Artist H.R. Giger Passes Away, R.I.P.

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The Swiss surrealist artist behind many metal album covers, H.R. Giger has died. Giger died on Monday from injuries he suffered after he fell down stairs at his Zurich home. Giger was 74.

Besides creating album artwork, Giger was also known for his “Xenomorph” alien in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece, for which he won a visual effects Oscar.

Triptykon main man Tom Gabriel Warrior released a statement saying, “Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humor, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.”

Check out a gallery of Giger’s hard rock and metal-related work below.



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  • justsayinso

    Brain Salad Surgery – ELP

  • MadMike R5D4

    Farewell to a visionary artist; whose work took all those brave enough to view it into a netherworld where fear, sex, death and the occult all met to form biomechanical visions as beautiful as they were frightening. You secured your place in cinematic history when you designed the xenomorph from “Alien”, one of the greatest monsters ever to stalk the silver screen. Rest in peace Hans Ruedi Giger, you made your nightmares into masterpieces.