Kris Verwimp is a European artist whose work I have admired for years -- I've had a link to his work on my links page pretty much since I first had a links page. I just popped over to his site for the first time in ages and saw a ton of great new works. He had a very darkly gothic style and specializes in heavy metal album covers, which he has a ton of on his site -- he's really very prolific. His style is classic, but original at the same time, full of imaginative detail. It has a gritty, hand-made feel and is not overly polished, just full of raw emotion and really fun to look at.
Here's just a few of my favorites:
See more at his website here: