The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: Sludge

Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse - feature

Mose Giganticus – Symmetric Horse

11th of August, 2012

Mose Giganticus is a Progressive Synth Sludge Metal band from Philadephia, USA, formed in 1999. And when I say band, I mean Matt Garfield (songwriter, vocalist, programmer, drummer, and keyboardist) plus several additional musicians for live performances. The band has released three albums with 2010’s Gift Horse (released through Relapse Records) being the latest one. Gift Horse actually was one of my 2010 Top 5 albums.

Trap Them Seizures In Barren Praise

Jacob Bannon – Musician, Artist, Entrepreneur, Icon

3rd of May, 2012

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.

Bison BC - Feature

Bison B.C. – Symmetry B.C.

19th of February, 2012

Bison B.C. is a Canadian Sludge Metal band from Vancouver. Their second (third, if you count their 2007 EP/LP Earthbound) full length album was released in 2010 through Metal Blade Records. Honestly, this record might be my most-listened to album since 2010. I’m actually not the biggest Sludge fan (I’m more a Death Metal guy), but this record and their live performance in Hamburg’s Hafenklang in that year gave me an instant erection that’s just not ebbing away. Just listen to Stressed Elephant, the opener of the release and you’ll know what I mean.

Kylesa – Distance closing in

28th of January, 2012

Kylesa is a Sludge Metal / Psychedelic Rock band from Savannah, Georgia, and was founded in 2001. To this day they have released five studio albums with Spiral Shadow being the last one, released in 2010.

The cover for this brilliant release (one of my 2010 Top 10 albums) was done by the artist Santos and shows the endless spiral of a tree (being continued in the booklet) containing a special kind of symmetry: The helical symmetry. The most common examples of helical symmetries are drill bits or springs.

“It can be thought of as rotational symmetry along with translation along the axis of rotation, the screw axis. It can be visualized as the tracing in three-dimensional space that results from rotating an object at an even angular speed while simultaneously moving at another even speed along its axis of rotation.” (source)

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.