I had“Wild Pete Macy”guitar player from the Los Angeles via Brooklyn thrashers“Early Man”talk about his favorite album cover artwork - Check it out!
This is a list of some of my favorite album covers. I am by no means endorsing any of these as the “best of all time” or anything of that nature. I have very bad taste. For me, the more over the top the better. It’s heavy metal, not some art dork’s thesis. These record covers remind me of being a kid and going into Sam Goody or Record Town in the Swansea Mall to buy a Poison tape or a Guns N’ Roses cassingle and having something catch my eye that I had never heard of before but knew I needed to hear.The records I liked before I had ever heard them based on the cover alone. Records that I thought made me cooler just by owning them.
*Honorable Mention* – Death Penalty – Witchfinder General
-This record gets a mention as it has all the trappings of a really killer cover. It’s in a graveyard. The band members are dressed foolish. And there is a naked woman. Even though the music on this is really great, the cover is just a little too cheesy, even by my standards, to make the list. And that’s saying something.
10. “Stay Hungry” – Twisted Sister TS were one of the first metal bands I really loved. I remember being in kindergarten and thinking “I Wanna Rock” was the coolest song I’d ever heard. I’ll never forget walking into my cousin’s room and seeing “Stay Hungry” in the corner and freaking out. Some sort of mutant man-beast crouching in the corner eating what I had to assume at the time was human meat. I was hooked for life.
9. “Fighting The World” – Manowar I love Manowar. I really do. 100% without a trace of the irony that most “fans” I talk to have. This record cover is my favorite because you just know they were sitting around one day talking about how their new record needed an epic cover, like KISS’ Destroyer. So they hired the same artist to do the exact same album cover for them, except instead of KISS, it’s Manowar! It’s so over the top ridiculous it works perfectly. Extra bonus points for the Blow Your Speakers 7″, which is the exact same cover but with some topless babes waiting at Manowar’s feet.
8. “Once Upon The Cross” – DeicideThe autopsy of Jesus Christ. It’s not very clever, but goddamn it was jarring. Especially when listening to it between classes at your Catholic high school like I did. It was the aural equivalent of ramming the Satanic Bible down the principal’s throat, and the cover was like pissing on a crucifix.
7. “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” – W.A.S.P. A bloody crotch with a saw blade going through it. Need I say more? 1984 or 2010, that shit is genius.
6. “Blood, Guts, and Pussy” – The Dwarves It’s as if someone showed the cover of Samhain’s “Initium” to a bunch of middle school kids and asked them to improve upon it. 2 naked girls, 1 naked midget, and they’re all covered in blood. How did The Beatles not think of this first?
5. “The Ultimate Sin” – Ozzy Osbourne Anyone who has read theEarly Man blogknows that I love this record. But the cover is totally priceless. It’s got this insanely hot demon babe on the cover with glowing eyes and a retardedly awesome butt in skintight zebra pants. As if that wasn’t enough, you get a giant green Ozzy-dragon swooping in, all evil and freaky looking. Why Ozzy’s camp denies the existence of this record I’ll never know.
4. “Trilogy” – Yngwie J Malmsteen In the land of the overblown, only one man has what it takes to be king. Yngwie J Malmsteen. I bought this on cassette when I was in 3rd grade. And the reason I chose this over his over records was this cover, a completely over the top homage to all things great. For those who have not seen it, it features an illustration of Yngwie on a rocky shore, in the most epic of all power squats, pointing his beloved Fender Stratocaster to the sky. Sounds killer, right? But it doesn’t end there. The reason for this killer move? He’s using his guitar to fend off an oncoming attack…from a fire breathing three headed dragon. Never has ego been defined so beautifully.
3. “Painkiller” – Judas Priest Priest have had many a killer album cover over the years. Sad Wings Of Destiny had a great cover. The brutal simplicity of British Steel is one of the most iconic covers in all of metal. The gnarly bright yellow Hellion on Screaming For Vengeance is as classic as they come. But just like the music on Painkiller, the cover was as genius as anything they’d ever done. An metal savior riding a saw-wheeled, fire-breathing, smoke snorting, all metal monster over the remains of a burning city. It looks just like the record sounds: cold, harsh, and mean.
