Defeated Sanity is a Death Metal band from Germany founded in 1994. They have released three full length albums and two splits (with Poppy Seed Grinder and Imperious Malevolence) to this day. As Defeated Sanity’s main musical influences are early Cannibal Corpse or Immolation their visuals fit perfectly with gory themes depicting everything you could image in the field of death and torture.
Their logo is an amazingly well designed Death Metal masterpiece. The outer form resembles a goat’s skull with its height and narrow width. It even has two litte horns, jawbones and a little goatie. One of these logos that improve every shirt, cover artwork, website or poster.
Borknagar is a progressive Black Metal band from Bergen, Norway, and was founded in 1995. The band combines elements of Black, Pagan and Folk Metal to a quite unique sound. The current line-up includes some Metal veterans with Øystein G. Brun (Cronian, ex-Molested), Vintersorg (Vintersorg, Fission), Lars A. Nedland (Solefald, ex-Carpathian Forest), Jens F. Ryland (ICS Vortex) and ICS Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus, ICS Vortex). In addition the drums and percussions on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (Soulfly, ex-Malevolent Creation). To this day they have released nine studio albums (and one best of release) with Urd being the latest one – released in 2012.
Ingested is a Death Metal/Deathcore band from Manchester, UK, and was founded in 2007. To this day they have released two full length records (Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering in 2009 and The Surreption in 2011) and a three-way-split with Crepitation and Kastrated in 2007.
The cover for Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering is depicted above. The artwork was done by Toshihiro Egawa. Within a centered symmetry a flesh eating plant eats, impales and mutilates human bodies. Ingested’s logo design is nice aswell. It reminds me of thorns or barbed wire while incorporating Metal Descenders.
I’m officially in love. This breathtaking logo design for Baltimore’s Visceral Disgorge just blows my mind. It is amazingly well crafted with awesome details. One thing I love about the design is the similarity of the “V” to Death Metal’s most awesome “V”: The one from Vile’s logo design. Unfortunately I can’t write an article about Vile’s logo as it’s not symmetric, but that one’s pure gold.
But back to Visceral Disgorge. I think the promo text on their website says it all: “From the violence-ridden bowels of Baltimore emerges Visceral Disgorge, vomitting forth their debut album Ingesting Putridity. Serving up 9 bloody cuts that will capativate the enthusiasts of brutality everywhere!”
Annotations of an Autopsy is a British Deathcore/Death Metal band formed in 2006. The logo pictured above aswell as the cover artwork were released with their debut album Before the Throne of Infection in 2008. For the following releases (The Reign of Darkness in 2010 and the Dark Days EP in 2011) they always used a different logo design. As they aren’t symmetric I’m only featuring this brilliant logo of the Before the Throne of Infection era. It’s highly dynamic and seems to explode out of the centre. It has scratchy, organic aswell as insectoid elements combined to a harmonic basic shape. What I like most about their logo is the remarkable similarity to magnetic fields. The outer branches of the logo design are arranged in a similar way as metal splints around a magnetic field. I wonder what the positive and negative poles for Annotations of an Autopsy represent?
Ok, I admit it. I primarily post Spawn of Possession’s great logo design for one reason: To emphasize the pure awesomeness of their latest release Incurso. This album is digitally rotating in my playlist since its release. Everyone who loves Death Metal technically cutting-edge without loosing memorability and structures will probably get an instant stiffy with Incurso. Unfortunately i can’t post Incurso’s cover artwork – although it’s pretty awesome – because it’s simply not symmetric.
Anyway. Their logo artwork is also quite nice. The type is centered and surrounded by spikes and ornamental thorns. And for Metal standards the legibility is really good. But enough for now, I have to listen to Incurso again.