not to do.

Before anybody gets their panties in a wad, like I said it's all in the eye of the beholder!  All opinions are valid when it comes to art, unfortunately for those with good taste.  Razz

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Post by CrimsonWarrior on Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:48 pm

Some of the best from Christian black metal:





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Post by Throne of thorns on Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:43 pm

strangerhoncho wrote:All I can say is "good album cover art is in the eye of the beholder!"  Haha.  Most of those posted are decent but others are TERRIBLE by any artistic standard!  That Theocracy cover looks like it was done in a free Paint program by a 12 year old.  Don't get me started on Tourniquet...they haven't had a single album cover that doesn't make me want to stab my eyes out (other than Stop the Bleeding which was mediocre but ok).  They're probably used in design classes the world over as examples of what not to do.

Before anybody gets their panties in a wad, like I said it's all in the eye of the beholder!  All opinions are valid when it comes to art, unfortunately for those with good taste.  Razz
This made me laugh thanks for that.
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Post by Throne of thorns on Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:46 pm

CrimsonWarrior wrote:Some of the best from Christian black metal:





 That majestic winter cover is Drawn swords art I am sure of it he is a member here.
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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:10 am

This might be my all time favorite cover. I wish it had never been banned. Rolling Eyes


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Post by Trouble72 on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:33 am

Anything that is done by Rodney Matthews.
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Post by CrimsonWarrior on Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:02 am

Throne of thorns wrote: That majestic winter cover is Drawn swords art I am sure of it he is a member here.
Indeed it is! I like his art a lot. Really matches this style of music.
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Post by deathisgain on Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:16 am

Peter who was Vaak wrote:The dude who did it(DiG, I think?) did a fantastic job.

I did "Mirror of Souls". I believe that "As the World Bleeds" was done by Felipe Machado Franco. I usually get kicked to the curb for his art. Wink

Just glad that mine didn't get singled out by stangerhoncho. Razz
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Post by Superjuice on Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:37 pm

Don't really care for the two Tourniquet albums listed: they would probably be the last ones I'd list from Ted & Co.  That Electrics cover is cool.

The Petra cover is fantastic as is Messiah Prophet.

Antestor cover is perfect.  Love the new album cover for the next Temple of Blood - nice work already.
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Re: The best album cover artwork

Post by jusma on Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:04 pm



I have always liked this.
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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:07 pm

jusma wrote:

I have always liked this.

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Post by bjorn agin on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:45 pm

Indeed good album cover art is in the eye of the beholder. I included the cover to Carry The Wounded because I thought it really conveyed what the song/album is about in a real way. No, it won't win any design awards, but it does a great job of relating the message.
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Post by WildWorld on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:58 pm

The entire Rob Rock discography pretty much qualifies.The cover art for California Metal and the Axemen and Classic Metal compilation albums should also be considered.

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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:59 pm

Yeah, Rob Rock has some good covers!

I've always loved the cover for the first California Metal album! The second California Metal was kind of a boring cover though. Both had great music!

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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:23 pm

I didn't realise how hard it would be to find an album cover I really, really like.

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Post by Hardcore Christian on Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:35 pm

spitshockey81 wrote:
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Post by Peter who was Vaak on Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:12 pm

deathisgain wrote:
Peter who was Vaak wrote:The dude who did it(DiG, I think?) did a fantastic job.

I did "Mirror of Souls". I believe that "As the World Bleeds" was done by Felipe Machado Franco. I usually get kicked to the curb for his art. Wink
Nah, honestly, I just chose ATWB because it was the newest and I thought you did both.  MOS is great.  The lettering all over was a great and really showed the detail well.
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Post by WildWorld on Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:08 pm

Here's the two compilation albums i mentioned:




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Post by eatbugs on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:05 am

strangerhoncho wrote:All I can say is "good album cover art is in the eye of the beholder!"  Haha.  Most of those posted are decent but others are TERRIBLE by any artistic standard!  That Theocracy cover looks like it was done in a free Paint program by a 12 year old.  Don't get me started on Tourniquet...they haven't had a single album cover that doesn't make me want to stab my eyes out (other than Stop the Bleeding which was mediocre but ok).  They're probably used in design classes the world over as examples of what not to do.

Before anybody gets their panties in a wad, like I said it's all in the eye of the beholder!  All opinions are valid when it comes to art, unfortunately for those with good taste.  Razz

Eye of the beholder is very true.  I also think context matters.  "Art" that makes a great metal album cover isn't art that would work most other places.  This beholder loves most of the covers in this thread as album covers.

I'm not trying to start a disagreement: I think you make a good point.  I'm curious though what covers you like.

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Post by bjorn agin on Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:04 pm

Another one worth mentioning



And a couple that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned yet.



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Post by Throne of thorns on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:24 am

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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:49 pm

bjorn agin wrote:Another one worth mentioning



And a couple that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned yet.





All three of those are some great covers!

Another one I've always liked:


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Post by Wildcat on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:59 pm

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I love both of these covers. I'm honestly a bit surprised that one of my personal favorites hasn't shown up yet given that two other BTA covers were mentioned. 

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Post by bjorn agin on Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:23 pm

Another one worthy of mentioning if we do our usual inclusion of Kings X.

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Post by strangerhoncho on Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:54 pm

eatbugs wrote:
  I'm curious though what covers you like.

I have the same tastes as spitshockey -- those are all great picks except for the Rob Rock one which is cheese city.  I also really dig BTA Terminate Damnation and I Am.  I could list hundreds I like.  Just not the ones I mentioned!

I used to really love that King's X cover above too.  Tons of theological meaning in that.

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Post by Fundy on Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:29 am

I know a number don't like this one, but I think it's great...
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Post by Throne of thorns on Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:14 pm

bjorn agin wrote:Another one worthy of mentioning if we do our usual inclusion of Kings X.

Yup my fav ever. This cover is what made me listen to this album and the album matches the cover perfectly.
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Post by KaramKaram on Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:29 pm

bjorn agin wrote:Another one worthy of mentioning if we do our usual inclusion of Kings X.

What's the name of the album?

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Post by strangerhoncho on Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:11 pm

self-titled by King's X

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Post by Superjuice on Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:51 pm

Wildcat wrote:
spitshockey81 wrote:


I love both of these covers. I'm honestly a bit surprised that one of my personal favorites hasn't shown up yet given that two other BTA covers were mentioned. 

Never seen that one.
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Post by deathisgain on Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:24 pm


This looks like Mike Myers doing a bad skit.
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