Being a blog dedicated to the use of gargoyles, grotesques, statues and carvings in album art, especially that of Doom Metal (and related genres). It may also include similar archaic images such as standing stones, monoliths, or mediaeval illustrations.

To my mind Doom Metal (when done correctly) evokes a feeling a great age, spirituality and contemplation, and this is enhanced by the imagery. I have a love of churches and other old buildings, and the two things go hand in hand for me; the images of gargoyles, statues and crosses used by Doom and Doom/Death bands, especially in the early 90s, seemed to perfectly fit the music. Also, the band names like Cathedral, Church Of Misery, Chapel Of Rest, and Castle; all these added to my imagined link between the music and churches and other old buildings.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Hate Forest -- Battlefields

Another non-Doom act here, Ukrainian Black Metallers Hate Forest, though this awesome album was slower-paced and doomier than their other albums. And I love the cover so much, I couldn't not include it here.

The image is the gravestone of the Cossack military leader Ivan Sirko (c. 1610-1680), located in the village of Kapulivka in the Dnipropetrovsk Region of the Ukraine.

I have a T shirt of the first image, though it has been pointed out to me on a couple of occasions that it looks from a distance like a rolled-up condom...

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