I can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since I posted the first installment of “Black Metal Cover Art series.” Frankly, one of the many reasons to postpone the new episode of this art-dedicated sequence is because of how picky I am when it comes to visual design. To me, a successfully communicating artwork embodies creativity, broad-mindedness, brush mastery over level 99999 and originality. Many of my cover expeditions ended shortly after the beginning for I was overwhelmed by the same old shit: inverted images of guys wearing corpse paint, poorly drawn demons and worshippers invoking Satan and landscapes photoshopped the wrong way resulting in a completely and utterly boring picture. Don’t get me wrong, though, there are amazing black metal artworks out there but I wouldn’t say they belong to the underground sub-genre.

For the majority of the underground bands money is the issue that makes them choose to be either the designers themselves or hire a junior who is not sure how to transfer an idea into a great concept. By all means I don’t judge them for the situation they might have been in during the production of their works. We all struggle in one or another way. However, I do judge their assessment on what an acceptable/reasonable design is and what not. Now, let me show you 11 fine artworks that live up to the quality of the albums below.

Many good black metal albums have been doomed to remain unknown because of a poorly designer artwork. Musicians should be aware that this is the ultimate tool that grabs a music explorer’s attention and ignites his curiosity to check out the actual tracklist. It pretty much works like newspaper titles. Combining original artwork and music means new fans and satisfied existing ones. I hope you enjoyed this batch of good artworks. In the third installment of the cover series, I will show you some mediocre designs representing superb albums. The dangerous contrast…

Akhlys - The Dreaming I


Amiensus - Ascension

Bereft - Lost Ages


Entropia - Vesper

Klabautamann - Merkur

Mgla - Further Down the Nest

Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

Outre - Ghost Chants

The Great Old Ones - Tekeli Li


Black Lakes - Sorrow; black metal

Featured bands/albums:

Akhlys – The Dreaming I / Follow | Listen
Amiensus – AscensionFollow | Listen
Bereft – Lost AgesFollow | Listen
Entropia – VesperFollow | Listen
Klabautamann – MerkurFollow | Listen
Mgla – Further Down the NestFollow | Listen
Nightbringer – Ego Dominus TuusFollow | Listen
Outre – Ghost ChantsFollow | Listen
The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-LiFollow | Listen
Ur Draugr – The Wretched AsceticFollow | Listen
Black Lakes – SorrowFollow | Listen

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