Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Annihilator - Alice in Hell

I'm not just fond of this album as a terrific thrash/power metal album that features an actual band behind the name Annihilator, but this creepy and slightly insidious cover hails a slight cheekiness as good metal is capable of, with Allison (perhaps a bit too old to be trailing dollies down the stairs, but hey, it was the eighties and teenage girls sold albums, not eight-year-old tykes) slinking slowly to an unknown weirdness... Ah, fuck it. This is a weird cover and very detailed and that's why I like it. :)


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Unknown weirdness? That doll in the doorway casting the long shadow is gonna kill her or torture her or something. That doll is no good, that's for sure.

July 31, 2007 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

GREAT cover! Much better than that Scorpions monstrosity.

-- david

July 31, 2007 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I like this cover. I still have a patch of the doll and a metal pin of Alice.

July 31, 2007 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Interesting similarities between this and Ratt's Invasion of Your Privacy: the colors, the lighting, the style of the windows, the outside light shining into a dark room, the token "hot girl/victim" clad in white (color of innocence), the virgin/whore effect (obvious in the Ratt cover, much more subtle here, with just the lifted hem of her nightgown suggesting a hint of her less-than-innocent side), dolls/shoes strewn on the floor adding an element of disarray to an otherwise orderly picture.

My guess is that Annihilator wasn't copying Ratt as much as they were tapping into some sort of subconscious imagery that was understood by the metal/horror movie fans of the time.

July 31, 2007 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Bob - absolutely, it just just unknown to Allison...killer teddy bears, watch out!

David - that was the laugh of the day, bro!

Mark - very nice artifacts to have!

Chuck - terrific and serious analyzing of the cover...I think it's safe to safe that metal, girls and horror were all homogenous as far as hormonal masturbating metalheads were concerned...they really knew how to sell shit back then, didn't they?

August 1, 2007 at 7:02 PM  

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