Dislike is a Grindcore band from Croatia formed in 1997 – with the main aim “to play classic dis crust beats (Doom, Discharge, Hiatus, …)” according to the band. They are one of the rare bands to use horizontal symmetry in their logo. The general design reminds of Illogicist’s logo while being less orthogonal and adding the symmetry. Thereby being a
Trap Them is a Grind-/Hardcore band from Louisville & Seattle, USA. The band was formed in 2001 and released 5 EPs & splits and 4 studio albums to this day. Their latest album Blissfucker came out on June 10, 2014 via Prosthetic Records. Trap Them is well known for their combination of Hardcore influences like Black Flag and Tragedy with the Death Metal sound of Dismember or Entombed.
2013 has been a great year for Metal so far. So I thought this would be a good time for a small recap of this year’s Metal albums. Based on the cover artworks of all 2013 releases by five of the biggest record companies (Metal Blade Records, Relapse Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Century Media Records and Roadrunner Records) here’s a nice and simple statistical overview for the Data Metal Nerd in you.
Most Metal cover artworks are based on recurrent sujets, elements or themes. Among the most common elements are those referring to death, torture, gore, religion, mysticism or politics. And when it comes to overall visual concepts the symmetry in its diverse forms is one of the most popular one. Maliciously one could say that the artists lack of innovations and creativity. But on the other hand why change a winning team? In that matter Metal is a quite reactionary genre. Admittedly there are always new streams, expressions and creations but in its deep core Metal always tries to conserve its traditional values.
One very interesting and very common symmetric concept for Metal covers are faces looking directly at the viewer. “Faces” and “looking” should be understrood rather freely, as we aren’t talking about regular faces or heads. More likely demon’s heads, skulls, melted faces, rotten faces, (gas) masks, animals or robots/cyborgs. And they don’t all have eyes in a traditional meaning. Some have none, others have objects coming out of them, are glowing in the dark or, well, are rotten. But the remarkable resemblance is that they all are making direct eye contact with the viewer.
Phobia is a Grindcore band from California, USA, formed in 1990. Their discography includes 21 releases – several splits with bands like Gadget, Abaddon Incarnate or Extinction of Mankind, full length albums and EPs. The latest release is 2012’s Remnants of Filth, released through Willowtip Records. What connects most of them is the hand drawn character of the illustrations and the socio-political themes.
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.