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The 25 most badass local metal album covers

Words simply come woefully short of describing the complex and staggering genius of this design touting the forthcoming debut of Axeslasher. It succeeds on so many levels, it's a bit stupefying, really. I mean, metal, pizza, pentagrams? Um, yes, please. Isn't that what it's really all about? What more do you need?
Words simply come woefully short of describing the complex and staggering genius of this design touting the forthcoming debut of Axeslasher. It succeeds on so many levels, it's a bit stupefying, really. I mean, metal, pizza, pentagrams? Um, yes, please. Isn't that what it's really all about? What more do you need?

The most lamentable byproduct of the digital era isn't the decline of record sales -- although that sucks, too -- but the fact that we're missing out on so much sweet cover art. It was bad enough when albums gave way to cassettes back in the '70s and the canvas shrunk to a fraction of its previous size. While things got slightly better in the '80s with the emergence of CDs, that medium is now increasingly going the way of cassettes, and we're left without an appreciable way to enjoy the kick-ass art. That's a shame. As you'll see below in our rundown of the 25 best local metal album covers -- many of which you'll notice were illustrated by Vale of Pnath frontman Ken Sarafin, who not only fronts one of the area's most brutal metal bands, but is also one hell of an artist -- we're completely missing out on some great artwork.

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25. Black Sleep of Kali - Our Slow Decay
25. Black Sleep of Kali - Our Slow Decay
24. Allegaeon - Fragments of Form and Function
24. Allegaeon - Fragments of Form and Function
23. Apathy - Leaves In Autumn
23. Apathy - Leaves In Autumn
22. Kill Syndicate - Bleed Your God
22. Kill Syndicate - Bleed Your God
21. Centimani - Aegaeon
21. Centimani - Aegaeon

 

20. Catheter ‎- Dimension 303
20. Catheter ‎- Dimension 303
19. Crypticus - The Rites of Infestation EP
19. Crypticus - The Rites of Infestation EP
Derek Waugh
18. Crypticus/Scaremaker split
18. Crypticus/Scaremaker split
17. Crypticus - Dedicated to the Impure
17. Crypticus - Dedicated to the Impure
16. Nightbringer - Apocalypse Sun
16. Nightbringer - Apocalypse Sun

 

15. Nightbringer - Hierophany of the Open Grave
15. Nightbringer - Hierophany of the Open Grave
14. TAUNTAUN - Murderauder 7-inch
14. TAUNTAUN - Murderauder 7-inch
Sam Turner
13. Catheter - INRI 7-inch
13. Catheter - INRI 7-inch
John Santos
12. Iconocaust - Excidium De Gratia
12. Iconocaust - Excidium De Gratia
11. Vimana - The Collapse EP
11. Vimana - The Collapse EP

 

10. Havok - Burn
10. Havok - Burn
9. Vale of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
9. Vale of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
Ken Sarafin
8. Cephalic Carnage - Lucid Interval (re-release)
8. Cephalic Carnage - Lucid Interval (re-release)
7. TAUNTAUN - TAUNTAUN 12-inch
7. TAUNTAUN - TAUNTAUN 12-inch
Vincent Comparetto
6. The cover of the forthcoming Axeslasher debut, featuring current and former members of Crypticus, Speedwolf, Enemy Reign and Acid Witch.
6. The cover of the forthcoming Axeslasher debut, featuring current and former members of Crypticus, Speedwolf, Enemy Reign and Acid Witch.
Ken Sarafin

 

5. Skeleton of God - Primordial Dominion
5. Skeleton of God - Primordial Dominion
Jeff Kahn
4. Cephalic Carnage - Misled by Certainty
4. Cephalic Carnage - Misled by Certainty
3. Speedwolf - Ride with Death
3. Speedwolf - Ride with Death
2. Vale of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire European release
2. Vale of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire European release
Ken Sarafin
1. One of the covers of the forthcoming Bunch album
1. One of the covers of the forthcoming Bunch album
Ken Sarafin

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