Sunday, March 11, 2007

Judge the album cover

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Horror and fantasy have often appeared on metal album covers. Here is the cover of Cirith Ungol's 1984 release "King of the dead". So do you like it, not like it or think that it's just okay?

19 Comments:

Blogger Brad said...

The artwork is stellar. The imagery is overdone, even by early-80s standards.

The crime here is that if you aren't a fan of the band, and you pick this up, there's a good chance you can't see the band logo. Why bury the band and highlight an oil painting?

8:27 PM  
Blogger John Mutford said...

I love it. Like a cross between a Carvaggio painting and old He-Man cartoons with a dash of evil.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Luiz said...

Hi Mark, long time reader, first time poster here. First, I'd like to congratulate you for the great site. I'm addicted to it!
Now, about the cover, I think it's amazing! I was really into the sword-and-sorcery themes in the 80s (when I was a teenager), I used to love the Conan movies and comics, and Manowar at that time was a religion to me. So you can imagine my reaction when I first saw that cover... it reminded me of some Frank Frazetta artworks... I just loved it - much, much more than the music in that album itself...

6:31 AM  
Blogger FredCQ said...

I love that cover. Is that a Frank Frazetta painting? Frazetta did a lot of Conan art. I went to his gallery in PA. a few years back. It was awesome seeing those paintings in person.

7:19 AM  
Blogger aXe mAn said...

I don't really care for that album cover. Nothing really stands out to me on it.
Their band logo needs to stand out more.

9:38 AM  
Blogger FredCQ said...

Mark - I would love to read a review of this album. I've heard a song or two by this band and have often wondered if they are any good. Some people seem to really like them. Maybe you can give us a quicky review some day.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

The only album I have heard by these guys is One foot in hell and that was a long time ago. I should probably pick up some of their stuff soon. Here is the link for an interview with their drummer. He does talk some about the cover art.
http://www.sleazegrinder.com/int_CirithUngol.htm

10:16 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

+++. It's like a good fantasy novel cover.

-- david

12:46 PM  
Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

I think the art work is really cool, neat layout and all... I Like It.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

everyone else sums up my opinion, and we used to swap Conan books back and forth, so of course this meets my approval!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Andre du Plessis said...

Dungeons and Dragons ? Of course I like it...

1:10 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I like the cover a lot except I agree the band logo should have been more easier to see.

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cover was from a Michale Moorcock book from DAW, one of the Elric series...GREAT books by the way...
I had this poster on my wall back in the day, from the book, not the band, so I dig on the cover!!!!

5:49 AM  
Blogger etain_lavena said...

I love anything with sculls, I have seen this cover before.
I am always in awe of the detail:)

6:00 AM  
Blogger RockDog said...

I love that cover art! Very cool!

7:48 AM  
Blogger BeckEye said...

Back in the '80s I would've thought it was cool, but it's kind of dated and cheesy now, no?

4:49 PM  
Blogger DPTH International said...

I Love It! That's it. I'm a sucker for these fantasy covers.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Luiz said...

Hey beckeye...

That's the very beauty of it. How many album covers (if they're still making albuns in these times of MP3...) today would fire the imagination of a 12 year old kid like this? No one, unfortunately...

7:58 PM  
Blogger dschalek said...

A band that dropped off the radar long before they could've peaked. They're from Ventura, California, and still have some connections to L.A's reappearing thrash scene.

9:56 PM  

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