The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

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Jacob Bannon – Musician, Artist, Entrepreneur, Icon

3rd of May, 2012

Jacob Bannon (portrait shot by Brook Pifer) is one of the most famous faces in the Hardcore scene. He is the vocalist and lyricist of Hardcore pioneers Converge, a famous graphic designer and artist and founder and CEO of the independent record label Deathwish Inc. He somehow can be compared to John Baizley of Baroness, who’s also a jack of all trades being a brilliant artist, musician and vocalist (I can’t wait for their new album being released on 17th July).

Bannon’s work is very bold and iconic. It uses very graphic stylistic elements combined with a grungy graffiti and silk screen technique. The artworks are mostly symbolic and very reduced, using only a minimum amount of colors.

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Meshuggah – Koloss

26th of March, 2012

Meshuggah’s latest album (released in March 2012) entitled Koloss comes with a fabulous symmetric 3D-cover artwork. I think I don’t have to introduce the mighty Meshuggah again (have a look at an earlier Symmetal post about Meshuggah: Symmetrah) but this new release is worth a new post. I know that Symmetal is all about the visuals but I have to say that I love the new record.

The artwork is named “Gateman” and was created by Luminokaya who spent nine months developing the piece. On Luminokaya’s website the following statement about his work can be found:

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Burnt by the Symmetry

17th of March, 2012

Burnt by the Sun is (or unfortunately was) a Metal band from New Jersey, USA. They released two split CDs (with Luddite Clone in 2000 and with Car Bomb in 2009) and three full length albums. Everything – except for the Luddite Clone split – was released through Relapse Records. In 2009 Burnt By The Sun released “Heart of Darkness” and the band stated that it will be their final album.

This post is about their second album “The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good” released in 2003. The title refers to a quote of French writer, historian and philosopher François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694 – 1778). In French the quote is “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”.

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Daath – Sharpen the Symmetry

17th of March, 2012

Daath (or Dååth) is a progressive Death Metal band from Atlanta, USA. The Concealers – whose cover is depicted above – is their third full length album with a self-titled release being the latest one. This cover artwork was created by Jordan Haley.

The interesting thing about this cover is the (in Metal standards) unusual way of showing cliche elements. If you would close your eyes and I would list you the elements shown in this cover you would definitely have something different in mind. We’ve got blades, coffins, blood, axes, knifes, chains, bones, spikes, horns and batwings. And not in the usual gory but in a rather graphic and reduced way. With a strict color coding of black, white and red.

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3D printed Guitars

15th of March, 2012

These fine guitars are 3D printed by ODD, aka Olaf Diegel from Auckland, New Zealand. 3D printing is an absolutely fascinating technique that opens completely new and accessible ways for designers to create and produce amazing things. And only this way ODD was able to create this fragile and very detailled guitar designs.