Most Atmospheric Metal Album CoversMetal_Treasure Atmospheric cover - a cover having or producing an emotional atmosphere, creating a distinctive mood, typically of mystery, romance or nostalgia. Also covers with muted tones, softened or indistinct outlines (covers that look hazy).
Atmospheric conditions such as rain, snow or fog are often used to create this special feeling, especially a mysterious or romantic feeling. Also darkness, shadows, twilight, clouds.
In art, an atmospheric perspective, aka aerial perspective, is an effect used to create the illusion of depth (when far away objects take on the colors of atmospheric haze).
In metal there's no much room for romance so we are looking mainly for covers with sad, mysterious or nostalgic feelings. For example, kids and toys on a cover evoke nostalgic memories. Images of ancient or medieval times can also be nostalgic.
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Twilight, bedtime, the moon, clouds, toys, a mysterious silhouette at the door and a girl holding a candle - she can't fall asleep because she's afraid of the boogeyman...
This cover depicts the story from the song Alison Hell. - Metal_Treasure
Mystery, twilight, nostalgia. - Metal_Treasure
The cover depicts the story from the song Fiddler on the Green, where 2 kids die in a car accident. One of the saddest songs ever.
On this cover there are two cute kids sitting in a graveyard, and the mysterious Reaper is there, too... as well as the mysterious moon. - Metal_Treasure
Another very atmospheric album cover by Annihilator - Alice from the previous album is probably dead on this cover... A toy is next to her. The moon looks like a woman, probably her mother who ignored Alice's requests for help. Moon often symbolizes the mother (sun - the father).
Besides, dark colors, moonlight, water - all these elements are very atmospheric. - Metal_Treasure
Black metal essential. - IronSabbathPriest
I see a frozen dragon on this cover - dragon's head, wings and tail, placed in a very atmospheric background. - Metal_Treasure
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