Album Art Of The Century Tournament: Pool A – Round 1.1

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LET’S GET READY TO MUUUUUMMMMBLE while stroking our chins and nodding softly.

Judging by the response to the previous tournament brackets we’ve held here, you all really enjoy voting on trivial shit. Basically, as long as it has no tangible effect on your life, you’ll definitely be there to discuss, rage, and ultimately decide what’s right and what’s wrong. Especially if that topic involves arbitrary opinion on art. Voter apathy be damned. So following on from our recent metal-related comps –

We thought it would be cool to see which modern album(s) you think have the greatest cover art. If you’re the type of person who holds the view that art should never be compared or judged relative to other art, that’s cool, this ain’t for you. Rather than judge us, head on back to your dialectic circle-jerk while we have a bit of fun comparing some of our favourite album covers, calling each other wrong and dumb and wrong, ad infinitum.


As you may have deduced, there’s no set judging criteria, the only criterion you should use to cast your votes is which album cover you prefer. Some made the huge 128 seed field through being indisputably iconic, some conceptually unique, some for being instantly memorable, some for being perfectly representative of the music, some for being beautifully crafted, and some I have no fucking idea why you liked them enough to submit, aside from the fact you’re wrong and dumb and wrong. Anyway, out of the 128 entries we had to make 8 mirror-matches spread out across the pools. The full bracket will be revealed as we unveil each set of matches during Round 1.

Here are today’s match-ups –

Mastodon – Leviathan [2004]

Paul Romano

Mastodon – Remission [2002]

Paul Romano

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Carcass – Surgical Steel [2013]

Martin Nesbitt

Lorn – Arrayed Claws [2017]

Joel Angelini

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Awe – Providentia [2015]

Konstantinos Psichas

High On Fire – Death Is This Communion [2007]

Arik Roper

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Intonate – The Swerve [2016]

Martin Lacroix

Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory & Injury [2013]

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Volahn – Aq’Ab’Al [2014]

Aron Briggs

Odraza – Esperalem Tkane [2014]

J. Drzewiecki

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Lantern – II: Morphosis [2017]

Zbigniew M. Bielak

The Secret – Lux Tenebris [2018]

View From The Coffin

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Kvelertak – Kvelertak [2010]

John Baizley

Carpe Noctem – Vitrun [2018]

Stephen Wilson

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Morbid Angel – Gateways To Annihilation [2000]

Dan Seagrave

Eternal Champion – The Armor Of Ire [2016]

Adam Burke

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Horrendous – Ecdysis [2014]

Brian Smith

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind Of Horror [2018]

Mick Kenney

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Deluge – Æther [2015]

Metastazis

Yautja – Dead Soil [2017]

Caroline Harrison

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Vale Of Pnath – II [2016]

Sam Nelson

Moss Upon The Skull – In Vengeful Reverence [2018]

JF Lemay

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Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull [2008]

Arik Roper

Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages [2015]

Nekronikon

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Execration – Return To The Void [2017]

Zbigniew Bielak

Serious Beak – Huxwhukw [2011]

Caitlin Hackett

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Power Trip – Manifest Decimation [2013]

Paolo Girardi

Aborted – Retrogore [2016]

Christopher Lovell

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Sacred Son – Sacred Son [2017]

Dane Cross

Paysage d’Hiver – Paysage d’Hiver [2014]

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Opeth – Deliverance [2002]

Travis Smith

Opeth – Ghost Reveries [2005]

Travis Smith

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