Heavy Metal Album Covers That Rocked The World

The U.K.'s Guardian Unlimited has published a short interview with James Sherry, co-author of the book "Heavy Metal Thunder: Album Covers That Rocked the World", a collection of album covers from metal's golden age that began with BLACK SABBATH's 1970 eponymously titled debut.

Heavy-metal album covers are a product of the typical obsessions of a teenage boy: muscle, fantasy, horror movies and violence. "It was Marvel comics with guitars," says Scott Ian from ANTHRAX. "They were larger-thanlife real super-heroes."

Large-breasted women make an occasional entrance, but this is a mainly masculine domain. Strangely, bouffant hair and make-up was briefly acceptable in this manly world. "Looking back, it's completely ludicrous," says Sherry, who delved into the record collection of his adolescence to supply "Heavy Metal Thunder" with many of its images. "But at the age of 13 or 14 I took this all very seriously. Death, blood and mayhem were at the center of my world."

Read more at Arts.Guardian.co.uk.

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