Metallica Album Art: The Stories Behind 16 Famous LP Covers

Swirls of sperm and blood, a blindfolded and bare-breasted Lady Justice, an armless mannequin, a cartoonish fist, a magnetic grave — Metallica have always experimented with album art designs, using whatever image best fits the themes and mood of their music.

In a 2018 Maxim interview, drummer Lars Ulrich — always their most outspoken member — highlighted the visual aspect of their aesthetic, even down to the logo of the band’s Blackened whiskey.

“The stuff that moves me is contemporary design, mid-century design, ’50s, Scandinavian, Danish, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, a lot of minimalist stuff, Japanese minimalism,” he said. “What I […]


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