Louisville, Kentucky

The Grave of Harry L. Collins

A life-sized memorial to Harry L. Collins, the official corporate magician of Frito-Lay
21 Apr 2014
Williams, Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest

This Minnesota-shaped forest is actually located in the state it is shaped like
21 Apr 2014
Malmesbury, England

Hannah Twynnoy's Gravestone

This crumbling headstone commemorates the first death by tiger in Britain's history
21 Apr 2014
Kenton, Oklahoma

Black Mesa

The highest point in Oklahoma used to be a lawless outlaw's paradise
21 Apr 2014
Costa De Morte, Spain

The Truffle

This rough experimental house was created by flooding a dirt hill with concrete
18 Apr 2014
Skagafjörður, Iceland

Drangey Island

An Icelandic island full of diving birds and legend
18 Apr 2014


On Holiday with the Dark Lord: The World's Most Metal Places

by Allison Meier / 18 Apr 2014

Pits of fire that never go out, monumental skulls, an angel of death that cries black tears — these are some of the most "metal" places in the world. So if you're looking to shoot your next intense album cover for some heavy guitar driven aggression, or just want to experience a brush with darkness, get out to these 13 intense locales. 

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan 

article-imageThe Turkmenistan Gates to Hell (photograph by Tormod Sandtorv)

In 1971, a Soviet drilling project went horribly wrong when it hit a natural gas cavern and collapsed. To keep from spawning an environmental catastrophe, the pit was set in flames. To this day the 328-foot-wide fiery chasm burns, earning it the nickname, "The Gates of Hell."


article-imagevia United States Antarctic Program Photo Library

One of the world's most gruesome natural wonders is the five-story "Blood Falls." The slow ooze of crimson from Antarctica's Taylor Glacier is actually sourced from a trapped lake of ancient microbes, but it looks like the ice has a festering wound. 

Kudowa-Zdrój, Poland

article-imageThe Chapel of Skulls (photograph by Merlin/Wikimedia)

The macabre Chapel of the Skulls has a ceiling of bones formed Jolly Rogers-style in a lattice of death,while alongside skulls gaze with vacant sockets at any visitors. And if that wasn't unsettling enough, open a trapdoor in this Polish church to reveal the packed skeletal remains of 21,000 people in the crypt. 

Cleveland, Ohio

article-imageThe Angel of Death Victorious (photograph by Ian MacQueen)

In Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery, the angel of death weeps black tears. The monument for Francis Haserot — known as "The Haserot Angel" or "The Angel of Death Victorious" — is in reality a victim of the eroding elements, but the weathered cheeks stained with a silent cry are a harrowing memento mori.