The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: At The Gates

Necrolord Of Symmetry

6th of November, 2011

If you take a close look at the work of Kristian – Necrolord – Wahlin you might discover two things.

First: You’ve got quite tired of this type of album art. It was funny for a while, but now, about 10.000 Wahlin artworks later, it feels rather conventional and too much of the same. A second thing you’ll probably (and hopefully) notice: Woohooo, there’s fucking loads of symmetry to be found here! Just take a glimpse at this small selection. No matter whether the artwork displays a scenery or a creature – it’s all based on symmetry.

Of course, Wahlin didn’t come up with uniform compositions exclusively (just remember classics like EMPEROR’s „In The Nightside Eclipse“ or AT THE GATES’ „Slaugther Of The Soul“), but there’s by far enough symmertry to be found in his work to justify this feature here.

Anyway… symmetric or not – Wahlin, who also delivered some excellent music with bands like GROTESQUE, LIERS IN WAIT, DIABOLIQUE or THE GREAT DECEIVER (where he joined forces again with another Grotesque member: Tompa Lindberg), bestowed the Metal scene with some really amazing album designs. One of the greatest: DISSECTION’s „The Somberlain“ – a symmetric cover-coverversion of KING DIAMOND’s „Abigail“ artwork.