Slayer's Reign In Blood & Judas Priest's British Steel

Cover Artists Responsible For Legendary Slayer & Judas Priest Album Artwork Pass Away


It’s been a rough week for influential artists in the metal scene as the passing of Lawrence “Larry” Carroll and Roslaw Szaybo have both been announced. Carroll‘s artwork appeared in numerous publications over the years, but metal fans will know him most for his covers of Slayer‘s “Reign In Blood“, “South Of Heaven“, “Seasons In The Abyss” and “Christ Illusion” albums. He was 65 at the time of his passing.

Meanwhile, 85-year-old Szaybo had overseen the album covers for over 2,000 releases during his lifetime, including releases from the likes of Elton John, Roy Orbison and more. He was also notably responsible for the logo and early album covers from Judas Priest‘, including that of “British Steel“, which featured his own hand. Judas Priest commented of Szaybo‘s passing: