Books you can judge by their covers.
So there I was sat here in the realm of Eminent Silence on a rare week off work, flicking through some album cover artbooks and internet sites and "ping", an idea formed. There are lots of great album covers out there in the history of music that artists have (quite rightly) received accolades and praise for. However, the thing I always hated as a kid was picking up a record and it's cover art promised the sound of hell opening or orcs fighting dragons in a fiery pit of damnation, only to find once I got home that the bulk of the songs were about broken hearts and endless tears, instead of broken swords and endless rivers of blood!
So, as part of a new series on my still fledgling blog I am going to champion the albums whose content was every bit as good as the artwork suggested, whose cover image was representative of what lay inside. The series will start with Scorpions and "Blackout".
For a metal lover like me "Blackout" is a perfect piece of album artwork and is rivaled only by the content it so accurately portrays that sits behind it's sleeve/case just waiting to be let out.