In early April, the Polish band Behemoth posted the video "Messe Noire" dedicated to Hans Giger, the Swiss designer who has created more than thirty covers of music albums. In this regard, Noizr Zine decided to make a selection of prominent artists of the last century, who have worked or still working on rockers' and metalheads' releases.
The Swiss painter, sculptor and designer. Best known for his work for the movie "Alien", thanks to which he was awarded "Oscar" for "Best Visual Effects" in 1980. His cover artworks for the rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery" and Blondie's singer Debbie Harry solo album "KooKoo", which were included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers. Giger also designed and sculpted a microphone stand for Korn's frontman Jonathan Davis.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer "Brain Salad Surgery", 1973
Debbie Harry "KooKoo", 1981
Danzig "Danzig III: How the Gods Kill", 1992
County Morgue "And Insanity Begins", 1993
Dr Death "Somewhere in Nowhere", 1999
Triptykon "Melana Chasmata", 2014
The British photographer, designer and filmmaker, author of most of Pink Floyd's album covers. He was the founder of the design studio Hipgnosis, which also included artists Aubrey Powell, Peter Christopherson and George Hardie. In 2013 he published a 256-page book "The Gathering Storm The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson" with the artist's matchless artworks. It is strongly recommended for review.
Scorpions "Lovedrive", 1979
Anthrax "Stomp 442", 1995
Bruce Dickinson "Skunkworks", 1996
"Back Catalogue", 1997
This photograph shows Pink Floyd's six album covers, painted on the models' backs. The project was created by Storm Thorgerson together with the artist Phyllis Cohen and the photographer Tony May.
Dream Theater "Once in a LIVEtime", 1998
Megadeth "Rude Awakening", 2002
The American art director, designer and head of art for Atlantic Records. He is also the owner of Bob Defrin Design. Many album covers for rock and metal bands were created under his art direction.
AC/DC "Back in Black", 1980
Savatage "Fight for the Rock", 1986
Metal Church "The Dark", 1986
Twisted Sister "Love Is for Suckers", 1987
Pantera "Cowboys from Hell", 1990
Overkill "Horrorscope", 1991
Pantera "Vulgar Display of Power", 1992
The American artist and sculptor, specializing in psychedelic art. He has worked on the album covers for Meshuggah and Tool. He also executed the computer-generated graphics for the video of Tool's single "Vicarious".
Meshuggah "Selfcaged", 1995
The album art features the centerpiece of Alex Grey's work "Deities and Demons Drinking from the Milky Pool"
Tool "Lateralus", 2001
Tool "10,000 Days", 2006
The artist of Swiss origin. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, where his teacher and mentor was Rudolf Hausner. Luetke designed covers for bands Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Kreator, Meshuggah, Rage and many others.
Destruction "Release from Agony", 1987
Rage "Unity", 2002
Arch Enemy "Doomsday Machine", 2005
Dimmu Borgir "In Sorte Diaboli", 2007
Meshuggah "obZen", 2008
Dimmu Borgir "Abrahadabra", 2010
Belphegor "Blood Magick Necromance", 2011
The American artist and illustrator, specialized in science fiction and fantasy cover art. Whelan has Fifteen Hugo Awards, including reward for Best Artist of the Last 50 Years. Inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Whelan has created more than 20 album covers for such metal bands as Sepultura, Soulfly, Meat Loaf, Obituary and many others.
Cirith Ungol "King of the Dead", 1984
Sacred Rite "Is Nothing Sacred", 1986
Obituary "Cause of Death", 1990
Sepultura "Chaos A.D.", 1993
Meat Loaf "Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell", 1993
Soulfly "Dark Ages", 2005
The American artist who created album covers for bands Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Sweet, Roy Harper, Marduk, Bal-Sagoth, Attick Demons, Illdisposed, etc. The largest number of cover artworks were designed by him for Motörhead's albums.
Motörhead "Motörhead", 1977
Avulsed "Eminence in Putrescence", 1996
Motörhead "Inferno", 2004
Satan's Host "Celebration: For the Love of Satan", 2011
Autopsy "The Headless Ritual", 2013
Murder Rape "For Evil I Spill My Blood", 2013
The British painter, best known for creating Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie. The "circle with arrows" symbol on early band's releases that many mistake for a band icon, is actually Riggs' signature.
Iron Maiden "Killers", 1981
Iron Maiden "Piece of Mind", 1983
Iron Maiden "Somewhere in Time", 1986
Iron Maiden "Brave New World", 2000
White Wizzard "High Speed GTO", 2009
The Polish artist, photographer and album cover designer. He is a professor of the Academy of Arts in Warsaw and one of the representatives of the Polish poster school. The author of more than 2,000 covers, mainly for classical music albums, but also for releases of Elton John, Roy Orbison, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Clash, John Williams and Judas Priest.
Judas Priest "Sin After Sin", 1977
Judas Priest "Stained Class", 1978
Judas Priest "Killing Machine", 1978
Judas Priest "British Steel", 1980
This cover features Roslav Szaybo's hand.
The German photographer and graphic artist, who has been working as a cover designer since 1989. In the '80s he played in a punk bands "Fenton Weills", "Die sauberen Drei" and "Tag der Milch".
Tiamat "The Astral Sleep", 1991
Kreator "Outcast", 1997
Rammstein "Mutter", 2001
Dirk Rudolph has created it together with Daniel & Geo Fuchs
Apocalyptica "Reflections", 2003
Apocalyptica "Amplified — A Decade of Reinventing the Cello", 2006
Morgoth "Cursed to Live", 2012
Tarja Turunen "Colours in the Dark", 2013