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

Misanthrope -- Miracles: Totem Taboo

This startlingly cheeky contribution comes from French avantgarde Metallers Misanthrope on their 1994 album "Miracles: Totem Taboo". Needless to say, I NEVER spent hours staring at this cover as a teenager. Not once.

The image originates from the Visvanatha temple at Khajuraho in India, which is covered in erotic carvings such as this.

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