3. Pantera Vulger Display of Power (1992)

One of, the most influential heavy metal albums of my generation, the stories surrounding the making of this cover are legendary. For the longest time I was convinced it was Dimbag’s ( RIP )face being punched by Anselmo — but in one of the last interviews I found with Dimebag, in a side note he mentions that it was “just a fan” that they paid — and subsequently punched him in the face around 80 times to get this photo.  Talk about dedication, I know how big Anselmo is, and that is last thing any one in their right mind would want is to get in a fight with that monster.

It is, however, one of the most recognizable and amazing covers in the history of heavy metal in my book — it speaks volumes about everything this album stands for, the music, lyrics, power and influence.