Heavy Metal Fantasy covers - The Nine Suns

From an article by the now-defunct Cimmerian:

Like a wizard and his staff, or a dragon and its gleaming horde, heavy metal/hard rock music and fantasy literature are an inseparable pair. I haven’t seen any statistics published on the subject, but fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard just seem more inclined to listen to heavy metal than any other genre of music.

Man-o-war knew this from the beginning…maybe a little to well:
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On the other hand, DIO always gets a pass (may he rest in peace…)

Then some bands just get the right level of awesomeness:

This is all just my opnion, BTW. and no licard people were harmed writing this post…anyway, here’s a list that runs the gamut from cool to riduculous to why-the-hell-didn’t-I-think-of-that?