The Algorithm is a music project of the French musician Rémi Gallego, combining elements of Progressive Metal with electronic music, of which the UK Metal Hammer said it was “one of the most insanely exciting bands around”. Gallego chose the band name to highlight the music’s complexity and its electronic nature in general (source). The logo design, that perfectly reflects the modern take on the musical genres The Algorithm is based on, was made by Jens Schellhase, a German designer from Cologne. The symmetry and sharp lettering reminds of the Metal genre while the slightly shifted complementary colors of the logo – creating a pseudo-3D-effect – represent the modern electronic influences.
Metal logos reflect the essence of a band’s (or in the case of Guttural Death: a webzine’s) music and attitude. They can be dark, brutal, aggressive and horrifying, but at the same time beautifully crafted with an amazing eye for details. It’s the beauty in the chaos that makes Metal logos stand out. This video shows
Commented Napalm Death singer Mark “Barney” Greenway: “This is one of Mitch’s lyrics. It is about Armageddon ideology and the way this is used to drive populations sensitive towards religious dogma. When they can fear ‘The Great Satan’, that is, of course, a very powerful tool. It can be used to propagate everything from racial suspicion and superiority, to wars based around the dogmatic quest for moral purification.” (source)
Time for another Death Metal legend: Dismember. One of the forefathers of Swedish Death Metal (alongside Entombed) formed in 1988 and unfortunately split up in October 2011. After four demos (Dismembered in 1988, Last Blasphemies in 1989, Rehearsal in 1989 and Reborn in Blasphemy in 1990) the band has released eight full length albums (among them classics like 1991’s Like an Ever Flowing Stream, 1995’s Massive Killing Capacity or 1997’s Death Metal). Their classic logo is pure symmetric gold. Perhaps because its outer shape looks a bit like the batsignal … Anyway, just for nostalgia, here’s Casket Garden’s music video from 1995. No symmetric content at all, but I don’t care.
Daath (or Dååth) is a progressive Death Metal band from Atlanta, USA. The Concealers – whose cover is depicted above – is their third full length album with a self-titled release being the latest one. This cover artwork was created by Jordan Haley.
The interesting thing about this cover is the (in Metal standards) unusual way of showing cliche elements. If you would close your eyes and I would list you the elements shown in this cover you would definitely have something different in mind. We’ve got blades, coffins, blood, axes, knifes, chains, bones, spikes, horns and batwings. And not in the usual gory but in a rather graphic and reduced way. With a strict color coding of black, white and red.
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.
Although this post isn’t about symmetric Metal imagery, Michael Angelo Batio has to be featured on this blog. Apart from being a guitar player not from this world, he is the only guitarist able to play symmetrically.
Batio (born February 23, 1956) also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is a guitarist from Chicago, USA. He was voted the “No. 1 Shredder of All Time” by Guitar One Magazine in 2003 and listed as one of the “Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time” by Guitar World Magazine.
Batio is ambidextrous, a skill he taught himself. This enables him to play two guitars at the same time either in synchronization or using separate harmonies. Batio invented and often demonstrates the “Over-Under” technique, which involves flipping his fretting hand over and under the neck rapidly, playing the guitar both regularly and like a piano (source).