This guitar shape is one of the most iconic and classic one among Rock and Metal guitar players: The flying V. Originally invented and built by Gibson in 1958 it got its name obviously by the V-shaped body. In its purest and original form the guitar is symmetric, although today there are several variations from different manufacturers who change and vary the form – and sometimes towards asymmetric shapes.
Another classic one: Unleashed from Sweden. Founded in 1989 and since then devoted to Death Metal. Unleashed has released 10 albums to this day and is currently working on the eleventh one.
Their logo incorporates everything a Death Metal logo needs: Satanic reference (inverted cross), horror reference (spider webs), gore reference (blood drips) and norse reference (the upper ends of the U and D). Also I think Unleashed’s logo could be a step-bother of Cryptopsy’s logo. With Cryptopsy being the dirty and battered one. What both logos have in common is a compact outer form. Both show gory and numerous, detailled elements but still keep a tight outer form you can recognize in every size. Which is a good thing for merchandize, I think.
Just found this on the web. I don’t know who did this (obviously a brilliant mind), but I like it.
Bison B.C. is a Canadian Sludge Metal band from Vancouver. Their second (third, if you count their 2007 EP/LP Earthbound) full length album was released in 2010 through Metal Blade Records. Honestly, this record might be my most-listened to album since 2010. I’m actually not the biggest Sludge fan (I’m more a Death Metal guy), but this record and their live performance in Hamburg’s Hafenklang in that year gave me an instant erection that’s just not ebbing away. Just listen to Stressed Elephant, the opener of the release and you’ll know what I mean.
The inverted cross. One of Metal’s – especially Extreme Metal’s – most used icons next to the pentagram. Countless bands have used the inverted cross in their logos, artworks, tattoos, live shows or general art. Bands like Mayhem, Marduk, Belphegor, Deicide, Gorgoroth, Dark Funeral or Impaled Nazarene (to name just a few) have used this image in very different shapes in their communication for decades. This way a whole generation of metalheads grew up drawing inverted crosses on school desk, just like I did for years.
But if you look for the origin of the inverted cross you will come across a surprise. The inverted (or upside down) cross is the official sign of the highest representative of the catholic church: the pope. According to Roman Catholicism the pope is the direct successor of Saint Peter, the bishop of Rome and first pope.
Agorapocalypse is Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s third full length album. AN is a Grindcore band from Massachusetts, USA and was founded by Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull in 1994. This brilliant cover artwork was done by German illustrator Florian Bertmer, who’s also responsible for All Pigs Must Die’s God Is War cover artwork and various other Metal illustrations.