2. “Rust In Peace” – Megadeth Vic Rattlehead has done a lot over the years on various Megadeth albums, singles, and t shirts. 99% of the time it’s pretty awesome. This cover falls into the remaining 1% where it’s totally mindblowing. Megadeth always had songs about the government and its lies, conspiracies, and corruption, and they all came together perfectly on this stunning album cover. It features Vic in (presumably) Hangar 18, standing over a giant coffin/test tube holding an alien. Congregated together behind this eerie scene sits a delegation of world leaders, namely George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, alongside leaders from Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. Vic has never looked so menacing, and with that crew behind him on his side, he’d never been so evil.
1. “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden The definition of epic. Eschewing traditional themes for covers such as fire, scantily clad women, satan, pictures of themselves, or the color black, Iron Maiden and Derek Riggs came out with a cover the likes of which metal had never seen. An Egyptian themed masterpiece, this record featured Eddie as Pharoah, sitting majestically as part of a giant pyramid with a funeral procession entering up a massive flight of stairs. Words can’t describe how amazing it is, so look it up, or better yet, go buy a copy of it. I distinctly remember buying this record when I was younger. I knew I wanted a Maiden record but I didn’t know which one. So going on cover art alone I started looking…hmmm…Killers looks tough…Number of the Beast looks intense…HOLY SHIT! POWERSLAVE!!! I bought it and never looked back. Even looking at it now to write about it I’m at a loss for words. It’s so huge, beautiful, and flat out epic I just find myself looking at it in awe. The best album cover from a band known for its legendary album covers.
This afternoon in Los Angeles at Swing House, Bam Margera (Viva La Bam /Jackass) hosted a press conference announcing Michael Monroe of HANOI ROCKS new band!
The rest of the lineup includes bassist, Sami Yaffa (HANOI ROCKS & NEW YORK DOLLS),guitar playersTodd Youth (MURPHY’S LAW, D GENERATION, DANZIG, & CHELSEA SMILES) andGinger(THE WILDHEARTS, THE QUIREBOYS) with drummer Jimmy Clark (JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, DEMOLITION 23)
After the announcement the band performed two new songs & and the Monroe classic “Dead, Jail Or RockN´Roll” – Among the crowd was Buckcherrysinger Josh Todd, guitaristStevie D, and bassist Jimmy Ashhurst) – Steve D commented their set saying they rocked and cant wait for their record!
Friday Jan 8th - Friday night I’m heading
down to the Steve Allen Theater (4773 Hollywood Blvd) to see thrash legends Exodus premier there Wacken performance DVD. Check out the trailer here! Also The “Grill Em’ All” HEAVY METAL BURGER TRUCK will be there grillin up burgers!
Saturday Jan 9th - Saturday night “Goatwhore” and “Suffocation” will be at the Majectic in Ventura with DevilDriver!
Sunday Jan 10 - Sunday I’m heading to Cinespace in Hollywood (6356 Hollywood Blvd) to see Yeti & Pitch Black Razor with Sonny Moore (formerly of From First To Last) DJ’n!
Greetings and salutations to all the fine folks out there. Thanks for stopping by, even if only to make our CTR skyrocket. As being the “new” kid on the block, I’m thinking of going in a decidedly different direction than some of my counterparts. For my first venture, I figured everyone could use a few chuckles. Sure 2010 is here and it’s a new year/decade, but the music industry is still reeling, the economy is still in the shitter and pretty soon Mike Gitter will be here to perpetually annoy the hell out of me (<3 you dude). Therefore, I've collected a couple of hilariously awesome videos for your perusal. There's nothing like a good laugh to start off the weekend, so I figured I would help you out. I'll post something along these lines every Friday, along with other rantings and ravings throughout the week. Enjoy!
5 Second Films – “Don’t Thinko De Mayo”
I mean, seriously, does anyone know the real reason why Cinco de Drinko Mayo is celebrated? This accurate portrayal of many a college night/day/weekend/holiday/week is not only eerily familiar, but the random, curt way that 5 Second Films is able to capture it is utterly hilarious.
