Most Atmospheric Metal Album Covers

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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.

The Top Ten

1 Damnation - Opeth

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2 Alice In Hell - Annihilator

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

3 Somewhere Far Beyond - Blind Guardian

Mystery, twilight, nostalgia. - Metal_Treasure

4 Blackwater Park - Opeth
5 Spirit - Eluveitie
6 Under the Sign of Hell - Gorgoroth
7 Morningrise - Opeth
8 Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards

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

9 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum
10 Slania - Eluveitie

The Contenders

11 Never, Neverland - Annihilator

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

12 Tonight's Decision - Katatonia
13 The Return - Bathory
14 Dead Winter Dead - Savatage
15 Dark Medieval Times - Satyricon

Black metal essential. - IronSabbathPriest

16 Wintersun - Wintersun
17 Live - Blind Guardian
18 Mirror of Souls - Theocracy
19 Paradise Lost - Symphony X
20 Wishmaster - Nightwish
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