One of the visual calling cards of heavy metal music is it’s awesome album cover artwork. From the blown out post-hippie designs adorning Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records to the fantasy-themed illustrations of Dio and Iron Maiden and going to the extreme with thrash and death metal’s graphic portrayals of violence and brutality, eye popping cover art is as essential to the genre as distorted guitars and high-pitched singing. Self described “Giffer” Juan Betancourt has been animating some of his favorite album covers, metal or otherwise, and posting them on his hilarious Tumblr page and the results will grab your attention faster than Eddie The Head (see above) rattling at your back door. We’ve picked 10 of our favorites and we hope you enjoy them too.
The skies light up for this literal take on Metallica’s trailblazing sophomore effort, 1984’s Ride The Lightning.
This creepy cover for 1992’s Countdown to Extinction reaches new heights in animated form and was the breakout album for fellow thrash metal travelers Megadeth.
Hard rock godfathers Led Zeppelin were ready to take off after their 2007 reunion concert but no tour followed and the 2012 concert film and album Celebration Day are all that came of it.
The world is being hammered by the heavy metal trendsetters of Judas Priest on the cover of 1988’s Ram It Down.
One of heavy metal’s greatest mascots, Eddie The Head comes alive on the cover of 1983’s Piece Of Mind by Iron Maiden.
German speed metal merchants Helloween cemented the power metal style on their 1987 album Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1.
Groundbreaking death metal band Cannibal Corpse were banned in Germany due to the violent album cover art of 1991’s Butchered at Birth.
2014 saw the return of seminal death metal band Autopsy with their release of Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves.
Swedish power metal titans HammerFall unexpectedly covered new wave band The Knack on 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory.
Famed comic book artists Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane’s art comes alive on the cover of Korn’s 1998 nu metal breakout album, Follow The Leader.