BlackShore is a Black Metal band from Lübeck, Germany. The band was formed in 2007 by Hades and Blizzard and has released three albums (Railway to BlackShore, Legion and Terror) and two EPs. Terror – their latest album – was released in November 2013 via Black Skull Records. I briefly spoke to Hades about Terror’s cover artwork.
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.
This logo design is so great I can hardly breathe (well, it might also be the sticky weather). If you would search for a Black Metal logo that combines traditional Black Metal logo elements with modern graphic design trends you will find Der Weg einer Freiheit’s logo design.
Der Weg einer Freiheit is a Black Metal band from Würzburg, Germany, and was formed in 2009. They’ve released their self-produced and self-titled debut in 2009, the EP Agony in 2011 and the latest full length album Unstille in 2012 – both via Viva Hate Records. Their logo was created by Unas, a friend of the band who’s also from Würzburg.
“Beside the universal usage, a major spot became the choice of the cooperation partner. Manufacturer Rutano works since their foundation only with non-animal-tested ingredients, moreover all products are completely vegan. Furthermore social commitment is a big part of the company basic principal.” (source)
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).
Defeated Sanity is a Death Metal band from Germany founded in 1994. They have released three full length albums and two splits (with Poppy Seed Grinder and Imperious Malevolence) to this day. As Defeated Sanity’s main musical influences are early Cannibal Corpse or Immolation their visuals fit perfectly with gory themes depicting everything you could image in the field of death and torture.
Their logo is an amazingly well designed Death Metal masterpiece. The outer form resembles a goat’s skull with its height and narrow width. It even has two litte horns, jawbones and a little goatie. One of these logos that improve every shirt, cover artwork, website or poster.
The Metal scene is like a family. In contrast to most other music scenes, the Metal scene is more than just a random group of people liking the same kind of music. It is living the same lifestyle, humor and music.