THAT METAL DEBATE: Top 5 Worst Album Covers (On Great Albums)

by (@_bobina)

Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by comedian/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and former front man of Queensryche Geoff Tate, who talked about the betrayal that came with the implosion of the band. Also on our mini stage, we had guest shredder George Lynch joining in on the action.

This week’s TMS Top 5 is different from the rest. Instead of choosing a list based on just the music, we decided to combine music and looks to come up with the Top 5 Worst Album Covers, but the albums have to be great. (We are superficial, we know.) Here’s what we came up with.

TMS Top 5 Worst Album Covers on Great Albums

1. Riot – Fire Down Under

Eddie, Don, and Jim all agree it’s an amazing record, but Riot has had a series of horrendous album covers so we can’t really say we’re surpised by it being #1.  Jim also said it makes him want to club a baby seal. (Don’t worry PETA, no seals were harmed during the filming of That Metal Show).

2. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

No comment needed.

3. Led Zeppelin – IV

It’s an old guy with sticks walking through the woods. Can we confirm if Jimmy Page bought this at a garage sale?

4. Accept – Balls To The Wall

A  hairy leg, really? And what’s in his hand?

5. Cinderella – Night Songs

This is a very deceptive album cover, the guys of Cinderella are all glammed out, but it’s a hard rockin’ album. They even sound like AC/DC at times, but we know the boys from Australia wouldn’t be caught dead in this getup. Bad form guys!

We know there are terrible album covers (on great albums) out there and we want to know your Top 5! Leave a comment with your Top 5 and see an all new episode of That Metal Show with Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith this Saturday night at 11/10c on VH1 Classic.