29. Testament- Souls of Black- The fourth album by these Bay Area thrashers saw the band try different types of influence in their sound. I so remember seeing this amazing cover with these dark phantoms and being completely captivated by it!
28. Morbid Angel- Domination- The fourth album by one of the greatest death metal acts in the world, saw them make their major label debut. The computer generated image of a desolate world with the huge pentagram that is the band's symbol, in the foreground really pops thanks to the vivid colors.
26. Kreator- Pleasure to Kill- The second album by Germany's kings of thrash metal is a subgenre classic. And, the cover where their demon mascot battles skeletons is pretty badass and evokes a very metal version of a Sinbad/ Ray Harryhausen movie.
25. Dimmu Borgir- Godless Savage Garden- This compilation album by black metal band Dimmu Borgir features a haunting beauty sitting on a throne in a garden that looks like Batman villianess Poison Ivy would be right at home at it.
24. Mercyful Fate- Don't Break the Oath- The second album by Mercyful Fate has what might be their most iconic cover as Satan, himself, points to you from the very depths of hell!
WatchMojo.com's recent list of the most controversial covers, of all time. But, when you have a cover where two zombies are aborting an embryo from a butchered woman's body, while other dead and decaying embryos hang, well, that was bound to piss someone off! Not me though. I think it fucking rules!
22. Cradle of Filth- Midian- The fourth album from this extreme metal band was inspired by the novel Cabal by Clive Barker and the his subsequent film, Nightbreed, based on said book. Midian is where the monsters live, both sources tell us. The excellent cover by JK Potter has monsters, including a beautiful goth chick with bat wings (what else would expect from CoF?) and the entrance to Midian.
21. Vital Remains- Icons of Evil- The sixth album, and last to have Glenn Benton on vocals, of this brutal death band has a cover inspired by Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion of the Christ (a sample of which is used in the opener of the album). One difference from the film, though is that the one doing the hammering on Christ has a ring with a pentagram on it.
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