The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: Heavy Metal

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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!

Mastodon - Spectrelight

Mastodon – The Hunter of Symmetry

14th of November, 2011

Mastodon is an American Heavy Metal band from Atlanta, USA, formed in 1999. They have released five full-length albums to date. The video featured in this post was made for the song Spectrelight (featuring Scott Kelly of Neurosis) from their latest release The Hunter.

The video uses a kaleidoscope effect to generate symmetric patterns and images out of a few pictures. It was released about 500 hours before The Hunter was released (Sept. 27, 2011) (source). That might be the reason why the video feels like a teaser to the album and its visual content. Documented in the cover art of The Hunter – a sculpture made by AJ Fosik – being a repetitive image in the video.