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.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Unholy -- From The Shadows

Finnish Doom/Death kings Unholy next, with their debut 1993 album "From The Shadows". The cover is of an Oriental-looking statue of a man, apparently holding what could be a fish? Answers on a postcard please...


Found it! It's the Las Limas Monumet 1 from the Olmec civilization of Mexico, dating from between 1000 to 600 BC. The thing in its arms is in fact a half-human, half-jaguar baby, or were-jaguar. Obvious, really...

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