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.
The inverted cross. One of Metal’s – especially Extreme Metal’s – most used icons next to the pentagram. Countless bands have used the inverted cross in their logos, artworks, tattoos, live shows or general art. Bands like Mayhem, Marduk, Belphegor, Deicide, Gorgoroth, Dark Funeral or Impaled Nazarene (to name just a few) have used this image in very different shapes in their communication for decades. This way a whole generation of metalheads grew up drawing inverted crosses on school desk, just like I did for years.
But if you look for the origin of the inverted cross you will come across a surprise. The inverted (or upside down) cross is the official sign of the highest representative of the catholic church: the pope. According to Roman Catholicism the pope is the direct successor of Saint Peter, the bishop of Rome and first pope.
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.