Published Jul 23, 2020Taylor Swift will return with surprise new album folklore tonight, which features album art showing the megastar at peace in a forest amongst towering trees. Whether it be Swift's misty surroundings or the grey tones that dominate the cover, it didn't take long for the internet to seize upon its potential to be reworked into a metal masterpiece.
Shot by Beth Garrabrant, the artwork of folklore has already been likened to a Sargent House release, and a black or folk metal LP. While the inclusion of the National's Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver doesn't indicate Swift's adoption of those particular sounds, songs like "the lakes," "my tears ricochet," "hoax," "this is me trying" and "the last great american dynasty" will surely exhibit a heaviness all their own.
In the spirit of our quarantine album covers, we here at Exclaim! have taken the liberty of bringing those visions to life ahead of Swift's album release. Below, you'll find edits of Swift's cover updated with the logos of some of black metal's heaviest, some more environmentally conscious headbangers, artists inspired by this crushing genre, and even a Grammy-approved "heavy" band that dedicated a whole record to Songs from the Wood.
Without further ado, here are some folk'd up edits of Taylor Swift's folklore cover ahead of this evening's surprise album release, which you unfortunately won't find on one of her eight collector's edition vinyl records.
Wolves in the Throne Room
Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)
Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem (2009)
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I & II (2011 and 2012)
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons (2017)
Woods of Ypres
Jethro Tull - Songs From the Wood (1977)