Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 23)

Year: 2006

Cradle of Filth: Thornography

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The Problem: In news posted on the official Cradle of Filth website in mid-May 2006, it was revealed that the planned artwork for Thornography had been vetoed by Roadrunner Records. A replacement was soon forthcoming, although numerous CD booklets had already been printed with the original image. The controversy was over the nakedness of the female figure’s legs on the original cover.

My Take: Legs? Really? They were upset about her legs? That just seems like a dumb reason. It’s not like it was showing her genitals or anything. It’s just her legs. Get over it, people! Also, I wasn’t sure if I had gotten the right version of this cover. I think it’s right. Let me know if it isn’t.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 22)

Year: 2004

Leftover Crack: Fuck World Trade

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The Problem: Political punk pot-stirrers Leftover Crack released a shocking album cover to accompany their Fuck World Trade album cover. Released just shy of three years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the album features a collage of the World Trade Center towers in flames with a gas pump labeled Haliburton pouring the flammable liquid onto the towers as politicians look on and laugh. The album’s title pre-dates the attacks and were used as lyrics in 1999 to members’ previous band, Choking Victim.

My Take: Very bold move especially in the Bush-era. Pretty bold. Pretty bold…

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 21)

Year: 2002

Impaled: Choice Cuts

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The Problem: When it comes to goregrind, there’s not much that can be considered shocking given the grotesquery found within the lyrics. While overtly violent, the genre has always maintained an aura of fun with tongues firmly in cheek. However, that doesn’t make album art like Impaled’s Choice Cuts compilation easier to look at, as it features a newborn baby lying in a pool of blood and guts with a hacksaw placed to its throat by the doctor.

My Take: Well, that’s one way to control the population. The gore doesn’t really surprise me at this point. (Just go back and look through this project through all of the gory album covers.) At this point, I am so numb to the shock.

Lore Gore: The Autophagous Orgy

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The Problem: Lord Gore tapped Japanese hentai artist Waita Uziga for their debut record, The Autophagous Orgy. Uziga needed no inspiration considering the word “autophagous” means “self-devouring.” The album cover is a particularly brutal take on hentai (anime porn) with caricatures of women drenched in blood in a sexual feast of human flesh. Lord Gore certainly live up to their band name with this album cover.

My Take: Ero Guro rules this cover. This would make Dir en Grey proud. A little note here: “hentai” means perverted. Americans are the ones who decided call Japanese animated porn as such. I believe it’s egore. I have to look it up later. I tried to look up Uziga-san, but couldn’t find much about him. He does have a manga called, Mai-chan’s Daily Life. It’s just like this album cover. So, yeah… (Plus, there was a live-action movie too. Oh buddy…)

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 20)

Year: 2000

Last Days of Humanity: Hymns of Indigestible Suppuration

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The Problem:  Last Days of Humanity are one of the most relentless goregrind bands out there. The Dutch outfit is a sonic mess with a purpose and live up to the first half of the genre’s name. The cover for Hymns of Indigestible Suppuration is an image of a dead man lying in a pool of his own blood that spilled out of his caved in head.

My Take: Again, it doesn’t really surprise me at this point. I’m just curious to know where these bands get this pictures. Again, this is European metal band pulling this off. Nothing new here, folks. Nothing new here.

Regurgitate: Carnivorous Erection

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The Problem: Swedish goregrinders Regurgitate released one of the most hilarious, albet controversial album covers in metal history. Luckily, releases like Carnivorous Erection only tend to make their way into the hands of those deeply entrenched in this type of music, which means that the shock factor has almost worn off completely. Here, a vicious penis with razor-sharp teeth chomps down on the tongue of its captor as the flesh erodes off the shaft.

My Take: Who’s eating whom in this cover? Do you really want to know the answer? I don’t really know myself. It looks so weird… It’s almost too pain to look at now that I think about it.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 19)

Year: 1999

Devourment: Molesting the Decapitated

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The Problem: Devourment helped pave the way for slam on their debut album, Molesting the Decapitated. With an album title that grotesque it has to be accompanied by questionable artwork and the California death metal outfit did just that. The band purchased the Man Without Head image from photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.

My Take: It looks like a headless dummy in a wax museum. In fact, I think this was shot in a wax museum. It’s actually not as bad as the cover I have posted in this display.

Kevin Rowland: My Beauty

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The Problem: For reasons known only to himself, Dexys Midnight Runners’ frontman Kevin Rowland appeared on his much-trumpeted covers album, My Beauty, dressed in drag and heavy make-up. Confused by his radical new direction, fans pelted him with bottles when he wore the same ensemble onstage at the 1999 Reading Festival.

