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NSFW: 10 Gruesome Metal Album Covers from Forty Winters

As a metalhead, I love that it’s so entwined with the horror genre. The love for horror and metal go hand-in-hand in so many ways and it warms my heart when I see a band use our genre in interesting and exciting ways. And what place is that unholy marriage more prevalent than in metal album covers?

When I was shot an email about South Florida metal band Forty Winters, the first thing I noticed was that the cover to their new album Rotting Empire was something right out of a horror movie and I wanted, nay…I NEEDED more of that! So I asked if the band would be interested in putting together a list of what they believe to be the 10 most gruesome metal covers and they came through with some fantastic choices!

Guitarist Jeff Stevenson provided the first five selections while vocalist Xavier Vicuna rounds the list off with another five! Head on down to check them out and let us know if you’ve got one more gruesome. Oh, and let’s not post Dawn of the Black Hearts, okay? This isn’t Rotten.com.

Forty Winters’ new album Rotting Empire came out today, so make sure to pick up a copy via iTunes.


Carcass – Reek Of Putrefaction

A masterpiece of gore. The collage style works great here and still looks just as sick today as when it dropped in ‘88.

Reek Of Putrefaction


Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard

The handy work of Paul Booth. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL… THIS IS ART.

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Cannibal Corpse – Eaten Back To Life

Amazing colors going on and the image is bursting with energy.

Eaten Back To Life


Aborted – Retrogore

This one just came out. The first person view adds some depth and sense of terror. Love the comic book style art work as well.

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Impaled – The Dead Shall Remain Dead

Gross dude.

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Cannibal Corpse – Tomb Of The Mutilated

What more can you say about zombies performing oral sex on each other covered in putrid blood? I believe this album cover speaks for itself.

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Slayer – God Hates Us All

This one in particular isn’t gruesome, so-to-speak. It’s more so controversial and makes a bold statement without saying much at all. As a kid, the symbolism of this front cover really fucked me up.

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Marilyn Manson – Holy Wood

A decaying and crucified Marilyn Manson does the trick for me as far as one of the most gruesome album covers.

Holy Wood


Dimmu Borgir – Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

This is not only of my favorite albums of all time, but one of my favorite album covers as well. The front cover is super macabre and the color way is great, very appealing to the eye. The barbwire and blood is a great touch.

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Cattle Decapitation – Humanure

The art is brutal and you can’t go wrong with a cow defecating human flesh. It’s flat out disgusting.

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31 Comments
  • Taboo
  • HawtSkhot

    This is the first time I’ve actually noticed the human head necklace on the Eaten Back to Life cover.

  • ….really?

    • Blk Mgc Maverick

      I mean, technically this is the most metal cover ever. What other band would take a picture upon finding their singer had committed suicide and use it as an album cover?

      • I don’t think using your dead singer as your album cover as being very metal. In fact, I think it’s rather despicable and incredibly disrespectful.

        • sailor monsoon

          I don’t think you understand what disrespectful means.

        • Blk Mgc Maverick

          Out of context, maybe. But in his suicide not he explicitly said they could do whatever they wanted with his body. And In a genre that worships brutal and ugly things like that I think it could argued as it being a fitting tribute.

        • CreepShowTwo

          Thats called an personal opinion, which gets in the way of journalistic integrity. Nice to know what side of the fence your on. Not reporting it because of your own views, means others who oppose journalism like you performed then outted yourself basing it on a emotion. Means your slightly a fraud. Do beter work, prolly be less likely to be called on your hypocritcal technique

        • Josh

          OH but Carcass – Reek Of Putrefaction is a “Masterpiece of gore”? thats just fucking stupid bro.
          the Carcass cover is just as disrespectful then,Actually the Carcass cover you love so much IS MORE disrespectful and despicable. who knows how they got those pics.
          how is this any different? because it’s The singer of the band? If anything this cover is less disrespectful since he WAS part of the band. it was HIS band…
          your reply here surprises me because when you posted the carcass cover I figured you would have LOVED this one…
          seriously how DARE you post that carcass cover and THEN complain about despicable and disrespectful? what the fuck man?

        • TheonetrueLee

          It fit their feelings and thoughts at the time. I’m sure Hellhammer wouldn’t do it today but it was different time for Black Metal back then.

        • Ghoulfather88

          I’m with everyone calling out Jonathan for his article and hypocrisy. This list is supposed to be gruesome metal album covers, and it only half delivers at that, with several honorable mentions that barely qualify as gruesome, or are not remotely gruesome. If you don’t have the gumption to cover your own bases, don’t be shocked and asshurt when people fill in the proper gaps for you. Whether you feel the Mayhem cover is disrespectful, despicable, or distasteful, it is legend in the extreme metal community and the epitome of gruesome, something your list is sorely lacking. Really??? Yeah. Fucking really.

        • elpinche

          WHAT?! That cover is METAL. This should have been number one. If you’re going to split hairs, a cover of half a man eating a vivisected ladies vagina isn’t exactly respectful either. LOL.

    • FadedLineVigil

      Really? Right back at you. You really didn’t think someone would post this immediately when you omitted it from a story about GRUESOME METAL ALBUM COVERS?

      • Josh

        specially after posting that carcass cover, really hypocritical.

    • CreepShowTwo

      Yea one of the bamd members snuck into his band members home after the suicide, before the police came amd took the picture for the album cover. This in my opinikn is the hardest of gruesome album covers, because its real.

      • CreepShowTwo

        And you forgot to report on it, sooo he helped you do your job correctly

    • Josh

      Really? yeah really? why the hell did you post that Carcass cover then? what the hell? isn’t that hypocritical and double standard? that collage you call art is worse than this….
      so with you and the carcass post…. really??????

    • Taboo

      Mr. Barkan… yes really, sir. This is hands down the most gruesome metal art cover of all time. It doesn’t get more gruesome than this 😀

      • Spoooky

        There are a lot of brutal death metal/goregrind bands that use real photos of dead bodies for album covers, this one is actually very tame in comparison to those.

  • Creepshow

    110% repulsive.

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    NOPE NOPE NOPE

    NOPE

  • Dia Zerva

    I think the cover for Holy Wood (one of my all time favorite albums) is darkly beautiful, not gruesome. The others are just gross for the sake of it. Yuck

  • Darth_Siskel
  • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS

    Kind of liked Puritanical Blahblahblah…..but the artwork on some of the others is pretty average. I have to say that when someone is trying to shock or be dark or scary through art it can totally misfire in a hilarious way . Trying so hard to be dark makes some of these album covers funny. Like oooooooooooooooh! I’m trying so hard to be horrified and disgusted, but am rolling around on the floor instead.

    • Come on. The visual pun of being eaten out on Tomb of the Mutilated? The cow shitting human bits from Humanure, from a vegetarian band? I can guarantee the death metal and goregrind guys found the gore just as funny as you did.

      • SHANA MARIA VERGHIS

        Exactly! 😀

  • Kenneth Edwards

    I understand your reasons for choosing God Hates Us All over other Slayer album covers, but if it’s gruesome y’all are going for, I feel y’all should’ve chose Hell Awaits or even Reign In Blood covers over GHUA. Just my opinion.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Manson’s not metal.

  • CGP

    Metal is for white trash.

  • Nk

    Epicardiectomy- Abhorrent Stench of Posthumous Gastrorectal Desecration

  • Dat cow being like “Whassup?”

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