The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

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Orphaned Land – All is One. Metal without borders

22nd of July, 2013

Orphaned Land is a Progressive Metal band from Israel formed in 1991. They combine Progressive, Doom and Death Metal as well as Middle-Eastern folk music and Arabic traditions in a form of Oriental Metal. Their latest album All Is One, released in 2013, can best be described with one of their statements: “People should be judged by their hearts and inner sincerity, not their religious beliefs.” No wonder there even was an online petition in 2012 for them to be awarded with the Nobel Price for their commitment to bring people from different nations and religions together. In a Metal world where religion tends to be just an element for easy provocation and PR it’s important that bands like Orphaned Land exist. Their message is positive, rational and humanistic.

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Wormed – Exodromos. Does Phlegeton dream of electric sheep?

20th of July, 2013

Wormed is a Technical Death Metal band from Spain formed in 1998. They are signed to Willowtip Records and have released two full length albums to this day. Exodromos, the album depicted in this post, is the latest one released in March 2013. Wormed are an outstanding Death Metal band by not following the given visual, textual, musical and conceptual rules and mechanics. They don’t use the common gore aesthetics but rather tell stories of science fiction, quantum physics and space exploration. Mainly responsible for this refreshingly new angle on Death Metal is Wormed’s lead singer Phlegeton. Their music fits perfectly by being highly technical and advanced using dissonant dynamic riffing.

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Intronaut – Milk Leg

29th of June, 2013

Intronaut is a progressive Post-Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA, formed in 2004. The band features former members of Anubis Rising, Exhumed, Uphill Battle, and Impaled and has released four albums to this day. Habitual Levitations is their latest release with Milk Leg being its single. Milk Leg’s cover artwork was done by Randy Ortiz, a self-taught artist, illustrator and designer from Winnipeg, Canada.