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Corpsepaint - Multipic

Dress up for Darkness – Black Metal Style

20th of November, 2011

Today is head-day on symmetal.com. We just talked about the Metal head and hairstyle, now we are talking about the Black Metal face uniform: the corpse paint.

Corpse paint is a black-and-white make-up that’s most of the time strictly symmetric. Nowadays mainly used by Black Metal bands around the world  to intensify the bands’ imagery of evil, inhumanity, and corpse-like decay. It is most commonly used just on the face, but also on arms and torso. Because im might look rather non-evil, if your face is a corpse and your arms are well tanned like a beach bodybuilder in a neon thong. Sometimes it involves other colors than black and white. But even then corpse paints aren’t really colorful or life-affirming, because the only added color is red – more blood for the corpse.

carcass - heartwork

Carcass – Symmetrie Macht Fleisch

19th of November, 2011

Heartwork is the fourth album by Metal band and pure legend Carcass. It was released in 1993 through Earache Records.

The sculpture depicted in the cover art is called “Life Support 1993” and was designed by H.R. Giger. In fact it is an update of a sculpture he created in the late 1960s. The video for the song “Heartwork” features a real-life interpretation of the sculpture, including a human welded as a part of it (source).

HR Giger Portrait

H.R. Giger (Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger) was born in Chur in Switzerland (Chur – sounds like a perfect Black Metal band name). Giger is a world famous surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. His most distinctive stylistic innovation is the representation of human bodies and machines in a cold, interconnected relationship, described as “biomechanical”. And his most popular work might be the design for Ridley Scott’s Alien movie, for which he won an Academy Award in 1979.Carcass’ Heartwork wasn’t the only work of Giger featured in Metal imagery. He also worked with band’s like Celtic Frost, Tryptikon, Atrocity or Danzig. Some of them might be around this blog soon.