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.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ashen Mortality - demo covers 1993 & 1994

Although hand drawn rather than photographic in nature, these two demo covers from UK doom/death band Ashen Mortality are strikingly simple and atmospheric, and made a great impression on me back in the day. The first is probably more the work of imagination rather than based on an existing cross, but I suspect the second image may be based on a real church window.

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