Black Metal Album Art – Classics Redux

All, well most, metal writers are members of or ghost message boards. You know, places where like-minded folk with very niche-musical tastes congregate. In fact, Decibel has a forum. You should join and sling your David-sized opinions against dB forum goliaths! Anyway, it's where we digitally travel to pontificate (very important), research (not very important), and, sorry members of the fairer sex, have fun (only when proverbial shit hits the fan). When I discovered a post titled, "Design Cover art upgrades for the Black Metal classics", at a Relapse Records (no official affiliation, actually) alternate universe message board, I had to click it. Now typically these types of posts elicit a chuckle or two but no more than that. Then it's on to other posts, possibly NSFW-type ones while I'm at W, for the good stuff. Not this time. The "cover artists" have some true gems here. Really laughable stuff. That is if you know the artists and the albums Reeelapse forum members are lampooning.

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Bathory - Octagon

Samael - Ceremony of Opposites

Diabolical Masquerade - "Nightwork"

Immortal - Blizzard Beasts

Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon

Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

Marduk - Panzer Division Marduk

Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

Burzum - Filosofem

Darkthrone - Soulside Journey

Immortal - Pure Holocaust

Dissection - The Somberlain

Carpathian Forest - Black Shining Leather