This illustration for modern Death Metal band The Black Dahlia Murder depicts Typhon, the most deadly monster of Greek mythology. He was known as the “Father of all Monsters”; his wife Echidna was likewise the “Mother of All Monsters.” Sounds like the perfect couple.
Typhon was described as one of the largest and most fearsome of all creatures (source). His human upper half reached as high as the stars. His hands reached east and west and, instead of a human head, he had a hundred dragon heads; some however depict him as having a human head and the dragon heads being attached to his hands instead of fingers. His bottom half was gigantic viper coils that could reach the top of his head when stretched out and made a hissing noise. His whole body was covered in wings, and fire flashed from his eyes.
Typhon attempts to destroy Zeus at the will of his mother Gaia, because Zeus had imprisoned the Titans. Typhon initially overcame Zeus in their first battle, and tore out Zeus’ sinews. However, Hermes recovered the sinews and restored them to Zeus. Typhon was finally defeated by Zeus, who trapped him underneath Mount Etna. (source: Wikipedia)
What a lovely little story. The Illustration was done by Dan Mumford. One of the most popular Metal illustrators at the moment. I think it is impossible to visit a modern Death Metal concert without seeing at least a few of his shirt designs running around. His illustration style is notable for bold outlines and stong colors. Here’s a long interview with him: Back in Black Apparel.
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