As you very well know, metal blogs are a wasteland of sorrow and boredom governed only by the winged, terrifying juggernaut of Trial By Ordeal and its dislike of everything. However, once in a long a while, another will rise up that's worthy of attention from our tiny, inconsequential fanbase of people who get all smug whenever Immolation is mentioned.
The Archives of Khazad-Dum is an awesome blog with a great concept that will undoubtedly ignite a fire in the loins of any of you metal nerds out there. The concept is simple: find out where the album covers of different metal releases are stolen from and compile them together. In short, the curators of the Archives find any album featuring a cover that's also seen on another album (at least one has to be metal for qualification, and the cover must always be on at least two albums) and puts them together along with the original piece, and additionally attempts to find the original piece's name and artist. The results are fascinating: obscure demos sharing covers with major Nuclear Blast artist, twenty or more albums featuring the same iconic painting, and unknown photographs getting used everywhere with no hints as to their origin. A special note has to be given to the sheer precision and sharp eye for detail that those who run the blog display: a single tree in the background of a busy album cover can be linked to an original picture, or a small portion of a larger painting can be tied to the original. In short, these guys know their shit to a crazy degree. Of course, it's also due to the help of the community; they're always taking submissions for new covers or new albums which feature covers already listed, as well as, of course, any info on the origins of some of the unknown works of art.
Basically, the Archives prove to us what we already knew: metal musicians are incapable of making their own art, and they really, really like Gustav Dore and Frank Frazetta. An utterly awesome site that's great to check out when you don't know what else to do. Updates are frequent and the owners are gracious and dedicated metalheads. Check these guys out right now.