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.
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A Hill To Die Upon is a Black Metal band from Monmouth, USA, and was formed in the winter (that’s Black Metal!) of 2004. After a few demos A Hill To Die Upon released their debut album Infinite Titanic Immortal in 2009 via Bombworks Records (amazing album), followed by Omens (also amazing) in May of 2012.
Deafheaven. With Roads to Judah these guys released one of the best albums of the year 2011 – if you don’t own it yet, you know what to do. Formed in 2010 in California, USA, Deafheaven soon signed a deal with Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish Inc. and released a 7″ vinyl single that featured two songs that were taken from the group’s demo. In 2011 Roads to Judah followed.
Drautran is a Black-/Pagan-Metal band from Kiel in Germany and was formed in 1996. They have released one demo (Unter dem Banner der Nordwinde) in 2000 and a debut album called Throne of the Depths in 2007. Their interesting logo design was created by Blotan, a “writer, musician and maverick, commuting between Germany and Norway.” (source).
This cover artwork is just amazing. Black Anvil is a Black Metal band from New York, USA, formed in 2007. The band was started by members of legendary NYHC band Kill Your Idols. Triumvirate – the cover depicted above – is their second effort after their debut Time Insults The Mind. The illustration is inconceivably well-done with amazing details. The style is reminiscent of old copperplate engravings and is actually a collage of different historical and religions motifs. The artwork was created by Metastazis from Paris, France.
The dominant element in the artwork are the skulls in the centre. If you look closely you’ll notice that there aren’t just two mirrored skulls but also a third one in the middle looking at us. This kind of visualization is a centuries-old representation of the Christian Trinity – Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. In the small picture to the left you can see an old example. This painting was created by Spanish artist Jerónimo Cosida around 1570. Here the three faced Jesus Christ also represents the Christian Trinity. A common representation in Renaissance iconography (but disavowed by the Catholic church in recent centuries), accompanied by a Shield of the Trinity diagram. So Black Anvil’s skull trinity could be interpreted as: God is dead.
Coffinworm is a Black-, Sludge-, Doom-Metal band from Indianapolis, USA, formed in 2007. They have released two full length albums to this day – When All Became None in 2010 and Great Bringer Of Night in 2012.
Great Bringer of Night’s album cover – created by Bryan Proteau – is a classic hand drawn illustration with genre-typical elements: skulls, gravestones, snakes and a cross. What makes the artwork stand out is its iconography due to the minimalistic sujet. The cross obviously is the dominant part of the illustration surrounded by lots of black space and being unseen in its construction.
Borknagar is a progressive Black Metal band from Bergen, Norway, and was founded in 1995. The band combines elements of Black, Pagan and Folk Metal to a quite unique sound. The current line-up includes some Metal veterans with Øystein G. Brun (Cronian, ex-Molested), Vintersorg (Vintersorg, Fission), Lars A. Nedland (Solefald, ex-Carpathian Forest), Jens F. Ryland (ICS Vortex) and ICS Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus, ICS Vortex). In addition the drums and percussions on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (Soulfly, ex-Malevolent Creation). To this day they have released nine studio albums (and one best of release) with Urd being the latest one – released in 2012.