2013 has been a great year for Metal so far. So I thought this would be a good time for a small recap of this year’s Metal albums. Based on the cover artworks of all 2013 releases by five of the biggest record companies (Metal Blade Records, Relapse Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Century Media Records and Roadrunner Records) here’s a nice and simple statistical overview for the Data Metal Nerd in you.
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 a few examples of beautifully crafted Metal logo designs from all over the world.
Music: Coffinworm — The Inner Caligula
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.
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.
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.
Katalepsy is a Slam Death Metal band from Moscow, Russia, formed in 2004. They just released their fourth output Autopsychosis via Unique Leader Records. I not only love the record but also their logo design.
It’s highly symmetrical, incorporates Metal Descenders, is only legible to the patient and still has a modern feel due to its thick outline. The “l” in the middle is the y-axis for the symmetry and extended in height. But what’s really interesting are the thorny outgrowths coming out of the letters. They are remindful of ice crystals in the winter – in their shape, arrangement and direction. As an experiment it might be interesting to form the Katalepsy letters out of wire and place them outdoors over winter. Let’s see how nature interprets that logo.