Favorite Cover Art – Metallica Singles and EPs
In Metallica’s career that spans three decades, they have released over 40 singles. Most of these singles were not just released to radio stations but also to fans as records and CDs. Rifling through the enormous catalog of Metallica singles, we made the painstaking decision to whittle the cover art down to our 10 favorites.
This was no easy task, and there’s no doubt that many will have their own personal favorite cover art that they think should be included in this collection. From looking at absolutely killer artwork created by Brian Schroeder, better known to ‘Tallica fans as the artist Pushead, to awesome shots of the band to hand-drawn cover art by James Hetfield himself, these are 10 covers that simply resonated with us.
Do you have a favorite? Did we miss a legendary cover? Leave a comment below and let us know!
One of our favorite songs from ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ the cover art for ‘Jump in the Fire’ was created by Les Edwards, a British artist who specializes in science fiction and horror illustrations. As for ‘Creeping Death,’ arguably one of the band’s greatest songs of all time, Alvin Petty is responsible for the cryptic artwork. Reportedly, guitarist Kirk Hammett saw the painting in Petty’s house and thought it fit ‘Creeping Death’ perfectly.
What can we say about the cover art for ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ and ‘One,’ other than they are iconic in Metallica’s career. From t-shirts to singles, Pushead’s artwork has become a mainstay in the life of the band. Nothing says Metallica like Pushead’s creations.
The artwork for ‘Live at Wembley Stadium’ came from the hands of none other than Hetfield. With the eponymous ‘Scary Guy’ logo, Hetfield puts his own mark on the band’s international single that was recorded April 20, 1992. ‘Until it Sleeps‘ marks the beginning of a trend for cover art for singles that came out of ‘Load‘ and ‘ReLoad.’ The cover, which is a take on the psychological examinations known as Rorschach tests, was created by Andie Airfix at Satori.
Both of these singles came from Metallica’s ‘Garage Inc.’ The cover for ‘Whiskey in the Jar‘ was developed by Andie Airfix at Satori as well, and features press clippings that aren’t exactly pro-Metallica, e.g. one clipping reads, “Metallica mess up,” while another states, “And Lars [Ulrich] still sounds s—.” For ‘Die, Die My Darling,’ the band had a little more fun by posing as retro musicians. The cover was designed also designed by Andie Airfix at Satori, while the photography was handled by Anton Corbijn (who also directed the music videos for ‘Hero of the Day‘ and ‘Mama Said‘).
As controversial as the album ‘St. Anger‘ still is among critics and fans, no one can argue the power of the artwork that came with the singles. Matt Mahurin handled the illustration for the cover of ‘Frantic,’ the same guy who directed the music videos for ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘King Nothing‘ and ‘The Unforgiven II.’ The first single released from ‘Death Magnetic‘ was ‘The Day that Never Comes,’ and it leaves fancy artwork or crazy designs to the side and focuses on a close-up of an angry man, a man we can only guess is Hetfield. The photography for the cover was handled by David Turner.