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Ever had this problem: You love an album but the cover art is so bad it's embracing.  Specifically, I would draw your attention to the Canadian band Razor. Several of their album covers make me cringe, but the album I really love by them, Evil Invaders, had absolutely deplorable artwork that looks like it was made by a 6th grader. I love the album, but I don't always recommend it to people because the cover is sooooo bad. Maybe this could be it's own thread.

 

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It makes sense for this to be its own thread, so I did that. I don't think bad art has ever affected my enjoyment of an album, but it has kept me from checking stuff out in the past, and there are some albums I love with absolutely horrible art. The first one that comes to mind is Satyricon's Dark Medieval Times. High-school art class reject drawing, anyone?

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This is a great thread.  You see I love both those Satyricon and Graveland covers as although they may be artistically flawed their (to my eye at least) look like effort has been made.  I also love the content on Dark Medieval  Times, haven't heard the Graveland one.

This nonsense, arty, farty bollocks of a cover piece annoys the crap out of me.  Love the record though.

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I'm totally fine with the crudely drawn images that many early black metal albums feature. It's a marriage well suited to the sound, aesthetic and atmosphere of black metal and one that reflects the youthful passion and fantasy of those bands.

Any use of overly digital/photoshopped artwork is horrid to me.

 

 

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I don't mind lo-fi album covers, but those particular ones are clumsy and devoid of skill. There's no atmosphere there for me, no marriage of form and function, they're just bad. That's ok though, like I say it never affected my enjoyment of the music.

Here's a stupid, poorly done painting. I don't love Deteriorate's Rotting In Hell but I like it a lot. The best I can say for the image is, at least it's memorable...

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Wow, those Pantera covers are pathetic, lol.

As for the Cancer album, that's from the original version of Dawn of the Dead, both shows it in the movie and was used as a promonent promotional still. I suspect that if they had gotten the right to use the original it probably would have looked much better.

 

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Here's one that's always bugged me - Martyr's Feeding The Abscess. Unfinished-looking computer art crowded in by poorly composed graphic design. The logo placement alone is worth at least five lashes in a public square. The music and vocals are an acquired taste but I think this album rocks.

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^Two great records there Macabre.

heres a couple I have stashed in the back of my mind

 

Breaker Dead Rider, with awful font, (like how cheesy the art is tho ngl)

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nearly identical and somehow more ridiculous

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another silly cover

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and who could forget this, this is the only one i truly hate, horrendous

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lastly wtf XD

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