The 25 creepiest metal album covers

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16. The Crown Possessed 13 (2003) A damsel in distress appears to be disturbed here, one of the classier reproductions of '50s horror-movie posters. Eschewing gore in favor of mood, this album cover lulls you into a false sense of security, which is disrupted by the crushing death-thrash of the music itself.

15. The Misfits Evilive (1987) When other punk bands of the era focused on politics, the Misfits were one of the first to channel their love of retro-horror. The group's iconic skull logo is on display here in the 1987 expanded version of the group's live album, hovering above band members trapped inside caskets.

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14. Widow Life's Blood (2011) The year of release may have been 2011, but this gem is a strong throwback to '80s classics by bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. That goes for their album cover too, which advises that even if you keep the faith, you may still fall victim to the clutches of evil.

13. Alestorm Back Through Time (2011) This Scottish pirate-metal outfit does an excellent job of sticking to the gimmick, right down to the ghost pirate that has popped up on all of their album covers so far. This guy is more hardcore than any gracing the animation cels of Scooby-Doo cartoons.

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