The Beauty of Symmetry in Metal Imagery

Archive: Earache Records

Napalm Death - Scum - Feature

Napalm Death – You Suffer (from Symmetry)

29th of November, 2011

Napalm Death from Birmingham, England, are the pioneers of Grindcore, by combining Death Metal and Hardcore Punk elements from 1981 on. While the line-up for most of Napalm’s career was vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera, no one of them played on the recordings of Scum.

Scum was Napalm Death’s debut album, released on Earache Records in 1987 and is a milestone of the genre. While the A side of the record was recorded in August 1986, the B side was recorded in May 1987 in a changed line-up. Only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.

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.