My Take: I read somewhere that he looks like he was set up for a prank in this album cover. I actually agree with the person who read this. (I don’t remember when and where I saw that comment.) He looks so confused here. They should’ve tried to make him look prettier. You know, actually reflect the title of the album.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 18)

Year: 1998

Black Label Society: Sonic Brew

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The Problem: The first Black Label Society album Sonic Brew generated a strong buzz (heh) without any controversy as guitar icon Zakk Wylde found a new home for his Southern-infused writing. The album cover was designed to mirror a bottle of Johnny Walker blended scotch save for the text, but the distillery was not overjoyed. They issued a cease and desist letter, which led to the album’s cover being changed to the band’s skull logo on a black background. Oops!

My Take: Once again, we have a neat idea, but they didn’t ask permission before doing it. Cool concept. Maybe they should’ve asked Johnny Walker for permission. This is a neat cover.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 17)

Year: 1996

Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

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The Problem: When, 2Pac’s, excuse me, Makaveli’s album cover was originally developed, it was meant to be an artistic statement of how 2Pac felt about the media’s treatment of him. He reportedly felt that they were crucifying him. After the album was released people began wondering whether Death Row was trying to compare 2Pac to Jesus. And even though the album included a disclaimer, “In no way is this portrait an expression of disrespect for Jesus Christ,” the album cover still offended a lot of religious people.

My Take: It’s 2Pac Jesus who died for our hip-hop sins! I do like the message behind it. It’s a shame that Makaveli had to break it down to his audience like they were little children. Oh the annoyance of being an artist.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 16)

Year: 1995

Dead Infection: A Chapter of Accidents

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The Problem: Polish goregrind merchants Dead Infection served up one of the genre’s landmark releases in 1995 with the sloppy satisfaction of A Chapter of Accidents. The album’s cover had to be censored to just the band logo and album title upon release due to the graphic and disturbing nature of the severed, deformed, rotting head on the front.

My Take: Overtime, this one started to gross me out a bit. Just a bit. I would advise not to be eating when you gaze upon this album cover. Most of these Europeans come up with sick and gross things for their album covers, don’t they?

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 15)

Year: 1994

Acid Bath: When the Kite String Pops

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The Problem: Adorning the cover of Acid Bath’s When the Kite String Pops is Pogo the Clown, the infamous alias of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The painting itself was made by Gacy while he was in prison awaiting execution. The killer would notoriously dress as the clown at kids’ parties and charitable events.

My Take: It looks innocent, but very twisted. Clown are just downright scary, period. John Wayne Gacy or not. Plus, I just got finished with watching American Horror Story: Cult too? Mmmm…. (BTW, John Wayne Gacy was featured in American Horror Story: Hotel too.)

Nailbomb: Point Break

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The Problem: Nailbomb, the group consisting of then Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera and Fudge Tunnel’s Alex Newport, surrounded themselves with quite the buzz in 1994. Point Blank is a sonic combination of the duo’s two bands and boasts a controversial album cover where a U.S. soldier is pointing the barrel of a rifle against the face of a female Vietcong member.

My Take: This would be better fit on the cover of National Geographic.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 14)

Year: 1993

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle

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The Problem: Doggystyle was Snoop Doggy Dogg’s major solo debut album and an instant success. The album title alludes to the “doggy style” sexual position and was a reference to the rapper’s name. Unfortunately, the cover didn’t impress civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and her campaign against “gangsta rap.” In 1994, the album’s inner sleeve artwork was introduced as evidence at a hearing on Commerce, Competitiveness, and Consumer Protection in Washington D.C. Moreover, critics believed it adhered to the narcissistic and sexual lyrical themes of “gangsta rap.” Technically, there was nothing explicit on the cover of Snoop’s debut album. It was just highly suggestive.

My Take: Should we really be surprised by this? This is from the man who brought two dates on collars and leashes. This is just how he rolls. Ms. Tucker needed to chill. The cover is actually kind of funny.

Impaled Nazarene: Ugra-Karma

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The Problem: Outspoken Finnish black metal act Impaled Nazarene got their record label, Osmose, in some legal trouble with the release of Ugra-Karma in 1993. As it turns out, the band used artwork without permission from a book given to frontman Mika Luttinen by a Hare-Krishna. A metalhead who later became a Hare-Krishna informed one of his peers about the ordeal, eventually leading to an out of court settlement. The image depicts the Hindu deity Shiva seated on a tiger.

My Take: It looks very pretty, I’ll give them that. Maybe they should’ve asked for permission in the first place. I would love to have this image as a poster on a wall. Just take the text off and it would be perfect. Well, maybe the album name, but leave the band’s name. Maybe, I don’t know. Maybe…

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