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Reflecting on H.R. Giger's Contributions to the Metal World

Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

Legendary surreal artist H.R. Giger passed away in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday from injuries suffered from a fall. He was 74 years old.

Giger's most famous work was of course creating the famous monster in the Alien movie, a piece that won him an Oscar for Best Achievement for Visual Effects. Giger's work was also very prominent in the metal and prog rock world. Here is a look at some of his contributions:

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery


Atrocity – Hallucinations

Atrocity Hallucinations

Danzig – Danzig III How the Gods Kill

Danzig III How the Gods Kill

Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion

Celtic Frost To Mega Therion

Carcass – Heartwork

Carcass Heartwork

Triptykon – Melana-Chasmata


Dead Kennedys – Frankenchrist inside cover (Penis Landscape)

Dead Kennedys Frankenchrist inside cover

Finally, a cover that is not for a metal album, but may be my favorite album cover by the artist for Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry's solo album:


HR Giger Ibanez Guitar Collaborations

HR Giger Ibanez 2

HR Giger Ibanez

HR Giger Inbaez 3

Custom Jonathan Davis Mic Stand

Korn mic stand

Giger's "biomechanical" style will be studied for years to come, as his work was very much ahead of it's time. The world lost a true visionary in Giger. He is survived by his third wife, Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger, who is the Director of the H.R. Giger Museum.

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