Friday Fun: Worst Metal Album Covers?

Look at this gallery of awful album covers. Some are so bad that they're good, others are just bad, but all are funny in their own way. Vote for the worst one right here.

Friday Fun: Worst Metal Album Covers?
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Album covers used to be the first thing a music fan could see when they walked into a shop.

It's a great way to make a first impression, and anyone who still trawls through record stores knows that sometimes a good cover is enough to convince you an album is good. It often works, too.

But some musicians have a bad instinct for visual art, and it can translate to some truly awful album covers.

On top of that, as the years go by and technology improves, old record covers can look even worse than they did in the first place.

Metal has several victims for bad album covers, and we've been digging through the archives to find some of the worst ever.

All we can say is this: please give our sanity back. Please!

Go ahead and browse this list of bad metal album covers, and vote for the worst one with the widget below.

Boned "Up At The Crack"


Raven "The Pack Is Back"


Battleaxe "Burn This Town"


Kevin DuBrow "In For The Kill"


Fastway "Trick Or Treat"


Stryken "First Strike"


Pat Boone "No More Mr Nice Guy"


Randy Coven "Funk Me Tender"


Metal Skool "Metal Skool"


Manowar "Anthology"

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    Crimson Ghost
    Metal Skool is meant to be a joke.... It's Steel Panther before they were Steel Panther
    on3andth3sam3
    Just because something's funny doesn't mean it's not awful.
    MaxLees666
    But the whole point is its SUPPOSED to look awful you asshat
    dmbb1239
    just means its a good job done, and they should be happy if they win? No need for name calling
    CoyT
    I don't know if it's my excitement for Halloween or my love of jack-o-lanterns, but that "Trick or Treat" cover is actually pretty awesome...
    tayor7
    Idk what you guys are talking about, these are all terrific covers.
    )v(egaFan90
    I came here expecting to see Megadeth's original Killing Is My Business album cover. But holy shit, these covers are absolutely horrendous.
    kinslayerSOA
    Metal Skool = Steel Panther. Steel Panther = Parody Act Parody Act = Intentionally bad cover. Either way, I can't believe the first Pantera album a)isn't up there or b) isn't winning the poll by miles.
    Javis425
    We are all thinking it, and I will say it... That Boned album cover is in fact awesome, not awful. Well played sirs.
    thebigredjj10
    The Pat Boone album is actually quite good. It surprised me considering how terrible the cover is.
    lefty311
    Why isn't Pantera's first album cover on this list? It's as bad as Battleaxe's cover.
    JMZ08
    Dance of Death by Iron Maiden? Shoddy album cover! MC Pooh - Funky As I Wanna Be Herbie Mann - Push Push Richard And Willey - Funky Honkey, Nasty Nigger... Way worse album covers xD
    theshadow180
    Maiden's one wasn't embarrassing to the same degree as some of these ones were in concept. Their's was just badly put together.
    CeeJay33
    20 dislikes for a man whose album covers were genuinely awful? SOME people need to learn the only thing left to do with MJ is to laugh at him. I agree
    CeeJay33
    lmao i just tried to dislike my own comment cuz i think I just made a stupid comment that was not relevant at all as I just saw it was a reply to a previous comment, oh well at least I can own up to it. either way MJ covers sucked, especially History.
    JFRules
    These are awesome covers! Boned Up the crack! that is Epic album cover haha. And Metal Skool rocks Steel Panther!
    theogonia777
    I've seen hundreds of deathgrind, goregrind, pornogrind, etc albums with far worse covers than any of those.
    Face R1pper
    And that is why they didn't make the list, because they are grindcore and not metal.
    theogonia777
    Those styles of grindcore are more metal than hardcore, you know. They really should have the :rolleyes: smiley here.
    Face R1pper
    Maybe you can get away with the deathgrind. But nothing else really comes close. Its just like nu metal, just because they use distorted guitars and are influenced by metal bands doesn't mean they are actually metal themselves.
    theogonia777
    You can't honestly tell me that Regurgitate or Dead Infection aren't metal bands. And anyway, even if it isn't metal, how come they can't be on this list, but a swing album by Pat Boone can be on it? That seems pretty silly to me.
    Face R1pper
    Don't ask me, I didn't make the article. They may have an occasional metal riff, but the overall song structures aren't metal. Calling them metal would be like calling Tesla a blues band or Blind Guardian a classical band.