60 Creative Thrash Metal Album Cover Artwork Designs

Heavy Metal and more specifically Thrash Metal are among my favorite genres of music. Looking back over the decades, heavy metal really transformed my ability to write music. I know this is true of many other musicians I have talked to. Metal is just a genre of music that attacks and dissects you – ready or not it’s coming. Those who choose to keep listening often find exactly what they were looking for.

I started listening when I was 15 but age is really just a number. Everybody has their own story of how they got into the music. Taking into consideration the early 80s thrash bands up until present day, I have cataloged a gallery of over 60 various album covers. This showcase is meant to be a look at the artwork itself, as opposed to placing judgement on the band or the music. A lot of heavy metal bands use outlandish eye-catching covers which itself is truly a distinct work of artistic beauty. If I missed any good ones feel free to share in the post comments.

Tempo of the Damned – Exodus

exodus album tempo of the damned artwork

The New Order – Testament

the new order testament album cover artwork

Souls of Black – Testament

testament souls of black cover sleeve art

Time Does Not Heal – Dark Angel

dark angel metal album time heal cover artwork sleeve

Reign in Blood – Slayer

slayer thrash metal classic reign in blood cover sleeve

Product of Society – Defiance

defiance 1989 thrash album product of society cover

The Prophecy – Defiance

sleeve album cover defiance the prophecy artwork

Distortion – Forbidden

distortion forbidden thrash metal band album cover

The Evolution of Chaos – Heathen

heathen thrash metal band album evolution of chaos cover

Outer Isolation – Vektor

space album sleeve cover outer isolation vektor

By Inheritance – Artillery

1990 album cover sleeve artillery by inheritance

Frontal Assault – Angel Witch

thrash metal album cover angel witch frontal assault

Cracked Brain – Destruction

destruction thrash metal album cover sleeve cracked brain

Vicious Nightmare – Strike Master

strike master band album cover vicious nightmare

Epidemic of Violence – Demolition Hammer

demolition hammer thrash metal band epidemic of violence cover

The Courts of Chaos – Manilla Road

manilla road band thrash album cover courts of chaos

Ear Piercing Thrash – Bio Cancer

bio cancer full album cover art ear piercing thrash

Fast Loud Death – Lost Society

lost society band thrash fast loud death cover artwork

Sanctified – Morgana Lefay

thrash metal band morgana lefay cover sanctified 1995

For Humanity – Game Over

game over band thrash album cover artwork for humanity

Act III – Death Angel

death angel thrash metal band album act iii cover

Eternal Nightmare – Vio-lence

violence thrash metal band old albums eternal nightmare

Collision Course – Paradox

paradox metal album cover sleeve collision course

Terrible Certainty – Kreator

german thrash metal kreator terrible certainty album cover

Swallowed in Black – Sadus

thrash metal band sadus album cover sleeve swallowed in black

The Sins of Mankind – Cancer

cancer full album cover sleeve the sins of mankind

Based on Evil – Tantara

tantara 2012 thrash metal album based on evil cover

Violent by Nature – Atrophy

atrophy violent by nature album cover 1990

Rust in Peace – Megadeth

megadeth thrash metal album cover rust in peace

The System Has Failed – Megadeth

megadeth album cover system has failed artwork

Operational Hazard – Condition Critical

condition critical by operational hazard band album artwork

Time of Slaughters – Amethyst

thrash metal amethyst time of slaughters cover

The Old Family Is Still Alive – National Suicide

national suicide old family still alive album cover

Convicted – Cryptic Slaughter

thrash band cryptic slaughter convicted cover art

Blood Money – Guillotine

thrash metal 2012 politics cover blood money guillotine

A Shedding of Skin – Protector

shedding of skin album cover thrash protector

Evil in the Night – Merciless Death

evil in the night album cover artwork merciless death

Violent MetalStorm – Gae Bolga

thrash band 2011 album cover violent metalstorm age bolga

Sorceress Bitch – Witchtrap

witchtrap band metal album artwork cover sorceress bitch

Independent – Sacred Reich

1993 thrash metal band sacred reich independent cover

Origin of Extinction – Mortillery

mortillery 2013 thrash album cover origin of extinction

Radioactive Intervention – Dr. Living Dead!

thrash band dr living dead radioactive intervention album cover

The Sane Asylum – Blind Illusion

the sane asylum blind illusion metal album cover artwork

Hazardous Mutation – Municipal Waste

thrash metal band municipal waste hazardous mutation cover

Will Work for Food – Uncle Slam

usa thrash metal uncle slam cover art will work for food

Fishdick – Acid Drinkers

thrash metal band acid drinkers 1994 album fishdick cover

A Higher Form of Killing – Intruder

thrash band intruder album sleeve cover higher form of killing

The Underworld – Evildead

evildead modern thrash metal cover the underworld

Scenarios of Brutality – Violator

violator band metal album 2013 scenarios of brutality

Grin – Coroner

face mask album cover green coroner grin

Rising from the Sea – Exumer

exumer 1987 album cover rising from the sea

Survive – Nuclear Assault

survive nuclear assault 1988 album cover artwork

Time Is Up – Havok

havok thrash music album cover time is up 2012

The Brutal State – Exarsis

exarsis brutal state artwork cover metal album 2013

Unborn Again – Whiplash

unborn again metal album cover artwork whiplash

Under the Influence – Overkill

metal album cover artwork under the influence overkill

Infected Nations – Evile

evile band thrash metal infected nations album cover

Annihilatia – Razormaze

2013 thrash metal album cover artwork annihilatia razormaze

Hell’s Domain – Hell’s Domain

autumn 2013 new thrash metal hells domain album cover

Menace II Sobriety – Cross Examination

menace ii society cross examination album cover 2008

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Tyler is a true culture fanatic with love for comic books, music, movies, video games, and all forms of pop culture.

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