The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: Death Metal

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Wormed – Exodromos. Does Phlegeton dream of electric sheep?

20th of July, 2013

Wormed is a Technical Death Metal band from Spain formed in 1998. They are signed to Willowtip Records and have released two full length albums to this day. Exodromos, the album depicted in this post, is the latest one released in March 2013. Wormed are an outstanding Death Metal band by not following the given visual, textual, musical and conceptual rules and mechanics. They don’t use the common gore aesthetics but rather tell stories of science fiction, quantum physics and space exploration. Mainly responsible for this refreshingly new angle on Death Metal is Wormed’s lead singer Phlegeton. Their music fits perfectly by being highly technical and advanced using dissonant dynamic riffing.

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Hypocrisy – Tales of thy Symmetry

15th of June, 2013

Hypocrisy is a melodic Death Metal band from Ludvika, Sweden, formed in 1991 by Mastermind Peter Tägtgren. They started as a traditional Death Metal band, but soon started to incorporate melodic elements in their sound. To this day Hypocrisy released twelve full length albums, four EPs, two demos, two compilations, two live releases and four singles. Albums like Penetralia, The Fourth Dimension or The Final Chapter are under my most heard albums ever.

Why are you looking at me, Metal cover?

6th of January, 2013

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.

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Top 5 of mythological creatures in Metal

3rd of October, 2012

Metal and all its sub-genres are highly influenced by historical, religious and mythological motifs. Mythological references can be found in every single Metal style – from Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal or Grindcore to Heavy Metal, Pagan/Folk Metal or Power Metal. They are integrated in artworks, songs, lyrics and appearances of bands, scenes and labels all over the world.