Christmas albums always bring out the laziest in designers, and sure enough this cover’s combo of drawing, color scheme, layout, and font is ugly as sin. Visually it has little to do with Metallica, if slightly more to do with Christmas. (Is Santa’s suit blue because he’s really evil Rock Santa?) But it’s so goofy looking that the damn thing is actually kinda likeable. Sadly there’s no “fugly album cover (that makes us kind of happy) of the year” race. Maybe next year?