OneMinuteGalactica – “Longest Crash Ever”
Being the uber nerd, metal head that I am, Star Wars holds a special place in my heart. Yes, even the prequels. Come on, bad ass light saber battles are great anywhere. And the special effects were way better, and… okay back on track. Either way, user OneMinuteGalactica knows what’s up. This and many other vids that he has created/uploaded are amazing twists on classic scenes from these great movies.
Big Chocalt3 – “Svotision (Official Video)”
Give it up for Big Chocolate. When Cam’s not carefully crafting the riffs and orchestrated chaos that is Disfiguring The Goddess or laying down some sick DnB beats, he passes the time with random videos and music. Fake German? Probably. Incredible? You bet your sweet ass.
Metal Injection – “Metal Spring Break Gone Crazy”
This classic video was filmed before my very eyes at the 2009 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, however I wasn’t sure what the finished product would entail. Survey says: brilliant! Starring the lovable kids in Iwrestledabearonce and given to us by the fine folks over at Metal Injection, “Metal Spring Break Gone Crazy” is just one of those perfect concepts that melds two worlds into one, awesomely unique package. Add the Grateful Dead concert across the street and a plethora of hippies to the mix, and the result is magical.
The blue light flickers ever so slightly. Kinds like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s hungry. From dawn til dusk – and often long into the night it devours music by the megabyte. By the gigabyte.. It is the most fearsome of digital storage units: THE TERRABYTE..
Say you’re a die-hard music fan who has an upcoming jail sentence. An astronaut who’s doing six months on the international space station. Or, you happen to make like Tom Hanks in Castaway and get marooned on some island with a backup generator from the downed plane. Well. You’re set.
Provided, of course, you have a computer to hook it up to…details…details…
So our hero (me!) is readying himself for the move from the East Coast to the West to assume his mantle as VP of A&R and Marketing at Century Media. Big problem. I own somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-8000 CD’s. I like music. Obsessively.
I’m moving into a temporary apartment and likely, there’s not the room for that amount of digital media. And I will admit that there’s hundreds of records I haven’t thought about listening to in ages. Some of those had to go. Thank you used record store. However, that still left me with too much music that is near and dear to my heart. Yet, there is salvation! The beauty of the Terrabyte lies in it’s storage capacity of 1000 GB. That’s huge.
Just how huge you ask? Well, at this writing I’ve got 2 and a half years of music on the damn thing and that’s only one-third of its capacity, OK, I started by dumping everything on my Ipod onto it but then the job really began. How do you start to fill it up? Truth be told, with the Terrabyte you have more space than actual time to lead em in…even burning the stuff at 10-17x its normal speed.
First off, you gotta have the basics…Emperor, Megadeth, Slayer, Misfits, Black Flag, Zeppelin, Opeth…Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Minor Threat, Maiden, Public Enemy, Carcass….but then where do you go? The next tier down? The essentials? Celtic Frost? The Birthday Party? Motley Crue?
As I sat month upon month feeding CD’s into The Monster I was finding the CD’s I thought were long lost. Eyehategod’s Take As Needed For Pain. DRI’s Crossover. That’s one that you’d be shocked to find is completely out of print. If you find it on Amazon or Ebay, you’re paying $40 at least! You might as well take out a five year plan in financing that one!
So basically, as I loaded CD’s up, I was reintroduced to a ton of great records. I won’t go into which ones because there’s hundreds. I also ripped a few choice discs from friends. Yeah, I may have never thought to grab the entire works of bands like Fastway (featuring Motorhead’s “Fast” Eddie Clark) at any point as a record buyer but I am glad to own it now.
Now I AM NOT ONE TO ADVOCATE STEALING MUSIC. But, I am one to advocate getting hooked on music and never letting go. Buy the CD’s and burn ‘em. If you get turned onto a new band or a band you’ve never heard before, go buy the physical copy or get the entire catalog from Itunes,
I haven’t had so much fun listening to musio ever.
Even as I type this out, I’ve shifted from Anthrax to Grim Reaper to Genius GZA.