Top Ten Goriest Metal Album Covers

As I am making this list, I start to wonder if the Top Tens staff who reviews this list will censor these covers if the list is published. I for one, am hoping not. It would be a great way to display just how gruesome the artwork is, and would be convenient to display here so you can judge for yourself and vote! However, if this artwork gets censored (if any is displayed at all), I can assure you a simple Google Images search will reveal to you the most disgusting creations from deep inside the minds of a death metal band. I will also include a description with each item.

And a quick note - if you plan on adding to this list, try not to overflow it with those underground goregrind albums. Those are just mostly silly.

The Top Ten

1 Mayhem - Dawn Of The Black Hearts

It was hard to not put this at number one. Mayhem's original vocalist "Dead" committed suicide via shotgun through the mouth. His brain was "literally found laying in his lap." The remaining band members took a picture of their dead vocalist's gruesome corpse, and used it for the cover of this live album. Cannibal Corpse may have graphic drawings - but this is a real picture of a real suicide. - ThatStrangeKid42

This should be #1. All the other ones are depictions of violence, this is a picture of real guy who slit his wrists, slit his throat! And shot himself in the face with a shotgun - ryanrimmel

The album cover had the band's dead vocalist (ironically named dead) on the cover after his suicide. It's gory and the photo is real, unlike cannibal corpse's drawings - SirSkeletorThe3rd

How are cartoon covers above this? - gemcloben

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2 Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth

Two zombie butchers performing a nasty abortion on a mutilated woman's corpse, and dead infants are hung from the ceiling behind them. - ThatStrangeKid42

I think cannibal corpse owns this list! - Toucan

3 Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated

Cadaveric oral sex in a bloody tomb, with the atmospheric skulls and candles. Look closely, and you'll see some sort of severed human organ impaled with a dagger. - ThatStrangeKid42

4 Exhumed - Gore Metal Exhumed - Gore Metal Exhumed is an American death metal band from San Jose, California that is currently signed to Relapse Records.

Looks like someone's making an interesting dinner in this kitchen... - ThatStrangeKid42

5 Aborted - The Purity Of Perversion

This looks very real. A bloody, mutilated corpse of a young blonde woman lays in a pool of her own blood. It also seems her chest has been ripped open, Ridley Scott-style. - ThatStrangeKid42

6 Cattle Decapitation - Human Jerky

Despite the name "Human Jerky", this is a cow's severed head, laid very carefully on a mess of bloody flesh. - ThatStrangeKid42

7 Cattle Decapitation - Humanure

When I first saw this cover, I thought it was a more gorier version of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother.

A cow defecates the remains of a human. The figure of the man's face is seen in the waste. - ThatStrangeKid42

8 Carcass - Reek Of Putrefaction

This should be #2. These are real dead bodies from a medical dictionary compiled into one album cover. This is how goregrind got its name - ryanrimmel

I see dead people. - ThatStrangeKid42

Carcass gives me orgasm

9 Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn

A nude woman gives birth to two baby demons - one crawls out through her crotch, the other bursting out of her abdomen. Blood splatters everywhere. The demonic doctors standing by don't seem to be doing much to lessen her pain. - ThatStrangeKid42

10 Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

Normally, we don't think of metalcore as violent, especially BMTH. But the cover for their sophomore release features a young girl in a black dress holding a pile of intestines. Her hands and forearms are practically painted with blood. The only setback was the remix version - the red was changed to green, making it a lot more comical. - ThatStrangeKid42

The Contenders

11 Cannibal Corpse - Gallery of Suicide
12 Retch - Ben-Wa Baby Heads
13 Cannibal Corpse - Eaten Back to Life
14 Torture Killer - For Maggots to Devour
15 Cannibal Corpse - Gore Obsessed
16 Torture Killer - Sewers
17 Impaled - The Dead Shall Dead Remain

They count because they're half death metal.

18 Cattle Decapitation - to Serve Man
19 Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
20 Hemdale - In the Name of Gore
21 Gorgasm - Masticate to Dominate
22 XXX Maniak - Harvesting the C*NT Nectar
23 Severe Torture - Misanthropic Carnage
24 Katalepsy - Musick Brings Injuries
25 Grotesque Formation - Basement Decompositions
26 Christ Illusion - Slayer
27 Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
28 Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency - Epicardiectomy

Pretty gory. - Metalhead1997

29 Matando Gueros - Brujeria
30 The Dead Shall Remain - Impaled
31 Mondo Medicale - Impaled
32 For Maggots to Devour - Torture Killer
33 The Purity of Perversion - Aborted
34 Severed Eyes of Possession - Wurdulak
35 Gore Metal - Exhumed
36 Reek of Pubescent Despoilment - Guttural Secrete
37 Uterovaginal Insertion of Extirpated Anomalies - Cephalotripsy
38 Severed Survival - Autopsy
39 Ingested - Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering
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Top Remixes

1. Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth
2. Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated
3. Exhumed - Gore Metal


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