Open Thread: Metal Album Covers

Hunter Pence is here to break bats and consume souls. He broke his only bat last night.

There's a ongoing conversation between myself one of the other writers about the greatness of metal covers. It starts with an exchange of music and almost immediately devolves into a discussion of how absurd the artwork is, each trying to one-up the other with every cover. While maybe not the most outlandish, I think we've come to agree that Judas Priest's "Painkiller" album has the most metal cover possible. A metal angel riding a flying dragon motorcycle with saw blade tires over a city as it fades into molten earth. It gets extra credit because it's actually a good album, too. You can't just build a nice door and have the inside of the house look like a bomb went off.

Since there is nothing happening in the way of major sports outside of pre-season NBA, which, why would you watch that anyway, this seems like as good a time as any to have a ridiculous album cover thread. Metal, not metal, doesn't matter. It's only the source material because there's so much to choose from.

As for Hunter Pence, he's just goddamn terrifying with his gangle and crazy eyes. He could be his own metal album cover if given the chance.

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Let this also serve as a reminder, or a heads-up, that Megadeth once appeared in a cartoon with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig . I'm not sure if I would have loved this or been terrified of it as a child, but watching it now, I'm most concerned with the chest enhancements given to Dave Mustaine. When he asked the cartoonist to make his guns bigger, I'm not sure that's what he meant.

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