The Sheer Heart Attack
album cover was shot by Mick Rock, who did the famous cover of their previous album, Queen II
, showing the four band members in darkness with their faces illuminated. Freddie Mercury typically drove the visual direction of the band, but it was drummer Roger Taylor who came up with the concept for the Sheer Heart Attack
cover. "He said, 'I want us to look like we're thrown up from a shipwreck on some distant shore,' so that's what I shot," Mick Rock told Songfacts
. "Of course, they were soaking wet and there was a lot of spraying going on."