Heavy Metal Cover Girls: Where I post a bunch of album covers that are interesting, well-done and starring attractive women. Truthfully, the last is probably the most important element.
I've covered angels before in their guise as heavenly messengers and enforcers. (See Album Covers tab for more details) However today we're looking at angels that are having a hard time.
For some reason there's a lot of angels looking sad and a little defeated by life in modern art. I'm not entirely sure why this is. Maybe the idea of a being that's used to soaring through the sky sat down in the dirt with the rest of us is a powerful one.
Not surprisingly this carries over to metal album cover artwork. If you think about it, the artist is combining two longstanding trope that metal artists absolutely love: women being artistically miserable and women with wings.
As we shall see, there's a lot of ways this particular theme can be interpreted. The girls we're about to meet today range all the way from "a bit fed up" to "Heartbroken and lost."
Enough of me trying to sound erudite. You're here for the pictures and I'm happy to oblige.
Liberty - Sunrise (Ukraine 2007)
Next up, an album cover that was first in this post until I realised that having a naked woman in the blog thumbnail was a bad idea.
Catharsis - Острова Во Сне (Russia 2013)
This Russian power metal band uses Angels on several of their album covers but these two seem particularly relevant. I was talking about different interpretations earlier. The girl above seems to be bored whereas the young lady below...
Catharsis - Призрачный свет EP (Russia 2004)
Revenant - Ill.Intended.Premonitions. (Mexico 2015)
You know what's more embarrassing than waking up in a strange wood with no memory and a bitch of a hangover?
Waking up in a strange wood with no memory, a bitch of a hangover, runied underwear and two strange kids staring at you.
Not the best start to an angel's day.
Revenant are Melodic Death Metal and I am rather impressed.
Silent Wings - Revolution Unfolding (Germany 2012)
You know what's worse than waking up in a strange forest with no memory and a bitch of a hangover?
Waking up in a strange forest butt-naked with your fucking wings on fire!
When angels get fired, it's not an empty threat.
Silent Wings are now defunct and the only track on Youtube seem to be a brace of AMVs.
Crimson Tears - The Dark Awakening (UK 2007)
Darkest Sins - The Broken (Norway 2016)
I think the mood the artist was going for was "Forlorn" but personally this cover says "headache".
As somebody who gets through a packet of paracetamol in 3 days, I can sympathise.
I was expecting this band to be Gothic or Symphonic but this first track is pure HM.
Then I found a second track that's such a contrast I decided I wanted to play that as well.
I liked that. Very mellow.
Алексей Страйк - Антология в лирике (Russia 2006)
(Alexey Strike - Anthology)
I wonder what she's looking at that's making her so nervous?
I also wonder how she's kneeling on top of the water.
An Artist I know absolutely nothing about and I only stumbled across him because I was trawling Russian sites for album covers.
This is one of his newer songs.
Dyscordia - Words In Ruin (Belgium 2016)
I wonder if that was supposed to be "Worlds In Ruin"?
It wouldn't be the first time a typo has sneaked through.
The actual album cover is, I think, meant to symbolise somebody who is about one breath away from imploding.
Maybe Words In Ruin was right after all.
Anybody want to start a discussion about this?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and the same applies to all the other covers above.
Dyscordia are a crunchier strain of Prog Metal.