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


A couple of fine examples from UK doom eccentrics Sevenchurch.

The first is a particularly distraught-looking grotesque from the inside of the "Nefarious" demo, and the second  is a band sticker that features a superb grotesque of a piper (the picture was also used on a T-shirt). Both are from Sevenchurch's home town of Oxford, England (the first from the bell-tower of New College, the second from Magdalen College). Here are clearer images of the full carvings:

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