Black Metal logos often follow the same established design guidelines. Among them are a volitional bad legibility, black letter references, satanic or antichristian elements like inverted crosses or pentagrams and dark ornamental elements like thorns or spikes. But one simple form can be found in a lot of these logos: the circle. Of course not always as a complete shape, but rather as a grid the logos are based on.
Psycroptic is a technical Death Metal band from Hobart, Australia. The cover art pictured above was done for their 2008 release Ob(servant).
The illustration was done by Raymond Swanland, who’s a real big shot in fantasy illustration. He worked on projects for Magic: The Gathering, The fabulous Oddworld games, diverse comics and last but not least for musicians and bands (for example the cover illustration for the Disturbed album “Asylum“)