The Worst Album Art Of 2021


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2020 was awful. 2021 was somehow worse. 2022 isn’t looking great. Yet through all of this death, destruction, stagnation, reversion, and mediocre memes, music persisted. Tours started. Tours stopped. Tours were cancelled, then rescheduled, then cancelled again. Tours even killed musicians. If you couldn’t or chose not to see music live, there was plenty of great albums to choose from and enjoy. Just take a look at all of our Top 10 Albums lists. Despite the world crashing down around us, we still managed to find refuge and joy from new albums.

That’s not what this is about. We’ve already focused on the good. Now it’s time to revel in the bad, specifically the bad album art. I know, art is subjective. Someone could see beauty in a gasoline puddle or be brought to tears seeing a Burger King bag caught in an updraft. Maybe you’ll find something that is not so bad. Maybe you’ll even like one or two. Probably not. There’s only one way to find out. Take a look at the collection below and see if anything moves you.


“Hey, Crowbar. Can I copy your homework?”

“Sure, Metallica. Just change it up a little so it’s not obvious.”

Damnation peeking over their shoulders like…


David Lynch presents David The Gnome


At this point, you might as well photoshop in some fans or at least some Covid molecules


Meals Of Paint Chips


Everyone else sees Casper The Friendly Ghost, right?


Who is driving? Oh my god! Bear is driving. How can that be?!


The final level of Dream Theater’s video game


2021 started with big vampire mommy Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil and ended with big snake Kraken thingy mommy. Sounds about right.


When you get real existential about your Jolly Green Giant frozen peas


Death metal should’ve stayed in the beyond.


Sure, capitalism is bad, but this version is also hilariously adorable




I love the ballet.


Back in the ancient days, everyone’s throat was made entirely out of Strawberry Splash Gushers


Inverted Tiddygram


I get the same way whenever a giant sky meatball crushes a building


Hate has certainly been achieve


Two Face Goes To Ozzfest


Spooky scary skeletons send cringes up your spine


What Elon Musk sees every time he closes his eyes


Which one is the ballsqueezer? The scarecrow? The wild boar? The Megadeth fan?

Definitely the Megadeth fan.


There’s a lot of symbolism in this, but the only way I can express it is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


There are 2 wolves inside us. Both of them are awkward.


A Swiftly Tilting Wailmer


Accurate portrayal of former Misfits vocalist Michale Graves


This is just a regular summer day in Iowa


Hi, folks. It’s me, Barthazar, Nicholas Cage’s brain demon. I’m back again, this time to wish you all a happy New Year and to remind you to watch Nic’s movie Pig. It’s a real oinker of a good time!


I know it’s parody, but even at its worst, nu metal had a little shred of dignity.


Mr. Freeze Goes To The Opera


Qu’est-ce que c’est
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away oh, oh, oh


Man, that’s just a naked, blurry Darth Vader.


Glenn Danzig getting his next movie idea.



Serj Tankian, what are you doing?


Dr. Who is really reaching this season


There’s a story behind this and it’s probably featured on America’s Most Wanted


Section K00l-41D


It’s just a jack-o-lantern. What’s the probl…oh.


Oy vey

May be a cartoon of text that says 'MORDRED THE DARK PARADE'
Dance Of Death‘s Cajun cousin

Guess I’ll die


Well, at least they know it’s absurd. That’s a good first step. The second step is fixing it.


“Okay, Tommy. It’s taken a few months, but I finally completed the detailed monster fight. Like it?”

“Big ass Conan the Barbarian lady”


“Big. Ass. Conan. Lady.”


I’d hate to see what clip art is used for Retirement Plan C




I keep calling 867-5309 but Jenny won’t answer


Hellis Chud


Let it gooooooooooooohmygod


“What the FUCK did you just say about my VampireFreaks profile?!?”


Yes, this is real. No, I didn’t add the crying praying face.


Go to horny jail. BONK!



I’m Mr. Widdily-Diddily. Welcome to 7th Grade Biology.


The snake represents penisness


An album worthy of T Shirt Hell


God bless that censored bar


Yeah, right. Like Grym Synner and the Grundle Gang would ever get a pillow for a woman


Father Devil Daddy Presents Purple Rain


Grym Spynner is used to a dry, burning sensation


And the cracked, chafing too


Mostly dying from untreated syphilis, but I get your point


Papa Gonorreha likes his artwork like pictures of his ladies: out of focus and with the filter cranked all the way up


Did we miss any bad album art from 2021? Definitely. Post ’em in the comments section below.

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