Metal music has a reputation for being hard and aggressive, a celebration of the darker side of life. Something happened with the '80s styles, however, with a baffling infusion of glam that spawned a big-haired, face-painted look. This bizarre mix of makeup and macho macabre left an unforgettable mark on metal bands, with some attempts to nail the look coming up hilariously short.

We here at Bored Panda have decided to celebrate this strange period of 80s fashion in music history, with a selection of the funniest and most awkward photos from heavy metal band photoshoots. Scroll down below to check the album covers out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

(h/t: Design You Trust)

#1

Manowar

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Man, oh man!

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#2

Young And Broke Motley Crue 1980

Motley Crue

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Fantastic shoes!

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#3

Manowar

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Romance novel cover casting call

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#4

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyway, here's Wonderwall

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#5

Motörhead

Motörhead

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Lemmy think about this for a second

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#6

Vepri Suicida (Wild Boar's Suicide)

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

this is so bad, it stays bad.

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#7

Stryper

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Look, there goes our career

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#8

Stovokor

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

I see some Klingons circling Uranus.

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#9

Tunnel Of Love

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FanDaPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Im picking up on some notes of willy wonka with a hint of drugs and alcohol.

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#10

Manowar

Manowar

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

is this whole post a photoshoot of Manowar? xD

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#11

Judas Priest

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

Good old times :_D

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#12

Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

No ragrets

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#13

X Japan

X Japan

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Sei Ichirou
Community Member
1 year ago

RIP Hide (guitar player. To this very day a legend in Japan. Died far too early and still noone knows what exactly happened). X Japan were one of the things that changed the Japanese youth so much back in the 80s. If you like metal and are interested, look for a band named Seikimatsu/Seikima-II/聖飢魔Ⅱ. They were founded in the same year as X Japan, they're still active and are one of the bands that still look this wild.

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#14

Black Death

Black Death

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ispeak catanese
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1 year ago

That safety pin!

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#15

Venom

Venom

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Lotte
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1 year ago

this looks like it came out of some sort of medieval war movie

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Shotgun Messiah

Shotgun Messiah

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, for the photo shoot, steal your sister's workout clothes.

Jo Bebe
Community Member
1 year ago

and then cut and knot the shirts in halves!

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Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

"Ok, I'm going to touch my butt and you touch yours. I said TOUCH YOUR OWN, STEVE"

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

lets get physical..physical (sorry for the earworm)

Isa
Community Member
1 year ago

The 80's ladies and gentleman...I am not going further...having a migraine right now!

Monty Glue
Community Member
1 year ago

Eye bleach please!

Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone lied to them and told them they looked good lol

John Hall
Community Member
5 months ago

We really need a new look

Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
Community Member
1 year ago

Ewwwwwwwww!!!

Robyn Denton
Community Member
1 year ago

Did none of these people own mirrors?

Paweł Bożek
Community Member
1 year ago

Why is he touching other guy's ass?

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugly men playing dress-up. Not the NIKEs again.

Laura White
Community Member
1 year ago

No. Just no.

Devon Daquelente
Community Member
1 year ago

The two guys in the middle are doing it wrong

Nick Maro
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh look, it's Tim Skold!

Tomas Ericson
Community Member
3 months ago

They don't look convinced of their look. Had they done that, it would have been perfectly fine.

Ryan Tunks
Community Member
3 months ago

These guys didn't look like that on their record

Fia Flame
Community Member
5 months ago

ew

Mark À Irvine
Community Member
8 months ago

looks like the guy on the right with the chain hanging from his girdle peed in his mauve leotard. lovely.

Melissa Hemphill Guajardo
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm not even all the way through....and I'm dying... OMG...

Tori Ehlers
Community Member
9 months ago

bad clothes for an aerobics class

Martin Curtis
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's get physical, physical...

Lyle Waller
Community Member
1 year ago

Gay!

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Metal goes neon...

Larry Dorton
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the guy on the left is Jimmy Fallon

B.b. Fultz
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, let's rub our butts together, in case everyone missed the point the first time. XD

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 year ago

Ding!

