R.I.P. H.R. Giger: His 10 Best Album Covers (NSFW)

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The world has lost one of its most original voices. H.R. Giger, the surrealist painter and sculptor who designed some of the silver screen's most disturbing monsters, such as the Xenomorph in Alien, died this week at age 74 from injuries related to a fall. He leaves behind him a powerful legacy of images that fused man, monster and machine into a style of art that has influenced countless others.

He was also responsible for a pretty amazing amount of album cover art over the course of his life. Today we look at the ten best.

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Triptykon
Eparistera Daimones (2010)

When you cobble your band out of members of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun you're going to need a hell of a hardcore image for your debut album. Eparistera Daimones chose Giger's painting "Vlad Tepes" for that purpose, an appropriate image for an album that takes its name from the writings of Aleister Crowley.


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Carcass
Heartwork (1993)

In addition to his famous paintings, Giger was also a talented sculptor who actually studied industrial design before going into art. Carcass used a photo of Giger's sculpture "Life Support 1993" for the cover, and the official video for the title track also featured a life-sized recreation of it.


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Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion (1985

Celtic Frost has a long history of using and being inspired by Giger. His painting "Satan I" graced their second album, which, if it didn't exactly invent death metal, certainly guided it towards its eventual destiny.


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Debbie Harry
KooKoo (1981)

Giger created the cover for Debbie Harry's first solo album upon request, and though the different variations of the final image that he submitted disturbed her a little Harry decided to use the one you see above. Legend has it the album's title came about from her reaction to Giger's strange art.


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Triptykon
Melana Chasmata (2014)

Thomas Fischer and Triptykon again, with his third and presumably final collaboration with Giger.


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Danzig
Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992)

How the God's Kill is arguably the best thing Danzig ever did, and the cover he chose for his magnum opus was a slightly modified version of Giger's famous "Meister und Margeritha." The difference? Giger changed a penis into a dagger bearing the Danzig symbol, making this the only time censorship actually made things more metal.


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PolloDiablo
PolloDiablo

H.R. Giger was an amazing artist, and absolutely deserving of tribute, but are we really going to diminish the guys fucking legacy down to a "Top Ten Album Covers" click-grab post? Are you fucking kidding me?

I know he had done art for a fair number of albums, 18 in total by my count; but does such a relatively small pool of choices really lend itself to a "top ten" list and still offer the piece even the smallest amount of credibility?

This shit is just sad.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@PolloDiablo  And of those 18, these were the ones I felt were the ten best. Sorry to disappoint you, Chicken Devil </sarcasm>

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