The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery


Metallica – Master of Symmetry

17th of March, 2012

There’s not the slightest shadow of a doubt that METALLICA’s third full length album is a classic in plenty of ways.

First of all, it is being considered one of the greatest efforts in the history of Thrash Metal. Secondly, it marked the band’s breakthrough and paved their way into the heads and hearts of millions. It’s also the last album METALLICA recorded with their legendary bassplayer Cliff Burton. And most importantly (at least for this little blog): it’s got one hell of a symmetric cover artwork. Crosses, hands, logo – everything’s in perfect balance. It is a beautifully bold, iconic visual that lives up to the quality of music it adorns.

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Bang your symmetric Head

20th of November, 2011

Talking about Metal imagery demands also some talking about the image of the Metalhead itself. And by „head“, we mean the „head“. Because ever since BLACK SABBATH the most common hairstyle in Metal is a symmetric one – the centre parting.

As almost everything in Metal goes back to the Birmingham foursome, we shouldn’t hesitate giving SABBATH the credit for the centre parting as well. Of course, this hair style has existed long before Metal, but it was them who brought it into the scene. For good!

Necrolord Of Symmetry

6th of November, 2011

If you take a close look at the work of Kristian – Necrolord – Wahlin you might discover two things.

First: You’ve got quite tired of this type of album art. It was funny for a while, but now, about 10.000 Wahlin artworks later, it feels rather conventional and too much of the same. A second thing you’ll probably (and hopefully) notice: Woohooo, there’s fucking loads of symmetry to be found here! Just take a glimpse at this small selection. No matter whether the artwork displays a scenery or a creature – it’s all based on symmetry.

Of course, Wahlin didn’t come up with uniform compositions exclusively (just remember classics like EMPEROR’s „In The Nightside Eclipse“ or AT THE GATES’ „Slaugther Of The Soul“), but there’s by far enough symmertry to be found in his work to justify this feature here.

Anyway… symmetric or not – Wahlin, who also delivered some excellent music with bands like GROTESQUE, LIERS IN WAIT, DIABOLIQUE or THE GREAT DECEIVER (where he joined forces again with another Grotesque member: Tompa Lindberg), bestowed the Metal scene with some really amazing album designs. One of the greatest: DISSECTION’s „The Somberlain“ – a symmetric cover-coverversion of KING DIAMOND’s „Abigail“ artwork.