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

The guy on the left looks like he's gonna hurl!

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 year ago

Glo 'N Spray

Lisadesign
Community Member
1 year ago

Guy on far left was already regretting that photo

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

Raided their sisters closet!

Missy Finley
Community Member
1 year ago

Ummmm...

Oliver Casasola
Community Member
1 year ago

Two albums and dissaper... Not a bad band. I like them

Chris Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

They stuffed their balls?? Lmao

M
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s a band called Kingpin. Shotgun Messiah is close though, because one of the members in this photograph is in both bands and is now a touring active member of Marilyn Manson and Motionless in White. I’m talking about Tim Sköld.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Guys on left and right have no necks.

Lara Verne
Community Member
1 year ago

Now that's what I call fashion.

Walter Cheego
Community Member
1 year ago

Boys will be boys! Can you imagine someone rocking this outfit in today's time?

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

Can we say...” I see the outline of your penis?”

Francesca Annoni
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like a sort of fluo gay Bon Jovi..

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Jimmy Fallon on the fart left? :-)

pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

OMG THE COLOURS

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

That doesn't look the main reason of what it appear to be a look failure nowadays, have probably kept busy many people to get a sure winning look. At the time. Whatever time it was.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope they used the shotgun after seeing this...

Von
Community Member
1 year ago

These are the same jackasses that are now staunch republicans against every LGTBQ civil American right to freedom. Oh the irony.

Von
Community Member
1 year ago

The same types of jackasses, is what I meant to say. I don't know if these dudes are even American or not. Lmao. But some of you will understand where I'm coming from, while others will still be lost. ~shrug~

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Anna Linnaeus
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1 year ago

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Actually it's not Shotgun Messiah, although I don't know who these guys are, I don't recognize any of them.

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

neither their mothers, probably

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#17

Metal Band

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Max L.
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1 year ago

Boy, did you eat Gene Simmons ?

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#18

TWATT

TWATT

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Ms.Maria
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1 year ago

TWATT. I'm dying here...!

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#19

Rhapsody Of Fire

Rhapsody Of Fire

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Quinn Nix
Community Member
1 year ago

A relatively recent metal band, here. These guys got Christopher Lee (Saruman the Wizard, from LotR) to voice story-telling interludes on one of their prog metal albums. How awesome is that?

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#20

Awkward Metal Band Photo

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Mark
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1 year ago

Frankie goes to Hollywood, the later years.

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#21

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!

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#22

Funny Awkward Metal Bands Photos

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Jason M
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1 year ago

Please tell me their band name is Die-abetes.

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#23

Metal Band

Crimson Glory 

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Bored Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Baby: "I was told I could take a picture with the teletubbies. They lied."

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#24

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Mom, is that you?

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#25

Detsorgsekalf

Detsorgsekalf

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

damn… his cat was Walking across his keyboard computer and that's how he gets his names

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#26

Madam X

Madam X

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Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Their logo reminds me of Al's men's support group "No M'am" on Married With Children

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#27

Metal Band

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys do not take themselves too serious. Chapeau!

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#28

Metal Band

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Looks like Batman could use a new cape.

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#29

Crimson Glory

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Maurício Seabra
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1 year ago

Midnight was a damn good singer...

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#30

Tunnel Of Love

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Mark
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1 year ago

Takes name of band wayyyy to literally!

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#31

Night Jamming Band

Night Jamming Band

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Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like REO Speedwagon on Halloween

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#32

Metal Band

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Put down the crack pipe!

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#33

Metal Band

Michael Angelo Batio

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Enrico Zabeo
Community Member
1 year ago

no, he isn't Michael Angelo Batio, he is Randy Piper from W.A.S.P. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Piper

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#34

Krank

Krank

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

When you let your sister do your make up

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#35

Metal Band

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I bet some of those poses weren't easy to hold.

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#36

Metal Band

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CheeseOnToast
Community Member
1 year ago

The despairing guy in the middle has just realised that no one remembered to bring a basketball.

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#37

Metal Band

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

They're wearing 3 different bands shirts, this is not a band, just some fans.

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