Do the people who conceived and designed these metal album covers not give a fuck, or do they give too many fucks? It's not entirely clear, but that's what makes them so awesome. Behold, the 10 most ridiculous metal album covers of the year.

See also: The 10 best metal albums of 2013

Zodiac - A Hiding Place - see #10

Zodiac – A Hiding Place – see #10

10. Zodiac

A Hiding Place

The next time you feel like doing the 'siren surrounded by dogs' gimmick, try to find dogs that actually look threatening. Rather than cuddly.

See also: The Ten Most Unreadable Metal Band Logos

9. Blackout

We Are Here

The use of Satanic imagery and the middle-finger to represent anything remotely cool or threatening is dead and buried, the bloated corpses of each represented by whatever the fuck this is.

8. Profanatica

Thy Kingdom Cum

This attempt to be shocking is somehow just totally whatevs.

7. Rawhide

Murder One

These guys wonder why they can't get a second date.

6. Cleric

Vatum Inferno

Most people who try acid for the first time end up scribbling something like this, but the key is not to publish it.

5. Persekutor

Power Frost

Cool vacation photo.

4. Thunder Tribe

War Chant

Not the optimal way to have your spirit forever immortalized.

3. Vastum

Patricidal Lust

This could have been cool: A warrior standing proud and naked, beholding the giant he just disemboweled. But that fucking bat creature at the top sends it all to shit.

2. Iron Mask

Fifth Son of Winterdoom

This knight-looking thing and his doggies are charged with protecting the Fifth Son of Winterdoom. But what the fuck happened to the first four Sons of Winterdoom?

1. Stratovarius


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