Top Ten Goriest Metal Album CoversAs 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 Goriest Metal Album Covers
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.
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
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
How are cartoon covers above this?
Two zombie butchers performing a nasty abortion on a mutilated woman's corpse, and dead infants are hung from the ceiling behind them.
I think cannibal corpse owns this list!
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.
Looks like someone's making an interesting dinner in this kitchen...
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.
Despite the name "Human Jerky", this is a cow's severed head, laid very carefully on a mess of bloody flesh.
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.
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
I see dead people.
Carcass gives me orgasm
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.
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.
They count because they're half death metal.