By Jason Roche
Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside...
Better Than Raw (1998)
This haunted house wouldn't be complete without an alluring and sexy witch to distract you, but you likely won't be happy with your final fate. Unfortunately, Helloween's Better Than Raw
album cover (above) is more memorable than the music contained, as this album is not one of the European power-metal outfit's better efforts.
Last Rites (2011)
Pentagram leader Bobby Liebling has been through hell and back since he first concocted his brand of doom-rock in the early 1970s. The album cover is a reminder that death will be waiting for you in the end, ready to log you into his guestbook.
New York noise-rockers Unsane's latest showed that five years off between albums had not dulled their edge. But the real question here is: Whose blood is this? Is it yours? Did it come from me? Does the blood on this man's hand belong to...both of us?
Supernatural Addiction (2000)
Virginia death-thrashers Deceased have made a career out of mining the macabre. Edgar Allen Poe may feature prominently on this cover, but he is not the only source of inspiration on this album, which also features songs inspired by vintage EC Comics, The Twilight Zone
, and more.
Opus Eponymous (2010)
When there's a large lurking evil pope hovering with its arms raised above a creepy house, you should probably stay away. These Swedish rockers sing delightfully melodic odes to Satan, which somehow seem even more sinister than abrasive death and black metal.