Hypocrisy is a melodic Death Metal band from Ludvika, Sweden, formed in 1991 by Mastermind Peter Tägtgren. They started as a traditional Death Metal band, but soon started to incorporate melodic elements in their sound. To this day Hypocrisy released twelve full length albums, four EPs, two demos, two compilations, two live releases and four singles. Albums like Penetralia, The Fourth Dimension or The Final Chapter are under my most heard albums ever.
Most Metal cover artworks are based on recurrent sujets, elements or themes. Among the most common elements are those referring to death, torture, gore, religion, mysticism or politics. And when it comes to overall visual concepts the symmetry in its diverse forms is one of the most popular one. Maliciously one could say that the artists lack of innovations and creativity. But on the other hand why change a winning team? In that matter Metal is a quite reactionary genre. Admittedly there are always new streams, expressions and creations but in its deep core Metal always tries to conserve its traditional values.
One very interesting and very common symmetric concept for Metal covers are faces looking directly at the viewer. “Faces” and “looking” should be understrood rather freely, as we aren’t talking about regular faces or heads. More likely demon’s heads, skulls, melted faces, rotten faces, (gas) masks, animals or robots/cyborgs. And they don’t all have eyes in a traditional meaning. Some have none, others have objects coming out of them, are glowing in the dark or, well, are rotten. But the remarkable resemblance is that they all are making direct eye contact with the viewer.
Dimmu Borgir is a symphonic Black Metal band from Oslo, Norway, and was founded in 1993. The name Dimmu Borgir is Old Norse (an old language spoken in Skandinavia during the viking age) and can be translated as “Dark Castle”. Also Dimmuborgir is a volcanic formation in Iceland. Dimmu Borgir has released nine albums to this day, five of them pictured in this post due to their love of symmetry.
German Thrash Metal band Kreator obviously loves symmetry … and faces (surprisingly known for their symmetry). From their early days in 1982 on they stuck to the theme of symmetry mostly conveyed through grotesque faces. One could say that Kreator managed to create a highly recognizable visual identity with the iconic tormented heads and the always same positioned, blood-red logo. With cultivating this for almost 30 years, Kreator uses its visual brand identity in a better way than some of the biggest economic brands in the world.