I listen to a lot of metal, and 90-percent of all the album covers I see are covered in skulls, demons, and goats. It’s rare that I see anything that’s really memorable, but I recently stumbled across Swedish black metal band Flagellant’s latest album, Monuments, and the cover really made me pause.
Sure, it’s a typical pile of horned and screaming skulls, but it was so well-rendered with really dramatic depth that I found myself staring at it a lot. Turns out, the cover is by Russian artist Musta Aurinko. Her entire body of work is stunning. I hope to see more album art done by her.