Phobia is a Grindcore band from California, USA, formed in 1990. Their discography includes 21 releases – several splits with bands like Gadget, Abaddon Incarnate or Extinction of Mankind, full length albums and EPs. The latest release is 2012’s Remnants of Filth, released through Willowtip Records. What connects most of them is the hand drawn character of the illustrations and the socio-political themes.
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.