We are getting down to very best!! Here are the first half of the top 20 heavy metal album covers of all time!!
20. AC/DC- Highway to Hell- The fifth international release by these Aussie hard rockers is a classic of the highest order. It would be the last one that they recorded with their late, great signer Bon Scott and is my favorite album with him, as well as my second favorite of the band over all. It's iconic cover featuring the band is undoubtedly one of the greatest covers in all of hard rock.
19. Emperor- In the Nightside Eclipse- This is the first studio release by these masters of true Norwegian black metal. It is one of the absolute greatest and most influential in the history of black metal. The beautiful and creepy cover art was drawn by Kristian "Necrolord Wåhlin. It depicts orcs going to Minas Morgul, a city from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
17. Celtic Frost- To Mega Therion- The second album by the Swiss extreme metal band has an amazing and blasphemous cover by H.R. Giger named Satan I. The title is Greek for the "great beast" and is one of the truly great and most influential albums in all of extreme metal, having inspired many a death and black metal band.
15. Anthrax- Spreading the Disease- The second studio album by NY thrashers Anthrax was the first to have Joey Belladonna on vocals and Frank Bello on bass. The cover of a metal looking dude being looked on by guys in hazmat suits is perhaps the band's most popular cover. It is also happens to be their best looking one.
14. Cradle of Filth- The Principle of Evil Made Flesh- The debut by these black metallars has a cover that has everything I could ask for: hot lesbian vampire babes and blood! It is a stock image from founder of horror company Redemption, Nigel Wongrove's portfolio.
12. Cannibal Corpse- Butchered at Birth- The third studio album by this death metal act is one of it's most controversial. The graphic cover of a zombie literally eating out a tied and butchered female corpse is the stuff that will piss off anyone with a closed mind. Offensive and truly awesome this one really sums up the band at this time period perfectly!
The 175 Greatest Heavy Metal Album Covers of all Time Pt. 12: 50-41