Metal imagery incorporates various elements from different sources – Mythological, traditional, regional, fictional, historical and many many others. This post is about one specific stylistic element: the deck of cards. The four card icons spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds can be found in different Metal genres as logos or album art. Pictured above are Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, Victims‘ iconic logo, Accept’s cover art for “Metal Heart” and Axel Rudi Pell’s cover art for “Diamonds unlocked”.

“Ace of Spades” is the fourth album by the British band Motörhead. Released on 8 November 1980, it peaked at #4 on the UK album charts and reached Gold status by March 1981 (source). The title song might be among the most popular songs in Metal’s history.