Music portrait photographer Jeremy Saffer -- whose numerous credits include shooting bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, Ghost, and Hatebreed for various magazine covers -- is releasing a new art book for a project he's "been working on for one third of my lifetime." Daughters of Darkness, a "a collection of fine art portraits of women in corpse paint," is due out on October 30 via Rare Bird Books. You can see the full (NSFW) cover art below, and here's what Jeremy says about the book:

I am extremely excited to announce that I have signed a book deal with Rare Bird Books. Daughters of Darkness, a fine art corpse paint photo project I have been working on for one third of my lifetime is finally coming to fruition as a coffee table book.

The project is based on: the black metal/doom imagery I grew up on, my affinity for the darker side of metal, and like metal, which can be dark, grim, evil and all the while beautiful, the project shows the duality of finding beauty in darkness, and finding darkness within beauty.

The band who exemplified this style of art the most is Cradle of Filth, and I am honored to say Dani Filth is penning the forward to my book. My amazing friend, writer. and photographer Randy Blythe from Lamb of God is writing the introduction.

Here's Rare Bird's description:

Daughters of Darkness is a collection of fine art portraits of women in corpse paint. A nod to black metal and doom album cover art, Daughters of Darkness was photographed over 10+ years, with more than 400 models from all over the world, almost all of which did their own corpse paint and are fans of black metal. Daughters of Darkness features many celebrities, actresses, musicians, and models (some under the cover of corpse painted anonymity) all of whom donned only corpse paint for this book. Photographed by internationally renowned music and fine art photographer Jeremy Saffer, this project combines both his music photography and fine art photography worlds into a single project, which was conceived to capture the memory of flipping though albums in a music store and buying albums based entirely on the albums cover art (which often featured a nude portrait, someone in corpse paint, or both) prior to knowing the music or the band. Like the music that inspired it, Daughters of Darkness shows the duality of finding beauty in dark imagery, and finding darkness within beauty.

There are four different editions of the book available for presale, including an "Extra-Bloody Bathory Edition" and a $666 deluxe box set, which is limited to 25 copies and comes with a bunch of extras, including a corpse paint makeup set of your own.