Dead in the Dirt is a Grindcore band from Georgia, USA. The artwork depicted above is part of the band’s absolutely amazing 2011 release Fear. The artwork was done by Bo Orr who’s also responsible for bass and vocals in the band. The black and white cover shows a crown of thorns surrounding two mirrored crow’s
Rotten Sound is a Grindcore band from Vaasa, Finland, and was formed in 1993. The band has released eight studio albums to this day. Their simple yet unique logo design is not strictly symmetric but based on symmetric shapes. It is really well designed and balanced and gets its brutal look through brush strokes that are impulsive but also well arranged. There is a resemblance in the technique of Chinese calligraphy. They are also really well balanced but full of energy. On the left is the sign “Ai” (done by Ouyang Xue) that can be translated as “love”. Because that’s the feeling I have for every fucking release of Rotten Sound.
Circle of Dead Children is a Death/Grind band from Pennsylvania, USA, formed in 1998. Vocalist Joe Horvath has stated that the band name was inspired by a vision of his, where a circle of flags from every country in the world lay on the floor, each bearing a mutilated child from its respective nation (source).
The CODC logo plays in the Champions League of illegibility. While not being strictly symmetric in detail, the logo’s outer regions still convey the image of a symmetric piece of art. Yes, a piece of art, I love this logo. It looks like the desperate scratches of an imprisoned person on the wooden door standing between him and his freedom. Somehow randomly set strokes forming a very brutal looking logo typeface.
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.