A few Crowbar fans have accused Metallica of ripping-off the cover art of the sludge metal band’s 1998 release Odd Fellows Rest (pictured below).
Crowbar’s Kirk Windstein has taken to social media to point out similarities between the cover artwork of the two releases, but has squashed the suggestion that it is plagiarised.
Kirk wrote on his Facebook page: “In all fairness, after touring with the mighty METALLICA while in DOWN, I know the fellas know who CROWBAR is. However, I seriously doubt that any member of METALLICA stole this idea from us. Maybe the artist? Anyway you slice it… it’s a cool cover idea!!! Now James and Lars, go listen to ‘Odd Fellows Rest’!!! LOL”
Whilst it is evident that both covers share the same concept, it has to be said that the idea isn’t very original at all. Queen’s The Miracle, Love’s Forever Changes and more recently Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light both share similarities with Crowbar and Metallica’s artworks.
What do you think? Did Metallica steal the artwork for Hardwired… To Self Destruct? Let us know in the comments section below!
Hardwired… To Self-Destruct will be out November 18. For more details, head to metallica.com.