Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1973
Drew Struzan (who created the iconic cover to Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare LP) was the artist requested to do the cover painting, under the direction of Ernie Cefalu, the founder of Pacific Eye & Ear, a design house that did covers for loads of 70s albums
Ernie has stated that: “My concept for this album was based on two color illustrations that were given to me on my confirmation day in 1955, that I still have to this day. They are from the 1700’s and depict an evil man and a good man both at the split second of their death. When I showed them to Drew and explained the idea – well these pieces speak for themselves”
The cover depicts a man on a bed, seemingly having a nightmare or a vision of being attacked by demons in human form. At the top of the bed is a large skull with long, outstretched arms and 666 (the Number of the Beast) written below it. The other side of the album features the opposite of the front cover. Inside the gatefold sleeve there’s a photo of the band members shown over a photo of a bedroom
One of the most influential metal bands of all time, may have one of the most influential covers of all time as well. Is this the greatest Metal cover ever? A skull, a snake, naked chicks and 666…What could be better?
Drew Struzan has gone on to become one of the greatest movie poster artists of all time. He has done artwork for: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Blade Runner and, more recently, the Hellboy movies