Metal and all its sub-genres are highly influenced by historical, religious and mythological motifs. Mythological references can be found in every single Metal style – from Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal or Grindcore to Heavy Metal, Pagan/Folk Metal or Power Metal. They are integrated in artworks, songs, lyrics and appearances of bands, scenes and labels all over the world.
Metallica pioneered in a lot of stuff. Musically, stylistically and visually. This post is about one of their visual trademarks: the extra added descenders on the first and last letter of their band’s name. The logo (as well as all the other, newer band logos) was designed by James Hetfield himself. It’s a quite simple trick to add some heaviness to an otherwise ordinary logo and typeface. Without the lightning-like descenders all what’s left is a kind of ok looking grotesque typeface. But with the descenders your logo becomes immortal and scratched on millions of school desks around the world.
Manowar is an American Heavy Metal band from Auburn, NY, USA, formed in 1980. No long introduction needed. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate them (both sides have valid points), you still do know them.
This article is about the cover to their 2007 release “Gods of War”. It’s the first of a series of concept albums dedicated to different war gods from various mythologies. “Gods of War“ is centered around Odin, King of Gods and primary god of war in the Norse Mythology. All of the text on the booklet was written in the runic alphabet as well as the album’s titel on the cover (source). The cover art was done by Ken Kelly, who has also worked on artworks for Kiss, Coheed & Cambria, Rainbow as well as the most famous barbarian in fiction – Conan.