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Got a Michael Whelan list right here. I'm a huge Meat Loaf fan, and I generally love the cover art, but Whelan's had a couple other amazing works, notably Arise and Dark Days. I wish he would do album covers more often.
Not many Whelan cover were made specifically for the album we see them on. His art first appeared on novels, then metal labels started licensing it for album covers. Some of the more famous covers originated on Moorecock and Lovecraft reprints in the early 80s. The only pieces I know for sure he made specifically for album covers are Sepultura Arise and Evile Infected Nations.
Here are some of the relevant paintings that were all created in the late 70s and early 80s, and appeared on fantasy and horror novels. You have to say that Demolition Hammer really didn't do the original art justice on their Epidemic of Violence cover.