It’s been observed that the reissue of Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult has a cover that looks like the cover of Vasaeleth’s Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin. But the original album cover bore an equally strong resemblance to another work of demoniacal veneration.

Just try to comprehend all the visual rhymes that reveal themselves when you tease apart the chaotic imagery in these compositions. What are these striated surfaces the obscure figures are standing upon? Is that Oates’s soul leaving his body? Who is that person clenching her fists in anguish, and is she the owner of that disembodied eye that Hall is about to trample? If that’s Baphomet, why are his hands made out of guitar strings? Does the odd multi-layered cranium represent the cascades of hair that still adorn Hall’s occiput well into his sixties, thanks to his own bargain with Lucifer? And what’s with all the tentacles?

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