Controversial Album Covers V (Pt. 8)

Year: 1983

Metallica: Kill ’em All

The Problem: Metallica was going to call the album Metal Up Your Ass, with the cover featuring a toilet bowl with a hand clutching a dagger emerging from it. However, at the request of Megaforce Records (who thought the original album title would be inappropriate), the band changed the album title to Kill ‘Em All. They also changed the artwork, this time depicting a shadow of a hand letting go of a bloodied hammer. Like their fourth studio album …And Justice for All (see the nudity and sexuality section for details), no alternative cover has existed.

My Take: The first one looks rather painful to look at. I would not want to sit there; I’ll pass. The second one isn’t so bad, in fact it fits in with the band. Both covers fit them to be honest.

Def Leppard: Pyromania

The Problem: The cover features an animated photograph of a tall building with a big flame coming out from the top window and bullseye pointed at the flame. Many chain stores refused to sell the album due to the cover and said the cover was “very violent”. Despite the controversy, the band had never changed the artwork.

My Take: It’s not that violent and it reminds me of a Yu-Gi-Oh card with the Japanese version of it has a man in the cross-hairs of a sniper’s rifler. This cover kind of fits the style and title if you ask me.

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